Indiana Tech Alumni, Donors, & Friends: Featured Stories: February 2012
Connect, network, grow
Indiana Tech wants to help you network and develop your career!
Connect, Network, Grow
Additional resources and useful information can be found on the Career Services web site.
Written by: Mike Peterson, alumni director / February 2012

One great place to get engaged is through the Indiana Tech Career Center's group on Linkedin. Here you can:

  • delve into current workplace & industry employment topics with employers
  • interact with current students who are seeking internship or job opportunities
  • connect with other Indiana Tech alums
  • be in the “know” about various events hosted by the Career Center

And, remember, you can always access the Virtual Career Center 24/7! If you have questions regarding the Career Center, please contact Heather Burgette at 260.422.5561, ext. 2217 or at hrburgette@indianatech.edu.

For additional networking thoughts, please read the following article:

Top 5 Networking Tips

1) Don't Go For the Person. Go For the Rolodex.

Most people approach someone at a networking event and try to sell them. Instead, ask them, "Who do you know that could use my products and services?" They may give you a lot of referrals and guess what? If they are interested in your business, they'll let you know.

2) Draw Out People So They Reveal Their Stories.

Ask someone, "What did you do before you started your current business? How did you get started?" These questions make people open up to you and reveal their background, motivations, and challenges. Then you can have a real conversation with them and let them know how your business can help them.

3) Get To the Event Early.

That way you can meet more people and welcome them. The front seats at events tend to be power seats. By arriving early, you can assure yourself a place in these influential circles. Getting there early also eases the nervousness you may be feeling.

4) Get Past Your Shyness.

When you attend a networking event, just remember, that most of the people are just as shy as you are. If you are paralyzed by shyness and don't talk to people, you can't help them. You are depriving the world of your unique gifts.

5) Follow Up.

Call the people you met at the event and see if you can have coffee together or a phone meeting. Thank you cards and e-greetings are wonderful ways of acknowledging the person's importance. It's also a great idea to write a quick e-mail to the people you met at the event. Your fortune is in your follow-up.

Tonkel, T. The Professional Edge, INC., 10 Powerful Networking Tips - Using Business Cards.

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