Ways to Network

students networking

Networking contacts are people who you can learn about a career field from or give you an inside perspective on a company's culture. They can also give you resume tips and job search advice.

To identify people in your network, think of the five F's: Friends, Fellow Peers and Alumni, Faculty, Family, and Foundations and Professional Associations.

Over 70% of opportunities are never posted.
They’re found through networking!

Networking simply means building relationships with people. Through those relationships, you can discover opportunities. Constantly explore new groups to connect with. For more details and other ways to network, review the Networking section of the Career Readiness Guide (PDF).

How to Become a Master at Networking

Develop Your Personal Pitch

A personal pitch is a brief introduction about yourself that answers important questions in 30 seconds. Develop your pitch and view examples (PDF).

Practice in person
Schedule a meeting with your industry advisor by calling our office at 703-993-2370.

Practice online
Create an account on Interview Stream. Once logged in, follow these steps to access practice questions:

  1. Select "Conduct an Interview"
  2. Select "Take a Pre-made Interview"
  3. Select "Practice Personal Pitch Questions"

Ways to Network

Meet employers on campus

As a Mason student you have access to employers through career panels, Career Fairs, and Resume Clinics. Connect with employers at these events and follow up with them.

Create a LinkedIn account

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members.  Learn tips on developing your profile and networking through LinkedIn.  If you have questions about how to use LinkedIn or if you would like someone to review your profile, make an appointment with your Industry Advisor.

Join a professional association

A professional association is typically a non-profit organization that seeks to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest. Join a professional association to gain access to hiring managers and experts in your industry of interest. View the Associations Unlimited database for a full list of professional associations.


Informational interviewing

Use informational interviews to build relationships with professionals and learn more about your career field.

Ask the people you meet through networking to sit down for a 20 minute interview where you get to ask them questions about their career, industry, and organization. Use this time to gather career and industry advice not to ask for a job. Send a thank you as a follow up and keep in touch.