Connect to Employers

Networking is an absolute necessity in your internship or job search. Most hires are made with referrals, so it's important to understand who you know, who you want to know, and how to reach out. Remember, connecting to employers doesn't mean asking for a job. These strategies are about building two-way relationships that could lead to future partnerships of all kinds. 

Find Connections 

PDF Contact Network Worksheet 
Who do you already know? Use this handout to brainstorm about your current connections. 

PDF Researching Careers and Employers 
Use the resources in this guide to identify employers that fit your interests and to learn about their practices, projects, and recent updates. 

PDF Internship and Job Search Strategies
Download the Career Planning & Development Center's guide to searching for jobs and internships. The “Identify Employers Section” provides special assistance on how to find people in your fields of interest. 

The Career Planning & Development Center‘s online job, internship and student employment job database also includes an employer directory. Find contacts from organizations that are already familiar with Webster. 

Campus or Departmental Events
Speakers, alumni, and community members are often invited to events on campus. Check your Webster University email account and stay connected to your academic department to gain awareness of these events. 

Student Organizations
Student groups, especially those affiliated with an academic major or career path, may engage employers as speakers or mentors. Get involved with groups related to your areas of interest. 

Alumni can provide wonderful insight into their experience and can provide information about their place of work. Ask professors to connect you to alumni or seek them out via social or professional networking sites like LinkedIn. If you've already graduated, join the Webster University Alumni Online Community to connect with other alumni. 

Professional Associations 
Professional associations are groups of people who work in the same field. Their websites can provide extensive information about the occupation such as up-to-date knowledge and research findings, industry news, certification/licensure requirements, accredited graduate school directories, mentor programs, and much more. Members gather on a regular basis to network and develop professional knowledge. Use a search engine to seek out professional associations related to your field or the National Trade and Professional Associations of the United States directory available at libraries.

Social and Professional Networking Sites
Social media sites can allow you to cultivate relationships with people who are geographically distant or who you wouldn't be able to find in other settings. Before using these sites in your networking plan, review how to responsibly connect online in Digital Identity.

PDF How to Network on LinkedIn 
PDF How to Communicate Effectively on LinkedIn

Make Contact 

Webinar: Crafting Your Message (28:00) 

Introduce Yourself
Prepare a brief summary about yourself (also known as an elevator pitch) so that you feel confident reaching out to others. 

PDF Informational Interviewing
Speak to professionals working for employers of interest to gather information about their career and experience and to build an ongoing relationship. 

Contact Us

Career Planning & Development Center
568 Garden Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119


Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Walk-In Hours

Fall II 2014 Walk-In Hours 
Walk-In Hours are available when classes are in session. Spring I Walk-In Hours will return the week of January 12.

Learn about topics you can discuss during your 10-15 minute meeting with a Student Career Advisor.