TCCS Resources to Help You Network
Alumni Networking Career & Mentoring Program - Many TC alumni have generously volunteered their time to serve as resources for current students and other alumni. This program provides students and alumni with an opportunity to meet and speak with professionals in various career fields, develop their career plans and create professional networks in various industries. Search for alumni contacts and mentors through TCCS LINK, our online job database. To become an alumni mentor, click here.
Programs and Events - TCCS offers specialized programs such as career panels, networking events (e.g., Meet the Firms) and on-campus interviews. Check our Calendar page for an up-to-date Calendar of Events and room locations.Employer Information Sessions
These forums allow employers to discuss their organizations and employment opportunities with prospective candidates. Information sessions typically last one hour and include a presentation, question and answer period, and networking time. Check our Calendar page for an up-to-date Calendar of Events and room locations.
Each year we host and/or co-sponsor a number of career fairs in the education, not-for-profit, international and corporate sectors (e.g., PreK-12 Education Career Fair) designed to help TC students and alumni find jobs and internships. Check our Calendar page for an up-to-date Calendar of Events and room locations
Social Media is no longer optional for job seekers; it has become an integral part of career services offices throughout the country. According to a 2009 Career Builder survey, 45% of employers use social media to screen potential candidates and this percentage is growing. These employers are looking to see students’ communication skills, professional demeanor, how well rounded they are, and skills and assets they may possess. Therefore, one of the most essential skills for the 21st century job seeker is an understanding of how to use social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
LinkedIn is a professionally oriented social media site used for career networking. With more than 75 million users, LikedIn allows you to exchange information, ideas and opportunities with other people in your field. Used effectively it can be a great tool for networking and job searching for both recent graduates and experienced professionals. It is a place where individuals connect with job-seekers, and where broad cross-industry groups can collaborate to figure out the hottest trends in the professional world.
Facebook currently has 500 million active users, 50% of whom are on Facebook daily. An average user has 80 fan pages, events, and groups that they are a part of. In total, people spend 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. In terms of professional networking, privacy issues are important. Employers have started screening for potential employees through Facebook. It has become a digital space where employers can get to know you and your personality. Therefore, it is essential to draw a line between your personal and public life. If you have a current account with a lot of personal information, consider creating a separate account for professional use.
Twitter is a social networking tool that enables people to create accounts and review other accounts. Twitter is the fastest growing social media site. Between 2008-2009, Twitter grew at an astounding 1,382%. It is a simple tool that can help you in your job search and networking pursuits. You can connect with companies, organizations, and contacts within your area of interest. Read bios of whom you are following, and those who are following you, to get insight into their interests.