Make the most of every on-campus event with these networking tips.
Upcoming events for BSOS students:
- Applied Economics Career & Networking Fair, Sept. 29, 2020 • 6-8 p.m.
- Determine a goal for attending (e.g. learn about a new field, gain tips for applying, etc.) and develop questions to ask.
- Craft a concise self introduction.
- Dress to impress with these ideas and tips.
- Be resume ready, if the opportunity arises.
- Research the organizations attending ahead of time
- Check out these options to request individual help to prepare
- Review these tips to network at fairs
- 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!