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Networking Madness idea polls - April 3rd

 

Group 5

Volunteering

Volunteering to work with an organization can help you build skills that will make you more marketable to future employers. Volunteer experience is also a great way to network with professionals in the career field you are considering. If you show initiative, leadership, and integrity as a volunteer, you could be offered an internship with the same organization, or at least a recommendation for an internship at another organization.

Meetup.com

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize.

Group 6

Attend a conference

The benefits from networking in a conference environment are immense; meeting new people who can give you new research, product, or information leads that will open up new possibilities for you. It pays to keep your mind focused on these opportunities. Look up the people who will be presenting at the conference. They are the influencers who can help you get better networked into your targeted industry, or who may even be able to share ideas with you or give you a little time to talk through things that you're doing.

Attend Career panels

Don't just bolt out of the room. Stop to chat informally with panel representatives. Make a favorable impression. The panel representative you talk to just might remember you later. Tell the panel representatives what your career goals are. Even if you are not interested in their organization, they may know someone in the area you'd like to pursue. Ask if you may have a copy of their business card and add it to your collection of networking contacts.

Group 7

DreemKaCHer phone app

DreemKaCHer is an innovative way of expanding your dreams of success by marketing, networking and promoting yourself and/or brand to those who share your interest and want to help build yours. You can be a Dreemer, a KaCHer or both!

Get a mentor

Ask good contacts for advice about a specific problem. Maybe you need coaching for a big interview, whether in person or through online video, and you can ask a great contact to coach you. Whatever the issue, try asking a contact for specific advice instead of proposing a career-long mentorship. Take the advice from a mentor and act on it. Then call or email the result of your actions. Ask your next question and repeat until you have a steady dialogue going. At some point, write them a nice handwritten note and thank them for mentoring you.

Group 8

Employer information session

Employer information sessions are typically held the evening prior to an employer's first interview day through On-Campus Interviewing. However, some employers hold them in conjunction with attending career fairs, or with other reasons they have personnel on campus. This can be an opportunity to learn more about the organization and meet company representatives in a less formal situation than an interview. You have the opportunity to ask questions (not about money) in advance of the interview.

Albany Business Review

Through http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/, browse job listings; find out more information about specific companies and industries, research specific up-and-coming people in the area, see calendar listings for local networking events, sign up for newsletters for updates in different fields, and see the best places to work in various industries.