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. 

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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Network using social media 

4 Tips for Using Instagram to Network, by Vault