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Networking for College Students

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by SenorMatador, May 26, 2009.

  1. SenorMatador

    SenorMatador Senior member

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    As a rising senior in college, I have really begun to understand the importance of networking. All of my internships (4) have been through school, fraternity alumni (I probably would not have had them if it wasn't for networking) and I am very appreciative of the social network I have been able to attain. What I'm really trying to do though is hone in on my skills and I have a couple of questions. Obviously straight-up asking for a job will likely not get you one, but what is the correct way to go about it? You more experienced fellows please chime in. If you had a younger person such as myself who was looking for job experience, what would you want to see out of us? What qualities impress you? What sticks out the most in a candidate? My field is broadcast journalism so networking is very important, if not downright essential.
     
  2. Milhouse

    Milhouse Senior member

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    I've "talent scouted" at university networking events and such. I like when students aren't afraid to introduce themselves to me, when they show some drive and motivation, but aren't total asskissers, I also look for the ones that balance things like school, jobs, extracurricular stuff, etc. If I hire the person, I've got to work with them. . . I sure as shit don't want a boring person in the office, so show some personality. 4.0 with no job doesn't impress me, it says you are a nerd. I want the solid 3.5 that worked a job or volunteered heavily with the same org for a few years, etc.

    But that is me. I don't actively try to be unconventional about these things, it just comes naturally for me. I've seen many asskisses get hired.

    In more general terms, people always like to talk about themselves. Thus the easiest way to network is to call someone up and say "hey, I'm interested in learning about what you do. . . could we talk about that sometime?"
     
  3. MetroStyles

    MetroStyles Senior member

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    Confident
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    Eloquent and sociable (don't be a goddamn creep)
    Smart (good resume/decent GPA)
    Manages to say something intelligent (almost impossible)

    For girls, if she is hot and intelligent, she is in. For guys you have to do a little bit better. That's what I look for anyway when I do recruiting.
     
  4. pseudonym

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    I'm entering college this fall, so this thread will be a tremendous help. [​IMG]
     
  5. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    As a rising senior in college, I have really begun to understand the importance of networking. All of my internships (4) have been through school, fraternity alumni (I probably would not have had them if it wasn't for networking) and I am very appreciative of the social network I have been able to attain.

    What I'm really trying to do though is hone in on my skills and I have a couple of questions.

    Obviously straight-up asking for a job will likely not get you one, but what is the correct way to go about it?

    You more experienced fellows please chime in. If you had a younger person such as myself who was looking for job experience, what would you want to see out of us?

    What qualities impress you? What sticks out the most in a candidate?

    My field is broadcast journalism so networking is very important, if not downright essential.




    1. Look through your schools alumni network database (ask through career services).
    2. Find about a dozen people who are in careers or studied fields you are interested in.
    3. Email them. When doing so, introduce yourself and explain how you found them. Explain why you are reaching out to them - here ask about how they got into their field and you are interested in breaking into it when you graduate. Attach your resume for their reference.

    Outcome:
    1. They know you want a job but you aren't going to tell them that. The plan is to create a dialog with them where they can help you build a better resume (almost all would provide suggestions if your resume is shitty), and also point you in a positive direction in figuring out what you want and how to attain it.
    2. People love to talk about themselves, and also love to feel valuable (you reaching out to them). So they will do all they can to explain to you how they got in their fields and how you can begin to think about doing the same.
    3. Eventually, they will tell you (those in a field you are interested in) they will pass your resume along. Or maybe even email you contacts. But do not ask for this! If they are able or willing to help they will suggest it.

    If you have more questions PM me.
     
  6. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    I'm entering college this fall, so this thread will be a tremendous help.

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    People will be highly impressed if as a freshman you begin to reach out to them.
     
  7. jbmarine

    jbmarine Senior member

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    People will be highly impressed if as a freshman you begin to reach out to them.

    +1. Being that young makes you seem much less threatening and simply more eager to learn. Enjoy it while you can. lol
     
  8. SenorMatador

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    So the impression I'm getting (which is what I've been doing) is just be a real person, and noone likes kiss asses with 4.0's and no activities.

    Looking at it from the other side it makes total sense. You're going to be working with this person, you don't want a weirdo or a total dunce.

    Thanks for the replies, if anyone else has something please contribute to the thread. Gotta mind those lurkers.
     
  9. Jayhawk1412

    Jayhawk1412 Senior member

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    College Job Bank is a really good website that I've used. Also looking at your Alumni network is a good way to network. And having a LinkedIn profile is almost a must nowadays.
     
  10. slycedbred

    slycedbred Senior member

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    What about 4.0's with tons of activities, and a great personality?
     
  11. pseudonym

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    Bump this thread for those who've just started their semesters. Any additional advice would be gladly appreciated.
     
  12. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    Don't forget to have fun.
     
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    fraternity +++
     
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    fraternity +++
    And invite alums for lunch.
     
  15. pseudonym

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    Don't forget to have fun.

    fraternity +++

    And invite alums for lunch.

    Thank you. x3

    [​IMG]
     
  16. pseudonym

    pseudonym Senior member

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    It's sophomore year for me, so it's time to get serious. I'm still unsure what I want/love to do. Right now, my major is unofficially Finance/Accounting.

    Any more advice would be much appreciated.
     
  17. MetroStyles

    MetroStyles Senior member

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    It's sophomore year for me, so it's time to get serious. I'm still unsure what I want/love to do. Right now, my major is unofficially Finance/Accounting.

    Any more advice would be much appreciated.


    Get ready for a fulfilling life.
     
  18. maverick

    maverick Senior member

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    It's sophomore year for me, so it's time to get serious. I'm still unsure what I want/love to do. Right now, my major is unofficially Finance/Accounting.

    Any more advice would be much appreciated.


    I would say talk to as many people as you can, including people in finance/accounting and doing other things. Sophomore year is a great time to get started. By the time you graduate and are unemployed... fewer people will be excited to talk to you.
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    Get ready for a fulfilling life.

    [​IMG] well-played [​IMG]
     
  20. Jazzj

    Jazzj New Member

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    Networking is very good scope for future and I think in all colleges this subject should be started. Most of the guys are going for it and learning it from outside source so if it will be available in college students will easily learn it.
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