Meeting new people in your field and being ready with your “Elevator Pitch” or “30 Second Sales Pitch”



Networking is still the #1 way to find employment. We have already discussed the importance of networking in person with people that you know. We have talked about networking using LinkedIn the popular professional social media website. Now we need to talk about meeting new people and sticking your neck out there a little bit. I think it is fair to say that most of us are hesitant to reach out to someone we don’t know and when we do we come across as nervous or stumble over our words if we have not practiced them previous to the meeting. To see an example of what I am talking about, and to see how uncomfortable this could be for you, go to our career services website page at: Click on “See all videos” and then click on the video called: “The Elevator Pitch.”

When I am teaching networking, I encourage students to write out what they want to say and read it over several times. Do change up your wording as you do this, making sure that what you say sounds good to your ears. After you have read it several times out loud, then read it several more times. The next time you run into someone, practice. This gets you comfortable with talking about yourself, so that when you run into someone that works where you want to work, you can introduce yourself and share your skills and abilities without stumbling over your words.

With every post I share an article. This week, I ran across an article that describes examples of saying the right thing in an email to an employer/business person. Enjoy…..


Sharing “Why Skills Matter”



Today I am sharing a post that appeared in my in box because I am following Ronald Mitchell on LinkedIn. The points he makes in this article about “how skills matter” confirm the points made in the article I posted yesterday (Job Seeking Advice – so that you don’t get too discouraged).

The information in this article (link below), helps new students further understand the importance of gaining an education beyond high school and the importance of gaining new skills either through working or volunteering. Please share with anyone you know that could benefit.

Job Seeking Advice – so that you don’t get too discouraged



Often times when students or alumni come to me for advice on their resumes, I find the need to describe what it is like to be in the employers shoes. I want you to understand WHY your resume might be put in the “YES” pile, and WHY it might end up in the “No” pile. It is so important to understand that employers/businesses are looking for people who have the right skills and the right fit. It is also important to realize that the very best way you can conduct a job search is to put a lot of time into applying for job openings – but just as much (if not more time), into networking. You must increase the odds of eventually being hired and realize that the more interviews you go through the better you will get at interviewing.

You WILL get a job if you want a job, it is just a matter of time, and you must wait for the odds to fall in your favor.

The link below will take you to an article that describes hard truths that every job seeker should acknowledge and continually remind themselves of, in order to stay sane during a job search.

The best of luck to you (and it never hurts to pray either).

Understand how employer’s are using social media to hire


Hi all,
Wanted to share this article with you because it makes some good points! All about the importance of being professional when you are using social media. Click on the link below to see a well written article and the author makes some good points.

More on Networking: The #1 way to do a job search



Another good article appeared in my email in-box today.

How do I find these great articles? I have a LinkedIn profile and I have joined some groups. This particular article posted by a NACE group member (National Association of Colleges and Employers) and was written for US News. The link to the article appeared in my in-box late yesterday. You can sign up for groups that pertain to your industry (LinkedIn helps you be aware of these groups based on words you use in the profile you have created for yourself).

The author of this article, Hannah Morgan knows what she is talking about. Her words support what Chris Czarnik, the Czar of Job Search had to tell us this last spring when he came to Western Technical College to talk about how to do an effective job search. Mr. Czarnik also wrote the book, “The Human Search Engine,” which is in it’s second printing. Both of these sources support what research has proven; that the number one way to find employment is networking. The issue with that fact is that networking isn’t easy! Networking takes time and energy and one must put forth some effort to meet new people. It is important to track who you have talked with and what you learned so that you can see what other efforts you need to make in learning about a specific company.

With each contact that you make, you are going to want to ask, “Who should I talk to next?” Always, always find that next person who can give you more information about the company or the industry you are interested in. I recommend that you chart out your efforts in a notebook. You can use a tree method such as the one in the picture above. When you choose this method, you will remember who introduced someone to you and how every one is connected.

Networking can take any number of forms. We here in Career Services have begun to support and teach students how to use LinkedIn. LinkedIn!? Yes, it is a social media website, but it also assists you with your networking…it is in essence another way to network!

Do you spend huge amounts of time on LinkedIn and other social networks? No, absolutely not. As Hannah Morgan explains, networking must be approached from a number of different angles; done in a number of different ways. Do read her article at: