Productive Professional Networking
Do’s and Don’ts of Networking
Do think creatively about where to find network contacts.
Do join a professional organization related to your field.
Do organize your networking contacts.
Do conduct information interviews, the ultimate networking technique.
Do keep networking even after you've found a job.
Do thank everyone in your network who has assisted you.
Don't go anywhere without copies of your résumé or networking cards.
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Just like every other aspect of job searching, networking has moved online to Social Networking Sites.
In 2009, 36.7% of Montana Employers surveyed used these SNS to reach prospective candi-dates.
Advice from MT Employers:
Be careful of the content, spelling and grammar used on profiles.
Treat your SNS profile as you would job application docu-ments and interviews.
Don’t post any unprofessional material that might negatively affect your job search.
Remember that your online profile will NEVER go away! It will follow (or haunt) you for the rest of your life.
WITH Whom should you network?
Everyone! Cast your net widely. Network at:
AlumNet in CareerLink: check http://www.myinterfase.com/msubillings/student/home.aspx
Why get a degree?
U.S. Census Bureau statistics show that employees with:
an associate degree earns 19% more than those with a high school diploma alone
employees with a bachelor's degree earn 62% more
those with a master's degree earn almost double the pay
The College Board's report found:
College graduates ages 25 to 44 are 14 percent less likely to be obese than high school grads.
Adults ages 25 to 34 with a college degree are nearly twice as likely to exercise vigorously.
Smoking among those with a bachelor's degree is 9 percent. High school grads: 27 percent.
68 percent of college-educated parents read to their kids daily in 2007 - over 20 percent more than high school grads.
The percentage of people with college degrees who donate their time to community organizations is higher than other groups.
Career Connection: Ask an Executive
Wednesdays from 11:00 - 1:00
Talk to local employers and ask:
• Are you currently hiring?
• What majors do you hire?
• What experience do I need?
• Do you offer internships?
• How important is networking?
• Will you critique my résumé?
• Will you critique my cover letter?
• What should I wear to an interview?
City College at the
Jan. 23 PPL Montana
Jan. 30 CTA Group
Feb. 06 Bureau of Indian Affairs
Feb. 27 Billings Clinic
Mar. 13 Wells Fargo
Mar. 13 Youth Dynamics
Apr. 03 RiverStone Health
at Career Services Libray 100:
Jan. 30 Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch
Feb. 06 US Marshals Service/Dept. of Justice
Feb. 20 Wells Fargo
Feb. 27 The Center for Children and Families
Mar. 13 Billings Public Schools
Apr. 03 Billings Clinic
Apr. 10 Youth Dynamics
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