Saturday 23 Sep 2017

Networking

Below is a list of upcoming Networking Events & Information:

Linked In

Our Chapter is always looking for ways to expand our Networking events and opportunities for our alumni.
We understand that sometimes it’s difficult to attend our events for one reason or another. As a result, we want to make networking more accessible for everyone.  By joining, you will have access to other alumni in the area for networking purposes. To join, you can just click on the link below.
https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=2805290

 Upcoming Events

Come join us on Wednesday,  September 13th at Mother’s Ale House in Wayne for our annual Welcome Back Graduates Event. This year our Chapter is hosting a Happy Hour to welcome recent graduates back to the area and to our Northern NJ Alumni Chapter. This is a great opportunity for graduates to meet/connect and most importantly network with other alumni in the area. This event is open to all graduation years-not just recent graduates.
The event will kick off at 6:30PM and go until 8:30PM. We will have giveaways, door prizes, games, and more.If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with your name, grad year, and academic college to pennstatenj@gmail.com If you have further questions, please feel free to email us as well.
For more information on the venue, please click on the link below.
http://www.mothersalehouse.com/

Networking Resources

Our Chapter hosted a Networking Event in connection with Alumni Career Services. Cheryl Bonner, Director of Alumni Career Services, held a presentation on annual career check up and the balance of work/life. She graciously combined her insight and the ideas brought forth from our alumni that were in attendance to create this helpful guide.

What do we need to do to prepare ourselves for market shifts, employment changes, or even advancement opportunities or handle w/I Balance?
  1. Look for patterns –
    1. Tools – Not just a resume. Social media, LinkedIn, business cards:
      1. LI Profile
        -Keep Linkedin Network Up-to-date, Leverage Linked In to maximize connections, search for opportunities on LinkedIn, Keep your LinkedIn profile current, spend time updating LinkedIn profile, Update LinkedIn frequently
      2. Resume
        - Keep resume continuously updated, Update resume, Keep resume updated, update resume with achievements, For more experienced workers create a resume that has far too much detail that can be edited down to meet specific job descriptions
      3. Interview Skills
        -Have an interview suit ready, practice your interviewing and communication skills.
    2. Words – Be ready to share your story effortlessly! Know your value and be ready to share it. Know your goals and be ready to articulate them when someone offers to help:
      1. Elevator Speech
      2. Summary statements of your
      3. Value statements
        -make a list of God-given gifts, what value do you bring to an organization – what problems are you able to solve – be able to share this in a few sentences.
    3. Research – what is happening in the world, your industry, your company:
      1. Trends
        -Look to take time to learn new areas to keep fresh
      2. Local challenges
        -Think outside the box for developing new career, be open to new ideas career wise, prepare for the unexpected, constantly be looking for other job opportunities even if you don’t take them
      3. Company info
        -Set up informational interviews with people in companies you are interested in, Even if you have a job research other opportunities on a regular basis to see what is out there
    4. Contacts – more than just a list. Develop reciprocal relationships.
      1. LI
        -Network, keep diverse in your connections, maintain professional network (not just LinkedIn), Networking, Update network
      2. Business
        -Talk at least occasionally to Head Hunters, never eat alone, build keep your network, Industry networking groups, network internally, keep in touch with past co-workers
      3. Social – neighborhood (president of the company where the job was posted was Nate’s neighbor)
        -regularly reach out to network contacts, cultivate a relationship with a mentor, maintain your network, network with people where I may want to land, don’t burn any bridges
      4. High School, College, etc.
        -keep up network, connect with Alumni Association and regional chapters
    5. Self-awareness
      1. Goals
        -Choosing the right career, staying open minded, develop a “life vision statement” to order opportunities, think about/consider what you are passionate about, do your best in all you do, hold yourself accountable to your goals, keep skills sharp, don’t pigeon-hole yourself into one role be flexible in what you learn, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, learn new relevant skills
      2. Family needs
        -Geographics, have hobbies you enjoy outside of work, have a positive attitude, find out how much you need for retirement, always keep learning, Understand long-term and short-term financial goals, define how many hours of work are acceptable
      3. What needs to give?
        -Identify what areas of life are most important to you so you can choose your work-life balance, Be realistic, Be  positive, Embrace change, Define/rank what is important in life(regarding work), different languages, learn new skills/things every day/every week/ every month, Prioritize know your goals, Prioritize your life
      4. Plan to grow a new skill
        -Pursue further education/certificate to make yourself more marketable in the job force, staying educated, make yourself important to your company, do great at your current position, take an inventory of your skills, keep current with your skills, figure out your personal brand
      5. Create and maintain a comprehensive list of ALL professional accomplishments over the past year (or update one in progress). Gather tangible evidence and measurable results. O
        Examples: classes taken, projects completed, conferences attended, processes improved, clients won, sales made, awards won, compliments received, etc.
    6. Ready Set Go
      1. Conversations with important stakeholders
      2. Accountability with others – call someone you met tonight and ask how things are going, respond truthfully when someone calls you!
      3. Purge/archive old email – get rid of the junk around you! How long would it take you to leave your current job – Physically/ Mentally
      4. Clear clutter that’s accumulated in and around workspace
      5. Evaluate the end-of-year status of current company
      6. Review personal goals and maintain a healthy Work/Life Balance
-figure out what salary you need to survive and be happy, spend time with family, take vacation relax! Exercise, keeping skills up to date, plan down time to recharge, keep skills current, have extra money saved, Plan, write down your goals- both career and personal, keep track of top accomplishments, raise your hand for new opportunities, continue learning, make time for yourself, volunteer/do pro-bono work to sharpen your skills and stay connected (Example:Taproot foundation for ProBono work), keep learning
Penn State offers services to help you, including many referenced in this list. Visit their website at alumni.psu.edu/career for more information.

 

 

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