Most jobs (that's right, 70-80%) are never posted, they are found through others. The best way to find the right opportunity is to work with other people; that's right, networking!
In fact, networking is one of the most efficient, effective ways to go about doing anything -- seeking advice, selecting a mechanic, finding an apartment, helping others, gathering information, and just plain getting things done. And, it's an essential part of communicating your personal brand to potential employers. We all have connections; how we nurture, grow, and leverage them is up to us. No matter what our personality, disposition, or cultural background, everyone can learn to network effectively.
Sure, you are here at Babson for an exceptional education; to build skills, competencies, and experiences. But just as important, you are here to develop your social capital -- your connections, relationships, and contacts. The Babson network is a powerhouse; it's right here waiting for you to tap into it. Your Babson connections will last a lifetime, helping you and others to achieve life goals.
What, how, where, and with whom you network, as well as your personal presence, are key aspects of networking. For career purposes, we address general networking concepts, such as how to effectively network at a conference and creating your rocket pitch. We also provide specific guidelines for informational interviewing and on-line/social networking. While some enjoy networking more than others, the fact is we are already doing it right here at Babson. Leveraging these innate skills more effectively is part of your Babson education; it's an important part of why you are here. The rewards are great, and you will help so many others along the way. CCD is here to help.