Make the most of every on-campus event with these networking tips. 

Upcoming events for BSOS students:

Prepare: 

  1. Determine a goal for attending (e.g. learn about a new field, gain tips for applying, etc.) and develop questions to ask. Tips for preparing
  2. Craft a concise self introduction. 
  3. Dress to impress with these ideas and tips. 
  4. Be resume ready, if the opportunity arises. 
  5. Research the organizations attending ahead of time
  6. Check out these options to request individual help to prepare
  7. Review these tips to network at fairs

Sample Questions:

  • What do you like most (least) about your work?
  • What are the entry level positions called in the field?
  • What do you think are the most important skills to have to be successful in this field?
  • What made you choose this career field? What did you like about it?
  • Can you describe a typical workday or week?
  • What type of education and experience do you need to remain successful in this field?
  • What are the future career opportunities in this field?
  • What are the challenges in balancing work and personal life?
  • What advice would you give to someone trying to break into this field?
Questions for alumni:
  • Were there any classes or experiences you had at UMD that better prepared you for the field?
  • Are there experiences you wish you had gained?
  • Was your major directly related to your first position after graduation?
  • When searching for your first position, what strategies did you find most helpful?
  • Are there industry specific professional associations that you recommend joining?
Questions for employers:
  • I see that x, y, and z skills are important for the XX internship position, can you tell me any additional skills you look for?
  • What is a typical day like in the XX position?
  • Is there a hiring timeline for the XX position?
  • Is there a skill set that most applicants are missing?
  • Are there certain school or previous job experiences that best qualify students for this internship program?
  • How do you usually advertise XX position?
  • What do you enjoy about working with this organization?
Do’s & Don’ts: 
  • Do keep one hand free so you can shake hands when necessary.
  • Do be yourself and ask questions you have prepared ahead of time. Take 5-10 minutes per conversation.
  • Do bring a networking business card, if you have one, or copies of your resume (but only present it if requested).
  • Don’t tell them your life story; you are dealing with busy people; get to the point and actually listen to what they say.
  • Don’t go straight for the food! Follow others’ lead and partake in moderation.
  • Don’t pass up opportunities to network, this event is for anyone interested in meeting new people!
  • Be prepared to introduce yourself with a 30-second elevator pitch: name, major, interests, past experiences.
  • Thank the alumni/employers for attending. Remember, peoples' time is very precious and we are tremendously fortunate to have amazing alumni who volunteer to give back!

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