Don’t forget to network!

What’s the best job search advice that you have gotten?

NETWORK. You’re probably sick of hearing it, but Bentley stresses it for a reason. It’s truly about who you know and what connections you make. Networking can open so many doors for you; you never know who knows who. All it takes is visiting the right person at a career fair, bumping into them at a sandwich shop, sitting next to them on the train or even knowing them through family and friends. Start creating your network early and don’t be afraid to reach out. I’ve found people in the industry (especially Bentley grads) are always willing to help out any way they can. It may be tedious and scary, but in the end it’ll be worth it!

 

Do you have a great networking, informational interview, social media use story that gave you great results? If so, please share it.

I never thought my Dad, a postal worker, and my Mom, a remote worker and waitress, would be helpful in my networking web. Don’t get me wrong, my parents are two of the hardest working people I know, but they’re not specific to the industry in which I need to network…or so I thought. My Mom, being the outgoing person she is, started talking to a customer at the restaurant about my goal of interning for the Boston Celtics. She came to find out he used to run a program with the Celtics and would be happy to see if his connections were still there. We ended up getting dinner, went to a Boston College basketball game, and found commonalities in our love for the game. Ultimately, he wrote a recommendation to the Celtics for me and a few weeks later I got a phone call from Human Resources requesting an interview…and the rest is history! All in all, connections are everywhere and it’s important to seek and explore every lead and opportunity, you never know what will come from it!

By Sydney Southern
Sydney Southern