Networking is the process of building relationships with individuals who have experience in a career or industry and can offer insights and advice to help you along your career journey. Take networking step by step and allow yourself enough time to cultivate meaningful relationships that you will maintain throughout your career. As you develop professional contacts, you are creating a path to your first job or internship.

Introduction to Networking

Don't have experience networking? Not sure where to begin? Check out CPD's handout on Networking 101 to learn how to find contacts, communicate professionally, conduct an initial meeting, and start connecting.

Craft a Networking Email

When reaching out to W&L alumni or other networking contacts, it is crucial to write an email that will make a positive first impression. Follow this guide to craft your first email to a new contact.

Tips for Networking Events

Networking receptions, conferences, and industry events are key opportunities to build professional relationships that will be instrumental in your career journey. Not sure where to start? Check out these tips.

Colonnade Connections

Browse Colonnade Connections, Washington and Lee's internal database for alumni profiles and contact information to find potential contacts and email addresses.


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