July 28th, 2015 by Sabrina Romano, University of Pittsburgh '16
If you’re a rising senior, the job search is fast approaching. Although the prospect of finding a job may give you a large knot in your stomach, don’t stress! Some of what you have heard about the job search is simply mythical. We are here to debunk a few job search myths and get you kicking off the job search the correct way.
Myth: There are no jobs
Even though it is seven years after the economic crisis and unemployment rates are their lowest since 2008, many college students think they won’t be able to find a job after college. Although an opportunity will (generally) not magically show up at your doorstep, finding one is definitely a very attainable goal. People are always moving and changing jobs, and the vast majority of those positions need to be filled again. Don’t only apply for jobs that specifically connect to your major, as the skills you learn in college are applicable to a variety of industries. Check out this great guide to sample jobs by major for inspiration. Also, apply to jobs you’ve maybe never thought of before: there are more positions available than the standard doctor, lawyer, banker, journalist, and artist. You might find yourself working as an editor at a science-focused nonprofit organization, doing PR for the National Park Service, or completing a non-medical stint as an administrator at a hospital. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ whole job is to keep track of what jobs are out there and all the details about them — find your dream job on the BLS website by occupational group, projected growth, median pay, number of positions, and more. The real key to finding a job is knowing where to look for them, which takes us to the next point.
Myth: Applying online is the best way to find a job
Plain and simple: the World Wide Web is not the optimal place to look for a job. Although applying to jobs online allows you to send off a high quantity of cover letters and resumes, there is a large possibility you won’t hear back from any hiring managers or recruiters. Oftentimes, hiring managers or recruiters hire people they know for the job. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are hiring their close friends or family, though, just people who are on their radar as good potential employees. If you’re interested in working at a certain company, get to know the hiring manager by sending an email asking for an informational interview. You can also use your network to meet hiring managers or recruiters at companies. Maybe a neighbor works at a company that you are interested in or a past coworker has a acquaintance that she would be happy to connect you with. Instead of sending out reams of online applications, use your network strategically to find your next position.
Myth: Since you’re only in college, you don’t have a network
Oftentimes, you land a job from somebody in your network, or somebody who knows that somebody. Because you’re in college, it may feel that you don’t really have any connections. While your network is probably not as large as a longtime professional, you definitely have one. How do you tap into it? Visit your school’s career office and ask for the alumni contact information. If there is an alum who has the type of job you’re scouting for, contact him or her! It may have been a while since high school, but don’t dismiss all of the people you met during those four years. It is never too late to connect with an old high school acquaintance or past coworkers from your high school job. If you completed one or more internships, keep in touch with your supervisor and past fellow interns. There might be a job opening at your internship when you graduate! These connections are just a basis for your network. To grow your network, check out our Student Guide to Networking Domination.
Myth: You have to intern or get a job in the field you majored in
Think of your college major as an area of interest, not a ball and chain. Your major, no matter what it is, will teach you valuable skills which can be applied to various industries: strategic thinking, project management, leadership skills, and more. If a position piques your fancy that isn’t directly related to your college major, go for it! A finance major can find work at an art museum or a marketing agency, it’s just about how you present the skills you have at your disposal. In fact, opening your job search to other industries will allow you to cast a wider job net and possibly find a job faster. If you decide you’re no longer interested in your major, use your network to find an opportunity in another industry. In addition, over time, your professional experience and background will matter more to hiring managers than what you majored in.
Avoid a frustrating job hunt by not believing any of the myths about the job search. Instead, follow our suggestions for a great start in the right direction. Happy job searching!
July 28th, 2015 by Chelsey Hamilton, Temple University '15
Since 2010, Philly’s favorite alternative radio station has been hosting free concert series every summer with some of the top alternative artists in the game. Yes, that’s right: they’re completely free. The series offers concerts one Sunday a month from May to September, and all you have to do is download your free ticket when they become available online, before they run out. For college students tight on a budget and still living off their parents dime, what better way to spend a summer day than a free concert with great music?
Many college students go to these concerts because of the popular artists and free admission. Brittany Lam, a junior at Villanova University, has been attending these concerts for the past three years.
