April 10th: Final Four
The spring semester is a popular time not only for colleges and universities to hold career fairs but also for community-based events as well. Many cities and civic organizations will hold career fairs during the summer months. You can find relevant information from state departments of labor and even from the career center websites of colleges and universities close to home. Check the Google calendar on the Career Services homepage for information about career fairs in the area.
LinkedIn is a professional networking site similar to Facebook but focused on professional connections rather than social friends. To get the most out of LinkedIn, create a complete profile and join groups related to your career field. You can also join the UAlbany Alumni and the University at Albany Career Services LinkedIn groups. Join discussions and connect with other members of the group. Always use a personalized message when you request a connection in LinkedIn. Introduce yourself and explain why you would like connect. Also, find companies you’d like to work for and start following them. Their job postings and updates will be listed right in your feed.
Volunteering to work with an organization can help you build skills that will make you more marketable to future employers. Volunteer experience is also a great way to network with professionals in the career field you are considering. If you show initiative, leadership, and integrity as a volunteer, you could be offered an internship with the same organization, or at least a recommendation for an internship at another organization.
Some may believe an internship is simply an experience to put on your resume and gain knowledge of your field. However, it is also a huge networking opportunity. You are surrounded by employees in the field you eventually hope to work in. Talk to them, show them what a hard worker you are, and stay in contact after the internship has ended. Oftentimes, when an intern truly stands out and goes above and beyond, job offers are on the horizon.