85% of jobs are filled through networking.

Students Networking

Building a powerful network can really help you advance your career. Consider building your network through:

  • Friends, classmates, and faculty
  • UM-Dearborn alumni
  • Professional associations
  • Current and former co-workers and supervisors
  • Informational interviewing
  • Career Services events, such as panels, career fairs, and networking programs

New to networking? It can be challenging to build your network, and know that you're not alone! Career Services is here to support you in gaining these networking skills through programs such as Talent Gateway, NSLS, workshops, employer meetings, and one on one meetings with career coaches.

How Do I Network?

  1. Be Prepared - Any time, any place, you could meet a contact. Keep copies of your business card on hand and be sure your resume is up-to-date.
  2. Talk With Your Personal Contacts First - Start with people you know personally - friends and family, and those you know professionally - teachers, professors and former bosses. Practice selling yourself to those you are close to first.
  3. Go Beyond Personal Contacts to People You Don't Know - Begin contacting those people to whom your personal contact referred you. Initiate each conversation by stating how you received their name. Work to establish a relationship by showing an interest in what they have to say, not just what they have to offer. You can also look at contacts of your contacts on LinkedIn.
  4. Ask for Information, Not a Job - This is referred to as the "informational interview" because it is an opportunity to learn about the industry, job opportunities, and local business. This is not the appropriate time to ask for a job, instead discuss companies you are targeting.
  5. Focus Your Conversation - Use each conversation to get the most information possible. Give your contact a brief summary of your career objective, major strengths and accomplishments. Then ask specific questions that will provide you with helpful information. Use this informational interviewing tips page for ideas.
  6. Stay in Touch - To keep the relationship beneficial for you and your contact, keep communication consistent. Keep your contacts informed about the progress of your job search. Send a thank-you note within 24 hours after every informational interview.
  7. Develop Your Skills - Join the Talent Gateway to leverage your experiences and make connections with alumni
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Build Your Network

Networks are about connections - leverage your involvement with some of the units listed below to connect with people who might be in fields that interest you or to learn about other networking opportunities.

Network Through the Career Fair!

Career Fairs are great opportunities to meet connect and learn more about specific industries and what employers are looking for. Each fall and spring we offer a career fair open to all majors - stay tuned for more information!

Career Services

280 - Fairlane Center North
19000 Hubbard Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
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Phone: 313-593-5020
Fax: 313-593-3705