You want me to talk to a stranger?! That's often the reaction we get when we talk to students about networking. We understand the hesitation to ask for help, but the reality is that the job search is considerably more difficult if you try to go it alone. One of the best search strategies is to use your existing network of friends, family, and UMass connections to build a job search team! This team can help you finetune your preferences, learn about previously unknown opportunities, and make the connections that could lead to your dream interview.
But why would others want to help out with your job search? Here are just a few of the reasons we've heard: