Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

November Networking – Book Resources

Our last post of the November Networking Month is the post that keeps on giving because we are highlighting some resources in our CDC Library that are available for you to check out. A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market by Katharine Hansen A concrete and practical guide to the nuts and bolts of networking, using a step-by-step approach geared to recent grads and young career changers. Helps young professionals identify who they should connect with. The Networking Survival Guide: Get the Success You Want By Tapping Into the People You Know by Diane […]

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Monday, November 28th, 2011

Networking – Still feeling shy?

Welcome Back! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and tried out some of our Networking tips during the break.  If you are still feeling shy we’ve got some helpful tips that may get you over that last bump. First we’d like to start out with a great quote by Betty Bender: Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile…initially scared me to death This is all well and good, but who the heck is Betty Bender?! She’s a motivational speaker and consultant and … we just really liked this quote. Alright so awhile back we posted a similar article […]

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Monday, November 21st, 2011

Sample Networking Questions

Before we leave you for Thanksgiving Break we wanted to give you some sample networking questions to go along with our “Identifying Connections” post. Background What is your educational background? Major? How important is graduate school for your field? What special preparations do you  have that you think are important for your job? Could you recommend some courses that I should be taking right now? What kind of experience is necessary to enter the field? If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? Lifestyle: What type of hours do you work? How demanding is […]

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Monday, November 21st, 2011

Identifying Connections for Networking

Today it’s even easier to identify connections for networking. Let’s start with one word: LinkedIn. We have a Bucknell Alumni LinkedIn group that is growing every day and it’s a no brainer to start there. Apart from the group, LinkedIn (in general) is a great way to make connections and build your network but make sure you are doing it wisely! A second, and uniquely Bucknell way, to build your network is by participating in our Bucknell Professional Networks. These are already conveniently organized with alumni by industry which takes out a lot of the work on your end. These […]

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011

30-seconds To Getting To Know Yourself

As part of our “Networking Month” we’ve highlighted that, before you start networking and setting up informational interviews, it is important to know yourself. I know we’ve written about Elevator Pitches before but we’d like to just take this time to reiterate and add on. So you may still be wondering what is an “elevator pitch”, why do I need one, and how do I get one? The reason to develop a short “elevator pitch” or “commercial” about yourself is to be able to quickly and simply explain who you are, what you could do for an employer and/or what […]

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Monday, November 14th, 2011

Networking Essentials

So, last week I decided to dub November “Networking Month,” and we started with the basics of Networking. As promised, this week we are going to discuss some “Networking Essentials” Sometimes networking happens where we least expect, like at a Football Tailgate, and sometimes it happens right where we expect it, like at Bucknell Professional Network event. Regardless of where it happens these essentials can help you feel a bit more prepared. Before (if there is a before): Know yourself. Sounds easy right? But it’s is important to identify your values, what is important to you, your interests and have […]

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Networking takes work!

It ain’t easy and no one said it was going to be but you are in luck – because we have resources to help you! This post is part of what I deemed November Networking Month at the end of the post when I still had more to say! So I hope you enjoy this first installment and look for more in the following weeks. So let’s start with the basics: What is Networking? The term gets used so much and I often wonder if students really know what it means so let’s start with a definition, “Networking is the […]

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