“Radio 104.5 is Philly’s alternative station so they make sure to get a lot of cool bands to play,” Lam said. “My favorite thing about these concerts is that they’re completely free, I’ve gotten to see some of my favorite bands alongside some of my favorite people for no cost. Plus they usually have free goodies!”
Before the concerts became wildly popular, they were held at the Piazza at Schmitz in Northern Liberties, a small, intimate outdoor venue that was a perfect spot for the average-sized crowd. As more local fans started hearing about the concerts and crowds expanded, in 2014, Radio 104.5 moved the block parties to Festival Pier, a significantly larger concert venue.
Since its expansion, even more fans have been able to obtain the free tickets because there is more space for bigger crowds at the new venue. This summer, the series boasted a popular lineup of alternative artists in their May, June, and July shows, including Nate Ruess, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bad Suns, A Silent Film, Misterwives, Big Data, and New Politics.
The next concerts for this summer’s series will be held on August 2 and September 13, and you don’t want to miss these headliners!
“Students should definitely take more advantage of these concerts,” Lam said. “They’re such a fun, cheap, easy way to spend a Sunday in the summer.”
Radio 104.5 will announce ticket giveaways on certain days of the week, but be sure to download them fast or they will run out, as space to the concerts is limited. Or, listen to Radio 104.5 to call in for ticket giveaways!
July 28th, 2015 by Sabrina Romano, University of Pittsburgh '16
Although summer isn’t over yet, it never hurts to plan ahead. Now is the time to start planning out your fall. Companies have already posted their fall internships, so see which ones you want to land for the upcoming semester. If you’re a recent graduate or already in the workforce, this week’s Top 5 Careers still applies to you! There are plenty of companies in the midst of hiring new staff.
Here at Campus Philly, we are looking to bring two Campus Philly Fellows on board. The ideal candidate would be energetic, organized, and excited to take on challenges. As a Campus Philly Fellow, you will be responsible for event production and management, student service and presentations, relationship building and program tracking. Applicants should be comfortable with public speaking and have strong collaborative skills. Join one of the coolest organizations in the city (if we do say so ourselves).
If you’re interested in a marketing career, this internship at Here’s My Chance, a creative agency, is a great opportunity to see if it is the right fit for you. Some of the intern’s duties will include managing social media, creating content, managing MailChimp, and creating templates and procedures. Candidates should be tech savvy and proficient in Microsoft Office, WordPress, Facebook, LinkedIn for Business, Vimeo, and Hootsuite. Your supervisor will train you in BaseCamp, MailChimp, and Base CRM. At this internship, not only will you get professional experience, you will sharpen your web skills and learn new platforms.
A lot of work goes into getting out the news everyday. If you’re interested in what it takes, AL DÍA, a multi-platform news organization targeting the Latino community, is hiring an operations intern. In this position, you will work alongside executives to maintain effective logistical approaches to operations. Preferred applicants are quick thinkers and can work well in a team.
This year-long opportunity is great if you’re interested in combining art and education. The Fleisher Art Memorial is hiring an Interim Teen Lounge Coordinator. In this position, you will create a program that reflects the artistic interests of the youth participants and allows for the development of their leadership and social skills. The Teen Lounge Coordinator needs to be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to spearhead your own initiative and test it out!
July 28th, 2015 by Chelsey Hamilton, Temple University '15
In a city with so many awesome music venues, big and small, there’s always bound to be some interesting new concerts worth attending. The best part of it is, so many Philly venues host talented live artists of many different music styles for inexpensive prices. You don’t have to pay big bucks to attend amazing shows. Check out some of these cool artists to see in Philly this week!
P.M. @ P.M. Summer Nights Concert: El Caribefunk
When: Wednesday, July 29, 5 – 8 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10 for public, $5 for Open Arts members, free to PennCard holders
This band from Colombia joins the summer music series at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology with a powerful rhythm and energy all their own. Their fun, upbeat style brings together funk, salsa, and elements of Caribbean music, including calypso, zouk, and Haitian compas, and gets audiences on their feet and dancing from the first note. Regionally themed food, drinks, and cocktails will be available at the Pepper Mill Cafe Garden Bar.
