The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 48% 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.
- How Does Networking Work?
- Employer Information Sessions
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.
- Job 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, respectively.
- Mentor Program
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 opportunities.
- 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 market.
- 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 associations.
- 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 specific date/time
- Do your research about their company before you reach out to them
- Do not ask for a job
- Meet in person, if possible
- Use summer, winter and spring breaks to do geographic-specific networking
- 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: