Networking is an essential component for successful career exploration and management.  Networking provides opportunities to “see what you can be”, learn about companies, develop awareness of industries and see a variety of functions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, at least 70% of all jobs are obtained through networking. It is important and valuable to cultivate your network even when you are not looking for a new job

Networking (starting on page 22) – Chapter from Carlson CBCC’s Career Guide on networking, including:

  • Positioning statements & examples
  • Informational interview tips
  • Sample email and phone language for requesting informational interviews
  • Questions to ask during an informational interview
  • Sample follow-up and thank-you emails
  • How to find contacts on LinkedIn

Networking Best Practices – webinar on why and how you can network for career success

Tracking – Due to the amount of networking you will do, it is a best practice to create a system to track your activity. This system can be as simple as capturing it within your personal calendar. Alternatively, some students have created their own trackers. The point is to do what will work best for you. Here are some trackers previous students have used:

Networking 101 for International Students – Special tips and considerations for international students to consider especially while networking in the US

Additional Resources:

A great resource for networking in addition to LinkedIn is the Maroon and Gold Network for U of M current students and alumni!

Go through this CSOM Graduates and Companies List to see where CSOM graduates have secured roles post-program.

The CBCC favorite book for networking?  The 20 Minute Networking Meeting is one of the best guides in the market.  The CBCC has numerous copies available to checkout from our office.  

Introducing yourself: The Elevator Pitch

The elevator pitch, or positioning statement, is commonly used at networking events, socials or corporate receptions.  The pitch is used as a means to quickly and succinctly introduce yourself and highlight your professional brand.  You will want to craft a strong 40 second pitch to introduce yourself that contains keywords related to your past, present and future career goals along with noteworthy skills and professional interests.