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 Generate a list of networking contacts

To create your primary list of contacts, use the list below to brainstorm names of several people who might help if you called on them. Remember, the people your primary contacts lead you to (secondary contacts) and the people the secondary contacts lead you to (tertiary contacts) are most often the ones who have information about job leads.

  • Current or Former Professors, PIs
  • Alumni Database (from your undergraduate and/or graduate school)
  • Contacts you meet at career panels, career fairs, or other career-related events
  • Family: Father, Mother, Step-Father, Step-Mother, Sister, Brother, Step-Sister, Step-Brother, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Grandparents, Nieces, Nephews, Partner's Relatives
  • Friends, Partner's Friends
  • Contacts through your children (teachers, directors, pediatricians)
  • Roommates/Classmates in High School/College/Graduate School
  • Former or Current Employers or Employers of Those You Know
  • Neighbors/Community Members
  • Members of your religious group/organization
  • Political Party Affiliations
  • People With Whom You Volunteer
  • Members of Social Organizations You Are Involved In
  • Members of Professional Associations
  • Accountants, Lawyers, Bankers, Insurance Agents
  • Doctors, Dentists, Optometrists
  • Stylists, Stockbrokers, Mechanics
  • People Who Work in Personnel, Placement, Search Agencies