Build Your Network
Eighty percent of employment opportunities are found through networking—word of mouth or referrals through people you're connected to in some way. Networking is not about asking for a job, but about getting to know someone on a personal level and offering to help when your skills match someone else's need. Approach networking as having a conversation, perhaps asking for advice or talking to people about how they got to where they are now in their careers (this will give you ideas and resources). Learn something about them and follow up on what they're doing. If you're paying attention to what they're doing, they will be more likely to pay attention and follow up on what you're doing. Friendships and partnerships take time, so start planting new seeds today!
How to build your network:
- Identify people you would like to connect with and reach out to them.
- Attend events and initiate new conversations.
- Use social media to connect with individuals and companies.
- Download our Networking Tip Sheet and pick up other handouts and books in the Career Development Center.
- Join LinkedIn, the largest online career networking site, and the LinkedIn Berklee Career Development Center Group.
- Watch Julia Bingham's presentation LinkedIn Basics for Musicians if you do not have a LinkedIn profile or are not using your profile to its fullest capacity.
Networking with Berklee Alumni
The Career Development Center, in conjunction with Alumni Affairs, is developing a professional network of alumni who are seeking to advise current Berklee students. If you're an alumnus/alumna who's interested in volunteering to connect with students about your career development and job search strategies, click here to learn more and sign up. Students will soon be able to access the professional network through the Berklee Career Manager.
Watch a LinkedIn Basics for Musicians presentation: