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Grow Your Network

Networking is about building relationships and community. It involves sharing your story, interests and goals with people who have similar professional interests. Start by talking to your classmates, peers, advisors and faculty. Reach out to people working in the fields you're interested in. They can be a great resource and oftentimes welcome conversations with students. Here are some resources to help you get started.

Professional Networking

Building your network of professionals is essential for your career development and job search. Your network can help you discover career pathways and the skills you need to get there. They can also help you find opportunities that might be a good fit for you and make introductions with people in the organization. You have a strong professional network at Cal State LA. Alumni and our employer partners are eager to connect with you. The resources below can help you get started.

Career Conversations

One of the best ways to begin a conversation with professionals in a field you're interested in is by asking them questions. Ask about their pathways and the skills required in the position. Career advisors provide these resources to help you get started.

Elevator Pitch

The elevator pitch is a short professional introduction when you describe your professional brand. Think of your professional brand as a way to activate your personal mission statement. Meaning, a way to bring your personal mission statement to “life” and in a way that combines your personal and professional self.

Business Emailing

If you're starting the conversation through email or LinkedIn messaging, these resources can help you draft your message.

LinkedIn

Start by creating a strong online professional profile.

Then, use these strategies to start networking online.

  • Handshake (website) – A Cal State LA online site where employers recruit college students and recent grads.
  • LinkedIn (website) An international professional networking site where companies post job opportunities and connect with college students and alumni.
  • Employer Info Sessions – These are in-person and virtual sessions that the Career Center hosts to connect you with employers. Events are on Handshake.
  • Networking Events – Networking events such as conferences and career fairs connect you with professionals in your major and future career. Events are on Handshake and offered by professional associations in your academic and career discipline.

Additional Support

Career Advising

Career advisors and coordinators can help with self and career exploration, career planning, internships, career networking, résumé and interview skills, and employment searches. We offer group and individual appointments.

Connect with Career Advisors

Career Workshops

We offer workshops each semester to help you build your skills in networking for career exploration and the internship/job search. Look for them and sign up on Handshake.

Employers

Employers host events where you can network for career exploration and planning. Look for these events on Handshake.