don't wait, just doAlthough you may not realize it, you’re likely already building your career network as a student here at KU. Your relationships with people like your family, friends, coworkers, classmates, former supervisors, faculty, etc. can play a valuable role in exploring careers, job searching, and moving up in your career.


  • Clean up your online image by making sure all content is positive and professional.
  • Develop and promote your brand to make yourself standout.
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself with others by knowing what you want to say and how you want to say it.
  • Have your resume ready and be prepared to hand it out.

Find Contacts

  • Think about who you know and how these people might be able to help you reach your career goals.
  • Utilize online tools such as LinkedIn to become an active member in online networking groups.
Quick tip
Your network could include colleagues from professional associations, KU alums, or acquaintances you’ve connected with via online networking sites. To help stay connected to KU and networking opportunities, consider joining the Student Alumni Network.


Build Connections

  • Communicate like a professional by being polite and polished when connecting with others.
  • Value others’ expertise when you are meeting new people or building connections you already have.
  • Maintain your relationships by staying in contact, keeping others updated, and always thanking people for their help.
  • Return the favor by being prepared to help others with their own careers.

Quick tip

Did you know current students can order business cards featuring the University of Kansas or Jayhawk logos through the University Career Center? These can be helpful to hand out in networking and other professional events, especially when you're job and internship searching.

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6th in the nation for its social media presence in 2013 —
Winner of the 2013 Innovation Excellence Award in Research —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2009 National Chevron Award winner for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
2010 National Chevron Award finalist for excellence in career services —National Association of Colleges and Employers
Professional Clothing Closet won Service Program of the Year —2011-12 Jayhawk Choice Awards
More than 500 students enroll in career classes annually
Each year more than 7,500 jobs and 1,400 internships are posted in KU Career Connections
University Career Center hosts eight career fairs each year
More than 360 organizations attended University Career Center career fairs the past academic year
More than 10,000 students attended University Career Center workshops in 2012-13