Making Meaningful Connections

EuniceWe can all agree that a big part of career success is networking.

If you haven’t started!  Get started!

 

Where and how to meet/connect with people?

  1. Leverage people you know! Family friends, former colleagues, managers,

fellow members of social and professional groups.

  1. Meet new people at events i.e. networking events, club events

Prepare and practice your elevator pitch: 

Name

Area of study, school,

What are you looking for i.e. learning about the industry, the specialties   tracks, obtain employment or about their company

What experience or skills you have

What interest you most, what will catch their attention?

Asking people for networking meeting or referral 

I am interested in learning more about the profession. Would you be willing to spend 20-30 minutes to give me some input on the industry, what the work is like, career paths? or do you know someone you could introduce me to who could give me some input?

Prepare your questions to asking during the networking session. 

Briefly cover your skills experience and interests

Explain your objectives

Tell me about the industry, your company

What was your career path?

What is the typical career path?

What type of work is done in an entry-level position?

What do you like most about being an actuary? What do you like the least

What do you think is the most important quality or attribute that contributed to your success?

What one piece of advice would you give to someone like me who wants to enter the industry?

Watch the time!

Don’t go over time. Once its approaching the time you can say “There’s 5 minutes left of our time, I can stay longer if you also have the time.”

Follow up session

Ask for referrals for more information

Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours, ask if they like to meet again.

Keep them inform about your status, especially if someone they connected you with help you.

Regally follow up

Be professional! 

Wear business formal attire

Proofread everything!

Use a professional tone of voice!