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Making Professional Connections. Building relationships to explore and launch your career . Presented by:. Veitch Student Center 827.3631 careers.ucr.edu. What we’re going to do…. Establish why connections are important Identify your current connections

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Making professional connections

Making Professional Connections

Building relationships to explore and launch your career

Presented by:

Veitch Student Center 827.3631 careers.ucr.edu


What we re going to do

What we’re going to do…

  • Establish why connections are important

  • Identify your current connections

  • Discover ways to build new connections

  • Create a professional impression

  • Learn professional phone/email etiquette

  • Practice your personal approach

  • Recognize common mistakes


Why make connections

Why make connections?


How to get started

How to get started…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9VUqB7wQpY


Start with who you know

Start with who you know!


Attend events

Attend events!


Focusing your connections

Focusing your connections

  • Student Organizations

  • LinkedIn

  • Professional Associations

  • Campus Departments


You re a natural

You’re a natural…


Setting the tone

Setting the tone…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiw7hdF_Af4


Easy first steps

Easy first steps…

  • Conservative email address

  • Professional outgoing message

  • Neutral virtual presence

  • Create a calling card

Sara Cortez

B.S. Business Administration

University of California, Riverside

123 Canyon Crest, Apt. A 951.827.1234

Riverside, CA 92507 [email protected]


The email intro

The email intro…

Your professor has given you the name and email address for an UCR alumna working in the field of your dreams. What is the appropriate way to introduce yourself via email?


What s the difference

What’s the difference?

Dear Ms. Lee:

I am a junior majoring in History at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Adison suggested I get in touch with you regarding my interest in the preservation of local historical districts.

Although I am not currently looking for a job, I am very interested in learning all I can about typical career paths in this field and what skills I might need to develop. I would greatly appreciate 20 to 30 minutes of your time to ask you a few questions about your current position and the challenges/rewards involved.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to contacting you to arrange a time.

Sincerely,

Allison Harris, UCR History 2009

Hi Clara!

My name is Allison Harris and I’m a junior majoring in History at UC Riverside.

It would be really cool to meet you and learn about your career path. It would be really nice if I can get 15 to 20 minutes of your time. Well, looking forward for your reply. -- Ali H.

Undergraduate, UCR History“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”

“The unexamined life is not worth living”


The phone call

The phone call…

You call the person your counselor referred you to regarding a potential internship opportunity. The person actually answers the phone AND has a few minutes to answer your questions. What do you ask?


The networking event

The networking event…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuM0KtW73WU


Conversation starters

Conversation starters…

  • Clues from the nametag

  • Compliment

  • Connection to the place, host or event

  • Current events (e.g. Olympics)

  • Tip: Get them to do all the talking


Let s practice

Let’s practice…


Keep in touch

Keep in touch…

  • Thank you note

  • Progress emails

  • Related articles

  • Holiday greetings


Common pitfalls

Common pitfalls…

  • Lack of action (aka analysis paralysis)

  • Too informal too soon

  • Lack of focus

  • Etiquette G.A.P.S.

  • Ask for too much

  • No follow through

  • Forget to have fun


Thank you

Thank you!


Career center

Career Center

Additional Career Center workshops to

help you with your career success:

  • Beginning and Advanced Resume Writing

  • Internship Orientations

  • Beginning and Advanced Job Search

  • Interview Skills

  • Special Seminars with Employer Presenters


Career center1

Career Center

Location:Veitch Student Center (next to Health Center)

Hours:Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

except Wed. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Web Site:careers.ucr.edu

Individual counseling appointments available by calling:

(951) 827-3631

Drop-In Hours: Mon. thru Fri.

10 a.m. to 12 noon &

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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