Haas Alumni Network

The "Berkeley Haas" Way of Networking

Networking is about creating a community of tight and loose connections and growing social capital. It is about building personal and business relationships that create support and opportunities.

Strengthen Your Links—Tips for turning a select subset of network links from weak connections to strong bonds.

Give more than you get...

  • Help someone else at an event
  • Connect someone to someone else that can assist them
  • Take the call.

Good networking questions to ask:

  • What are your biggest business challenges currently?
  • How can I be helpful to you? I may know someone you should contact.
  • Is there anyone you suggest I talk to about [insert your own business or personal challenge]?

Finding a coach or a mentor is a very personal process. Are you looking for someone who has had a similar career trajectory? Or, are you switching careers or industries, and need to source the best connection as you make this transition?

Learn more about building a coach/mentor relationship. It takes time and effort, much like any relationship.

  • Start with a clear picture of your networking journey—What are you interested in achieving and why are you connecting to specific members of your Berkeley Haas network?
  • Search the @cal Alumni Directory or LinkedIn to find Haas students or alumni who represent the kinds of connections you need to make (within a company, industry, geographic region, etc).
  • Connect! Reach out via email to request an informational interview or to request a time to meet in person or via phone.
  • Prepare for your meeting—What questions will you ask? What information are you most interested in learning from someone on the "inside"—info that can't be found on a company website?
  • Be transparent—Would you like their assistance connecting to a hiring manager or passing along your resume?
  • Thank them for their time, knowledge, and connections. A little bit of thanks goes a long way.

Learn how can you turn networking requests and meetings into a stronger relationship.

  • Follow up with your new connections. Keep them updated on your job search, current classes, relocation, etc.
  • Share industry related information, articles of interest, and Haas events of interest (Invite your new connection to one of the Haas student-led conferences or Alumni Signature Events!) Keep your common interests and goals top of mind.
  • Continue to build the relationship and stay connected.
  • The best and most effective mentor/mentee relationships are built organically, and strengthen overtime.
  • Not all relationships need to last a lifetime. Some have limited lengths, and that is ok. You are looking to build a mutually beneficial relationship that may not need to last forever.

For more information, please contact Meg Roundy, Associate Director, Student-Alumni Relations