Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

Network Your Way to a Job

Don't just find any job - find the right job


You want me to talk to a stranger?! That's often the reaction we get when we talk to students about networking. We understand the hesitation to ask for help, but the reality is that the job search is considerably more difficult if you try to go it alone. One of the best search strategies is to use your existing network of friends, family, and UMass connections to build a job search team. This team can help you finetune your preferences, learn about previously unknown opportunities, and make the connections that could lead to your dream interview.


But why would others want to help out with your job search? Here are just a few of the reasons we've heard:

Returning the favor: If you ask most people how they found their first job, they will typically tell you about someone who helped them. Often these individuals are happy to give back and help the next group of students begin their careers.

Referral bonus: Employers recognize that a great team is the most valuable part of their organization. Therefore, many incorporate monetary or performance evaluation bonuses to employees who help recruit talent.

Random acts of kindness: There are lots of people out there who believe in helping those who are in need. Those who volunteer can attest to the fact that assisting others can benefit both sides.


Who Can Help?


Personal network. Everyone has a unique set of personal relationships that can be professionally valuable too. Even if your family and friends don't work in your desired field or location, chances are they know someone who does.


UMass network. One of the benefits of going to a large, top-notch school like UMass Amherst is there is a constantly growing base of alumni. You can also talk to your favorite professors or advisors about your career interests.


Extended network. Volunteer and attend interesting events. It's fun and you will meet others who have similar interests and are often the "random acts of kindness" type of people. Another bold strategy is to practice "informational interviewing".