Updated: Jun 8, 2021
With networking and building connections, rejection is part of the status quo. Sometimes you might not receive a response when you are trying to connect with an individual who does not know you. From the connection's point of view, it feels like there is a hidden agenda- wondering if the sender is trying is to get something out of them with no benefit in return. Wouldn't it be easier to build connections with people who also want something from you?
That's what career fairs are for! One of my first jobs out of university was at a career fair. I went into the fair armed with my resume. I searched around for companies I was interested in and I spoke to their representatives. While I did not get a job on the spot, I got a few connections. I followed up with them and the rest was history. Three weeks later, I landed a job!