Networking is the New Interview
Graduation is approaching quickly for current seniors, which means job application season is soon on its way. Applying for jobs can be a scary task, but using the right tools can help make you stand out from the crowd. The saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is spreading like wildfire because it primarily relates to networking.
Networking has become an important skill for people in the workforce because it enforces personal contacts. Relationships are the catalyst for success. People do business with those they like and trust. Some people may not be comfortable with networking because they are too shy to approach someone, but if the opportunity is there, take it! It can pay off in the long run.
I am a student at Regis University and networking helped me because I was able to receive an internship by networking with a Regis Alumnus. One night I was at a local pub with friends when I saw a group of people with what looked like an Emmy Award sitting on their table. I am a major in Communication, so I took this opportunity to go over and approach the table. I started with small- talk and asked some simple questions. Then, the man with the Emmy Award gave me his business card and told me to email him about some possible opportunities with his company. By taking the opportunity to chat with some fellow people at a pub, I ended up making connections which resulted in my internship for PBS. Sometimes putting yourself out there is important because it can serve as a great resource.
Here is a link on the top ten tips for successful business networking in order to start thinking about the future: http://www.businessknowhow.com/tips/networking.htm
Another helpful tool for Regis students and Alumni is visiting Career Services in the Coors Life Directions Center in order to figure out more information and useful resources on networking. Call 303-458-3508 to set up an appointment with a Career Counselor today.
Monday, November 10, 2014
11:00 – 2:00
Regis University – Lowell Campus
3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
Student Center – Faculty Lounge & Walker’s Pub
20 Volunteer organizations will be on campus to share information about opportunities for graduates to enhance personal growth and explore different cultures and geographic locations through volunteer service.
According to the Career Advancement Management Report (Volume 37, Number 13, 2014), WANTED Analytics found that the most commonly requested skills in job advertisements in the United States at the end of the first quarter of 2014 were:
1. Quality Assurance
4. Software Development
6. Technical Support
7. Structured Query Language
8. Forklift Operation
9. Quality Control
10. Customer Relationship Management
Attention Regis College Seniors!
Don’t miss out on the 2014 Senior Etiquette Dinner which will take place on October 21st from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge (Student Center).
To reserve your seat, bring a $10 deposit (cash or check) to Regis University’s Career Services office located in the Coors Life Directions Center, Room 125. Deadline for reservations is Friday, October 10th.
Deposits will be returned upon attendance at event. Professional attire is required!
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or call us at 303-458-3508.
Informational Interviews – Strategic Job Searching
According to www.quintcareers.com (a great job search/career services resource) “One out of 200 resumes results in a job offer. One out of every 12 informational interviews, however, results in a job offer.” Informational Interviews are low stress because you’re not seeking a job, you’re just seeking information.
Top 4 Reasons why Informational Interviews Will Help Your Job Search
- Make contacts with decision makers within a company or organization so they remember your face when a job opens.
- Get information about breaking into a career field or what it takes to succeed in the field.
- Validate your career choice by “trying it on” for a short period of time.
- Find job opportunities that are not posted online or in the newspaper
To learn more about Informational Interviews follow this link: http://www.quintcareers.com/informational_interviewing.html