Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, July 28, 2016
I think a lot of new grads think that their network might be limited, when in fact; it may be more robust than you are thinking. Your network can consist of former teachers, counselors, employers, as well as family and friends. Don't forget to also count on any local groups or community organizations you may be a part of. If, after thinking through all of those people, you still feel like you don't have a big network, why not work on expanding it? You just need to get comfortable having conversations with people you might not know. That could mean online with people/groups on LinkedIn, at the store, library, or any other type of community or social event you might be attending. Once you get in a conversation with people, you can bring up the subject of careers and get to understand what people do, and who they may know. Networking is something you get a comfort level with over time and you will learn different things to do each time you are speaking with someone new.
Besides networking, you can also determine your target job and organization and see about setting up an informational call/meeting with someone there. Make sure your resume looks great by having someone you trust look it over before you send it out to anyone.