Skip to main content



What is Networking?

Networking is about creating a connection and making yourself real by building relationships. It is a conversation rather than just handing out resumes. 

Ways to Network:


  • Create an account on LinkedIn and build your professional profile
  • Connect with family, friends, professors, classmates and previous co-workers
  • Send informational interview requests to alumni and individuals in your field
  • Research organizations of interest and connect with alumni already working in those organizations
  • Stay connected to international students and alumni through the "University of Dayton International Student & Alumni Career Network"

Informational Interviewing

  • To learn about informational interviews visit here
  • Start with a list of companies you would like to learn more about and research each organization on your list
  • Ask contacts or alumni to help you connect with an individual at your company of interest for an informational interview to learn about their career path
  • Send a "thank you" note after your conversation


  • Take advantage of opportunities to talk to employers at career fairs, information sessions or employer resume review sessions
  • Visit Handshake to see the calendar for upcoming campus events

Student and Professional Organizations

  • Join student organizations to develop leadership, social skills, and to build positive relationships with members
  • Consider joining the student chapter of a professional association related to your field

Chamber of Commerce

  • There are various ethnic Chambers of Commerce who facilitate economic growth within their region (i.e. Indian, Asian, European, Hispanic, etc.)
  • Participation in Chamber events is a great way to meet people well connected in your area of interest

For more information, attend a networking workshop or watch a Career Spots video.


Career Services

Alumni House
208 L Street
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2711