Networking Opportunities

Approximately 70% of all jobs are found through networking!

Most career counseling professionals estimate that at least 50% of the jobs that are filled are never advertised; so how do people find out about these opportunities? Current employees will often tell their networking associates when a position is opening and/or help those associates get interviews. With this in mind, you can see how valuable this step is in your job search.

  • Networking, in reality, is relationship building. The basics include:
  • Build a contact management database of who you know
  • Email contacts to prepare them for your request for a conversation
  • Phone within 72 hours of requesting said meeting
  • Conduct meeting/informational interview
  • Send thank you note
  • Follow up one month later to update the contact on your progress


LinkedIn is a professional networking site of more than 30 million experienced professionals. As a student, you can create a profile and join any of the University of Dallas LinkedIn Groups (including UD Personal Career Development) to gain access to University of Dallas employers and alumni.


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Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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