Looking for something more southern rock than Colombian on a Wednesday night? Jason Isbell is a singer-songwriter based out of Alabama, best known for his recent solo career after being a member of the Drive-By Truckers for six years. Isbell has released five studio albums and two live albums since the start of his solo work in 2007, and has always stayed true to his southern rock roots.
Hailing from Bahia, Brazil, the percussion and woodwinds big band, Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz embark on a U.S. tour debuting July 31 in Philadelphia. In partnership with “Southern Exposure,” the concert tour will feature musicians from New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Santa Cruz, San Jose and Miami. Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill and trumpeter and musical adventurer Steven Bernstein are exponents of the African-Latin, African-Caribbean and jazz musical tradition.
Canadian country musician and visual artist Daniel Romano will host an album release show at MilkBoy. Romano has released four solo albums since his debut in 2009 and has been nominated for a Juno award. This show celebrates the release of his newest album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, on July 31.
Radio 104.5, Philly’s favorite alternative station, has been hosting popular summer block parties since their debut in 2010. The concerts include some of the top alternative artists in the game, and for completely free. This show’s lineup will feature Matt And Kim, Atlas Genius, Wolf Alice and Saint Motel.
July 20th, 2015 by Sabrina Romano, University of Pittsburgh '16
For this week’s Top 5 Careers, organization is key. Whether you’re supporting a senior team at AL DIA News Media, planning events at Campus Philly, pursuing multiple sales leads at theITSupportCenter, developing a program at the Fleisher Art Museum, or administering senior services at Surrey Services, you will need to be highly organized to keep everything running smoothly.
AL DIA News Media, a Philly-based news organization focusing on the Latino experience, is hiring a Strategic Projects Coordinator. The applicant should have at least two years of experience in operations and project management, be tech and social media savvy, and does not need to know a word of Spanish (although it is a plus). The Strategic Projects Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the Senior Operations Team by managing calendars, participating in the weekly staff meetings, and serve as a liaison between the Senior Operations Team and outside vendors. Other duties will include assisting in event planning and execution, and handling human relations.
Are you a recent college grad? Are you a pro at public speaking? Are you comfortable working with different types of people, whether it be students, corporate partners, or community groups? If you answered ‘yes’ to those three questions, this position at Campus Philly is a great fit for you. As a Campus Philly Fellow, you will be responsible for four main areas: event production and management, student service and presentation, relationship building, and program tracking. Campus Philly is looking to hire someone who has experience in event planning and marketing, can work in a team, and has strong interpersonal skills. Because of all of the experience you’ll gain in this position, you won’t regret this two-year commitment!
If you’re in Sales and know a few things about technology, this position is for you! theITSupportCenter, a company providing technical support for off-the-shelf hardware and mobile devices, is hiring a Client Account Representative. In this position, you will be performing thorough research on prospective clients, explaining the services and benefits of being a client of theITSupportCenter, and managing client relationships by keeping in contact with them. Applicants should be able to track several sales leads at once and have effective communication skills. Bonus: first year salary expected to exceed $60,000!
Do you want to share your art enthusiasm with teenagers and help make art accessible to everyone? If so, check out the Interim Teen Lounge Coordinator position at Fleisher Art Memorial! During this year-long position, you will be responsible for developing a program that reflects the artistic interests of the youth participants and allows for the development of their leadership and social skills. It is important that applicants are available Monday through Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Surrey Services, an organization focused on providing home services to seniors, is hiring a part-time Nutrition Supervisor Program Assistant. In this position, your duties will include assisting with volunteer recruitment and training, helping administer senior services in Delaware County, and supporting senior programs, including the daily lunch program. Candidates should have a strong understanding of people and their needs, be proficient in Microsoft Office, and be able to lift 35 pounds. You’re an even better candidate if you have experience in the food service industry or have a current ServSafe Certification!
