Have your resumes printed with no errors and a portfolio ready to share. Oh, and make sure you look the part.
Have a firm handshake.
You don’t want to be the person who shakes with their fingertips. Practice a firm and confident handshake.
It’s never too soon.
Building a strong network takes time. It isn’t only about going to networking events and career fairs. Connections are made in in class, at the mall or even on your night out.
Have your pitch ready.
If you were riding in an elevator with Beyonce, what would you say to impress her? Know your key points and what is most important to you.
Be a good listener.
Making professional connections is not only about talking about your strengths and goals. Everyone loves talking about themselves, and professionals are no exception.
Always follow up.
When you make a connection with someone, follow up with them. Send a quick personalized email or LinkedIn message. And if you really want to make a good impression, send a handwritten thank you note.
You can put all these networking tips to use while attending the 2017 CareerExpo on March 1. For more information or to register for the event, visit https://careerexpo.cci.kent.edu/.
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by Elline Concepcion