Originally Posted by SenorMatador
As a rising senior in college, I have really begun to understand the importance of networking. All of my internships (4) have been through school, fraternity alumni (I probably would not have had them if it wasn't for networking) and I am very appreciative of the social network I have been able to attain.
What I'm really trying to do though is hone in on my skills and I have a couple of questions.
Obviously straight-up asking for a job will likely not get you one, but what is the correct way to go about it?
You more experienced fellows please chime in. If you had a younger person such as myself who was looking for job experience, what would you want to see out of us?
What qualities impress you? What sticks out the most in a candidate?
My field is broadcast journalism so networking is very important, if not downright essential.
1. Look through your schools alumni network database (ask through career services).
2. Find about a dozen people who are in careers or studied fields you are interested in.
3. Email them. When doing so, introduce yourself and explain how you found them. Explain why you are reaching out to them - here ask about how they got into their field and you are interested in breaking into it when you graduate. Attach your resume for their reference.
1. They know you want a job but you aren't going to tell them that. The plan is to create a dialog with them where they can help you build a better resume (almost all would provide suggestions if your resume is shitty), and also point you in a positive direction in figuring out what you want and how to attain it.
2. People love to talk about themselves, and also love to feel valuable (you reaching out to them). So they will do all they can to explain to you how they got in their fields and how you can begin to think about doing the same.
3. Eventually, they will tell you (those in a field you are interested in) they will pass your resume along. Or maybe even email you contacts. But do not ask for this! If they are able or willing to help they will suggest it.
If you have more questions PM me.