Preparation is a critical component of professional development. Preparing for the interview or event is almost as important as the interview or event itself. The key to successful interviewing and networking is knowing who you are, being able to concisely express your skills and strengths pertaining to the industry and knowing as much as possible about the organization with which you are meeting.
First impressions are important in this professional relationship building process. To make the best first impression you should: practice your 30-second pitch, dress professionally at your interview, at all networking events, and in any situation in which you may be viewed by prospective employers.
There are several steps to making a fair, event or interview work well for you. The events are opportunities to create professional relationships with potential colleagues interested in the same industry as you.
- Know which organizations are attending the fair or networking event and research them online or through your network of faculty and friends
- Prepare questions about organizations
- Wear a professional outfit
- Develop and practice your 30-second pitch (video)
- Know where the interview or event is to take place and arrive 15 minutes early
- Come prepared with your own questions
- Take notes during the interview to help you keep your thoughts organized
- Jot down info on the back of business cards so you can remember what you discussed and refer to that conversation in your thank-you note
- Review salary ranges so you know your value Salary Negotiation Guide
LinkedIn is a professional social media platform where you can connect with professionals in your industry, join associations or relevant groups, connect with alumni from URI and learn about job or internship opportunities. If you are in need of a professional photo for your LinkedIn profile, visit CCEE for a photo shoot.
www.linkedin.com: generate an account
university.linkedin.com: learn best practices for using LinkedIn
www.linkedin.com/jobs: use keywords and location tools to search for career opportunities
www.linkedin.com/salary : discover your earning potential
Engage in Professional Associations
A professional association is a group of individuals within a specific industry who come together to network, discuss best practices, educate each other about the field, and share opportunities for jobs within their organizations. Joining a professional association is a valuable tool for networking, job and internship searching and being up to date on the latest trends in the field.
Networking is a great way to enhance your job search. To increase the number of opportunities available to you, simply connect with people you know and let them know your job search intentions.
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