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Frank G. Zarb School of Business Graduate Career Services

Professional Networking

How do graduate candidates get the best job opportunities? Through networking! Networking and job referrals account for 70-80% of all job and internship employment. The best referrals for jobs come from valid connections. These connections are started by developing relationships with people throughout your education and career. To build a strong network, connect to someone who may be a member of the same professional association, a fellow alumnus of your graduate school, undergraduate program (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 (Zarb GBCS) schedules experienced executive speakers throughout the year who offer you the opportunity to learn and establish a professional relationship. Recent guests include Matt Seeley, Group President at Experian Marketing Services, Andrew Tisch, Chairman of Loews Corp., and Kathleen Stanley, Senior VP of Capital One Bank. For more information, see our Calendar of Events.

Professional Associations

Utilize Zarb Graduate Business Career Services (GBCS) 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 and alumni and faculty career discussions. Participate in employer-sponsored mock interview sessions.

National MBA Associations:

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 Associations by Business Major:

Accounting: The Professional Accounting Society of America www.thepasa.org
Finance: Association for Financial Professionals www.afponline.org
Human Resources: Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM): www.shrm.org
IT/Business Analytics: Association of Information Technology Professionals www.aitp-li.org
Marketing: American Marketing Association www.ama.org
Quantitative Finance: Global Association of Risk Professionals www.garp.org


Social networks have become critical and essential to your job search. As of 2014, 94% of employers and recruiters are using social media to identify candidates. LinkedIn, the professional social network, is preferred by most employers, has over 433 million members (as of first quarter 2016) and is widely viewed as the most business-like and professional of the social networks. LinkedIn provides the opportunity for you to re-connect with former contacts, power your career and get answers. By using LinkedIn, you can find past and present colleagues and classmates quickly. LinkedIn makes staying in touch simple.

LinkedIn Profile

We highly recommend establishing a profile and presence on LinkedIn. A LinkedIn profile and a resume are similar in many ways, but they should be complementary rather than identical. Your LinkedIn profile allows the opportunity to share information that is more detailed than is in your resume, as there is no space limit. Your LinkedIn Summary functions as an introduction, and the best summary is a compelling narrative that showcases both your most impressive accomplishments and your personality. You can also use headers to break your summary into sections, making it easier to read.

Another difference is that your LinkedIn profile should include a photo. Choose a recent headshot with a simple background and make sure it is a professional-looking picture. This means no other people, animals or revealing attire displayed. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is filled out completely, taking the time to add targeted keywords to your profile's body, summary and headline. You can also upload samples of your work to your profile, which demonstrates to potential employers exactly what you can do.

LinkedIn Groups

Groups that are relevant to either your field of interest or world issues affecting business are excellent sources of information and potential job connections. Search LinkedIn for groups relevant to your career targets. There are more than 1.5 million groups on LinkedIn and each member can join a maximum of 50 groups. 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 help you forge valuable business connections with Hofstra alumni.

For information on getting started with LinkedIn, attend the "LinkedIn" and "LinkedIn-Beyond the Basics" workshops offered by Graduate Business Career Services. Some additional online resources include:

How to use LinkedIn for students https://university.linkedin.com/linkedin-for-students
LinkedIn training tutorials https://www.lynda.com/LinkedIn-training-tutorials/473-0.html
10 LinkedIn Tips for Students and New Grads https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-tips-students-new-grads-linkedin-omar-garriott
LinkedIn Recommendations and Why You Need Them https://vimeo.com/161360788
LinkedIn Profile Differentiation https://vimeo.com/161362352

Job-Internship Search Organizer Spreadsheet Tool

The following link is an excellent resource for organizing all applications, interviews, company websites, general employer contact information, etc.