An abundance of jobs ranging from entry level to executive are just waiting to be filled. Now that you've considered your career path, it's time to find the positions that are right for you.
FIDM provides students and alumni access to job listings on an ongoing basis both on campus and online. Plus, there are many events held throughout the year at FIDM to provide students and alumni with career advice and networking and job opportunities. Did you know that over half of all jobs are found through networking? Other jobs are found through more traditional advertising channels such as online job sites and corporate websites. A thorough job search involves all of the above.
Locating jobs through advertising channels, such as online job sites and corporate websites, is the traditional tried and true method. Employers use these channels to reach potential employees.
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A network is an ever-evolving resource of people with whom you have connections. It may be internal (the company where you work) or external (friends, family, and members of organizations). You create and develop your own unique network, which in turn becomes a crucial part of a successful career.
In addition to finding out about job opportunities, networking provides an up-to-the-minute way to gain knowledge in your field, get help with solving problems, keep up with the market, and establish yourself among your peers. Many employers would much rather hire a person that has been referred and recommended by someone they know and trust. In the arts and entertainment industries, networking is especially vital for finding out about jobs. Another benefit of networking is that you could find out about jobs before they are made public, thereby decreasing your competition.
Make a Connection
When meeting new business contacts, it's a good idea to smile. It makes you more approachable and conversation is more likely. Truly listen and focus when someone is speaking with you. If you feel a good connection, arrange to meet again. You could ask them to mentor you with their experience and advice. Always thank them for their time, and mean it. Strengthen your network—if you meet a new contact who can help in providing career assistance and you notice they have a common interest with a friend, introduce them.
Thank the Host
It's always appropriate to thank the host of a networking event before you leave. After the event, you may send a short, handwritten note or give them a call to express thanks. Use email only if this is the only contact information you have for them. You may want to mention something about the event that you particularly liked: the guests, location, food, speakers, etc.
Maintain Your Contacts
Keep a file of contacts - electronically or on paper, whatever works for you. After you meet a new contact, record their information immediately with notes about where you met and what you discussed. As you get to know them, update your records with other key information such as mutual acquaintances, birthday, hobbies, etc. Remember to acknowledge birthdays and send holiday cards, if appropriate. Maintaining relationships is very important in business.
Groom Your List
An important thing to remember is that your network is constantly growing and changing. It’s OK to “deselect” people. Your network should include people with which you relate and enjoy.