Career Development requires Networking

By: Fatema Fatakdawala

Businesses are always looking for talent and recent grads are always looking for the right opportunity. The intersection point here is networking.

Universities and companies are constantly organizing career fairs and business networking events. I have attended numerous of these events playing the role of both student and employee and learned several things on the way. So how do you make the perfect impression?

It’s all about Image – I’m not just referring to your physical appearance. The image you project of yourself to the person you are talking to involves behaviour. The important thing to remember is to be confident and communicate clearly.

Be a good Listener – How many times have you heard someone telling you a story that has reminded you of something that has happened in your life? While it’s important to share your story, try to keep the talking and listening balanced.

Follow Up – So you’ve returned home from a conference or a seminar and you’re holding 20 business cards. Take the time to add these people on your LinkedIn while you are fresh in their mind. Following up is key, but the timing of when you follow up is even more important.

Want more tips? Watch this short video on building a successful business network (September 6th GYB Breakfast) including tips from experts.

Below are two local upcoming events where networking can be leveraged:

Network and Get Work on Thursday, December 13th 2012 (6-9pm)
This event targets anyone who needs to know how to use networking to get where they want to go. It could be a job, a promotion, a customer, a client or simply some new like-minded colleagues. The event is organized by Donna Messer from ConnectUs Canada.

Emerging Leaders Seminar on Tuesday, December 18th (8:30am – 4:00pm)
For Sheridan Faculty of Business Students only. The purpose of this seminar is to build leadership capacity and prepare students for workplace entry. RIC will be present at this hands-on, career development seminar to help students build connections with not only the local industry but also their local community.

Fatema joins the RIC team as the Communications Officer responsible for marketing, social media, event and web management. She is a graduate student pursuing her final year in the Master of Biotechnology program at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

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