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CAST Networking Reception. Oakland University October 18, 2006. Sponsor Acknowledgement. Special thanks to: Beth Benson Gary Brancaleone OU Alumni Association OU Career Services. CAST. Connecting Alumni and Students Together Gain practical insight and explore career options with alumni

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CAST Networking Reception

Oakland University

October 18, 2006


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Sponsor Acknowledgement

Special thanks to:

  • Beth Benson

  • Gary Brancaleone

  • OU Alumni Association

  • OU Career Services


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CAST

Connecting Alumni and Students Together

  • Gain practical insight and explore career options with alumni

    • Informational Interviews

    • Job Shadowing

    • Mock Interviews

    • Office Visits


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Overview

  • Discussion of Networking

  • Alumni Introductions

  • Activity

  • Networking


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My background

  • Boys’ Club of Royal Oak

  • Oakland University

  • Lanier Business Products

  • Unisys Corporation

  • Ajilon Consulting


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Adecco Overview

  • 12 divisions

  • 71countries

  • $21Billion in sales

  • Largest employer in the world for staffing


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Ajilon Overview

  • Our Business

  • My role

  • Our hiring policy

  • Importance of networking in our industry


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Networking

  • What it means

  • When to get started

  • Why now


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Three Key Steps in Networking

  • Assess

  • Identify

  • Market

    (NACE, 2006)


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A.I.M.

Assess yourself and determine a career focus

  • Your career focus should include several types of occupations, industries, and companies

    (NACE, 2006)


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A.I.M.

Identify and increase your network

  • Make a list of contacts

  • Identify activities to increase your network

    (NACE, 2006)


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A.I.M.

Market your value

  • Don’t immediately ask about career opportunities

  • Request feedback on your career direction and resume

  • Ask your contact to identify additional contacts

  • Send thank-you notes

    (NACE, 2006)


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Getting started

  • Personal Contacts

  • Friends

  • Neighbors

  • Professors

  • Industry Seminars

  • Information Sessions


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Extending your network

  • Volunteering

  • Community Services

  • Minority Functions

  • Tutoring

  • Big Brother-Boys’ Club

  • YMCA – Little league sports

  • Professional associations


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Electronic Networking

  • My Space

  • Facebook

  • OUCareerLink

  • Michigan Job Bank

  • Hot Jobs

  • Dice

  • Cautions!


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Image

  • How do you want to be viewed

  • Resumé, Email, Voicemail, Dress

  • Background Information

  • Credit

  • Criminal record

  • Drug Screening

  • References


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“Tell me about yourself”

  • ‘Elevator Speech’

  • 30 second overview of you

  • Personal Card

  • Website

  • Resumé


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Follow-up

  • Phone Call

  • E-mail

  • Personal note

  • Resumé

  • Whatever they ask for!


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Keep in Mind!

  • Courtesy

  • Purpose

  • Action


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Networking Timetable-Freshmen

  • Get to know professors, advisors, fellow students

  • Participate in student organizations and activities

  • Consider joining a fraternity or sorority

    (Quintessential Careers, 2006)


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Networking Timetable-Sophomores

  • Develop your resumé

  • Conduct informational interviews

  • Continue to network with professors, other students, and people you work with

  • Think about obtaining an internship/ co-op

    (Quintessential Careers, 2006)


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Networking Timetable-Juniors

  • Increase your network-generate a list of potential contacts/companies for which you would like to work

  • Sign up with a networking site

  • Connect with alumni

  • Join an online discussion group

    (Quintessential Careers, 2006)


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Networking Timetable-Seniors

  • Narrow your list of dream employers

  • Join professional organizations

  • Maintain contact with professors, advisors, and students

  • Participate in CAST

  • Continue informational interviewing

    (Quintessential Careers, 2006)



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Resources

  • National Association of Colleges and Employers. (2006). Job Choices: Diversity Edition. (49th ed.) Bethlehem, PA: NACE.

  • Oakland University Career Services. (2006). How to network with alumni. Retrieved May 1, 2006, from http://www2.oakland.edu/careerservices/students/HowtoNetworkwithAlumni.pdf

  • Quintessential Careers. (2006). Networking timetable for college students. Retrieved October 12, 2006 from

    http://www.quintcareers.com/networking_timetable.html


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