When surveyed, the majority of Xavier students indicated they found/secured their internship or job through a family member, friend or Xavier faculty/staff. Use these to your advantage. Reach out to seek their career advice, discuss strategies and conduct informational interviews. Below are a few more strategies. No matter how you build your network, keep this in mind - the goal is to develop relationships, so do NOT ask for a job or an internship.
WAYS TO NETWORK
Join the Xavier Mentor Program
- Starting sophomore year, be matched with a career professional who will work with you one-on-one to help you develop your networking skills, build your professional network, help with career development and more!
LinkedIn is a great online tool for staying connected with peers, colleagues, and networking with others. Join groups of interest, including any Xavier groups (example: Xavier University Alumni). You can search for contacts who work in certain industries, filter by college major, location, alma mater, etc.
To read what to include in your LinkedIn profile as well as different ways to utilize LinkedIn, check out pages 11-12 of the Job and Internship Search Guide.
LinkedIn also has a job posting feature and a separate volunteer site.
Join Professional Organizations
The Internet Public Library offers a Directory of Associations. You can find those most relevant to your interests. Many offer special rates for student membership and they often have job postings on their websites.
- The Xavier University Alumni Association has endorsed connecting with students via LinkedIn. Join the Xavier University Alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with alumni across the globe. Do not wait until you graduate. Join now!
- Use the "Find Alumni" tool on LinkedIn to filter for alumni in your location and area/companies of interest.
Xavier National Alumni Association Chapter contacts Reach out and meet alumni in different cities!
Type in the search box "Friends of Friends who work at XYZ (the name of the organization)" or "Friends of Friends who went to Xavier University and work at XYZ (the name of the organization)". Connect with your friends who know these contacts - ask to be introduced. You can also connect with alumni across the nation on the Xavier University Alumni Facebook page. This may help when looking to network with those in other cities and states.
Attend Career Fairs/Prep Events
You have a better chance of landing the job if you've met the organization's recruiter. Whether it's in a formal setting like the career fair, or as part of the resume critique event the week before the fair, an in-person connection is key.