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July 23, 2013 By blogging

Job Search: Networking and Opportunities

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In our past blog posts you’ve learned how to create a killer resume and rock your internship, so you may be asking: what’s next? Whether you’re enjoying your summer break before you head back to college, are looking for your first job or just want to brush up on your networking and job searching skills, this blog post will focus on taking advantage of opportunities and tips for networking. 

The college students:
There is a place on campus that your professors or advisors may speak about but you have yet to venture there: the Career Services Center. Every college has a “center” with resources for their students for internships and jobs. Find this place. Your college’s career services center can offer everything you’ll need for your job/internship search, including a list of upcoming job fairs on campus, frequently asked interview questions and cover letter examples. You can also use their database to search for open positions for full time jobs and internships and upcoming interviews on campus.

Make time to know your advisor, as well, and use him or her as a resource. Your advisor has seen countless other students with same major struggle of finding out “what they want do when they grow up” and figuring out how to get there. 

First time job searchers:
So you’ve filled out thousands of applications and have written dozens of cover letters but your dream job hasn’t been secured, yet. Get out there and start meeting people, face to face. Sending over your resume and following up via email is a very quick, efficient way of applying for jobs, but it can also be ineffective. Set up meetings for coffee, breakfast, lunch- whatever you want- with friends of your parents, your former internship employer, a LinkedIn connection, etc. and ask questions. If someone has agreed to meet with you, they want to help you, so take advantage of their hospitality. They most likely had a mentor of their own in their early years of their career that they want to give back; however, there are some very important “dos” and “don’ts” with these meetings. 

Do:
Make sure you know what their company does (and if not- ask).
Meet with someone even if their job is not something you want to do- they most likely know someone in a different company or within their business that can get you where you want to go.
Pay for coffee, breakfast, or lunch.
Bring a copy of your resume, just in case.
Dress professionally.
Come with a list of questions: learn more about what he/she does and how he/she got started.
Send a thank-you note after their meeting thanking them for their time/advice and following-up on any next steps. (“Note”- yes, an actual card and not an email.)
Take their advice.

Don’t:
Be vague on the location, time, date of the meeting. You’re setting it up so take charge.|
Ask them for a job.
Come unprepared.
Be late.
Be unprofessional. (Chewing gum, checking your phone, using poor language, etc.)
Only talk about what you want to do and how he/she can help you. 

 

Written by: Mary Paolantonio