Many of the relationships you develop while at the iSchool will be a result of internships or other professional experiences. However, the effective networker can also build contacts through membership and participation in professional associations, and through other relationships cultivated via shared interests. Below are tips on making that happen.
Leverage Online Resources
These resources offer a wide range of networking-related information. You can find groups based on interest area, alumni working in your desired field, calendars of local events, and more.
Of course, there's also LinkedIn. Here's a Career Services tutorial on using the site's "Find Alumni" tool to network with former iSchool students. For tips on how to land interviews using LinkedIn, check out this video by John Marty.
Explore Professional Organizations
There are countless professional organizations focused on the types of things iSchool students study. They offer resources for networking, job searching, and professional development.
- American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
- American Library Association (ALA)
- American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
- American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
- Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)
- Association for Information Systems (AIS)
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
- Information Resources Management Association (IRMA)
- Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS)
- International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS)
- International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT)
- Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS)
- Medical Library Association (MLA)
- Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA)
- Society for Information Management (SIM)
- Strategic and Competitive Information Professionals (SCIP)
- Special Libraries Association (SLA)
- Visual Resources Association (VRA)
- Washington Library Association (WLA)
- Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
Read Books on Networking
Some suggested options:
- Breakthrough Networking: Building Relationships That Last by Lillian D. Bjorseth
- How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne
- Networlding: Building Relationships and Opportunities for Success by Melissa Giovagnoli and Jocelyn Carter-Miller
- People Power: 12 Power Principles to Enrich Your Business, Career & Personal Network by Donna Fisher
- Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
Volunteering not only reflects that you're service-minded and passionate, it offers a great chance to build your professional network. Below are just a few of many, many groups offering service opportunities in the Seattle area.
- Boys & Girls Club of King County
- Rotary Club of Seattle
- Seattle Public Library
- Technology Access Foundation
Keep Track of Whom You Meet
There's no point in networking if you don't follow up. Keep track of who you meet by maintaining a database that includes names, organizations, contact info, and notes on when you last interacted.
Career Services Resources
Check out recordings of some past Career Services events related to networking such as Don't be Awkward, Personal Branding, Networking 101, and Navigating a Career Fair.