Registration is limited to 30 students and is required. Deadline for registration is Friday, February 8, or until filled.
Speed Networking Event
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Check-in begins at 4:30 p.m.
Alumni Building - Hospitality Room
This event is free, but registration is required.
Hosted by the Career Center and Alumni Association, the Speed Networking Event provides an opportunity for students to prepare themselves for the world of work by networking and learning how to access the hidden job market. During this event, students practice networking skills/introductions and learn from about 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.
- 4:30 pm: Student/Alumni check in
- 5:00 pm: Program begins (all attendees must be present by 5 pm)
- 5:15 - 6:00 pm: Speed rounds
- 6:00 pm: Professionals introduction
- 6:15 pm: Games, refreshments, and open networking
Hospitality Room in Meyer Alumni Building (corner of McDaniel & Jefferson)
Parking is available in parking garage and nearby streets.
How to register
Students: Register through JobTracks and click on Events to sign up.
Deadline to register: February 8 or until space is filled. Students will need to be on time to this event and stay until the speed rounds are finished.
Mentors: If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please register through the Alumni Association. If you need help, please contact the Alumni Association at 417-836-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Frequently asked questions
Following are questions and answers that will help you prepare for the Speed Networking Event.
Why is networking important?
According to LinkedIn's global research (2017), "70 percent of people in 2016 were hired at a company where they had a connection." Some studies show that 80 – 85 percent of job 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 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 the Speed Networking Event?
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 the Speed Networking Event, so 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.