LaSalle Academy - Networking Workshop


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LaSalle Academy - Networking Workshop

  1. 1. Networking and Your Job Search Presented by LaSalle Network
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Who is LaSalle Network? </li></ul><ul><li>What is LaSalle Academy? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are we? </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  3. 3. Content <ul><li>What is networking? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is networking important during your job search? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I network? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I network? </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve started to build my network, now what?! </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  4. 4. What is Networking? <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Building a circle of contacts who know your current situation and want to help you succeed in finding a new job </li></ul><ul><li>Networking doesn’t have to be scary! </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  5. 5. Why Networking? <ul><li>Over 60% of all jobs are found by networking </li></ul><ul><li>Saturated job boards </li></ul><ul><li>Saturated market – stand out! </li></ul><ul><li>To obtain job leads, advice, and introductions to others so you can expand your network </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  6. 6. Where do I Network? <ul><li>Informal networking – a great place to start </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your family, friends, and neighbors -- and with their family, friends, and neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Airplanes, fun events, waiting in line at Starbucks, elevators, anywhere! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Formal Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up informational interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attending networking events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organizations (i.e. Toastmasters, Young Professionals), </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni associations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Societies corresponding to your interests (Society of Women Engineers, Association for Sociological Research, American Management Association) Volunteer groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career/Job Fairs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guest speakers who come to your class </li></ul></ul></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  7. 7. Where do I Network? <ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  8. 8. How do I Network? Presented by LaSalle Network <ul><li>Formulate your Career Story or Elevator Speech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unique qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What you’re looking for (internship, job opportunity, information) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be brief </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get organized (keeping a business card file or Excel database) </li></ul><ul><li>Set goals for yourself (5 new contacts per week) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Now What? <ul><li>Time to put that Excel spreadsheet to work! </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send thank you cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(e.g. “I followed your advice by contacting Ms. Lee and we plan to meet next week. Thank you again for this great lead…”) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email updates on your search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send articles (sparingly!) </li></ul></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  10. 10. Review <ul><li>Networking is about who knows YOU </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t have to be scary! </li></ul><ul><li>Networking can take place anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, practice, practice </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up, follow-up, follow-up </li></ul>Presented by LaSalle Network
  11. 11. Presented by LaSalle Network Thank you! Contact Info: Megan Gentille Marketing Communications LaSalle Network [email_address] 312.419.1700