Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm not from San Diego so how do I network in San Diego?

I keep hearing that networking is the best way to get a job, but I’m not from San Diego and don’t really know anybody to contact locally. So how am I supposed to network?

1 comment:

USDCareerBlog said...

Great question. You DO have a network of San Diego contacts – you just haven’t identified and reached out to them yet. Here are some examples:

USD staff and faculty members, most of whom live in San Diego, may know people who could provide advice or job leads.

All your USD classmates (and those who recently graduated) who come from (or work in) San Diego may have parents, older relatives, friends, past or present supervisors or co-workers, and others you can contact.

There are dozens of professional associations with San Diego chapters. You can join as a student and/or attend networking events, mixers and other social/professional functions. The Career Services website contains a long list of local professional associations.

And you should make networking a daily routine by talking to people about their line of work in every social situation – at parties, restaurants, bistros, sporting events – you name it.

Read the Networking handout on the Recommended Links column to the right, and schedule to meet with a career counselor for more networking and job search advice.