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West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD
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West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD

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This is the presentation by Marla McGraw from OCD during the West Coast Forum 2010 Bidding & Networking meeting on 10/10/2010

This is the presentation by Marla McGraw from OCD during the West Coast Forum 2010 Bidding & Networking meeting on 10/10/2010

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  • 1. West Coast ForumWhat to Expect/Networking<br />Marla McGraw <br />Corporate Outreach <br />Office of Career Development<br />
  • 2. Agenda<br />What to Expect at the Forum<br />Preparation<br />Networking at the Forum<br />Networking in a group<br />Networking one-on-one<br />Alumni reception<br />Corporate visits<br />Panels/presentations<br />Roundtables<br />Office hours<br />Career Fair/Expo<br />Following up after the WCF…<br />
  • 3. What to Expect…<br />Network with corporate representatives and alumni<br />Learn about trends, new ideas and information in a variety of industries<br />Participate in case competitions<br />Tour various companies<br />Career exploration – vet out possible functions/industries in which you may be interested<br />
  • 4. Preparation<br />Know your story (Odyssey) and practice your elevator pitch<br />Do industry research on those companies in which you are most interested<br />Prepare questions you may want to have answered while you are there<br />
  • 5. Networking at the Forum<br />Vary by type of setting and corporate representatives present<br />Are you in a group of people or speaking one-on-one?<br />With whom are you speaking – alum, corporate representative or both?<br />What is the setting? <br />
  • 6. Networking in a Group<br />Fewer than 10<br />Recruiter/representative’s background<br />Corporate culture<br />Ideal candidate qualifications<br />More than 10<br />Ask relevant questions to all!<br />Any size group:<br />Be courteous<br />Don’t discuss your own background<br />Listen to others<br />Exit group politely<br />Thank and ask for a business card<br />Additional Resource: OCD Guide to Career Networking on iMpact for sample questions<br />
  • 7. Networking 1 on 1 <br />Introduction<br />Mention if you’ve met others at the company<br />Engage in small talk<br />Ask short, targeted questions<br />Maybe share your Odyssey<br />Be aware of those who may be waiting<br />Pleasant demeanor and good eye contact<br />
  • 8. Alumni Reception<br />Alumni representatives from the West Coast – may not all have corporate presence at the WCF<br />May be networking in a group or one-on-one<br />Be aware – though they are alumni – they are also evaluating you<br />Don’t use the “buddy system”<br />Be aware of your fellow students and don’t corner an alum or monopolize their time<br />Ask for business cards!<br />
  • 9. Corporate Visits<br />On-site company tours of Bay Area firms/companies<br />Take notes if possible to use for future outreach or for additional questions in other settings<br />May have an opportunity to ask a question in a group setting<br />Ensure questions are relevant to the group<br />Do not try to share your background within a question<br />Do introduce yourself, “My name is John Smith, I am a first year MBA” prior to asking a question<br />Do keep questions positive and non-confrontational<br />
  • 10. Panels/Presentations<br />Panelists/presenters speak on a particular topic to a group<br />Students can ask questions at Q & A session after presentation – group networking rules apply<br />Do not try to approach a panelist or presenter prior to their session<br />
  • 11. Roundtables<br />Corporate representative sits at a table with other students during a timed session<br />Corporate representative drives the content/type of discussion<br />Students may be able to ask questions – rules for group networking apply<br />Thank the representative and ask for a business card at the end of the session<br />
  • 12. Office Hours<br />Usually, networking one-on-one<br />Questions can be targeted to your specific background<br />Be prepared with your story or Odyssey<br />Be aware of the representative’s role with the company; this will change the type of questions you ask<br />
  • 13. Career Fair/Expo<br />Companies have tables with displays and corporate representatives<br />You may need to wait in a line to speak with someone<br />Can be networking one-on-one or in a group setting<br />Take business cards, write down conversations for future follow up/outreach<br />
  • 14. Follow Up – Post WCF<br />Organize your notes and business cards<br />Write thank you notes within 24 hours of your return<br />Follow up with those representatives with whom you’d like to conduct informational interviews/collect advice<br />Keep track of your outreach efforts – especially for an off-campus search!<br />
  • 15. Questions?...<br />

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