Did you know 85 percent of people feel they build stronger, more meaningful relationships during in-person meetings and conferences? Or that 95 percent of professionals say face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships? In today’s technology-driven world, these statistics may seem a bit outdated, but they are based on recent studies that illustrate the importance of in-person networking to one’s professional development.
Do you want to fine-tune your elevator pitch or strengthen your networking approach?
This month, your UMUC Career Services team will host a number of career events focused on career transition and progression. Check out the details for each event below, and use the links provided to register!
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Like so many of us who are eager that the year-end holidays are upon us, you are ready to sit down, relax and get some much needed rest. Well, not so fast! This time of year it is also great to network with those that may help your career move to the next level.
University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) Career Services and Alumni Relations team hosted its monthly Recruiter Session on November 15, 2016 with more than 140 attendees both in-person and online. Employers present at the event included the Washington Nationals Club, Advanced Systems Development, Sony, and Maryland National Air Guard. The event was hosted at the UMUC Academic Center in Largo and online and the attendees were able to gain insight about the organizations and the work culture.
People use LinkedIn to connect, stay informed, and get hired—yes, I did say get HIRED! LinkedIn Relationship Managers Shannon Burke and Brittney Bentley recently presented at UMUC, and they shared that ninety-four percent of professional recruiters reported using LinkedIn to source candidates.
On September 29, more than 80 UMUC students and alumni joined the UMUC Career Mentor Program either online or in-person at the Dave & Buster’s in Capitol Heights for the first “Mix and Match” Speed Mentoring Event. The event was designed to help students and alumni build professional connections while learning more about UMUC’s Career Mentor Program.
Companies are looking for workers who can easily adapt to change, have current skills, learn new things and are technology savvy. Whether you are currently employed, unemployed, or making a career transition, you can expedite your job search and increase your chances of landing a job by focusing more on the value of your experience rather than your age. Below are a few tips seasoned job seekers can implement to improve their success rate.
What do Virgin Group co-founder Richard Branson, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker, and talk show host Oprah Winfrey all have in common? They all had mentors!
As defined by Merriam-Webster, a mentor is “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced person.”
Mentorship can be a great avenue for expanding your professional network and identifying the direction in which you want to take your career. Yes, in theory, having a mentor is a great idea for both your personal and professional growth, but knowing where to begin might be a bit daunting.
With the immersion of social media, career professionals can now quickly grow their online footprint with a simple click-of-a-mouse. Having a strong online brand will ensure you are connecting with the right individuals to maximize, expand, and enhance your career connections. However, in order to build a strong online personal brand, you first must understand the social media sites and tools available to help you leverage your opportunities.