Strategies for successful networking
Step 1: What are your networking goals? What information are you seeking? What are your questions?
Step 2: Identify who the best people might be to support your goals or answer your questions
Step 3: Take advantage of alumni networks and tools like LinkedIn to reach out and connect
Step 4: Build effective relationships by having conversations that are professional and authentic
Step 5: Keep the conversations going, and use what you learn in your job search next steps
The art of informational interviewing
Informational interviews are 1-on-1 conversations that you have with professionals, often Penn alumni, to gather information about their career path, the jobs they’ve had, the industries they’ve been in, employers they’re familiar with, emerging and future trends in their fields, the skills they’ve developed and used, and more. Think of them as just having a chat with someone to learn about their professional experiences. These interactions are great ways to explore diverse careers, and can give you useful insights into different roles and employers that can make you a better candidate for future applications.
How to leverage Penn alumni on LinkedIn
Are you looking for some easy-to-use tips to enhance your LinkedIn experience as you grow your professional network, explore careers, and learn about different job functions and employers? If you have a LinkedIn profile, but don’t always know the best way to take advantage of this tool to research your career options and find connections in the vast Penn alumni network, then explore some action steps you can take. Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to get feedback on your profile, and follow these quick tips to improve your networking strategy and meet more of your networking goals.
MyPenn networking with Penn alumni
MyPenn (formerly QuakerNet) provides you with easy access to a searchable database of Penn alumni that can be filtered by degree, School, major, employer, location, and even by areas of student interest. This resource is a great starting point to find people to reach out to for an informational interview. MyPenn can help you to build a list of possible contacts, and it includes professional and personal email addresses you can use as you reach out. Combined with a tool such as LinkedIn, this is a great way to coordinate your networking and outreach. If you want to focus on alumni who have expressed a willingness to answer your career-related questions, then click on the “Directory” tab, and select “Available for mentorship” from the available filters on the left-hand side. You can always expand your search to include all alumni as you make progress with your networking.
Online course: Networking at Penn
Short, learn at your own pace Canvas courses on Interviewing, Networking and Resume/CV Writing. You can enroll at any time – find more information here.
Learn how to network with CareerShift
CareerShift provides users with a structured and strategic way to find and network with contacts across career fields, industries, and employers. CareerShift’s one-stop-shop platform allows students and alumni to search, store, and organize their job and internship searches and networking contacts instantly. CareerShift helps job candidates keep day-to-day communications organized by scheduling email reminders for job follow-ups, interviews, and phone calls.