July 20th, 2015 by Chelsey Hamilton, Temple University '15
The dance scene is thriving in Philly, and this week we’re bringing you the Top 5 events to get yourself movin’ and groovin’. Whether you’ve never danced before in your life, used to dance often or dance every day, these opportunities are available for all levels and ages, so don’t be shy! With the annual Philadelphia Dance Day, renowned performance series, and other free class and workshop opportunities, there’s a lot of places to dance all over the city, so don’t miss out!
Philadelphia Dance Day
When: Saturday, July 25, 9am-11:30pm. Where: Various locations throughout the city. Cost: Free.
The annual Philadelphia dance day brings Philadelphians a day of free dance classes and workshops throughout the city and a way to celebrate the beautiful art of dance. Philly Dance Fitness first organized the event three years ago to celebrate National Dance Day, a holiday coined by the creators of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. This festival will not only offer free classes in various genres, but also live dance performances by some of the city’s most renowned dancers and a huge dance gala. In partnership with many different studios across the city, the festival will offer classes and workshops for all ages and skill levels. The goal of Dance Day is to unite the Philadelphia community in celebrating dance as a powerful platform for creative expression and physical activity.
To close out the day of dancing, Philadelphia dance day will host their annual evening gala at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. The gala will feature at least five different dance workshops, an open Zumba party, professional dance performances, open social dancing, and most importantly, an evening of celebration and fun.
World-renowned dance company Koresh will host their 3rd annual Come Together Dance Festival, where local and national artists will perform in multiple performances over the five day series. 33 dance companies will perform a variety of genres, including hip hop, contemporary, modern, ballet, tap, acrobatic, musical theater and more. Audiences will be kept on their toes with the diverse talent and creativity of the different artists performing throughout the festival. Other special events throughout the series include happy hours, post-show talk-backs with the artistic directors and a closing night cast party. Audiences can expect to see some incredible talent and celebrate the diverse dance scene of Philly!
Koresh Come Together Dance Festival Workshop Series
When: Tuesday, July 21-Saturday, July 25, various times. Where: Koresh Dance Studios, 2002 Rittenhouse Square. Cost: $25.
In honor of their highly-anticipated performance series, Koresh will be holding workshops with different dance companies visiting Philadelphia for the series. At a significantly lower price than previous years, participants can attend workshops by companies from the festival including Raphael Xavier teaching Ground-Core technique, Sakshi Productions teaching Odissi Indian-style dance, Koresh Dance Company teaching their superb technique and Ballet Inc. teaching ballet technique and barre. In recognition of Philadelphia Dance Day, hip hop legend Tyger B will teach a FREE beginner hip hop workshop on Saturday, July 25. Preregistration is mandatory to attend these workshops!
If you’re looking for a beginner class in a no-pressure environment, 954 Dance Movement Collective is offering beginner ballet technique classes for only $5! The mission of their group is to “feed a thriving environment that supports artists who dance, who make dances and teach dance. To explore opportunities for healing dance practices. To build community through dance.” They will be offering a fun class teaching ballet basics and listening to eclectic music. The class begins with floor barre work focusing on basic core strength and alignment, and then moving onto traditional standing ballet barre and other ballet techniques. Participants do not have to wear dancewear, but are encouraged to wear comfy clothes they can move in.
July 17th, 2015 by Chelsey Hamilton, Temple University '15
A city is defined by its street food, and between the wide variety of global fare and traditional favorites Philly has to offer, we’re not doing too bad in the food department. One of the best parts of attending college in a city is the delicious food choices available right at your fingertips. This year, Travel + Leisure named Philadelphia in their 2015 America’s Next Great Food City list, saying it has “blossomed into one of the U.S.’s most exciting restaurant cities.” It’s no joke that food in the city just tastes better — the diverse mix of cultures, world-renowned celebrity chefs and wealth of resources is probably what does it. Not to mention the fact that many Philadelphians are obsessed with trying new, unique foods and finding the tastiest cuisine in the city. Attending a university located in the heart of Philly really gives students the advantage of trying some of the best new foods by famous chefs, because they’re right inside Philly’s major food scene everyday.
