Parents of Friends and Friends of Parents

They've got decades of experience and are probably willing to share their expertise with you—and maybe even their contacts, too. Students tend to overlook their parents' friends when it comes to networking, but those parents are often well connected or know people who are. They'll still be around after you graduate, but it can be less awkward to ask for their advice and guidance while you're in school. It is best to build up this stable of resources before you need them, so that when you actually are looking for a job, you can go in and tap it.