Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, June 8, 2015
Trends in business change quickly, but one sure constant is that networking is a key ingredient to success. LinkedIn is great, it makes for fast contact and easy research. A robust profile with key search terms brings industry insiders and recruiters alike knocking at your electronic door. Maybe its time to step out from behind the computer screen. I have always been a fan of the information interview. It is a great way to get some inside information into a specific area of interest, or some face time with an established member of your your chosen profession. Make the request by reaching out not for a job, but for the contact. Your enthusiasm for the industry and desire to become the most prepared you can to enter the workforce should be apparent in your delivery.
More ways to network? Good old-fashioned meet and greets, professional organizations, alumni groups...the pattern to note about that is that it is old school face to face contact. One more thing to think about, you might be surprised by how helpful people you know can be when looking for a job or a new opportunity. That includes your existing personal networks. Best of luck!