How do graduate candidates get the best job opportunities? Through networking! Networking and job referrals account for 80% of all job and internship employment. The best referrals for jobs come from valid connections. To build a strong network, connect to someone who may be a member of the same professional association, a fellow alumnus of your undergraduate or graduate school (or even high school), professors you established relationships with, fellow classmates, or the friend of a friend to whom you were introduced either personally or professionally. We recommend and support the following ways to build a valid and effective professional network:
Executive Speaker Series
Graduate Business Career Services schedules experienced executive speakers throughout the year who can offer you the opportunity to learn and establish a professional relationship. Recent guests include Andrew Tisch, Chairman of Loews Corp., and Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group.
Utilize our scheduled events to meet and get to know alumni, faculty and professional presenters. Attend alumni/corporate presentations and information sessions. Attend career panels about industry trends and career opportunities in business areas, business etiquette, alumni and faculty career discussions. Participate in employer sponsored mock interview sessions.
Joining a national MBA association is another great way to meet peers and national and multi-national company representatives. Many associations have national conferences and job fairs which will allow you to expand your network and job opportunities. All of the associations recommended below are open to all nationalities and genders:
- National Black M.B.A. Association: www.nbmbaa.org
- National Society Of Hispanic MBA: www.nshmba.org
- National Association of Asian MBAs : www.asianmba.org
- Net Impact (corporate social responsibility): www.netimpact.org
- National Association of Women MBAs: www.mbawomen.org
- National Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM): www.shrm.org
- Toastmasters International: www.toastmasters.org
Becoming a member of professional organizations provides you with direct knowledge from associations related to your area of interest. With over 17 business and cultural associations, opportunities to expand your network are plenty. To find out the right one for you, explore our Student Business Organizations.
Re-connect, power your career and get answers. Find past and present colleagues and classmates quickly. LinkedIn makes staying in touch simple. Discover inside connections when you're looking for a job or new business opportunity. Your network is full of industry experts willing to share advice.
We suggest establishing a profile and presence on Linkedin. Linkedin has great search tools which will enable you to search for Zarb alumni and others in business fields you want to learn more about. Participating in groups such as The Zarb Alumni Association Group, The Official Graduate Business Career Services Group, and the Hofstra Zarb School of Business Group can keep your Zarb associations up to date.
Groups that are relevant to your field of interest and world issues affecting business are excellent sources of information and job connections. Search LinkedIn for groups relevant to your career targets. Sample groups include: Multicultural Marketing Experts, Statistics & Analytics Consultants Group, Business Analytics, SAS/SPSS Marketing & Data Analysts, SAS Analytics and BI, SAS Professional Forum
Job-Internship Search Organizer
The following link is an excellent resources for organizing all applications, interviews, company websites, general employer contact information, etc.