Professional Networking

Networking means to develop contacts and exchange information with other people for purposes of developing business or expanding one's career opportunities or information. It is tapping into your connections for helpful information or advice. If done successfully, networking can be the most effective career exploration and job search tool. Upwards of 70-80% of jobs are not advertised. You can only find these jobs by networking. In fact, most jobs are found through networking!

Possible Networking Contacts

  • Friends/family
  • Georgetown University alumni
    • Alumni Career Network
    • Contacts through local club/class organizations
  • Other undergraduate or graduate schools/program alumni (if applicable)
  • University professors
  • Current or former co-workers and employers
  • Business associates
  • Professional association members
  • Neighbors/social groups
  • Religious affiliations/members
  • Other clubs/group memberships
  • "Cold" contacts

Networking Tips

(From Million Dollar Networking by Andrea R. Nierenberg)

Know what you're looking for. Have a well-thought-out plan for your career path. Asking key questions will help the person you're speaking with assist you more effectively. Also know what type of information you are seeking from that contact person: Referrals for a specific job opening? Information on a particular career field? Advice on the best strategies to break into a career? A secondary contact?

Prepare an elevator speech. In other words, prepare a 30-second commercial of who you are, what you do and what you're looking for. This not only forces you to clearly articulate your goals, it helps lead to great first impressions.

Don't just talk, listen. While your contacts may not be in a hiring capacity, the information they provide has the potential to be extremely valuable in your job search. Follow up with any other contacts s/he may give you.

Join trade groups and/or professional associations. Joining groups that are specific to your industry or field is an excellent way to form a larger network. Volunteering on committees and/or getting further involved is also a good way to meet people.

Build relationships. Ideally, a network is continually being built as you progress in your career. Rather than only contacting people when you are in need of advice or information, create a relationship that is based on mutual interest and help. Emailing or sending a quick note to new contact people throughout your career is a good habit to maintain contact.

Reciprocate. When you ask others for help, be prepared to return the favor.

Send a thank you/keep informed about progress. Maintaining your network is one of the most important pieces of successful networking. Let your contacts know you appreciate their time and information and keep them apprised as to the status of your search. Additionally, these ties should be cultivated beyond your search. You never know when they will once again be fruitful for either yourself or your contact. Remember not to abuse the time of your contact person.

Networking Etiquette

(From Phil Stella in The Toastmaster)

Top 10 tips for networking etiquette

  1. Respect the time of the people you're networking with.
  2. Listen more than talk.
  3. Ask more than tell.
  4. Give more than ask.
  5. Maintain good eye contact.
  6. Don't mix networking, marketing, and selling.
  7. Finesse really pays off—don't come on too strong.
  8. Make other people comfortable.
  9. Ask if this is a good time for a brief chat when following up.
  10. Thank people for their effort on your behalf.

Hoya Gateway

Launched in 2013, Hoya Gateway is an Alumni Career Services program centered on an online platform that connects members of the Georgetown community for one-on-one career-related conversations. Using innovative technology, the platform recommends volunteers for students and alumni to reach out to by matching their academic and career interests. The program aims to help Hoyas build their professional networks by cultivating an engaged alumni community willing to give of their time and expertise. Hoya Gateway also hosts networking events, partners with multiple offices on campus, and to date, over 5,500 conversations have been initiated through the online platform.

Learn more and create a profile at hoyagateway.georgetown.edu. Be sure to follow Hoya Gateway on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated with program news, upcoming events, and other volunteer opportunities through the program.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 20 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries.

When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.

Search under "Groups" for Georgetown Alumni Career Services, Georgetown University Alumni Group and GtownMBAAlumni to connect with fellow alumni.

Your network consists of your connections, your connections' connections and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.

Facebook

Visit the Georgetown Alumni Career Services Facebook page.

  • Be the first to know about upcoming events and webinars
  • Chat with fellow Hoyas about job search strategies via discussion boards
  • View photos from past events
  • Network virtually with fellow Hoyas

Professional/Special Interest Groups for Alumni

Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance (GEMA)

GEMA's goal is to connect members of the Georgetown community involved in the entertainment and media industries worldwide.

Georgetown Technology Alliance

The Georgetown Technology Alliance (GTA) creates opportunities for shared learning and service around technology and biotech issues while deepening ties between this business community and Georgetown University.

Georgetown Toastmasters Public Speaking Group

This nonprofit, educational community club focuses on developing public speaking and leadership skills within a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.

Wall Street Alliance

This alliance brings together more than 4,500 Georgetown alumni, parents and friends in the financial community.

ACS Webinars on Networking