Career Connect, Session 2 (Fall 2012)


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  • Ask the group about their fears, worries, concerns about networkingWhat is your definition of networking? In what circumstances would you use networking in your country?
  • Don’t forget making connections online – via LinkedIn and FacebookNever ask for a job at an informational interview
  • Preparing your networking messageHelps you focus and refine – be specificWhat you are looking for, your experiences, why you are looking
  • Career Connect, Session 2 (Fall 2012)

    1. 1. Program Outline4 Event Program I. Know yourself II. Know how to Network III. Know the U.S culture IV. Mock Interviews
    2. 2. Know How to NetworkAgenda Networking tips Practice your elevator pitch Panel
    3. 3. Networking - It takes practice
    4. 4. What is networking?• Building relationships, finding people who share your interests and passions• Having interesting conversations• Sharing information• Helping connect people• Informational Interviewing
    5. 5. Networking is not…• Cold calling• Asking someone for a job• A one way street – it goes both ways• Done only when you need something
    6. 6. Why network?• To meet new people and make friends• To get information and advice• To find ways to get involved• To find a mentor, get career advice, learn more about your field, find a job
    7. 7. Why network in a job search?• Many positions are not listed and are filled by people already known to the recruiter or hiring manager• A way to get information and feedback• To learn about fields and specific companies• To learn about positions that exist in your field• Get career advice, leads, support, find mentors• Gets your message out there – increased visibility• Great practice for interviewing
    8. 8. Informational InterviewingReasons to conduct informational interviews:• to explore careers and clarify your career goal• to expand your professional network• to build confidence for your job interviews• to access the most up-to-date career information• to identify your professional strengths and weaknesses• to obtain critical feedback on your resume/job-search goals From
    9. 9. Who is my network?Anyone you know socially or professionally• Friends, family, neighbors• Professional & volunteer organizations• Clubs and groups• Current and former supervisors and coworkers• Schools/Alumni• Service providers at the places you go regularly (library, school, gym, dry cleaner)• Church or other religious group
    10. 10. How to start• Search the web for groups and meetings you can participate in regularly• Practice what you want to say• Make small talk with someone everyday - people love to talk about themselves• Start with the people you already know
    11. 11. Practice Your Elevator Pitch• Prepare your script. Practice makes perfect!• Helps you focus and refine – be specific• Explain what you are looking for, your experiences, why you are looking
    12. 12. Networking online• LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter – use your status updates to let people know what you are looking for and what you are interested in• Be aware of your online presence – be careful about what people can see about you
    13. 13. Other thoughts…• Keep putting yourself out there, don’t attend just one meeting• Not every conversation will be life changing – lower your expectations and be open to whatever happens• Don’t put all your eggs in one basket• Talk to the person standing alone or the most important person in the room• Get involved by volunteering
    14. 14. Last but not least…Always send a thank you note
    15. 15. Our panelists• Jiang Xue• Carly Inkpen• Joanna Krakowiak
    16. 16. Next Session: Know the U.S culture Monday December 3 at 7 p.m. in the Eastgate Penthouse• Understanding the US culture• Basic resume tips• Cover letter writing workshop