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Network effectively

Network effectively

Networking is a critical step in any career transition.

Networking helps you find job openings and conduct essential employer research. When you understand an employer's priorities, you can align your resume, cover letter, job application, and interview answers with their needs, and be a much stronger candidate.

Since 60-80% of jobs are found through networking, career experts often say, “the opposite of networking is not working.” Every person that you know, meet, or interact with is a possible member of your network, and may provide access to different information, resources, or connections.

Many of your networking contacts will not be potential employers. But a strong network will help you transition to the civilian workforce, learn the organizational culture, and build your professional brand and reputation.

Visit the pages below for more information.

Your network
Whether you feel you have an established network or not, learn how to build your personal network.

Social media
Social media is a critical tool for both employers and potential applicants.

Informational interviews
Learn how informational interviews can help you get a leg up in the job market.

Job fairs
Job fairs are excellent opportunities for networking—learn how to make the most of them.

Networking events
Connect with business leaders and influencers at networking events.