225 Lawrence Center
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm (Summer)
The career center follows the University’s calendar for holidays, delays, and closures.
Networking is a process of building relationships. Successful networking results in refining and promoting your personal brand, learning about best practices in a career field or industry, and making meaningful connections with individuals to engage in mutually beneficial exchanges of information. Ultimately, networking is one of the most effective ways to find a job and manage your career.
Throughout your career, you want to build and maintain relationships so people know who you are and what you have to offer. By networking, you will gather information about career fields or industries that interest you, individuals who are industry leaders, and organizations that may be your future potential employer. Even when you have a job you want to continue networking! Networking is NOT only about finding a job; however, the more connections you have, the better position you will be in for your next career move.
When it comes to social media, your options are endless. There will likely always be something new and exciting to consider. Keep in mind, that whether you decide to use these platforms for personal or professional reasons, social media is going to be what you make of it. When used appropriately, it can be a wonderful tool for exploring careers, developing connections with organizations and professionals, and staying updated with current information. When used inappropriately, it has the possibility of hurting your chances when applying to opportunities and trying to make career moves. At the very least, you want to be sure you are controlling all privacy settings and staying aware of all information you are posting and sharing online.
It is a good idea to think about your specific goals in relation to social media, and identify a strategy for which platforms you want to use and how. Don’t be afraid to start by observing how others are using social media, and then slowly get more active as you feel more comfortable. Below are some tips to help get you started as you explore various forms of social media and the impact they could have on your career:
LinkedIn.com allows you learn about companies and connect with professionals who are working in careers that interest you. Having a professional presence on LinkedIn can be a great way for you to start working towards your career goals now. Here are a few tips for using LinkedIn:
Twitter.com keeps you up to date with current topics and information. Using Twitter for career-related purposes can be an excellent way to strengthen your professional image. Here are a few tips for using Twitter:
Facebook.com can be used for professional purposes. Developing a professional image on Facebook can help you identify and connect with career opportunities. Here are a few tips for using Facebook:
Plus.google.com allows you to enhance your professional image and connections online. Here are a few tips for using Google+:
Pinterest.com, Youtube.com, Tumblr.com, WordPress.com, and other similar sites allow you to promote your professional image through the use of creative outlets. Here are a few tips for using these sites:
If an employer looked up your name online, would you know how you are currently represented? Would this online representation be a positive or negative reflection of your professional abilities? Knowing and monitoring your online image or brand is extremely important. Below are resources that will help you track, improve and/or enhance your personal online image.
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