Start Building Your Network at the Senior Picnic

The Career Center has invited 19 employers and educational organizations to our 1st annual Senior Picnic on Wednesday, September 7 from Noon – 2p.m. Representatives from these organizations will want to talk to our students about their career opportunities. The average job search is 6 – 9 months. If you will graduate this May, then attending the picnic is a great way to jump-start your job search and network with our representatives to get your foot in the door.

To ensure you make the most of the Senior Picnic, here are a few networking tips to consider:

▪ Networking is all about relationship building. Many representatives, such as Sherwin-Williams, will be visiting our campus throughout the year. So, begin the network “layering” process by introducing yourself, be cordial and friendly, offer a firm handshake and a smile, and speak confidently.

▪ When you talk to the representatives, gather career or graduate information that relates to your major and interest, as well as, inquire about full-time/part-time employment and internships.

▪ Since this will be an informal event, you do not necessarily need to bring a resume. But, when you talk to the representatives always ask for a business card. Follow up with a thank you letter to express your appreciation and any information they provided. You may want to include your resume, too.

▪ Many of our organizations will be visiting Georgia College throughout the year. So, be sure to ask when they will return to campus. When they return, re-introduce yourself to them. Representatives will more likely remember you when they begin their recruitment.

If you would like additional information on how to map out your job search strategy, then call the Career Center at 445-5384 to arrange an appointment to talk to a career advisor. You can also stop by our office in 232 Lanier Hall.


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