Networking for Tigers: How to Stand Out in an Oversaturated Job Market

Congratulations on excelling in your academic career.  You are keeping your head more in your books instead of in the local bars (unless you’re studying for the bar…hehe) and you are maintaining a good grade point average.  So with all of these accomplishments, you must be a shoe-in for any job that you apply for, right?

Not so much.

Grades are important, but if you don’t know anybody within your field of expertise, it is going to be a lot harder for you to land a job after school.  The relationships that you create in college are vital to life outside of academics.  With that said, we thought it might be a good idea to give you some pointers on how to effectively utilize networking while in school.

1.) Play the Student Card

Employers and alumni are more likely to help you out just because you are a student; it’s less pressure on them knowing that you’re not quite looking for a job yet.  It is best to get advice from these individuals in this low-pressure setting.

2.) Get Off Campus

Mizzou is a great place to study and hang out with your friends, but it is best to utilize resources off-campus on your networking quests.  Find career fairs, conferences, and other events outside of CoMo to gain a competitive advantage over your classmates.

3.) Utilize LinkedIn

We here at the MU Career Center have stressed time-and-time again the importance of LinkedIn, especially for the young professional.  We will be here for days if we give you all of our advice regarding LinkedIn, but we’ll just link you here for a nifty guide on how to craft a LinkedIn profile (shameless cross-promotion).

4.) Get an Internship

It goes without saying that any college student that is serious on securing a job after school will have at least 1 internship during their academic career.  Although some Mizzou programs don’t require their students to have an internship, it is vital for any student to gain real-world experience in their field.  You can click here for advice on finding an internship that benefits you (this just turned into a late-night infomercial for the MU Career Center).