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How to Network Like a Pro
Networking is all about building quality relationships with fellow professionals – relationships that can lead to employment. This milestone offers activities that will teach you to network like you’ve been doing it forever.
What exactly is networking–and how can you make it part of your daily routine? Find out here.
Why is networking so important to finding a job? Watch this short video to find out.
Networking isn’t just about finding the job you need right now – it’s about building relationships with other successful people who can support you for years to come. It’s also a two-way street – you need to support your network in return. Be sincere and share your knowledge about your field with others, and they’ll do the same for you. You never know when you’ll find yourself in search of your next opportunity!
Get matched with an Alumni Mentor in the career field of your choice.
We all need a helping hand sometimes. Someone to point us in the right direction. To be a sounding board and a fresh perspective. To help us fill in the blanks in our plans for the future.
That’s where the Alumni Mentor Program can help, connecting University of Phoenix students to volunteer UOPX alumni for one-on-one and group mentorships. The program’s mentors know first-hand how to capitalize on the value of a University of Phoenix education.
What information do alumni mentors share?
My Mentor Story - Learn how I got to where I am today
My Company Culture - Every company has a unique internal culture. Learn more about mine
My Industry Resources - Learn my recommendations of books, websites and podcasts that can help ensure you're in-the-know for our industry
My Interview Question - You've landed an interview, but what questions will our industry ask you in the hot seat?
Watch this video to learn more about the Alumni Mentor Program:
Building a powerful professional network on LinkedIn is easy if you follow these simple tips.
You learned how to create a solid LinkedIn profile in Milestone 4. Now it’s time to build your LinkedIn network. Why? It’s your key to the “hidden” job market!
LinkedIn is a professional social network with its own set of rules, which are quite different from how you probably behave on other sites like Facebook and Twitter. Think of it as an ongoing online job interview and behave accordingly!
Want to see your LinkedIn network grow fast? Reach out to literally everyone you know -- current and former colleagues, friends, family, classmates, instructors and more. You can also connect with fellow Phoenix alumni with the LinkedIn Alumni tool!
I hope you are doing well. My name is Sarah and I came across your profile while searching for a Human Resources Associate position at Southwest Airlines.
It’s great to see a University of Phoenix graduate doing so well in my field of study. If possible, I would love to set up some time for us to chat about your background and your career experience since graduation.
I would really appreciate any career advice you could offer.
Don’t just rely on your current contacts to build your network. LinkedIn Groups can introduce you to new people while you learn more about your chosen field. LinkedIn has groups for literally everything, from software suites to the healthcare industry and even groups for people who’ve served in the same Army unit. Search for groups according to your interests and expertise by keyword. For example, search for “Adobe Photoshop” or “Marketing Gurus.”
Did you know LinkedIn Groups let you message anyone in the group, even if you’re not already connected? Be sure to take advantage of that!
LinkedIn Groups Tips:
Get Advice. Post a question to start a professional discussion. Reach out to anyone who provides answers, and say thanks!
Be a Thought Leader. Post interesting articles and ideas. Engage in discussions, answer other peoples’ questions, and be a mentor. Remember, networking is a two-way street!
Use Caution. Be tactful. Only invite someone new into your network after you’ve discussed something together publicly.
Connect with fellow students and expand your professional network with this private online tool, available only to University of Phoenix students and alumni.
PhoenixConnect® is a social network exclusively for University of Phoenix students. With more than 800,000 students, faculty, staff, and alumni, it’s also an awesome networking tool. No other American university has that kind of reach!
With such massive scale, PhoenixConnect is an easy way for you to learn about different careers and expand your network. Be sure to visit the Career and Professional Development Community (CPDC), managed by our career experts. Ask questions and follow the discussion there to get even more help with your career search.
If you’re new to your field, professional organizations can help you meet people who share your career interests.
We can all use a few career shortcuts, and here’s a great one. If you want an easy way to meet like-minded people, get help with your job search, follow industry trends, and even get specialized training, then join a professional organization!
If you’re not sure which organizations to join, ask your colleagues or instructors to suggest a few. If you’re a student, recent graduate, or currently between jobs, there may even be discounted or free memberships available! Whatever you do, make sure to be an active participant in any organization you join. Volunteer for projects, attend training seminars, and network, network, network!
This video has more on how professional organizations boost your career:
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a professional organization:
Is it established, with hundreds or even thousands of current members?
Do you know anyone who is a member?
Do most senior-level people in your field belong to it, or have in the past?
Can you attend local meetings and seminars that offer useful information?
If you need some help finding professional organizations, check out this comprehensive list from CareerOneStop.
Asking your network for help can help your job search. Here’s how to craft emails and social media posts that say you’re on the market.
You’ve worked long and hard establishing your network, so now it’s time to put it to good use. People can’t help you find a job if they don’t know you’re looking! Keep them informed through carefully crafted emails and social media posts about your job hunt.
Here are some sample e-mail and social media posts that can help you notify your network that you are looking for a job:
Caution: If you’re currently employed, DO NOT post about your job search on social media, and be careful about who you email. You don’t want your current employer to find out you’re looking for a different job.
Keep yourself on track by creating a networking plan. Here’s how.
Stay organized! It’s hard to network effectively if you aren’t keeping track of who you’re contacting, and when. Create a weekly roadmap that can help you stay on top of all the names, events, job titles, e-mails and prospective companies you’re juggling!