Speed networking event

March 2, 2017
Time 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Plaster Student Union Ballroom West
Missouri State University
Registration deadline: Friday, February 24
This event is free, but registration is required

Hosted by the Career Center and Alumni Association, the Speed Networking Event provides individuals the opportunity to learn how to access the hidden job market and to practice their networking skills. Students will meet and learn from approximately 50 networking mentors, comprised of alumni and local professionals from a variety of career fields. Along with speed rounds, there will be open networking and FREE FOOD to simulate a real-life networking event.

This event is free, but registration is required.

How to register

Students: Registration is OPEN through JobTracks. Deadline to register: April 20

Mentors: If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please contact the Career Center or Alumni Association (417-836-5654, alumni@missouristate.edu)

Questions? Please contact the Career Center at 417-836-5636, careercenter@missouristate.edu

Frequently asked questions

Following are questions and answers that will help you prepare for the Speed Networking Event.

Why is networking important?

According to Forbes Magazine (2011), 41 percent of jobs are gained through networking. Some studies show that 70 – 80% of jobs openings are not posted. Individuals who have developed a professional network tend to job search more effectively and gain access to the hidden job market.

Sometimes, talking to strangers makes me nervous. What can I do to overcome this discomfort?

It is important to remember that people are people. The mentors that will be attending this event, are regular people here to help you improve your networking skills. So, relax and make sure that you practice your 30-second introduction (30-second commercial) and have questions prepared to ask each mentor.

What should I wear to the Speed Networking Event?

For this and other networking events, dress and present yourself in a professional manner. This could be business attire such as a suit (and tie), or business casual such as dress slacks with a professional shirt, or khakis with a nice polo; women could also wear professional or business casual slacks, skirt, or dress.

What are some examples of questions that I might ask during Speed Networking Event?

To help guide conversation, following are a few examples of questions that you could ask:

  • What field/industry do you work in?
  • What are some pros and cons to working in that industry?
  • How did you break into your line of work?
  • Given my career interests, what advice might you provide to help me become successful?
  • What can I do as a student to build and maintain my professional network?
  • What tips, if any, do you have for the job search process?

What should I bring to Speed Networking Night?

You may consider bringing a padfolio (or professional folder) to hold your business cards, note paper, writing utensils, and copies of your résumé.

I’ve made the perfect contact at Speed Networking Night. . . . Now, what?

If you happen to meet someone that you’d like to stay connected with, be sure to ask for a business card. (This way, you will have their contact information so that you may connect with them through LinkedIn—or even stay in touch on a regular basis.)

Within 24 hours of the event, send a follow-up email, perhaps expressing your appreciation for their time or advice, your interest in their career field and your desire to stay connected. Note, however, that effective networking involves maintaining your professional connections—even months after the networking event.