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Tips to Connect With Professionals and Recruiters

In honor of the upcoming School of Engineering Networking Night on Wednesday, March 21 and the Spring 2018 Career & Internship Fair on Friday, March 23, Peter Schramm (ME ’14, MEng ’15) offers some great tips that you can use when connecting with industry professionals or recruiters:

  1. Know yourself and be able to talk about your experiences
  2. Have an idea of what you are interested in learning about
  3. Ask open ended questions (stay away from yes/no)
  4. Listen
  5. Be Yourself
  6. Know that we are all regular people (sons, daughters, mothers and fathers)
  7. Practice your elevator speech (30 second summary of you and your experiences)
  8. Do your homework and be prepared (resume, companies, LinkedIn profiles)
  9. We all want to learn from each other, maybe you can help the “old guy”
  10. You will say something stupid – it’s ok, just learn from it


  1. Complain about what your currently doing/situation
  2. Be rude to the individual you are talking with
  3. Don’t talk badly about (or slander) other people

Before the event

  1. Prepare
  2. Clothes ironed/cleaned
  3. Resume up-to-date
  4. Practice Elevator pitch
  5. Develop list of questions
  6. Research people/companies
  7. LinkedIn
  8. Research Job Openings

During the event

  1. Be a sponge, take notes
  2. OK to be uncomfortable
  3. Get business card/email info
  4. Be genuine
  5. Listen, silence is OK
  6. Ask questions
  7. Be present
  8. Eye contact
  9. Firm handshake

After the event

  1. Follow up with a thank-you email
  2. Ask to keep in touch
  3. Ask about new opportunities
  4. Compile all your notes from everybody you met with

For those attending the Engineering Networking Night on Wednesday, March 21, here are some questions to ask when talking to industry professionals:

  • What is your current role and how did you get to where you are today?
  • What did you study in college and do you use those skills today (in your career)?
  • I am interested in (industry-job-role) and I am studying (degree), could you please give me some suggestions of places to look for roles/jobs that might fit that description?
  • Anything else to suggest to me or other things to consider as I continue my job search?