A big part of this scene is food trucks — many restaurants and celebrity chefs offer food trucks in various locations around the city, making it easier for people to try a quick bite of their established menu items. A handful of universities located in the heart of Philly — Drexel University, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania — have tons of unique food trucks splattered all around their campuses, making it easy for students to try new and diverse foods, or get a quick bite of their old favorites, between classes. And if you’re in the city or the area for the day, this a great way to get samples of some of the best food Philly has to offer on a student budget.
UPenn and Drexel University have campuses essentially right next to each other, and together, they have more than 60 food trucks! The selections are never-ending — students have options of Chinese, Korean, Jamaican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Greek, American, vegan and more. Many of the food trucks also specialize in one certain type of food, such as sandwiches, hot dogs, fruit, pizza, burgers, cheesesteaks, crepes, desserts, coffee, cupcakes and many more. The campuses also often see specialty food trucks or restaurant-owned food trucks that will only be there on certain days of the week. Specialty dessert trucks include the Buttercream Cupcake Lady, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Sugar Philly Truck and Sweet Box Cupcakes. Other well-known trucks include Spot Gourmet Burgers serving tasty burgers, cheesesteaks and other fried options, Koja Food Truck as part of the popular Koja Asian and Korean restaurant, and Say Cheese Philly serving cheesy specialties and a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.
Just up Broad Street in North Philadelphia, Temple University also offers a wide selection of food trucks on its urban campus. With a huge variety of fare, specialty trucks that occasionally stop by and popular food trucks recognized from all over the city, Temple is one of the best places to go if you’re craving some yummy street food. Along with all the selections listed above for Drexel and UPenn campuses, Temple also has widely-recognized trucks The Creperie, Sexy Green Truck, Dapper Dog, The Burger Tank, Richie’s Lunch Box and more. The Creperie has been a staple of Templetown for many years, offering delicious sweet and savory crepes with options ranging from dessert crepes with Nutella, banana and chocolate, to buffalo chicken crepes and pizza crepes. Sexy Green Truck, with its unique name, bright green appearance and as many healthy as unhealthy options, has also been a city favorite for years. It boasts a healthy vegan menu, with salads, pita, hummus and meat-free sandwiches, as well as a not-so-healthy menu, with a variety of grilled paninis and waffle fries. Dapper Dog frequents Temple’s campus with its creative loaded hot dogs — they might make you feel full for the rest of the day, but will still be the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted. The Burger Tank offers a wide variety of burgers, tater tots and other greasy cuisine perfect for a college kid’s diet. Richie’s, another Temple staple, is probably the food truck of choice for more than half the student body at Temple. Serving typical American food, the friendly and well-liked owner, Richie, makes his business stand out from the others with his fast service and unbeatable breakfast and lunch sandwiches.
No matter where you are in the city, there’s bound to be a food truck with some kind of tasty cuisine on nearly every street corner. The food trucks on these city campuses are so diverse and unique in what they offer, but they all have one thing in common: they’re absolutely delicious.
July 16th, 2015 by Sabrina Romano, University of Pittsburgh '16
Are you all about marketing or management? If so, this list is definitely for you! Positions range from those for expert to rookie marketers or managers. We have included a mix of full-time positions, a part-time position, and internships. The skills you learn in a marketing or management position are applicable to any future position you might have, so taking a position in those fields is never a bad idea.
Campus Philly: Campus Philly Fellow
If you absolutely loved your college experience and want to insure that other students have a similar experience, this opportunity at Campus Philly is for you. Campus Philly is looking for recent graduates to make a two-year commitment to be a Campus Philly Fellow. As a Fellow, you will be responsible for student engagement by conducting presentations to Philly interns and students and reaching out to students at Campus Philly’s special events (My Philly Summer Party and Inclusive Leadership Conference). Other responsibilities will include event planning and execution and relationship management with Campus Philly partners.
Einstein Healthcare Network: Marketing Internship
Employers are gearing up to hire fall interns! Don’t pass up this opportunity at Einstein Healthcare Network. They want to hire a marketing intern who will work with the Marketing and Communications Team to assist in development, events, news releases, and social media. The intern’s duties will also include tracking advertising and competitor trends, assisting with photo shoots and web video filming logistics, and working with project managers to conduct research and competitive analysis. The internship start date is August 3, so apply soon!
