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General Speed Networking Prep 2014

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Transcript of General Speed Networking Prep 2014

Tables set up like speed dating

Schedules

5 minutes to network,
1 minute between rounds
Open Sign
Listen for the cowbell

Professional environment

Not all participating professionals are hiring
WHERE
Gold Rooms, Oakland Center

WHEN
Friday, February 6, 2014

Check-in at the Gold Rooms, Lunch, and Informal Networking
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Speed Networking Event
1:00 p.m .- 3:00 p.m.
Questions?
You should have already signed up in our system

Research the companies you are interested in

Come between 11:30am-noon to check in and get your schedule

Bring at least 10 copies of your UPDATED resume in your NEW Padfolio!

Be prepared and use this time to make valuable connections!

Bring business cards if you have them

Dress like a professional

Rehearse your elevator speech

Prepare your questions

Complete follow-up survey!
Review…
Opportunity to continue conversations with alumni/professionals at the “afterglow”
Business card exchange
Extend network in a relaxed and informal environment.
Afterglow
Research companies of interest

Bring an updated resume

Business cards (vistaprint.com)

Practice your elevator pitch!
Before You Arrive
Speed Networking Prep
“Thank You” letters are always a nice touch

Follow-up emails

Connect with professional on LinkedIn

Make sure your social networks are professional
Professionals could ask you…

Tell me about yourself.

Tell me about your dream job.

What career goals do you have?

Give me an example of a successful project you have worked on. What was your role?

How or why did you select your field/major?

What are your three best attributes?

You can ask…

How did you get your job?

Can you tell me about a typical day at work?

What things make a job candidate stand out?

Are there any opportunities for job shadowing or internships in your organization?

What are the core competencies and skills that are valued in your field?

What are the current issues facing your field?

Why did you choose this career field?

Do you have any interviewing tips?
The Conversation: Student Prep
30 seconds on yourself

Name

Major and class standing

Field of interest

Why this industry/field?

Related experience

Any concrete results from past experience
The Introduction
You only get ONE chance to make a good
FIRST impression!

“80 percent of jobs are secured through networking.”
-mashable.com

Students can connect with several alumni or professionals
in their field(s) of interest

It’s like speed dating…really
Importance of Networking
Uses your skills and interests to match you with professionals

Students and professionals fill out profiles

Matches are made prior to the event

Schedules will be printed and distributed the day of the event
Matching Software
Event Overview
Event Overview

Importance of Networking

Before You Arrive

The Introduction

The Conversation

The Conclusion

Follow-up


Turn off your cell phone

Portfolio or briefcase

Neat, professional hairstyle

Manicured nails, clean fingernails

Limited, conservative jewelry

Men
.
.
.
Suit:
Dark
blue,

gray,

brown
or muted
pin- stripes.
Make-up:
Minimal

Skirt or Pants:
Ideally
pants
should match blazer/suit

Skirt
should be either below knee or right above knee

Nylons should be
neutral
color
Please
don’t
Yes!
Eh…maybe
Facial hair:
No facial hair if possible, but if
you must, TRIM IT!
What to wear men…
Tie:
Silk or good quality tie that
complements your suit.

Proper Length
Shoes:
Laced dress
shoes in
black

or
brown

Dark
socks that
match
belt
Elevator Pitch
The Conversation: Professional
The Conclusion
"Thank you for your time."

Ask for/Exchange a business card

"...contact you in the future"

"How can I be a resource to you?"
Follow-up
TOPICS
2011 Speed Networking Event
Blouse/Dress Shirts:
Neutral colors
Ironed and Clean
Matching
Dress Shirts: Neutral colors
Ironed
MEN
WOMEN
Brought to you by Career Services!
Practice Time!
Practice Time!
"Thank you for your time."

Ask for/Exchange a business card

"...contact you in the future."
The Conclusion
The Introduction
Elevator Pitch

Name

Major and class standing

Field of interest

Why this industry/field?

Related experience

Concrete examples from
past experience
The Conversation
Professionals could ask you…

Tell me about yourself.

Tell me about your dream job.

What career goals do you have?

Give me an example of a successful project you have worked on. What was your role?

What are your three best attributes?
Shoes:
Conservative, matching shoes


No more than a 3 inch heel
Comfortable
Perfume:
Mild perfume

Extra Tips
Register for the event on Friday!!
Questions?
Contact Career Services at 248-370-3250 or careers@oakland.edu
Write This Down!
Are you registered for Speed Networking on Friday, January 9?
oakland.edu/careerservices
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