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Networking

A vital component to any job search is networking, which is more than cheesy introductions, handshakes and small talk. Various research studies on this topic indicate that 40-80% of people get jobs through their contacts (i.e. networking). Below is a list of various networking tactics.

Alumni

  • Remember to keep in touch with classmates that graduated ahead of you (you never know who will be able to pass your resume on to the hiring manager).
  • See if your advisor and professors keep a list of employers who have hired graduates of your program.
  • Check with the Alumni Association for a possible list of alumni who might be willing to provide career guidance. If you are focusing your job search on a particular geographic area, get connected with the local MSU Alumni chapter.