Preparing for Potential Employers: the Basics of Networking
With the BizTech Career Fair coming up soon, you may be wondering what you need to prepare in order to speak with potential future employers. The Career Fair features a variety of well-known companies looking to fill spots in their growing businesses. For those of you who do not already know, the Career Fair is a great networking opportunity. It will be taking place at the Sheridan Davis campus on November 21st between 10:00am – 2:00pm. The CRA, Nikon, Bell, Sun Life Financial, Flynn Group, SYNNEX, and the Halton Region are just a few of the impressive prospecting employers that will be available. Networking with these companies can help you find a career. With that being said, here are a few ways you can prepare yourself so that you won’t feel under-prepared.
First and foremost, you need a professional resume. There are plenty of guides online that will help you, but the best resource you have as a Sheridan student is the Career Centre. Take a few minutes to visit the Sheridan Career Centre. Located in room A247 at HMC, B230 at Davis, and D103 at Trafalgar. The Career Centre has a variety of resources and they want to help you succeed. I was entered in an interview competition for Sheridan last year a part of OCMC, and the Career Centre was a huge help to me and left me with a perfect resume. The networking process starts with your resume, so it’s worth the effort.
Secondly, you need to be able to showcase yourself to employers as a unique, memorable entity. This practice is called branding yourself, and it is what sets you apart from everyone else an employer meets. A resume is one part of this process. You should also have a LinkedIn account (and reference that on your resume). Prepare an elevator speech that describes you and your intentions to the employer you are speaking with, 30 seconds max. Think of past experiences you have had that might be relatable to your industry, your work ethic, or a key personality trait. You might have to reply to “tell me about yourself”, and you want to be able to leave them with a lasting impression. Researching the companies will help you tailor your responses even more.
Lastly, and I cannot emphasize this enough, please be presentable. Dressing in business attire shows a level or professionalism that can have a large effect on your initial impression. The Career Fair starts on November 21st, so you still have time to prepare!
By: Matt Good
3rd Year Advertising Student