- Career & Major Selection
- Graduate School Prep
- Internship Prep
- Job & Internship Search
- Testing (ACT, CLEP)
Services for Students and Alumni:
Career Services Center261 Schwartz Center
Job Postings & Employers
KSU Student Employment
HoursMonday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call for an Appointment
Drop-In Career CounselingMonday - Friday
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 2 - 4 p.m.
Develop a list of contacts
- Talk to the obvious people (your family, former co-workers, faculty, advisors) as well as people you wouldn't normally include in your job search (your doctor, dentist, clergy, hairdresser). Use the Building a Network worksheet to get started.
- Professional associations often have student chapters or student membership rates. Association meetings are a great way to make professional contacts!
- Always be aware of how you act and what you say (in person and online) – you never know when there is a potential contact right in front of you.
- Prepare your one-minute elevator pitch and if a conversation lends itself, speak up and let people know that you are in the job market.
- Don't let fear stop you from reaching out. Instead of thinking, “I don't want to impose on others.”, think, “Every contact I make brings me closer to my job.”
Network using LinkedIn and other social media
IMAGE: LinkedIn LinkedIn is the leading social media website for career and job search networking. To join, first create a free personal account on LinkedIn.
» To build your network, request to connect with coworkers, classmates, friends, faculty, and professionals in your field.
» Join career-specific groups in your areas of interest including the " Kent State University Career Services Center" LinkedIn group where you can engage in conversations regarding careers with other students, alumni, and professionals.
» To join a group, log in to your LinkedIn account, go to the search bar on the top of the screen, choose the "Groups" option. Type in the group name and select "Join Group".
» Be sure to update "Group Settings" to receive a weekly digest email so that you can stay up-to-date with current discussions about careers.
- Networking through other social media, emails, and phone calls are key strategies for maintaining and building your list of contacts.
Solicit your contacts assistance
- When contacting someone you don't know, be professional, explain your purpose, and respect their schedule. You must always get permission to use a person's name and contact info if you wish to have them assist you in your job search.
- Give your contacts a copy of your resume and explain the type of career you are seeking. The better they understand your interests and goals, the more effectively they can assist you.
- Never ask a contact for a job. Instead of asking “Can you get me a job at your law firm?”, ask: “Do you know of any openings at your firm?” Many organizations have Employee Referral Programs and tap their own staff to help them find new hires.
- Don't ask inappropriate personal questions. This is a professional interaction and the impression you leave will determine how hard that contact will work on your behalf.
- If you schedule an informational interview, be sure to dress professionally and prepare questions to ask during the interview.
- Nurture relationships through periodic contact, saying "thank you", and letting your contact(s) know the results of your job search.