Networking is the practice of making professional connections and developing meaningful relationships in order to gather information and expand your knowledge of job and internship opportunities, careers, and industries. The Career Development Center will support you in identifying, contacting, and ultimately building and maintaining professional relationships with individuals and groups of interest.
Informational Interviewing is a key part of effective networking
Start With Who You Know
Even though you may not realize it, you already have a professional network! Start within your comfort zone and the people you know to ask questions and gain insight. As your connections and confidence grow, your network will start expanding.
Before attending a networking event or career fair, make sure you have perfected your 30 second pitch. This will help you stand out when approaching potential employers.
Virtual networking chats powered by Brazen allow you to connect with SJU alumni from the comfort of your own home or office! Engage in conversation through the platform and at the end of the event you will receive a log of your conversations for you to complete your follow-up. 488 career conversations were held on the Brazen platform during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Tap into SJU’s alumni! Schedule a Career Conversation, Resume Review, or Mock Interview with alumni located across the country and the world in your industry using this online, alumni advisory tool. Click here to get started on SJU Connects and create a profile. Want an overview first? Click here for best-practice tips on using SJU Connects.
Identify contacts for informational interviews and networking purposes. Login to your Handshake account to access CareerShift and be sure to read our Tips for Using Career Shift Effectively.
Build your professional reputation online and strengthen networking relationships by utilizing social media such as LinkedIn.
The office of Alumni Relations and the Career Development Center host a networking space on LinkedIn exclusive to students, alumni and members of the SJU Community. Join the Hawk Career Network group!
Campus Philly is a nonprofit organization focused on encouraging students to live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region. They run industry-specific networking events and post jobs and internships on their website.
Get connected to their networking opportunities now.
Several career fairs open to all majors are offered annually. The College of Arts and Sciences and Haub School of Business Career Fair takes place twice a year, September and February. Each Fair attracts over 200 employers representing diverse industries and organizations recruiting for full time, internship, co-op, part-time and volunteer/service opportunities. The Nonprofit and Government Career Fair, held annually in the spring, focuses on social and community impact opportunities. The DVEC Teacher Job Fair, also in the spring, hosts 200+ employers seeking certified educators for positions in teaching, counseling, and administration. Before attending a career fair, check out these tips to ensure that you have a productive and positive experience.
Professional representatives from six industry clusters join us on campus for networking events throughout the year. The opportunities allow students from all class years and all majors to meet with SJU alumni and employers to explore options, network, and learn about career paths.
Career Conversations Week
Each Fall, the Career Development Center hosts Career Conversations week which provides students and alumni a variety of opportunities to network throughout the week including Meet-Ups, and virtual networking through Brazen, and the Major Match Game for Arts and Sciences students.