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Searching For Employment Using Networking

The most effective job search strategy to use in securing post-graduate professional employment is NETWORKING.

Quick Facts
  • Most job seekers spend their time checking and responding to online and hard copy want ads, yet employers hire the least number of people through the want ads. 
  • 80% of available jobs are never advertised. (US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010) 
  • 64% of all employees land their job through NETWORKING. (Drake Beam Morris, Leading Global Outplacement, Coaching and Career Management Firm, 2010)

  • 6.3% of all employees land their job through job boards, such as CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com. (CareerXroads 9th Annual Source of Hire Study, 2010)
  • To get ahead of your competition and land interviews that you desire, to "be" the competition, you need to proactively use NETWORKING as your primary job search strategy.

To help you get started, click on the Employer Database to view a listing of 311employers that have sought to hire UWM students and graduates for employment opportunities in the past. Additionally, review a sample email to an employer as you consider writing your email to forward to prospective employers, prior to your follow-up phone call, to schedule a 15-20 minute informational session to inquire about potential, post-graduate employment opportunities that you may have an interest in. If you were referred to your contact, you may want to mention the name of your referral.

Emailing
To initiate the setting up of a networking meeting, forward an e-mail to your employer contacts. Click here to review a sample e-mail.

Calling

When following up your e-mail with a phone call to your initial employer contacts, be sure to explain your mission of gathering information and additional contacts. You might say, "I'm a UWM student and I'm considering a career in _______." I am trying to learn more about the career by talking with professionals. Would you be willing to meet with me for 15- 20 minutes, to talk about career opportunities in ___________?"

If an employer contact indicates that they are unable to meet with you in the near future, you may ask when you should "try back". You may also ask if there is someone else in the department that they could refer you to. Most people are flattered by requests for career information and advice and are usually quite helpful.

Be aware the that receptionist or other "screening" personnel may try to discourage you by telling you that no jobs are available or that you should contact human resources. It is important for you to clarify that you are seeking advice and information, not a job.

You may find it helpful to say that you've been advised by a career counselor to speak to someone who works in your career of interest.


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