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Harnessing the Networking Potential of Career Center Events

March 20, 2017 10:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By HELEN EATON

Weekly or even daily, on our campuses and across college communities, students are afforded opportunities to network with potential employers. Industry nights, conversations with alumni, and guest speakers give you the chance to introduce yourself, express interest, and share your goals with potential employers.

Be engaged

Simply attending a networking event is not enough. When you attend, take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the speaker and ask a question. Name recognition is likely to help you later if you decide to send a follow up email to the employer.

Do your homework

Employers may meet hundreds of potential applicants during campus events. Take the time to learn about the company and prepare targeted questions. You’ll feel better equipped to get a conversation started, and the employer will notice your preparation.

Follow up

Don’t expect an employer to reach out to you just because you’ve provided a resume. After an event, send a thank you email using specific examples from your conversation. Reiterate your interest and ask the employer about next steps.

 

Author: Helen Eaton is the Program Coordinator, Internship & Career Center, at Endicott College. Questions can be addressed to heaton@endicott.edu

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