As I continue to stress about finding a job after making that fateful walk across the stage at the Convocation Center, there’s one thing that’s always lingering in the back of my mind: Did I meet someone new today?
I’ve talked to countless professors, employers, colleagues, alumni–you name it–and they all say the exact same thing. “It’s all about who you know, not what you know.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the degree I’ve worked four years four and put thousands of dollars into will come in handy some day, but networking has become one of the most important factors in finding and securing a job. You never know who’s going to know someone that will hold a key to your future.
Cheesy, but true.
So all you other class of ’12 graduates out there, and those of you graduation sometime in the near future, make sure you’re meeting as many people as you can. Brag about yourself (subtly, of course). Invest in business cards–something I still need to do. In an age where networking is as easy as signing up for an email account, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.