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Making Professional Connections. Building relationships to explore and launch your career . Presented by:. Veitch Student Center 827.3631 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

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
how to get started
How to get started…

focusing your connections
Focusing your connections
  • Student Organizations
  • LinkedIn
  • Professional Associations
  • Campus Departments
setting the tone
Setting the tone…

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

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.


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…

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
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
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:

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.