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LaSalle Academy Networking Workshop

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Explores questions like how do I network? What do I do at networking events? Who is in my network? Should I use Facebook for networking? What about LinkedIn? How do I stand apart when networking? How …

Explores questions like how do I network? What do I do at networking events? Who is in my network? Should I use Facebook for networking? What about LinkedIn? How do I stand apart when networking? How should I stay in touch with contacts? How can I take the nerves out of networking?


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  • Learning new skills Gaining networking connections Adding work experience to your resume Potential entry-point to a full-time position in the future
  • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a specific type of internship; these people should include your family, your friends (at school and at home), your family's friends, your professors, past employers, alumni, etc. Just as with job-hunting, networking may be one of your best sources for internships -- especially for competitive internships
  • Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a specific type of internship; these people should include your family, your friends (at school and at home), your family's friends, your professors, past employers, alumni, etc. Just as with job-hunting, networking may be one of your best sources for internships -- especially for competitive internships
  • Read all you can, attend internal training Hint: Meetings may appear (and actually be) boring to you, but they can often offer a good chance to increase your knowledge, network, and build relationships
  • You will network your entire career, whether you’re gainfully employed or not. Get used to it, and get good at it!)
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    • 1. Networking and Your Job Search Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 2. Introduction
      • Who is LaSalle Network?
      • What is LaSalle Academy?
      • Who are we?
      Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 3. Content
      • What is networking?
      • Why is networking important during your job search?
      • Where can I network?
      • How do I network?
      • I’ve started to build my network, now what?!
      Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 4. What is Networking?
      • Networking means developing a broad list of contacts -- people you've met through various social and professional functions -- and using them to your advantage when you look for a job
      • Building a circle of contacts who know your current situation and want to help you succeed in finding a new job
      • Networking doesn’t have to be scary!
      Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 5. Why Networking?
      • Over 60% of all jobs are found by networking
      • Saturated job boards
      • Saturated market – stand out!
      • To obtain job leads, advice, and introductions to others so you can expand your network
      Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 6. Where do I Network?
      • Informal networking – a great place to start
        • Your family, friends, and neighbors -- and with their family, friends, and neighbors
        • Airplanes, fun events, waiting in line at Starbucks, elevators, anywhere!
      • Formal Networking
        • Set up informational interviews
        • Attending networking events
          • Organizations (i.e. Toastmasters, Young Professionals),
          • Alumni associations
          • Societies corresponding to your interests (Society of Women Engineers, Association for Sociological Research, American Management Association) Volunteer groups
          • Career/Job Fairs
          • Guest speakers who come to your class
      Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 7. Where do I Network?
      • Social Media
        • LinkedIn (create a profile and add J. and Megan to your network tonight!)
        • Facebook
        • Twitter
      Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 8. How do I Network? Presented by LaSalle Network
      • Formulate your Career Story or Elevator Speech
        • Your background
        • Unique qualifications
        • What you’re looking for (internship, job opportunity, information)
        • Be brief
        • Example: I'm a graduating senior from North Park University. I got your name from the alumni office, where they said you were an alumna from 1999. I understand you're now a CPA and audit manager in Chicago. My minor was in business, and I'm interested in positions in accounting. I'd like to know how you got where you are today, and what advice you'd have for a college graduate just coming into the job market today. Do you have a moment right now?
      • Get organized (keeping a business card file or Excel database)
      • Set goals for yourself (5 new contacts per week)
    • 9. Now What?
      • Time to put that Excel spreadsheet to work!
      • Follow-up
        • Send thank you cards
          • (e.g. “I followed your advice by contacting Ms. Lee and we plan to meet next week. Thank you again for this great lead…”)
        • Email updates on your search
        • Send articles (sparingly!)
      Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 10. Review
      • Networking is about who knows YOU
      • It doesn’t have to be scary!
      • Networking can take place anywhere
      • Practice, practice, practice
      • Follow-up, follow-up, follow-up
      Presented by LaSalle Network
    • 11. Presented by LaSalle Network Thank you! Contact Info: Megan Gentille Marketing Communications LaSalle Network [email_address] 312.419.1700