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

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West Coast Forum 2010 Networking tips by OCD

  1. 1. West Coast ForumWhat to Expect/Networking<br />Marla McGraw <br />Corporate Outreach <br />Office of Career Development<br />
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. Questions?...<br />