With the Fall Job & Internship Fair and Diversity Networking night right around the corner, here are a few tips to help you make important connections!
1. Prepare an “elevator pitch”
How would you tell someone important your whole life story if you had a very limited amount of time? An elevator pitch. A 30 second story about what you do and your goals and aspirations that will capture the attention of others is the way to do this. Prepare this statement and have it available in the back of your mind to pull out when you need it most.
2. Ask for an introduction
Find someone, possibly the host of the event or a friend and ask them to introduce you to their own connections. This provides an open door for you to approach the person and establish a connection with them without formally going out of your own way to pull them aside and introduce yourself.
You’ve heard it over and over again but listening is the easiest way to establish a connection. Listening with the intent of understanding and also establishing a connection. People appreciate those who genuinely listen to what they have to say and they WILL remember you if you do.
4. Share personal stories
Use your experiences to your advantage. Talk about them. You have unique things that you have done that no one else has done; use those to create common ground that can provide an easy foundation for furthering friendship and professional connections.
5. Practice, practice, practice
The more you practice, the easier networking will become. Practice your networking everyday, whether it be during class, at work, while walking the dog, or checking out at the grocery store. Get to know the stories behind a person and you will easily create a connection.
6. Put your practice to work
Diversity Networking Night
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Pomerantz Career Center, Suite C310 Pomerantz Center
A fun networking event to connect Employers who promote diversity in the workplace with students.
For more information, please visit: careers.uiowa.edu/diversity-networking-night
Fall Job & Internship Fair
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Main Lounge & Second Floor Ballroom Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Open to all majors! Over 150 employers will be available to talk about their internship and full-time opportunities! Bring copies of your resume and dress professionally!
Written by : Emily Fisher, Student blogger