In pairs, share where you see yourself in 5 years. Tell at least 2 people.Ask the class to share some of the answers….Wouldn’t you want to connect with that person?
Reflect on your goals. Understand your strengths and feel confident in them. People want to connect with other driven students/professionalsBy a show of hands, how many of you have already created a LinkedIn? Personal website?
I found it easier to contact alumni.Esp at first, I would contact recent alums. It was not as stressful, but still very rewarding when successful.
Another “low stress” contact, is someone who lives out of state. They may have your dream job, but since you wouldn't actually work there, it takes your pressure off of possibly worrying about the other person thinking you just want a job. –
Specialized groups; A good way to identify targets is to research on LinkedIn; Job search – research company and employees using LinkedIn
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Networking Tips for the Young Professional
NetworkingTips for theYoungProfessional
Today’s main points Networking is a skill that anyone can develop with practice. Professionals want to talk to you! Be confident in what you have to offer a professional relationship.
What is networking?“Building relationships based on reciprocity”
Ice breaker Where do you see yourself in 5 years? *Focus on your professional goals only.
Treat your peers like CEO’s Marshall Macias, former CEO at Socialbees Richard Law, Founder and Chairman at Allysic, Inc. Megan West, Program Manager of Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs at Microsoft
How to get started Know your goals Know your skills Be prepared with: An updated resume LinkedIn profile or personal webpage Business card Elevator pitch
Begin with low stress: Alumni are your friends!
How to connect LinkedIn: Invitation to Connect – State the following: Your purpose/interest Shared interest: previous experience, club, major, hobby, etc. Once connected, follow up with a call to action Inviteto get coffee Ask for a 15-20 minute informational interview
Example invitationHello (Name), I am a current WWU student and noticed your profile while researching the public relations industry. I see that you participated in PRO while at WWU, which I do as well! I was hoping we could connect and share ideas about public relations. Thank you and have a great day! Kiné Camara
Moving on up: Connectingwith non-WWU professionals Identify your targets… Target company Target job title or career path People who clearly want to be contacted
ExampleHello (Name),My name is Kiné (Ka-nay) Camara and I am currently a student at WesternWashington University located in Washington state. I found you while looking up(Company) on LinkedIn. I found your online branding to be really captivating,especially your non-traditional resume.I am interested in connecting with you to talk about your experience working inpublic relations as well as your experience working at (Company).If you are available, I would love to chat soon! I am available [dates/times]. I amaware that we would need to coordinate through time zones. Please let meknow when the most convenient time for you would be.Thank you very much and enjoy the rest of your day!Best,--Kiné Camarakinefcamara@gmail.comkinecamara.com
Informational interviews Research your contact and the company Be sure to establish who will call Stick to your time frame; can ask for more time ASK: Is there anyone else that you would recommend I talk to?
Sample questions 1. What is a typical day in this position? 2. What do you enjoy about your job/ working for XYZ company? 3. What is challenging about your position? 4. What advice do you have for someone wanting to succeed in your field?
Go meet people! Professional Readiness Workshop Professional Women’s Association Student Marketing Association The Bellingham Chamber of Commerce Business After Business Networking Breakfast Whatcom Young Professionals (WYPS) Meetups The Career Fair Etiquette Dinner
Remember your tools Prepare for these events: Always bring business cards Know current issues in your field Research speakers/attendees when necessary Elevator pitch
Networking Basics: 8 Tips toNetworking Without BeingFake Video by Maria Forleo, Business Strategist
Be a connector Help others Share information Be an asset to your professional relationships Networking = Reciprocity
Follow up, it’s really important Be timely: send a follow up email 1-2 days after contact is made Mention something positive about your interaction: “I really enjoyed the networking tips that you provided us. I felt empowered to connect with professionals and I appreciate that.” Call to action