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

  2. 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

  3. Why make connections?

  4. How to get started… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9VUqB7wQpY

  5. Start with who you know!

  6. Attend events!

  7. Focusing your connections • Student Organizations • LinkedIn • Professional Associations • Campus Departments

  8. You’re a natural…

  9. Setting the tone… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiw7hdF_Af4

  10. 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 scortez@gmail.com

  11. 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?

  12. 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”

  13. 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?

  14. The networking event… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuM0KtW73WU

  15. 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

  16. Let’s practice…

  17. Keep in touch… • Thank you note • Progress emails • Related articles • Holiday greetings

  18. 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

  19. Thank you!

  20. 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

  21. 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.