/ Asked by Amhad
How do I identify who I could consider to network with for a job? I always read in blogs and articles that networking is the best way for me to find a job. I'm only 21 and don't have much experience in the professional world to think of many people I could reach out to and "network" with to find work. Do you have any recommendations of people I might want to consider?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I would recommend setting up a meeting with Career Services at your school to find out more about the opportunities that are available to you.  I'm sure that they have heard about internships that you could benefit from or even point you in the correct direction of professionals that currently in the line of work you would like to someday go into.  Another great way to network with both working professionals and young professionals is on LinkedIn.  There are many different groups; whether it is a group about your interests or actual companies.  You can meet people that are also looking for networking opportunities and you can also receive networking advice on how to advance your new career.  Good luck!
Answered by Natalie, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Hello,  great question.  I would strongly encourage you to create a LinkedIn profile if you haven't done so already.  Target the companies you are interested in working for and connect with current employees of that company.  Build up your network from there.  Research their company website and career page, to find out what types of opening they currently have available.

Hope this helps
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 19, 2014
Great question!  The easiest and simplest way to accomplish this is to get on professional networking web sites and dig around.  You will need to have an idea of what field you want to get into and in what locations.  LinkedIn and GlassDoor and great sites for this.  Both have advanced searching capability that allow you search for people by company, location, keyword, etc.  Another great tool on LinkedIn is their professional groups.  Try to search for those groups that are applicable to what you want to do and request to join them.  Once in the group, you have the ability to send messages to the other group members, which could be the beginning of your actual networking efforts.  GlassDoor let's you learn details about companies from those have work there now or have in the past.  This is another good first step in identifying those with whom to network.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
It is definitely important to begin networking early! I would recommend reaching out to your Career Services office at school for guidance. If you aren’t in any student organizations, I would recommend finding organizations that relate to your field that you can join. Most student organizations have relationships with companies and hold company presentations or networking sessions. This is a great way to learn more about job opportunities and meet current employees at several different companies. You could also reach out to your professors. Some professors have relationships with employees or recruiting teams at companies that could help you get your name out there. You could also consider joining a trade organization or young professional group in your area. Hope this helps point you in the right direction!
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