It’s all about who you know networking for the job search
Alyson WeissYoung Professional Outreach Coordinator & Social Media SpecialistCareer Moves—a division of JVSaweiss@jvs-boston.org617-399-3186Linkedin.com/in/alysonweiss IT’S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW Networking for the Job Search
First, let’s know each other! Name Professional place in life (student at x university majoring in y, x job title at y company, really good dancer, etc) Professional goals/why you’re here Your favorite ice breaker question (the person after you will answer your favorite icebreaker before asking theirs to the next person)
We’ve all heard that networking isthe most magical tool since theShamwow But what does networking really mean?!
What IS networking anyways?Networking Is Networking Is NOT The #1 way jobs are The time/place to found ask for a job Two-way A chance to learn One-way A chance to hear Soul sucking about opportunities A chance to build connections A chance to market yourself
Two Main Types: Events &Informational Interviews(we’ll get to the informational interviews in amoment)
How do I find networkingevents? Your OWN network: family, friends, professors, coworkers, LinkedIn connections/groups Listservs such as Young Nonprofit Network Boston (YNPN) and Mission-Based Massachussets Meetup.com—search by interest (Socializing for Justice is a great one) Alumni associations Online calendars— Idealist, Boston.com, cityofboston.com, etc Career Moves’ Careers & Beers! April 11
Networking Cheat Sheet Do your homework Know your audience Set specific goals for yourself Ask questions! ―People will forget what you say but they will never forget how you made them feel‖ –Maya Angelou Be ready to nail your pitch Honor yourself Know and own your networking style Know and honor your networking threshold
Quick Tip: Have a BusinessCard Moo.com or Vistaprint Pertinent static information: name, email address, cell phone, linkedin URL. Optional: a headline with skills consider an unusual shape or size or printing it vertically to stand out When receive a business card, write your relationship to that person on the back of
Here Comes the (Elevator)Pitch!Imagine you’re taking an elevator with an important person and you only have 20-30 seconds to make a good impression… Who you are Give a quick summary of your experience Key strengths What do you have to offer? What unique contributions can you make? Why you are special How are you different than other people with similar backgrounds? Call to action How the listener can help you achieve your goals
Practice Makes Perfect Take the next 5 minutes to fill out ―Build Your Pitch‖ handout Then, practice your elevator pitch with a neighbor you do not know yet
Follow Up 1-2 days after the event (preferably next morning) Refer to particular conversation point Connect on LinkedIn (add connection note so you won’t forget who they are) Ask for a 1:1 meeting if applicable (informational interview) Occasionally check in/send industry-related articles
What is an informationalinterview? What it sounds like! An opportunity for job seekers to set up an interview and get more information about a job A chance to connect 1:1—better for introverts A chance to ask for application advice, network referrals, resource lists, but NOT jobs
Where can I find informationalinterviews? Your own network—family, friends, professors, coworkers, internship managers, etc Your university/alma mater’s career advisory network Career Moves’ career advisory network LinkedIn 2nddegrees Groups Advanced search results
Informational Interview CheatSheet Do your homework Ask for 15-20 minutes of their time for coffee Scope out the place in advance to make sure it is quiet enough for an interview Dress to impress Breathe. Prepare questions in advance
What do I ask at an informationalinterview? What is your average workday like? How would you describe the culture of your organization and industry? What’s the best place to find out about jobs in your field? How do you stay on top of industry trends? Which websites, publications, professional associations or industry experts do you follow? Is there anyone else in your field I should I speak with? Could you put me in contact with that person?
Follow-Up Thank you note the SAME DAY as the interview Update them on any other contacts/leads they gave you Same as follow up for networking event
Practice Makes Perfect! Spend the next 10-15 minutes doing a mock informational interview of a different person than the one you practiced your elevator pitch with. I will tell you when to switch.