Posts Tagged Networking
Posted on December 5, 2013 with No Comments
Love it or hate it: Networking is an integral part of any job search, but it doesn’t have to be daunting.
You have likely heard some of the reasons why you should network. The relationships you build connect you to information, organizations, and people- all that may help you direct your next steps. Plus, networking is often the key to unlocking the hidden job market – those jobs and internships that are never publicly posted.
Even amongst all the reasons to network, it can be difficult to get started. Here are two easy steps you can take this winter break:
- Hold an informational interview. These are short 20-30 minute interviews that you set up to learn from other professionals about their career path, industry, or company. There is not necessarily a job or internship available rather these interviews provide starting points for building professional relationships.
Try to start with someone you know – a family friend, older sibling of a friend, or reach out to UVM alumnus in your area. Bring questions and an eagerness to learn.
- Attend a networking event. These events are set up specifically for building networks amongst professionals. Here you can have numerous conversations in one evening and develop those relationships outside of the event.
This winter break, UVM is hosting networking events in Boston (Jan. 6) and New York (Jan. 8). These events are designed to connect students and UVM alumni in those regions.
Read more about setting up informational interviews and preparing for networking events.
Tags: advice, alumni, boston, Career, career path, events, Experience, how to, Networking, new york, photos, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Dress to Impress, Event, Helpful Resources, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on November 7, 2013 with No Comments
Alumnae Alyson Welch shares her networking experience and advice
What role has networking played in your career exploration and job search?
Networking has played a huge role in my professional development. Four years ago, I moved to Madrid, Spain and had no idea what I was going to do. After a few months, I found a job and two internships through networking—through a friend of my mother-in-law, a college contact and a previous internship supervisor.
When we moved back to Vermont almost three years ago, I was concerned about finding a job. I started identifying companies of interest and looking for contacts at these companies. In three months, I met with four people from Tetra Tech ARD, all referred to me through various contacts (a former UVM professor, a college friend of my husband’s and a friend of a friend that I met at a birthday party.) When a position opened up at Tetra Tech ARD, I eagerly applied and used the knowledge I had acquired through networking to help write my cover letter and prepare for the interview.
Networking can be a bit intimidating. What has helped you network effectively?
People are much more willing to share information and provide advice than to give you a job. If you are just looking for information, it’s easier to ask people to chat.
I’m kind of shy, so it’s a little intimidating to me to reach out to people that I don’t know. I’ve tried to challenge myself and send emails or call people, thinking that it’s always worth a shot. I actually don’t like the word “networking” as it sounds sort of insincere. I prefer to think of it as meeting people and building relationships that are mutually beneficial. Keeping this in mind makes networking – or relationship-building – more organic and, to me, rewarding. People were very good to me during my job search and I’ve tried to do the same now that I have a job.
What advice might you give to a senior who isn’t sure how to begin their network?
Keep your request to meet short and simple. Be prepared and have a list of questions ready. Ask people to suggest other contacts. Remember to thank the person. Keep track of who you have met and follow up from time to time. Try to keep your network alive. Invite the people you have met to connect on LinkedIn
Also, use LinkedIn to identify UVM alums in your field and reach out to them. Check with professors, co-workers and family/friends to see if they might recommend professional contacts. Think about who is already in your network – maybe your aunt knows someone. Never doubt the importance of any connection—even if someone is not in your field, you never know who they might know.
The most important thing to do is just start networking. Once you start, you’ll gain momentum and it can even become fun. Moreover, I am confident that networking is the best way to ultimately find a job – especially one that you’ll like.
Project Manager at Tetra Tech ARD
Want to learn more about networking? Join us for:
Seniors Lunch and Learn: Networking Made Easy!
Wed. Nov 13, 12 pm, the Hub
Tags: advice, alumni, burlington, Career, events, Experience, how to, Jobs, Networking, photos, Savvy Seniors, tips, your first job
Category: Employer Advice, Event, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on October 31, 2013 with No Comments
Write a thank you note.
Why? A prompt and sincere note of thanks helps you stand out among the hundreds of other people the employer met at the fair. It demonstrates that you’re sincerely interested and motivated about their company, it demonstrates your writing skills and it can make you more memorable than any other candidate.
Here are 5 tips to making your thank you note successful:
1. Make it professional.
This isn’t a text message or a Facebook post with your friends, so don’t use slang or abbreviations. Address the email formally with “Dear Ms. Hoppenjans” instead of “Hi Jill!” Sign it with “Sincerely” instead of “TTYL.” Remember that this could be your future employer.
