Networking—LinkedIn is an Easy Way to Get Started

Love it or hate it, you probably know that networking is an important part of your career journey

If you’ve been hesitant to start networking, consider LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, now is the time to create one!

Read our LinkedIn Career Resource page for advice on how to leverage this platform. Review our LinkedIn Profile Guide Checklist as you build your profile.

Once your profile is up and running, start networking by reaching out on LinkedIn. When networking on LinkedIn, it is helpful to find common ground with potential connections. Before reaching out, look at the person’s profile. Notice anything you have in common. When it comes to alumni, you will always have something in common—you’re Ducks! Since Ducks are more likely to agree to connect with other Ducks, we recommend using the LinkedIn Alumni Search tool to find alumni who are doing work that you find interesting or are working for companies that you are curious about. Be sure to include a Custom Invitation to Connect, introducing yourself and asking for a connection.

Then, respectfully request an Informational Interview and ask your new connection some questions as part of your career research. The informational interview process gives you an opportunity to learn more about different jobs, companies, industries, and career paths. The more of these conversations you have, the more you will learn about your target industry, while building your professional network in that sector. It’s a win-win!

As you head off for Winter Break, give some thought to using a little bit of your time to start building your network. You’ll be glad you did!

If you would like more help with your LinkedIn profile, stop by Drop-in, Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, Week 1 through Week 10, or schedule an appointment with a career advisor. We look forward to seeing you at Mohr Career Services in Lillis 155, or virtually over Winter Break.

By Pauline Thaler (she/her)
Pauline Thaler (she/her) Career Advisor