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LinkedIn & Networking


Networking begins with talking to people. By maintaining these contacts, your professional and social circles grows — it’s as simple as that. 

Your network includes: your friends, family, alumni, former employers, contacts at a former place of work, coaches, etc.  

When you maintain relationships with people in your network and stay in periodic contact, your contacts get to know you better — and you stay top-of-mind. Send your network a message when you get a job or internship or when you win an award in school. Get in the habit of reaching out to your network every six months with an update or a check in.

Rules of networking: Never, point blank, just ask for a job. Stay positive, always send thank you messages, be mindful of spelling and grammar, and return favors — help others in your network!


LinkedIn is the leading online professional directory of individuals and companies with more than 300 million members. Individuals use LinkedIn for professional networking, connecting, and job searching. Companies use LinkedIn for recruiting and for providing company information to prospective employees.

LinkedIn members can search for jobs, join groups, research companies, and network with members of their network. Here's how to get started.

  1. Register at
  2. Create & Expand your Profile - LinkedIn's Guide

  3. Stay up to date with the latest training and guides from LinkedIn

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