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How to Network: Connecting With People and Cultivating Relationships

Tuesday | October 23, 2018 | by Cecilia Connor

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Networking may be the way you obtain your next job. According to The Washington Post, 70 percent of all positions in the U.S. are found through networking. This trend represents a major challenge for recently arrived immigrants—many of whom, despite having rich professional experience and education, can end up in jobs well below their talents.

But how do you:

  • Meet other professionals in your field when you are new to the U.S.?
  • Learn about professional opportunities through your contacts?
  • Build a strong social network?
  • Tap into hidden markets?

Questions like these are common for immigrant job seekers. Jobversity, an initiative of Upwardly Global, exists to provide these answers. Upwardly Global, a leading national non-profit focused on the economic integration of skilled immigrants, is partnering with WES, so that WES applicants can access a variety of online training courses for free—including the “How to Network” course.

In this course, you will learn the following strategies:

  • Identify where and how to network
  • Understand how to use informational interviews as part of your networking strategy
  • Maintain communication with contacts as you rebuild your professional network in the U.S.

Read more about the course below, or register to access Upwardly Global’s courses for free here.

As an immigrant myself, I experienced the struggles of looking for a job with a very limited network. When I came to the U.S. seven years ago, I was ready and eager to restart my career in business administration with a focus on marketing. I submitted over 30 job applications per week for several months, but I did not get a single interview. In order to pay my bills, I started working as a cashier at a supermarket near my house.

But, when I joined Upwardly Global’s training program, I learned how to network in the U.S. I put this knowledge to work by attending several networking events, building a strong social profile on LinkedIn, and connecting with professionals for informational interviews. As a direct result of these connections, I started getting interviews! And, shortly after, I landed my first professional job in the U.S. at a corporate marketing and event planning company in downtown Chicago.

My story demonstrates the importance of networking when searching for a job. Get started on learning how to network today. Register for Upwardly Global’s online learning platform here.

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Cecilia Connor is the Manager of ESL & Education Projects at Upwardly Global.