Over the course of your work life, networking will be the single most effective method of advancing your career. Networking plays a role in 70-75% of all jobs filled. Even among Cornell graduates seeking a first position, personal contact is extremely important. Roughly a quarter of job seekers responding to the Class of 2010 post-grad survey found their job through networking.
WHAT IS NETWORKING?
Networking is talking with people who can help you explore career options and goals. It is a two-way process that involves developing and maintaining connections with individuals then mutually benefiting from the relationship.
Networking also is an activity that does not necessarily come naturally to everyone. A Networking section in this site focuses on developing your skills. In addition, Cornell Career Services sponsors a number of workshops to help you build networking skills, as well as opportunities to practice what you learn in "speed networking" events. Check the Develop Your Networking Skills section of the Events Calendar.