2. Make it grammatically perfect.
Re-read your note several times to make sure it is as perfect as a resume or cover letter. You want the employer to remember you and what you’ve said, not that you misspelled the company’s name!
3. Make it personal.
You don’t have to send a note to every person you met. Send notes to employers you are really interested in and/or want to stay connected to. Don’t send a mass email to many employers at once. Write an individualized email and try to incorporate the conversation you had with the employer, particularly if there is something about the conversation that might be memorable for the employer.
4. Make it meaningful.
At a minimum, you are thanking them for attending the fair and for speaking with you. If the employer gave you some next steps (i.e.: apply online, look at their website, talk with another colleague), give them an update on your progress. If you don’t have more to say, don’t add fluff or filler.
5. Make it easy for the employer.
Attach a copy of your resume so that the employer can be quickly reminded of who you are.
Tags: advice, Career, Employers, events, internship search, Internships, Interviewing, Job Fair, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, resume, search, tips, your first job
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on October 24, 2013 with No Comments
Most people know that a Job Fair is for people seeking jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Did you know it is also for those who want to get ideas, explore options and gather information? You don’t have to be actively searching for specific job to attend.
A key part of the career journey is having conversations, exploring what is out there and practicing presenting yourself and your interests. You can do all of that at the Job Fair. You can also learn about companies, industries, jobs, and opportunities.
No matter what your reason for attending, you should come prepared. Dress professionally. Bring a resume and an impressive handshake. Why? Because 100 employers are coming to meet you!
Put the date in your calendar:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Davis Center 4th Floor
Still feeling nervous about attending?
Review the Career Center FAQs and Preparation and Tips. If you want more support, talk to a Career Center staff member. Quick (10 minute) consults, resume reviews, and questions can be explored during Drop-ins at the Career + Experience Hub, M-Th: 1-4pm and Fr: 1-3pm.
Do more than just wonder about your future. Explore options. Talk to employers.
Tags: advice, Career, Employers, events, internship search, Internships, Interviewing, Job Fair, job search, Jobs, Networking, photos, resume, search, tips
Category: Career Exploration, Event, Helpful Resources, Job Searching, Networking, Uncategorized
Posted on October 22, 2013 with No Comments
Allie Schwartz ‘11
Relationship Management Specialist
New York, NY
Major: Community Entrepreneurship
How would you describe what you do on a typical day?
I build and maintain relationships with our clients. I help ensure our clients see success from our tools and I am constantly in contact with them. I support a team of six relationship managers and all of their accounts. We collaborate to create a strategic plan for their accounts.
Tell us about your path to this position.
If you told me during senior year of college that I would be working at LinkedIn a year after graduation, I would have called you crazy. I spent every summer in college interning to find out what I was interested in. I learned a lot about the corporate world and myself. Through that experience I started to figure out what I liked and didn’t like and what skills came naturally and the ones I needed to work on.
During my senior year, I really started to think about what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I knew I wanted to be in the marketing/sales industry, but that was vague. After graduation, I spent three months networking with everyone and anyone to pinpoint what I wanted. In September of 2011, I landed a job at a small digital video branding agency. Because it was so small, I took on a lot of responsibilities and learned a lot.
After nine months, I was recruited by someone at LinkedIn. I never expected to be recruited for a role, I only knew myself as an active candidate. Since starting at LinkedIn, I haven’t stopped learning. Every day there is something new to discover. For me, the learning curve hasn’t stopped. I continuously try to find new ways to learn.
What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
Three words: network, network, network. That word was said more times in my house than any other word, both throughout my college years and to this day. From the beginning of my college career, my dad encouraged me to connect with different people in all different roles. After meeting with just one person, I would have a list of 3-5 other people to connect with. Each of those people would have a list of people for me to connect with. It was a domino effect. Just because someone isn’t at the company you want to be at, doesn’t mean they don’t know someone who is. You never know who you’re going to meet and who they happen to know. Networking isn’t just about getting a job; networking can help you with becoming a member of a board, getting a new client, a recommendation, grad school and much more.
How did your time at UVM, both in and out of the classroom, prepare you for your position?
My time at UVM prepared me for this position in more ways than I can imagine. In the classroom, a lot of my classes required group projects. In my current role, while I make my own calls, we all collaborate together on tips and strategies, emails that work and that don’t work, we even help each other make calls. Outside of the classroom, it was meeting so many different people. The majority of my friends are from the New England area and all come from different backgrounds. They all have taught me different things and honestly, made my four years at UVM amazing. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reference someone from UVM in some sort of way.
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