Tag: Networking

Networking with Alumni

The Lawrence alumni network is one of the university’s greatest assets. Unfortunately, it also seems to be one of the best-kept secrets. I say “unfortunately” because it shouldn’t be a secret! We have alumni in almost any field and location you can think of. This provides an amazing resource for current students who would like to learn more about a specific industry or hear how past LU students have used their liberal arts degree.

Okay, you might be thinking, I agree having an active alumni network is great, but how do I get in touch with alumni that are doing something I’m interested in?

There are two primary ways of getting in touch with alumni: reaching out via email, or meeting face-to-face at an alumni networking reception or similar event hosted by Lawrence.

Here are some tips that will help make your alumni interactions successful in each situation:

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Reasons to Spend More Time on LinkedIn and Less on Facebook

These days, chances are you’re spending more time stalking on Facebook than thinking about the future. But, if you want to prepare for life after Lawrence (and you should), it’s a good idea to start devoting some of your time to more fruitful pursuits. Below are some reasons why LinkedIn beats Facebook in helping you further your career. (Plus, click on the infographic to the left for some interesting stats.)

(Read full article and more tips here.)

1. LinkedIn is a professional website. LinkedIn was created to connect professionals in online networking; Facebook was not. Although both services have evolved to include elements of each other, they do still remain true to their original purpose, and LinkedIn excels at presenting a professional front.

2. Your college professors might actually use LinkedIn. Although some colleges take a lax approach to social media, many still frown on Facebook connections between students and professors. But on LinkedIn, connections are typically seen as a positive thing, opening you up to the resources that your professors can share with you, including positive recommendations.

3. LinkedIn users log in with a purpose. While on Facebook, you may be surfing to find out about the latest cat video or your friend’s wedding photos, but LinkedIn tends to lead to a more task-driven visit. Users log in to check out job and collaboration opportunities, people to hire, and relevant industry news.

4. You’re more likely to get a recommendation on LinkedIn. A recommendation on either LinkedIn or Facebook is a great way to put your best foot forward, but you’re simply more likely to land one on LinkedIn. Recent stats show that 36% of LinkedIn users make a recommendation, compared to 27% of Facebook users. LinkedIn also has a 57% interested recommendation response, compared with 42% on Facebook (see more stats and source here.)

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How to Master Your Skype or Phone Interview

When living within the Lawrence Bubble, it can be difficult to get away from campus for interviews. If you can’t meet someone face-to-face, interviewing via Skype or phone may be your best option. Here are some tips to help you ace these interviews.

General Phone & Skype Tips

  • Be succinct. It’s hard to pick up on non-verbal cues in these situations. Don’t babble and stop yourself when you’ve answered the question completely.
  • Get rid of distractions. Make sure that you’re in a secure, quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. Lock your door or put a sign on the outside to let your roommates know you are not to bothered during that time.
  • Don’t sound sleepy. Wake up an hour before your interview. People can tell if you just woke up and it sounds unprofessional. Call a friend and talk for a few minutes to get your voice ready.

Skype Interviews

  • Avoid technical difficulties. Double – no, triple check your Internet connection before your interview begins. Make sure that your speakers and microphone work. Call a friend on Skype and do a sound and picture check.
  • Know proper web cam etiquette. Look at the camera and not the screen so that you are making eye contact. Sit up straight. Don’t sit too close to the camera. Use the camera to check out what you look like on screen before the call so you know how they’ll view you.

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The Business of Thanks

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When you’re given the opportunity to meet or communicate with someone, you should always demonstrate your appreciation with a note of thanks. The method you use, however, may differ depending on the situation. Here are some rules of thumb to keep in mind as you’re considering how to express your gratitude:

General Rules:
•  Be sure to check spelling and grammar
•  When in doubt, send a handwritten note
•  The more expensive the entertainment, the more the need for a handwritten note

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Searching for a Job: Career and Job Fairs

This post was written by Career Assistant Brynley Nadziejka,  ’14.

As we enter the New Year, seniors especially will start thinking about what they will do after graduation, and for a lot of them that will include finding a job. Searching for employment is a daunting process, but career and job fairs exist to make things a little easier. These fairs give you a chance to meet face-to-face with representatives from dozens of hiring companies in only one or two hours. You provide them with a resume and short, 30-second “marketing pitch” about your qualifications (i.e. educational history, applicable skills, and previous experience).

To help you search for fairs, listed below are links to the websites of ten job or career fair companies that host dozens of fairs nationwide over the course of the year:

http://www.careermd.com/default.aspx

http://www.carouselexpo.com/

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