Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jobs: Networking as Career Building

Law students seem to hate the word “networking,” in part because they do not fully understand its function. For many of them, networking is a method of talking to people who can offer you a job. They should understand that networking is a way to build a career.

Yes, networking may lead to an immediate job offer; however, it may not. Still, it is a way to meet other people in the profession who can serve as mentors, give you advice on job hunting, and maybe point you toward potential future employers. Later on, the people with whom you network may refer clients to you or simply build your reputation by speaking highly of you to others. Career building is part of a long process with many functions. Perhaps if we used the words “career building” instead of “networking,” students would be more receptive to the process.


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