Several FG scholars learned about perfecting their networking skills by attending a seminar on Informational Interviews at the Salvi lecture hall at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN) on Monday, Mar. 9.
“I think this workshop and practice session will help students learn how to talk with people, how to set clearer career goals and to uncover opportunities they just won’t find by looking at the job boards,” stated Michael Hagarty,the Director of Career Services and Internships at SMUMN.
The Informational Interview is the single most essential tool, in networking, a job seeker can possess in their repertoire. The First Generation (FG) scholars learned what informational interviewing is and how (and why) it works, discovered what to do before, during and after informational interviews to maximize their success, and practiced this vital skill and strategy.
The following comments were shared by FG scholars participants:
- “I learned people remember faces. Instead of a logo on a business card we should put our photo, it will make a bigger impact when networking.” – Paola Arevalo ‘17
- “I learned the importance of making a good impression. Writing a thank you card, instead of emailing, makes a positive impression.” – Fabian Alvarez ‘19
- “I learned about the ‘30 second commercial.’ This is when you tell the person about yourself. You want to make good eye-contact, give a firm handshake, and tell the person your interest and skills.” – Stanley Wright ