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Quinlan School of Business

Networking

Kohler Company

 

Q: How important is networking for a student or recent graduate?
A: Networking is very important for students and recent graduates, the bigger a network the better! The best way to find and gain career opportunities is to use an established network.


Q: Is there a preferred or most successful method of networking? If so, what is it?
A: I am an advocate for LinkedIn. It is the easiest and most effective way to network. Connect with past employers, employees and stay active within your network.


Q: What are a few mistakes you believe students make while networking?
A: They don’t use their network! It’s easy to forget to leverage people within your network. Ask, for advice, inquire about companies or opportunities and use your network to learn! Don’t be shy!

McTigue Financial Group

 

Carly Vadnais
Campus Recruiter
McTigue Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual

 

Q: Is there a preferred or most successful method of networking? If so, what is it?
A: LinkedIn is such a great networking tool that many students do not use to their full advantage. It’s a great tool for job searching, learning about new companies, or sending a quick note to a contact you enjoyed meeting at a recent event. LinkedIn has a different purpose than Twitter and Facebook. While all three mediums are great ways to connect with people you’ve worked with, LinkedIn should be used for networking with professional connections.


Q: How important is networking for a student or recent graduate?
A: It’s still a tough market out there and networking is extremely important these days. You can have a wonderful stand-out resume, but knowing people within the company you’re interested in can help you stand out in an even greater positive light.


Q: What is the best way to make lasting connections between past employers and contacts?
A: Doing small things to help you stand out will help create lasting connections with people you’ve worked with or those you’ve met recently. Try following up a week after an event to see how a new contact did with his or her big quarterly presentation. Remembering small details about people is key to networking successfully. Another tip, be sure to send a follow up thank you via voicemail or letter after you’ve  interviewed with a company or had a memorable conversation with a contact at a networking event. Handwritten notes go a long way and really make a person feel special.


Q: How willing are current professionals to connect with students?
A: Current business professionals have all been in a student’s shoes and want to give back to internship and job-seeking students. Personally, I am very willing to connect with students. If we’ve met and you’ve found our conversation helpful, please feel free to send me a LinkedIn request. The opportunities at McTigue Financial Group are great opportunities for the right type of student, but I’m always happy to connect students to additional opportunities in the area, as well.


Q: What are a few mistakes you believe students make while networking?
A: The biggest advice I can give you is to dress professionally while networking, give a firm, confident handshake and smile when you meet someone new! I want to meet confident, excited students. A great outfit and a strong handshake help make a positive first impression.

 

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Quinlan School of Business · 820 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
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