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1 st GM: Networking Tips and Dinner Etiquette. With Laura Santo and Jaimie Irvine from Turner Construction Co. Main goals tonight:. To prepare you for upcoming networking events Spring Evening with Industry Viterbi Career Fair

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1 st gm networking tips and dinner etiquette
1st GM: Networking Tips and Dinner Etiquette

With Laura Santo and Jaimie Irvine from Turner Construction Co.

main goals tonight
Main goals tonight:
  • To prepare you for upcoming networking events
    • Spring Evening with Industry
    • Viterbi Career Fair
  • Familiarize you with important tips useful in your future career
swe updates
SWE updates
  • Accenture corporate luncheon – Fri Feb 1
  • Career Fair Prep – Wed Jan 30
  • Spring Evening with Industry – Wed Feb 6
  • Big/Lil Mentorship Program
  • Scholarships
accenture corporate luncheon
Accenture Corporate Luncheon
  • Friday February 1, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Sign ups (with $10 deposit) in RTH 210 to Maggie
  • Open to all majors and years
  • Great for intimate networking!
  • Email Ashlyn at affelt@usc.edu if any questions
  • FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/401531953266344/?context=create
career fair prep resume do s don ts
Career Fair Prep: Resume Do's & Don'ts
  • We will have a SWE alumni panel & resume workshop.
  • First event of the Big/Lil Sib Mentorship Program, but ALL are welcomed! 
  • Date: Wednesday, Jan 30th
  • Time: 7-8:30
  • Location: GFS 116
  • FB: http://www.facebook.com/events/120698894771752/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
spring evening with industry
Spring Evening with Industry

Location: The Radisson Grand Ballroom

Date: Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Time: 6-8pm

Current list of companies include (but are not limited to): Intel, Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Kiewit Construction, Aera Energy, eBay, Turner Construction, CIA, SAIC, and Eaton.


Mon., Jan 28th: Student registration opens. To fully register you must

(1) sign up on Google doc to be given out in next newsletter,

(2) give $20 deposit (will be returned when you attend SEWI) to Maggie in CED,

(3) sign up for one company for dinner and one for dessert, also in CED.

Fri., Feb 1st: Student registration period is closed.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/405201759562898/?context=create

big lil mentorship program
Big/lil Mentorship program
  • Big/Little Sib Mentorship Program - If you didn't apply by Jan 27th, please email Tricia at cenxu@usc.edu.
  • If you did, you should've gotten an email by the GM.
  • If not, please email Tricia at cenxu@usc.edu.
  • SWE-LA scholarship due Feb 22
  • Download from sweusc.com under ‘About’  ‘Scholarships’
workshop aims
Workshop Aims
  • What to wear?
  • Researching companies before career fair
  • Elevator pitch & introductions
  • Following up & staying in contact
  • Cocktail hour
  • Dinner etiquette & table talk
what to wear1
What to Wear?
  • What is appropriate to wear in settings such as: information sessions, career fairs, interviews, coffee or brunch with a company representative?
  • What qualifies as too short and too tight?
  • Is it ever appropriate to wear bright colors to meet a representative?
  • What is the appropriate heel height of shoes?
business casual
Business Casual
  • Appropriate for Career Fairs, Information Sessions, Networking Nights, Coffees, etc.
  • What is Business Casual?
    • Blouse or Cardigan Set
    • Slacks
    • Heels or Flats
bright colors
Bright Colors
  • Every outfit can use a spot of color! Be sure to partner the color with a neutral suit or pair of slacks.
  • Color can be incorporated by:
    • Blouse under suit jacket
    • Jewelry – necklace or bracelet
    • Not your eye make-up!
appropriate shoes do these stilettos make my iq look higher
Appropriate shoes - Do these stilettos make my IQ look higher?
  • No higher than 3 inches
  • No flashy metallic or studded shoes
researching companies1
Researching Companies
  • Get an overview of what the company does
    • (wiki is okay only as an overview)
  • Go to the company’s website
    • Look for mission statement
    • Know what they are looking for
    • Know what you are looking for
researching companies2
Researching Companies
  • Search recent articles about the company
    • NYT
    • WSJ
    • Washington Post
  • Acquisition History / Division History
    • See how the company interacts with themselves and other companies to show the direction they are trying to move
elevator pitch