City of Philadelphia, Performance Management: Strategic Planning Intern
The Performance Management Office of the City of Philadelphia is looking to hire a graduate student interested in government and policy to be their Strategic Planning Intern. The Strategic Planning Intern will apply his or her business skill set to the public sector to improve services for Philadelphians. Specific duties will include supporting tracking and updates to department strategic plans, building materials for quarterly reviews, and utilizing tools including root analysis, strategy mapping, and fishbone mapping. Applicants should have two years of experience in strategy consulting or policy work, be knowledgeable about Microsoft Office and have the ability to visualize data. With only a small time commitment of 10 hours per week, this opportunity is a great chance to get a peek into the inner workings of the Performance Management Office and local government.
Cohegent: Marketing Assistant
Are you interested in dabbling in marketing? If so, this part-time position is the perfect opportunity for you! Cohegent, a communications and marketing startup, is looking to hire a marketing assistant who has writing and editing skills and is familiar with social media. Since this is an entry-level position, you don’t need to be a marketing wiz to complete the job successfully. Cohegent is looking forward to training the assistant in the ins and outs of marketing.
Philly Office Retail: Marketing Community Outreach and Office Manager
This position at Philly Office Retail, a real estate development partnership, combines marketing and management! In the marketing aspect of the job, you will be responsible for managing and promoting events, managing social media accounts, and writing press releases and garnering news coverage. On the management side of the job, you will be responsible for ordering office supplies, scheduling appointments, and attending to the front desk. Applicants should be tech-savvy.
July 16th, 2015 by Chelsey Hamilton, Temple University '15
This summer, Philadelphians can look forward to the copious amount of opportunities in their city to engage with all different types of performing arts. Whether it be watching free outdoor films under the stars, hearing live music, or enjoying hilarious comedy acts, it’s all available at a student price right at your fingertips. If you’re spending your summer in the city, take advantage of these inexpensive deals to watch some great acts and immerse yourself in the performing arts scene of Philly.
Idina Menzel, Broadway star and the powerful voice behind the mulitplatinum hit song “Let It Go,” will perform in Philadelphia one night only at The Mann Center. Besides being the singer of the smash hit from Disney’s Frozen, Menzel has also starred in Wicked, Rent, If/Then and other Broadway favorites. Menzel will take audiences through a journey of pop songs, musical theater songs and her own personal favorites, surely making this a night of breathtaking voice that all audience members will remember.
Guests can enjoy the beauty of the waterfront at Penn’s Landing while watching the iconic film The Wizard of Oz on a huge screen set up on the Riverstage. This showing is part of Screening Under the Stars, a summer-long event where guests can enjoy a different film at Penn’s Landing every Thursday night, sponsored by Mix 106.1, CBS 3 and the CW Philly. Films begin at dusk and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a relaxing night of alfresco movies.
The N Crowd, an uproarious Philly-based comedy improv troupe, is having a show Friday. Having performed over 500 times in Philly alone, the troupe of 19 comedians have perfected the art of making people laugh — and audiences love it. Each show is about 80 minutes long and filled with unscripted comedy, so get ready to call out wild suggestions and have a crazy, unpredictable night.
Head out to the 9th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival for a free day of jazz music and fun. Hosted by People’s Emergency Center, the festival will celebrate the rich history of jazz music and arts in Philadelphia and headline famous jazz musician Sonny Fortune. Along with the melodic tunes of Fortune, the event will also feature music by other national and local jazz performers, as well as vendors, tasty food trucks and other activities.
The Plays & Players Theater presents their Five Dollar Comedy Week, where comedy fans can stop by any night of the week to watch a wild comedy show for only $5 each. Some of Philly’s most hilarious comedians will host unscripted shows that rely heavily on audience participation. As Seen on TV skewers the art of the infomercial, with comedians aiming to desperately sell ridiculous products to the masses.
