The Etiquette Dinner and Networking Event is an opportunity for students to connect with local professionals and practice proper dining etiquette while they enjoy a four course meal facilitated by etiquette expert, Karen Thompson.
For more information about how to navigate a networking event or about the professional guests attending, please see below.
- Review the list of professionals attending the fair below.
- Look up the organizations the represented at the event by checking the company website. This will help you prepare for the conversations you will have with these professionals.
- Consider these questions:
- Tell me about your career path?
- What recommendations can you give to someone looking to enter this field?
- What internship opportunities are available? How do I apply? What criteria do you look for?
- What skills and education are needed to enter this field?
- What are the entry-level opportunities/job titles for this profession?
- How would you describe a typical day/week?
- What are the major responsibilities of your position?
- What are the most significant changes you’ve seen in the industry over the past 5 years?
- Inappropriate questions to avoid:
- What jobs are you offering?
- How much money do you make?
- What benefits do you offer?
- Can I create my own schedule?
- Prepare and practice your elevator pitch. The pitch allows you to introduce yourself at a career fair or networking event with employers. You want to practice so it sounds natural!
- Dress in business professional attire, or as close to this as you can get.
- Be conservative with cologne, perfume, and cosmetics.
- Turn off your cell phone.
- Spit out your gum.
- Show enthusiasm!
- Be confident and network independently.
- Collect business cards from professionals.
- Send a thank you email within 24 hours.