Elevator Pitch

Source: http://www.salisbury.edu/careerservices/Students/Interviews/60secondElevator.html

what is an elevator pitch
What is an “Elevator Pitch
  • concise, carefully planned, and well-practiced description about you
  • make a powerful first impression
  • Should describe why someone should work with you
essential elements of a powerful elevator pitch
Essential Elements of a Powerful Elevator Pitch
  • Concise. Your pitch should take no longer than 30-60 seconds.
  • Clear. Don't use fancy words thinking it will make you sound smarter. You’ll lose your opportunity to hook them.
  • Powerful. Use words that are powerful and strong.
  • Visual. Use words that create a memorable visual image in your listeners mind.
  • Targeted. If you target different audiences, you might want to have a unique pitch for each.
  • Goal Oriented.Pitch is designed with a specific outcome that may differ depending on objectives.
  • Has a Hook. Snag your listener's interest and makes them want to know more. 
  • A Request. At the end of your pitch, you must ask for something.
how to craft your killer elevator pitch
How to Craft Your Killer Elevator Pitch
  • Write down what you do. 
  • Write down your objective or goal. 
  • Write 10-20 action statements. 
  • Record yourself. 
  • Let it sit. 
  • Highlight the good stuff. 
  • Put the best pieces together. 
  • Record these new ones.
  • Do a final edit cutting as many unnecessary words as possible.
  • Dress Rehearsal. 
  • Done for now. 
  • Continue to improve. 
following up
Following up
  • Be sure to send thank you email day of, or following day
  • Don’t be afraid to follow up about a specific position that interests you
staying in touch
Staying in touch
  • Add via Linked in
  • Build the relationship before you need anything
    • "Strong candidates cultivate good relationships with recruiters when they are NOT looking for a job so that they can get help when they are."
  • Recognizing the recruiter at future networking events could have a very positive effect

Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/40417403/How_To_Stay_In_Touch_With_Recruiters

cocktail hour

Cocktail Hour

Learn how to make the most out of cocktail hour

what you should do
What you should do
  • Cocktail hour is the time for casual networking
  • Have a warm presence
    • Smile!
    • Look interested in the conversation
    • Maintain eye-contact and a firm handshake
    • Be relaxed, don’t cross your arms
    • Actively scan the crowd for anyone you may know or want to speak to
starting joining a conversation
Starting/Joining a Conversation
  • Have conversation openers prepared
  • Example: “Hi! My name is …. and I noticed you work for … . I’d love to learn more about the opportunities at ….”
  • Ask questions that are not only “yes/no” questions. This can lead to dead end conversations.
  • If you want to join an ongoing conversation, wait for a natural break in the conversation or politely say, “I don’t mean to interrupt, but I just wanted to introduce myself…”
don t do this
Don’t do this:
  • Go straight for the recruiter surrounded by the most people. Wait until it clears up and then approach. Longer and more genuine conversations are more memorable.
  • Spend too much time eating. This cuts into the networking time. Eat before if you are famished.
  • Hide in the corner of the room. Get out of your comfort zone and start a conversation with a recruiter. They’re there to speak to you!
other points
Other points
  • Show your personality! While this is the time to make connections, it is important to show there is more to you than just academics. This also helps to form a relationship with the recruiter.
  • Dress up, but be tasteful. A business dress or a pantsuit with a few (bold) accessories is common.
  • Don’t let nerves get the best of you. Recruiters don’t bite!
  • Have fun :D
dinner etiquette
Dinner Etiquette
  • Stay off your phone
  • Don’t eat before the recruiters do.
  • Don’t eat until everyone at the table has gotten their food
  • Personal belongings off the table
  • Try eating small bites so that you can concentrate and participate the conversation better
  • Napkin on your lap
table talk
Table Talk
  • Come to the table with some sort of goal of what you want to learn in mind
  • Recruiters are people too (aka other topics besides their job are okay)
  • Prepare questions for the recruiter
  • Don’t dominate the table
  • Don’t talk too much about yourself so that you can have a chance to listen
  • Think before you speak