Network with people you know
”In this economy, word of mouth advertising is incredibly helpful,” Shen-Filerman said. “Let your family friends, professors, relatives know the kind of job you’re looking for, what your contributory skills are, and why you’re excited to do that kind of work. Ask them if they know people you can talk to.”
Students have to get comfortable asking for help, Sanford said.
“Most of us aren’t, most of us think that’s annoying or we’re going to be viewed as weak or needy or less than capable or competent. Nothing can be further from the truth,” he said. “The ability to get over yourself and not worry about asking for help in terms of your own personal network is probably the most important thing you can do.”
It’s important to be clear about what you’re asking for, Sanford said, and make a presentation with that goal in mind.