Benefits of Networking
- First-hand and current information allows you to learn what happens on the job beyond the understanding provided through course work or other outside research. This is beneficial not only for personal understanding but may make you a more impressive candidate.
- A perspective of work that goes beyond the limitations of job titles, allowing one to see what skills are required for the job and how you might fit into that work setting.
- Informational meetings and conversations are comparatively low-stress (when compared to interviewing for a job), and this process allows you to gain confidence in talking with people while learning what you need to know.
- Because you are only asking for information, you are in control of the interview. You decide what questions to ask and evaluate the information you are given for personal use.
- You craft a network of contacts that may be helpful in the future.
- You have an opportunity to meet with potential employers before the more stressful (for both of you) job interview.
- You are exposed to a variety of jobs and personalities of companies/agencies making the search for your "niche" that much easier.
- You have the opportunity to learn where you might fit into a particular organization.