Consider who you may already know:
- List names of current and former colleagues, acquaintances from professional/campus organizations, and the business associates of family and friends.
- Don’t forgot your personal network—neighbors, relatives, organizations, religious or community groups, clubs, or volunteer groups. Look to all generations for building a professional community.
- Fill in the gaps by reconnecting with old acquaintances, getting involved in the committees of your favorite organization, or volunteering.
Use online networks to connect with those you know and make new contacts:
- Many students already have large social networks on Facebook. Use a tool like JIBE, Identified, or BranchOut in order to visualize your own network.