The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 48 percent of all
job connections are made through personal contacts. Therefore,
networking is essential in your career development.
Through the Career Resource Center (CRC) and the School of
Management, you have a variety of networking opportunities with
local and national employers and alumni. Start by reviewing the
list of events and resources below.
Does Networking Work?
Companies like to educate their candidates about their recruitment
programs and company culture before the interview. Attend the open
information sessions, ask questions and meet company
representatives. To learn which companies have scheduled on-campus
information sessions, check our job
opportunities database regularly.
Fairs and Relevant Events
Meet recruiters and alumni, and learn about their openings, hiring
practices and expectations. Attend our annual Network Buffalo and
Network New York events, held November and January,
Provides a way for students to contact School of
Management alumni and friends who have agreed to assist in
your career planning. This is not a job referral program; it will
provide you opportunities to speak with professionals for
information on their companies, jobs, career paths, industry
trends, geographic-specific advice and potential leads to other
- Alumni Queries
Our system provides students with access to more than 20,000 School
of Management alumni across the world for informational
interviewing. Come into the office to fill out a request form.
- MBA Advantage Program
MBAs are invited to meet with alumni and professionals working in
various functional areas and hear a realistic preview of the job
- Professional Associations
Consider joining local and national chapters of a relevant
professional association—and actually attend the meetings!
Ask a CRC associate director and faculty about appropriate
- Have questions prepared ahead of time (40
questions to ask in an informational interview)
- Always be polite, appreciative and respectful
- Do not monopolize their time
- If you get voicemail, be brief (10-20 seconds), speak clearly
and leave your phone number, but say you will call back on a
- Do your research about their company before you reach out to
- Do not ask for a job
- Meet in person, if possible
- Use summer, winter and spring breaks to do geographic-specific
- Always send a thank you within a few days
- Follow-up is your responsibility
In addition to the resources above, we encourage current
students to take advantage of the following: