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1 With Laura Santo and Jaimie Irvine from Turner Construction Co. 1 ST GM: NETWORKING TIPS AND DINNER ETIQUETTE

2 To prepare you for upcoming networking events Spring Evening with Industry Viterbi Career Fair Familiarize you with important tips useful in your future career MAIN GOALS TONIGHT:

3 1.Accenture corporate luncheon – Fri Feb 1 2.Career Fair Prep – Wed Jan 30 3.Spring Evening with Industry – Wed Feb 6 4.Big/Lil Mentorship Program 5.Scholarships SWE UPDATES

4 Friday February 1, 12:30-1:30pm Sign ups (with $10 deposit) in RTH 210 to Maggie Open to all majors and years Great for intimate networking! Email Ashlyn at if any FB link: ext=create ext=create ACCENTURE CORPORATE LUNCHEON

5 We will have a SWE alumni panel & resume workshop. First event of the Big/Lil Sib Mentorship Program, but ALL are welcomed! Date: Wednesday, Jan 30th Time: 7-8:30 Location: GFS 116 FB: otif_t=plan_user_joined otif_t=plan_user_joined CAREER FAIR PREP: RESUME DO'S & DON'TS

6 SPRING EVENING WITH INDUSTRY Location: The Radisson Grand Ballroom Date: Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 Time: 6-8pm Current list of companies include (but are not limited to): Intel, Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Kiewit Construction, Aera Energy, eBay, Turner Construction, CIA, SAIC, and Eaton. Timeline: Mon., Jan 28th: Student registration opens. To fully register you must (1) sign up on Google doc to be given out in next newsletter, (2) give $20 deposit (will be returned when you attend SEWI) to Maggie in CED, (3) sign up for one company for dinner and one for dessert, also in CED. Fri., Feb 1st: Student registration period is closed. FB:

7 Big/Little Sib Mentorship Program - If you didn't apply by Jan 27th, please email Tricia at If you did, you should've gotten an email by the GM. If not, please email Tricia at BIG/LIL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

8 SWE-LA scholarship due Feb 22 Download from under About Scholarships SCHOLARSHIPS


10 1.What to wear? 2.Researching companies before career fair 3.Elevator pitch & introductions 4.Following up & staying in contact 5.Cocktail hour 6.Dinner etiquette & table talk WORKSHOP AIMS


12 What is appropriate to wear in settings such as: information sessions, career fairs, interviews, coffee or brunch with a company representative? What qualifies as too short and too tight? Is it ever appropriate to wear bright colors to meet a representative? What is the appropriate heel height of shoes? WHAT TO WEAR?

13 Appropriate for Career Fairs, Information Sessions, Networking Nights, Coffees, etc. What is Business Casual? Blouse or Cardigan Set Slacks Heels or Flats BUSINESS CASUAL

14 Every outfit can use a spot of color! Be sure to partner the color with a neutral suit or pair of slacks. Color can be incorporated by: Blouse under suit jacket Jewelry – necklace or bracelet Not your eye make-up! BRIGHT COLORS

15 No higher than 3 inches No flashy metallic or studded shoes APPROPRIATE SHOES - DO THESE STILETTOS MAKE MY IQ LOOK HIGHER?


17 Get an overview of what the company does (wiki is okay only as an overview) Go to the companys website Look for mission statement Know what they are looking for Know what you are looking for

18 RESEARCHING COMPANIES Search recent articles about the company NYT WSJ Washington Post Acquisition History / Division History See how the company interacts with themselves and other companies to show the direction they are trying to move


20 WHAT IS AN ELEVATOR PITCH concise, carefully planned, and well-practiced description about you make a powerful first impression Should describe why someone should work with you

21 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A POWERFUL ELEVATOR PITCH Concise. Your pitch should take no longer than 30-60 seconds. Clear. Don't use fancy words thinking it will make you sound smarter. Youll lose your opportunity to hook them. Powerful. Use words that are powerful and strong. Visual. Use words that create a memorable visual image in your listeners mind. Targeted. If you target different audiences, you might want to have a unique pitch for each. Goal Oriented. Pitch is designed with a specific outcome that may differ depending on objectives. Has a Hook. Snag your listener's interest and makes them want to know more. A Request. At the end of your pitch, you must ask for something.

22 HOW TO CRAFT YOUR KILLER ELEVATOR PITCH Write down what you do. Write down your objective or goal. Write 10-20 action statements. Record yourself. Let it sit. Highlight the good stuff. Put the best pieces together. Record these new ones. Do a final edit cutting as many unnecessary words as possible. Dress Rehearsal. Done for now. Continue to improve.


24 Be sure to send thank you email day of, or following day Dont be afraid to follow up about a specific position that interests you FOLLOWING UP

25 Add via Linked in Build the relationship before you need anything "Strong candidates cultivate good relationships with recruiters when they are NOT looking for a job so that they can get help when they are." Recognizing the recruiter at future networking events could have a very positive effect STAYING IN TOUCH Source:

26 COCKTAIL HOUR Learn how to make the most out of cocktail hour

27 WHAT YOU SHOULD DO Cocktail hour is the time for casual networking Have a warm presence Smile! Look interested in the conversation Maintain eye-contact and a firm handshake Be relaxed, dont cross your arms Actively scan the crowd for anyone you may know or want to speak to

28 STARTING/JOINING A CONVERSATION Have conversation openers prepared Example: Hi! My name is …. and I noticed you work for …. Id love to learn more about the opportunities at …. Ask questions that are not only yes/no questions. This can lead to dead end conversations. If you want to join an ongoing conversation, wait for a natural break in the conversation or politely say, I dont mean to interrupt, but I just wanted to introduce myself…

29 DONT DO THIS: Go straight for the recruiter surrounded by the most people. Wait until it clears up and then approach. Longer and more genuine conversations are more memorable. Spend too much time eating. This cuts into the networking time. Eat before if you are famished. Hide in the corner of the room. Get out of your comfort zone and start a conversation with a recruiter. Theyre there to speak to you!

30 OTHER POINTS Show your personality! While this is the time to make connections, it is important to show there is more to you than just academics. This also helps to form a relationship with the recruiter. Dress up, but be tasteful. A business dress or a pantsuit with a few (bold) accessories is common. Dont let nerves get the best of you. Recruiters dont bite! Have fun :D


32 Stay off your phone Dont eat before the recruiters do. Dont eat until everyone at the table has gotten their food Personal belongings off the table Try eating small bites so that you can concentrate and participate the conversation better Napkin on your lap DINNER ETIQUETTE

33 Come to the table with some sort of goal of what you want to learn in mind Recruiters are people too (aka other topics besides their job are okay) Prepare questions for the recruiter Dont dominate the table Dont talk too much about yourself so that you can have a chance to listen Think before you speak TABLE TALK


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