Presentation on theme: "NETWORKING PRESENTED BY: HEATHER WHITE. What is NETWORKING? It is NOT: Schmoozing Begging for a job Manipulating to get what you want It IS: Making connections."— Presentation transcript:
What is NETWORKING? It is NOT: Schmoozing Begging for a job Manipulating to get what you want It IS: Making connections Genuine relationship building Creating and maintaining Personal and professional Mutually beneficial relationships
Networking Networking lead to: Contacts For Professional Development and Information Exchange Career Planning And Strategy Professional And Personal Encouragement Access And Visibility Jobs! is Intentional Connections to further your knowledge and exposure.
Purpose & Benefits Gain information and advice about a career field, industry or organization Learn more about possible job opportunities Connect with people who are doing the things you want to do Referrals are safer and effective (for hiring managers)
I can’t talk to people Myth: I can’t bother people Truth: Most people love talking about themselves Myth: I don’t know anyone Truth: Your network is quite large
You Family Family Friends Professors Former Coworkers Former Students Advisors Peers ClassmatesOrganizations Service Providers ClergyDoctorsDentist Classmates Parents Friends
Having a Networking Mindset It is often unpredictable and can happen everywhere There’s something you can learn from everyone You don’t have to change your personality to network Be open to how you can connect people in your network Valuing others will help you take interest in the other person Talking to others about your interests can make networking fun Professionalism helps
Make Connections Gator Nation Gator Clubs Affinity Groups Professional Organizations The More SPECIFIC your networking request is the better your results.
Networking Tips Introduce yourself and explain how you got their name. Tell them you are RESEARCHING the ________ field/company, and asking for ADVICE, not a job. Ask for a 20-30 minute meeting at their convenience, at their worksite, and assure them you know they are busy and you will be brief. Phone: Ask if they are free to talk for a few minutes. If they’re not, ask for the best time to call back and be sure you actually call them
Sample approaches: Telephone Weak Hi Mrs. Smith. My name is John Doe and I’ll be graduating this spring with my Ph.D. in Material Sciences. Someone in the department gave me your name. I was wondering if you knew of any jobs at your company. Strong Hi Mrs. Smith. My name is John Doe and finishing my doctoral work in material sciences at UF. I got your contact information from my professor, Dr. Brown. I am interested in speaking with you about your department and generally what kinds of research experiences you find important in the field. I was hoping I could schedule an appointment to talk to you in detail about this in the next couple of weeks…
Introducing Yourself: “Your 30 second commercial” The 30-second version of your response to the: “Tell me about yourself” interview question 1.Who are you? 2.What are your major accomplishments/passions/skills? 3.What do you want/where are you going?
1.“Hi, I’m Marco Brown. 2.I’ll be receiving my PhD in Chemistry in April from UF and I interned last summer at GSK in the development lab. I’m also the vice president of UF’s honors society. 3.I’m currently seeking a pharmaceutical position in the Orlando area, which is why I’m here at this conference.”
1.“Hi, my name is Rob Smith. 2. I’m currently a senior at UF majoring in business with a minor in Chinese language. I spent last semester in Beijing, where I studied and had a really exciting internship with a small American marketing firm working with Beijing’s tourism agency. 3.I saw that your agency has added some Chinese clients lately, which is why I’m eager to apply for one of your internships.”
PRACTICE 1.Who are you? 2.What are your major accomplishments/passions/skills? 3.What do you want/where are you going?
CREATING AN ACTION PLAN 1.List everyone in your network. 2.Who are you missing? How will you add these people? 3.Have you met anyone this weekend who you can connect to someone in your network? List as many as you can think of. 4.What are some organizations or professional associations that would be helpful to your career or your academic pursuits? 5.How can you use social media to assist you with networking? 6.Who is 1 person you can reach out to this week to network with?