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Career Center, Santa Clara University

Networking can be really simple.
LinkedIn can help you get started.

Networking & LinkedIn

Be curious, reach out to alumni doing work that interests you, and ask them questions about their experience. Informational interviews can be a great way to get your foot in the door!

First Things First. Create a Strong LinkedIn Profile.
  • Connect with Bucky Bronco and check out his profile for ideas.
  • Use our LinkedIn Job Search Checklist to create a complete profile.
  • Try these great profile tips from The Muse.
  • Attend one of our upcoming LinkedIn Labs to learn the essentials for developing a killer profile and strategies for making connections with professionals.


Who Should I Contact and How do I Find Them?

What Should I Say When I Contact Them And What do I Ask When we Talk?
  • Please describe your career path into your current role?
  • Why did you choose this career? This position?
  • What does a typical day look like?
  • What do you like most/least about your job?
  • What type of advancement opportunities exist in your field?
  • How did you prepare for entry into this field?
  • What are the characteristics of successful people in your organization?
  • How are goals set and measured?
  • What changes do you see occurring in the industry in the next couple of years?
  • What other areas of the organization might I look into?
  • What might I do to better position myself for opportunities within your organization?
  • Would you mind reviewing my resume and offering any advice?
  • Can you suggest the names of two or three other people I might contact for more information?