July 14th, 2015 by Sabrina Romano, University of Pittsburgh '16
If you’re a college student, I bet you’ve heard the term “networking” at least a thousand times. Are you scratching your head about exactly what it means or how to network? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. I talked to a few of our Campus Philly aficionados, including Jen Devor, Program Manager of Corporate Relations and Career Programs, and Chaney Harter, Program Manager of Student Communications and Social Media, about how to have the most fruitful networking experience. Their advice will definitely help you network at CP’s My Philly Summer Party or any other opportunities that come your way.
Broad networking is when you focus on making an array of connections. If you want to be the person who has connections all over the city, this way is for you!
The best way to practice broad networking is to attend networking events, such as career fairs, receptions, or social events. These events have a reputation for making people feel awkward but with our tips, you will leave any networking event feeling successful.
At an event, begin conversations with new people by introducing yourself and then sharing something relevant about yourself. Jen stands by these easy introductions:”Hi, my name is (insert name) and I am a marketing major at Drexel,” or “Sorry to interrupt, but I overheard you work at Company X and I am a big fan of your products.”
During introductions, make sure you pass out business cards. These will help others keep in touch with you after the event. Don’t have business cards yet? Campus Philly provides blank ones for students at its networking events.
After the conversation gets going, make sure that it’s not all about you. Ask questions about the other person, such as “What is your favorite part about your job?” or “How did you get to working as a manager at Company Z?” While the other person is talking, make sure you pay attention to what they are saying. Feel free to jot down some of their points on the back of their business card so you remember a few things about him or her. Don’t make it obvious that you are looking for a job by asking, “Is your company hiring?” Instead, just use the interaction to establish if this would be someone who you would want to connect with.
If they are someone you would want to connect with, follow up with them after the event with In-Depth Networking (see below) and Continuing the Connection (see below).
Breadth isn’t everything; there’s also depth. In-depth networking works by cultivating intentional relationships with specific people or organizations that you are interested in working for. Many times, hiring managers hire from the inside, meaning they hire people they already know instead of posting a job listing online, so it’s good to be on people’s radar when they are thinking of who to hire next.
In-depth networking is especially good for those who may find a large networking event intimidating, but it works for everyone. It can also be used to follow up with people you met through a large career fair or networking event.
Chaney used in-depth networking to land her job here. “I’m introverted, and I found events like career fairs or networking happy hours to be not the best fit for me. Instead, I decided to focus on conducting informational interviews with specific people who were at organizations I could see myself working with, and to keep up with those contacts over the long-term, so that they would have me in mind the next time they were looking to hire,” she said.
Her strategy worked. Chaney conducted informational interviews with a handful of contacts, including Ashlie Thornbury, Director of Corporate Relations and Career Programs at Campus Philly, and Jen Devor. Chaney had met Ashlie at Bryn Mawr after hearing her present at a career panel. She followed up with her, conducted informational interviews with both her and Jen, and kept up with them over the next few months. When the communications manager position at Campus Philly opened up, Jen reached out to Chaney and encouraged her to apply.
“Several months after started my job at Campus Philly, I had another contact that I had done an informational interview with the previous fall reach out to encourage to apply to a position at her company. So in-depth networking is definitely very rewarding, it’s just not instantaneous. You have to wait for positions to open up.”
Not sure how to keep up with contacts after the initial informational interview? See Continuing the Connection below.
Continuing the Connection
Successful networking continues after an event or informational interview is over. After you make new connections at a networking event, make sure to follow up with them on LinkedIn or by email. Jen suggested making a custom URL for your LinkedIn so it is easier for people to find you on the site. After an informational interview, you should follow up with an email thank you note and a handwritten thank you note.
What do you say in a follow-up note? Refresh the person’s memory on how you met and mention a tidbit about yourself. You can reference the notes you took on his or her business card to make the message more personal.
You might not get a response right away or at all, and that’s okay. People are busy! Just because you didn’t get a response doesn’t mean you should forget about him or her. Jen recommended to check up with him or her again in three to six months by sending a link to an article he or she would like or sharing something new about yourself.
With these tips, you’ll become a networking king or queen! So go forth, meet people, and build awesome connections.