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The Importance Of Networking And Why You Should Start Now

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Believe it or not, the term “networking” isn’t just something people on LinkedIn throw around to sound important or intelligent. If you’re new to the term, it’s simply a professional way of saying, “making friends and professional connections” with people interested or working in the same areas of study as you are no matter what your experience level is.

Nowadays, many college students just use social media to further connect with friends, family, and professionals who have our dream job. When I started seriously pursuing journalism as my major, Twitter was my favorite way to get in touch with fellow writers, editors, and other students at both my own university and others. Looking back, although I had several valuable internships using my journalism skills, I probably should’ve attended more actual in-person networking events available to me through my university. When it comes to networking, it’s important to not only start early in your college career, but to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way to meet like-minded people.

When it comes to your future, make networking your best friend. The connections you make are the people who can help further your career during or after college.

1. It Could Help You Find An Internship

Thanks to LinkedIn and Twitter, I found at least three of my college internships by networking with the editors of the magazines I was interested in. When you engage in tweets posted by the people you’re interested in, you never know where it might lead. Potential employers love seeing that an internship or job candidate already shows interest in their company. If you were the employer, would you hire the person who only submitted an application, or the person who interacted with you on online too? If you end up with a job or internship, or even just an unpaid side gig on the weekends doing what you’re studying, that’s the best way to learn and to be better prepared for when you find your permanent career.

2. You Will Learn More

Networking with individuals interested or working in a similar field of interest as you will allow you to learn more about your field that you might not normally deal with. You will learn more details of opportunities, ways of doing things, all while getting peer support. Build a strong enough of a connection and you could have a potential reference for future research or professional growth.

3. It Could Lead To a Job

Did you know 70-80% of jobs aren’t advertised? Most are found through networking. Remember the saying, it’s not always what you know, but who you know? Well, get to know more people and more opportunities might come knocking! Especially if you connect on LinkedIn, chances of finding a job are really high. Or, your connections could very well become a person of reference for your next interview! You never know!

Start networking early. If you start while you’re still a college student, you will have a great advantage come graduation.

Share your networking strategies with us in a comment below!

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The One Thing Missing From Your Resumé

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photo of girlBy guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Stop what you’re doing and check your resumé.

Is there a section devoted to your volunteer experience? If not, maybe you should think twice about what you have planned for this summer. A lot of students hesitate to volunteer if it’s not required for school, a scholarship, or, heaven forbid, paying off a debt to society. But there’s something you should know: it’s not only personally rewarding, but it matters more to employers than you may think.

In my previous post about volunteering, I mentioned my experience at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane County, Oregon – and I can’t tell you how many opportunities I’ve snagged simply based off of this. Although listed at the bottom of my resumé, most employers have always asked about my experience at BBBS during the interview. BBBS has a lot of sponsors, so they have a ton of support what they do for at-risk youth. Keep in mind, this can be key to networking post-grad.

What volunteering says about you

Volunteering says that you are reliable and dedicated to showing up to the job even if it’s unpaid. Showing you care about your community says a lot about the type of person you are, so think about what you’re passionate about, and then find an organization that matches. Volunteerships are just like jobs: if you like what you’re doing, it doesn’t feel like work.

But volunteering is not all about what’s on your resume, either. I’ve made a lot of connections and friends I might not otherwise have made. Over the years, I’ve written numerous articles about BBBS, I’m constantly telling friends about volunteer opportunities, and I’ve even spoke to a room of 500 people at BBBS’ annual Fall breakfast about how mentoring has influenced my life.

If you’re feeling defeated and discouraged by how long it’s taking for you to complete your college degree, volunteering will give you immediate results every time you do it. If you volunteer at an animal shelter, you’ll see animals adopted every day; if you volunteer at a homeless shelter, you’ll dish out a meal the people you serve couldn’t be more grateful for.

In the end, volunteering isn’t just about donating your time. It’s about becoming a better person through generosity; giving your time to a person or place that could really use it, even though you have a million other things you could be doing. And it’s amazing how something seemingly so small can mean so much to someone else, but also be incredibly humbling.

 

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The Internship Hunt

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

Searching for internships has been the one of the most stressful parts of my college career. There are thousands I could apply for and only a few that would lead me to my dream job at National Geographic. So after dozens of advising meetings and searching hundreds of internship websites, I have amassed helpful tips for how to find the internship that suits your unique future goals. Getting the internship, however, is all on you.

Tip 1: Search online internship websites.

This may seem silly, and probably overdone, but I have stumbled on some interesting internships opportunities on websites. I have even found international internships in countries I’ve always wanted to visit that offer college credits.

Here are a few of my faves:

Internships.com: Offers general and regional internships, guides, and articles.
Usajobs.gov: An official U.S. government website with jobs for college students;
ie3global.ous.edu: Offers an array of global internships

Tip 2: Use your campus resources

Networking is a great way to find internships. Photo by hackNY

Career centers are there for a reason: to help you get jobs and internships. In addition, most colleges will have an internship page on their website.  Check on a regular basis because the site is always being updated with new opportunities. Certain majors may even have their own internship sites. Talk to professors. Don’t be afraid to ask; I have uncovered some hidden internship gems that way.

Tip 3: Talk to the company you want to work for

Let your dream company know you want to work for them! If it’s possible, visit the companies you are interested in and talk to different employees in the company. Find out what they like about the company and if they have ever had a need for an intern. If the idea of getting work for free makes them nervous, most colleges will provide internship credits. If it’s impossible to visit companies, then send them emails or take a few minutes to call and ask about internships and the necessary qualifications for an internship there.

Informational interviews another are a great way to introduce yourself to someone in the company. Find the position in the company that you aspire to have and call up that person. Tell them you would love to talk about how they got to where they are today because you hope to do the same. Who doesn’t love talking about themselves?!  (Remember: it’s not an interview of you, you are doing the interviewing. Come prepared with questions!)

Tip 4: Treating getting an internship like a job

This is the best advice I’ve gotten. You have to show companies that they are making a beneficial decision to their company. Display your talents and be a little pushy to convince potential employers that you are worth the time and manpower. Each internship can be a potential future job. When I interact with a company I am interested in, I write the date, company name, the name of the person I talked to, and what we talked about in a notebook. I also constantly add potential employers to a list. I usually follow-up with a company after my first call, even if they originally say no (you never know…things can change on a day -to-day basis!)

I hope some of these tips help. As daunting as the task may be, once you land the internship, you will realize that the hard word was worth it.

And hey, it’s not too early to start looking for the summer! Happy Hunting!

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