Networking Resources and Tips

Networking is a mutually beneficial process that involves developing and maintaining professional connections. Networking provides you with an opportunity to connect with individuals in your field of interest that can provide beneficial insight, gather information pertaining to a particular field or industry, and increase your chances to find out about job openings otherwise not advertised. See below on ways to build your networking skills.


Networking Tips: (for more detailed information view the Networking and Elevator Pitch Tips handout.)

  • Don’t speculate for a job
  • Invest in relationships
  • Make friends before you need them
  • Seek advice, not help
  • Give before getting

Where to get started:

  • LinkedIn – connect & engage with alumni
  • Smeal Career Service Interns – get career tips and advice from your peers
  • Smeal Alumni Mentor Program – be paired with a Smeal Alumni for an entire year to build your network

Elevator Pitch Tips: (check the Networking and Elevator Pitch Tips for an example)

  1. Introduce yourself with your name, year, major, activities, and aspirations:
  2. Say something about your knowledge/interest in the company or an interesting fact
  3. Say something about what skills you can bring to the company or what you can believe you can offer them- make sure it matches what the company is looking for
  4. Ask an open-ended question that will encourage dialogue

If you are not pursuing a specific opportunity or you are an underclassmen and the company is only pursuing juniors and seniors, as what you can be doing now to stand out in the recruiting process or what they look for in an ideal candidate.

Additional Resources:

Researching Companies and Networking