You worked so hard in preparation for Industry Night and Graduation, maybe even pulled an all-nighter or two? You showed your work, the response and feedback were great, but did you follow-up with the people you met?
Many professionals come to Industry Night in search of new talent, and while they may not have a job to offer you right on the spot, they took the time to look at your work & want to hear from you. You may think they are too busy or don’t want your correspondence, but the truth is… they do.
According to the latest statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. If you work in a creative industry, that rate is even higher. If you’re not following-up with the people you meet, your chances are slim to none that you will be further recruited. You must take initiative.
So why aren’t you following up?
Maybe you were afraid of seeming to aggressive, weren’t sure what to say, or were distracted by the beginning of summer. In any case, it doesn’t matter…it’s not too late to start writing those thank you cards!
Some general tips…
Types of follow-up…
Handwritten thank you….
This is everyone’s favorite :-)
By Social Media:
In any job market, the person who continues to show interest after that “initial first contact” is the one who grows his/her job opportunities. So go follow-up, network, and seek opportunities that pay you to do what you love!
Summer is a time for Instagram at the beach, music festivals, mimosas at brunch and short shorts abound.
OR it’s a time for Tumblr in your bed with the blinds closed and gummy worms for breakfast because your bank account is a little too low to actually do any of the aforementioned. Or maybe you simply just lack the willpower to get yourself out of the apartment.
We have three weeks left of the semester and a whole summer ahead of us. So how can you make sure that the thrill of endless time doesn’t die down two weeks in? Well, I’ve come with some ideas for you…
Hi all, Maddie here. I wanted to fill you in on last weeks Career Friday meeting here at the Portfolio Center. Our topic was networking, which can be thought of generally two ways. Either people brush off the idea of formal networking since communication comes easily to them, or even the thought of the word will make a person nauseous due to fear of saying good things about themselves to other professionals. I’ve personally been in both places.
No matter how you feel about the idea of networking, there are a few pieces to always remember while having a professional conversation. Here at the Portfolio Center, we’ve narrowed it down to three things.
There, not so daunting now, is it?