Presentation on theme: "Lose the Fear and Start Making Contacts Networking your way to your Dream Career Presented by Clark University Career Services."— Presentation transcript:
Lose the Fear and Start Making Contacts Networking your way to your Dream Career Presented by Clark University Career Services
Networking.... Gives you earlier chance opportunities, sometimes at a time when you can influence job description, level, and pay Gets you access to people who might not be responsive to a direct approach letter Provides you with the added recommendation from someone the hiring manager knows 40-50% of jobs are filled by candidates referred by staff members
Networking Truths and Myths Networking is NOT something to be feared Networking is NOT brown-nosing, begging, or harassing Networking IS making acquaintances who have the potential to help you on your career path OR for you to help them MYTH TRUTH
How to Begin Networking Personal Contact List Figuring out your Direction!! Adding to your Social Calendar Developing your Elevator Speech Creating an Approach Letter
Contact List Pyramid A List –Family –Friends –Co-workers –Anyone you know directly B List –Contacts obtained through A List C List –Contacts obtained through B List
Where to Build your Contacts: Professional Networks –Professional Associations –College/HS Alumni –Former Bosses, coworkers Social Networks –Religious Groups –Continuing Education –Social Groups –Political Groups –Teams –Clubs –Hobbies Personal Groups family friends clergy neighbors
A List -- the Easy Stage Approach A List with your ‘Help Me’ speech Ask for people, places, and ideas to find more contacts Ask A List to review resume or elevator speech - - especially if they’re in the field you’re interested in!
How to work your B List B Group Contact Options –Approach Letter –Phone Call –Introduction at a Social Event –‘Run’ into them –Be Creative –NO RESUMES! What do you say? –Request an Informational Interview –Elevator Speech –Just get to know them
What is an Approach Letter? An Approach Letter is simply a written version of your elevator speech. It includes how you found out about this company, why you’re contacting them, your skills and qualifications, your contact information, etc. The Approach Letter can be used when another form of contact would be inappropriate or as a follow up to a brief previous conversation.
The Elevator Speech Definition: An elevator speech is a brief (10-15 seconds) oral presentation, usually in person, to an employer, which promotes your match to an employer (and possibly a job!) Objective: To present yourself in a memorable fashion and make a strong (and positive) impression with the employer Five Key Steps: Greeting Focus Skills Employer Questions
Suave Social Networking (James Bond Skills) #1 Treat Networking Like a Game Honor the Networking Code Keep track of your Contacts Look for Opportunities others might miss Know who is on the guest list Have your survival kit Hold your drink with your left hand Spend no more than 8 minutes with each contact
Social Graces DO NOTS Avoid Grilling!!! Do not give Resume!!! Do not get drunk!!! Do not speak negatively about other people, places, things!!! Go beyond your limits!!! DO’S Proper Introductions Hand Shaking Eye Contact Easy Conversation Provide a business Card Smile
Big Picture Networking A B C D You Party A Party B Event A
Keeping the Contact Chain Linked Thank You Letters Keep Contacts Informed Thought you’d be interested in this... Letters Phone Calls Emails
Networking Responsibilities 1. Take responsibility -- it’s your career 2. Develop Career and Job Focus 3. Prepare a skill-based Resume 4. Conduct Advanced employer research 5. Develop an extensive list of contacts 6. Plan your networking strategy and timelines 7. Budget your time 8. Develop and practice your ‘pitch’/ ‘elevator speech’ 9. Send thank you letters 10. Practice 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Degree Networking