1 ST GM: NETWORKING TIPS AND DINNER ETIQUETTE With Laura Santo and Jaimie Ir vine from Turner Construction Co. MAIN GOALS TONIGHT: To prepare you for upcoming networking events Spring Evening with Industry Viterbi Career Fair Familiarize you with important tips useful in your future career SWE UPDATES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Accenture corporate luncheon – Fri Feb 1 Career Fair Prep – Wed Jan 30 Spring Evening with Industry – Wed Feb 6 Big/Lil Mentorship Program Scholarships ACCENTURE CORPORATE LUNCHEON Friday February 1 , 12:30 -1:30pm Sign ups (with $10 deposit) in RTH 210 to Maggie Open to all majors and years Great for intimate networking! Email Ashlyn at af [email protected] if any questions FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/401531953266344/? cont ext=create CAREER FAIR PREP: RESUME DO'S & DON'TS We will have a SWE alumni panel & resume workshop. First event of the Big/Lil Sib Mentorship Program, but ALL are welcomed! Date: Wednesday, Jan 30th Time: 7-8:30 Location: GFS 116 FB: http://www.facebook.com/events/120698894771752/?n otif_t=plan_user_joined SPRING EVENING WITH INDUSTRY Location: The Radisson Grand Ballroom Date: Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 Time: 6-8pm Current list of companies include (but are not limited to): Intel, Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Kiewit Construction, Aera Energy, eBay, Turner Construction, CIA, SAIC, and Eaton. Timeline: Mon., Jan 28th: Student registration opens. To fully register you must (1) sign up on Google doc to be given out in next newsletter, (2) give $20 deposit (will be returned when you attend SEWI) to Maggie in CED, (3) sign up for one company for dinner and one for dessert, also in CED. Fri., Feb 1st: Student registration period is closed. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/405201759562898/?context=create BIG/LIL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Big/Little Sib Mentorship Program - If you didn't apply by J an 27th, please email Tricia at [email protected] If you did, you should've gotten an email by the GM. If not, please email Tricia at [email protected] SCHOLARSHIPS SWE-LA scholarship due Feb 22 Download from sweusc.com under ‘About’ ‘Scholarships’ NETWORKING TIPS AND DINNER ETIQUETTE WORKSHOP AIMS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. What to wear? Researching companies before career fair Elevator pitch & introductions Following up & staying in contact Cocktail hour Dinner etiquette & table talk WHAT TO WEAR? WHAT TO WEAR? • What is appropriate to wear in settings such as: information sessions, career fairs, interviews, cof fee or brunch with a company representative? • What qualifies as too short and too tight? • Is it ever appropriate to wear bright colors to meet a representative? • What is the appropriate heel height of shoes? BUSINESS CASUAL Appropriate for Career Fairs, Information Sessions, Networking Nights, Cof fees, etc. What is Business Casual? Blouse or Cardigan Set Slacks Heels or Flats BRIGHT COLORS Every outfit can use a spot of color! Be sure to partner the color with a neutral suit or pair of slacks. Color can be incorporated by: Blouse under suit jacket Jewelry – necklace or bracelet Not your eye make-up! APPROPRIATE SHOES - DO THESE STILETTOS MAKE MY IQ LOOK HIGHER? No higher than 3 inches No flashy metallic or studded shoes RESEARCHING COMPANIES RESEARCHING COMPANIES Get an overview of what the company does (wiki is okay only as an overview) Go to the company’s website Look for mission statement Know what they are looking for Know what you are looking for RESEARCHING COMPANIES Search recent articles about the company NY T WSJ Washington Post Acquisition History / Division History See how the company interacts with themselves and other companies to show the direction they are trying to move ELEVATOR PITCH S o u r c e : h t t p : / / w w w . s a l i s b u r y. e d u / c a r e e r s e r v i c e s / S t u d e n t s / I n t e r v i e w s / 6 0 s e c o n d E l e v a t o r. h t m l WHAT IS AN “ELEVATOR PITCH concise, carefully planned, and well -practiced description about you make a powerful first impression Should describe why someone should work with you ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A POWERFUL ELEVATOR PITCH Concise. Your pitch should take no longer than 30 -60 seconds. Clear. Don't use fancy words thinking it will make you sound smarter. You’ll lose your opportunity to hook them. Powerful. Use words that are powerful and strong. Visual. Use words that create a memorable visual image in your listeners mind. Targeted. If you target dif ferent audiences, you might want to have a unique pitch for each. Goal Oriented. Pitch is designed with a specific outcome that may dif fer depending on objectives. Has a Hook. Snag your listener's interest and makes them want to know more. A Request. At the end of your pitch, you must ask for something. HOW TO CRAFT YOUR KILLER ELEVATOR PITCH Write down what you do. Write down your objective or goal. Write 10-20 action statements. Record yourself. Let it sit. Highlight the good stuff. Put the best pieces together. Record these new ones. Do a final edit cutting as many unnecessary words as possible. Dress Rehearsal. Done for now. Continue to improve. FOLLOWING UP & STAYING IN CONTACT FOLLOWING UP Be sure to send thank you email day of, or following day Don’t be afraid to follow up about a specific position that interests you STAYING IN TOUCH Add via Linked in Build the relationship before you need anything "Strong candidates cultivate good relationships with recruiters when they are NOT looking for a job so that they can get help when they are." Recognizing the recruiter at future networking events could have a very positive ef fect Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/40417403/How_To_Stay_In_Touch_With_Recruiters COCKTAIL HOUR Learn how to make the most out of cocktail hour WHAT YOU SHOULD DO Cocktail hour is the time for casual networking Have a warm presence Smile! Look interested in the conversation Maintain eye-contact and a firm handshake Be relaxed, don’t cross your arms Actively scan the crowd for anyone you may know or want to speak to STARTING/JOINING A CONVERSATION Have conversation openers prepared Example: “Hi! My name is …. and I noticed you work for … . I’d love to learn more about the opportunities at ….” Ask questions that are not only “yes/no” questions. This can lead to dead end conversations. If you want to join an ongoing conversation, wait for a natural break in the conversation or politely say, “I don’t mean to interrupt, but I just wanted to introduce myself…” DON’T DO THIS: Go straight for the recruiter surrounded by the most people. Wait until it clears up and then approach. Longer and more genuine conversations are more memorable. Spend too much time eating. This cuts into the networking time. Eat before if you are famished. Hide in the corner of the room. Get out of your comfort zone and start a conversation with a recruiter. They’re there to speak to you! OTHER POINTS Show your personality! While this is the time to make connections, it is important to show there is more to you than just academics. This also helps to form a relationship with the recruiter. Dress up, but be tasteful. A business dress or a pantsuit with a few (bold) accessories is common. Don’t let nerves get the best of you. Recruiters don’t bite! Have fun :D DINNER ETIQUETTE AND TABLE TALK DINNER ETIQUETTE Stay of f your phone Don’t eat before the recruiters do. Don’t eat until everyone at the table has gotten their food Personal belongings of f the table Try eating small bites so that you can concentrate and participate the conversation better • Napkin on your lap • • • • • TABLE TALK • Come to the table with some sort of goal of what you want to learn in mind • Recruiters are people too (aka other topics besides their job are okay) • Prepare questions for the recruiter • Don’t dominate the table • Don’t talk too much about yourself so that you can have a chance to listen • Think before you speak QUESTIONS?