3 Tips for Successful Holiday Networking

The holidays are a time of merriment and good cheer, so it’s a great networking opportunity to meet or re-connect with extended family and friends in a low stress social setting. Your goal – articulate a 30 second pitch so you can follow-up with a nice LinkedIn note and a request for an informational meeting […]

Career Tips: What You Can Do in 15 Minutes

We can all find 15 minutes right? I challenge you to take a break from social media, Netflix or napping and invest 15 minutes in your future. 1:3 professionals are on LinkedIn so it’s an important community to join.

3 High Value Things to do on LinkedIn:

  1. Upload a high quality headshot -look friendly & approachable
  2. Create a Title for your future self – instead of Student at….,, try Digital Marketing | May ’17 Grad
  3. Add an engaging Summary – it’s a great opportunity to show your personality, highlight skills, and clearly define what you are looking for

Still don’t know where to start? Search people at companies that have jobs you want and check out their profiles. Also visit our blog as we have more detailed Linkedin posts too!

I Attended the Career Fair, Now What?

You survived the lines and jockeying for position to communicate your pitch and entered your contact information in an iPad. Now what?

Instead of waiting to hear from the company, now is a great time to take action with the companies you really liked and stand out.

5 steps to take after the Career Fair:

  1. Follow all the companies on social media (if you weren’t already)
  2. Email personalized Thank You’s highlighting something you talked about
  3. Connect with them on LinkedIn with a short custom message
  4. Search for people in the company that are doing the job you want and request an informational interview
  5. Discover other internships and job opportunities at each company be checking their website, LinkedIn, and other job search sites as companies typically have more opening than they interview for on campus

Finally, don’t give up! If you are confident you are a good fit for the company and role, build connections with many people across the company so they can become your internal sponsors.

Tips to Make the Most of an Informational Interview

It’s amazing what you can learn from someone who’s actually doing the job you want. People like to talk about their work. But before you reach out, prepare, so you make the most of the time.

  1. Set a clear goal for the call
  2. Develop a set of questions
  3. Be sensitive to their time (30 minutes max)
  4. Follow-up with personalized Thank You
  5. Most importantly, stay in touch so they can be your internal sponsor if you find a job at the company that fits!

The Value of Persistence

There’s a lot to be said about the power of persistence. In Webster’s, it’s defined as the “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” Too many times, we sell ourselves short due to fear, anxiety, or emotional exhaustion.

A successful job search requires a LOT of persistence. From books to movies, hopefully you can find inspiration in these 10 great achievements that took a long time.

 

How College Students Can Leverage LinkedIn for Career Fairs

With 450 million users on LinkedIn, including one out of every 3 professionals in the U.S., LinkedIn is the place to be for college students to get noticed. Yet, most students don’t leverage LinkedIn and use it to their advantage, especially as it relates to career fairs.

 

Check out these tips to stand out at your career fair:

  • Review the list of companies attending and send a personalized InMail to the college recruiter communicating your interest in the company and asking to connect
  • Once you’ve met company recruiters during the career fair, follow up with a personalized thank you
  • Send a customized connection request to additional company contacts you engaged with
  • Keep your contacts apprised on your job search process and send articles of interest or congrats for recent press to so they know you’re really interested in the company

Your friendly and consistent communication will help you stand out from all the other applicants.

What’s Your 60 Second Career Fair Pitch?

I know it’s hard to believe. You really can stand out from the crowd and make a memorable impression with a recruiter in 30-60 seconds with a well-rehearsed pitch.

Use this simple structure to create your own short authentic story.

1. Intro: Offer your name, a firm handshake, and give them a resume and business card
2. Objective: Why you’re there and what type of job you’re looking for
3. Summary: Briefly summarize education, experience, and interests
4. Closing: Reiterate your interest, thank the employer (get a business card if possible)

Best of luck and be sure to let us know how it went!

Dress the Part for Your Career Fair and Interviews

We’ve all heard the familiar adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” For better or worse, this is accurate, especially as it relates to career fairs and interviews.

As the world becomes more casual, it’s hard to determine when business professional or business casual attire is appropriate.

We’ve made it easy! Check out this great resource created by the McCombs Business School to learn everything there is to know about dressing the part along with pictures.

It’s a great way to guarantee that you will be judged on the your academic achievements, experience, and skills, not your attire.

Stand Out at Your Career Fair with Student Business Cards

Career Fairs are a challenge as there are so many people to meet and so little time! Make the most of your college career fair by presenting business cards to recruiters and hiring managers in addition to your resumes, as you will reap the benefits.

The benefits are many:

  • Recruiters know you planned ahead
  • More likely to get a business card in return
  • Easier to follow-up with since you have accurate contact information

Information to include:

  • University and college within it (if applicable)
  • Formal name
  • Major
  • Graduation month & year (great news- underclassmen can use them again)
  • Email address (use .edu email address as it identifies you as a student
  • Phone number

Where to purchase:

  • Check your career center first as many universities are providing this service
  • Vistaprint for inexpensive, yet professional cards
  • Moo for rounded corners and more template choice

Check out our example below

Remember, this shouldn’t be a wild and crazy exercise unless you’re pursuing an internship or job in a creative field. Even then, adhere to best design principles, as you want to be remembered for the right reasons!

 

What Company Culture Fits You Best?

What things are you looking for with company culture?

There’s been a big shift from cubicles to collaborative workspaces and 8-5pm work days in the office to flexible schedules and remote offices.

As work environments continue to evolve, it’s important for students to think about what company culture and work setting will allow them to thrive and do their best work.

Things to think about as you talk to companies and go on-site for interviews:

  • Size of the company and the office (in terms of people and space)
  • Workspaces – do they facilitate collaboration?
  • Amenities – can you get a great cup of Jo in the morning?
  • Vibe – is it casual or formal, friendly or stuffy?
  • Employees – can you see yourself spending a lot of time with them as over 30% of your life is spent at work

Remember, assessing the environment is important, as only you know where you feel most comfortable.