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Updated on Saturday, April 5

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QUESTION: How do you guys actually network and end up getting jobs? What I mean by that is those short 1hr networking sessions I find those to be useless because there are so many students basically saying the same thing. How do you even get a job out of that. Then you try to network with people you work with etc.. how do you get them to basically offer you a job or lead you in the right direction? Doesn't it feel odd to randomly ask people, I am looking for a job do you have an opening?

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  1. Those one-hour networking sessions are totally useless. I used to hate 'networking' until I stopped seeing it as hustling for contacts in one hour sessions and started seeing it as 'making friends with cool people that are interested in the same things I am'.

    It's not about meeting someone and having them offer you a job right away. It's about getting to know people so when an awesome job comes their way, they think of you first. It doesn't happen overnight.

    Though sometimes the one-hour sessions have free beer, so there's that.

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  2. One hour info sessions are NOT useless. You are just being a mindless drone. You are doing them wrong.

    I got two of my co-op jobs through an information session. The second one, my boss told me I really stood out because I wasn't just asking cookie cutter questions and being boring. I was able to hold a normal conversation about normal things (sometimes not even related to the job! Wow!). I also I had insightful things to say about the industry. Being able to make small talk goes a long way. A LONG way. Go in a suit and be friendly.

    IMO, those information sessions are more important than the interviews, but they aren't really networking.

    "It's about getting to know people so when an awesome job comes their way, they think of you first. It doesn't happen overnight."

    I agree with this statement.

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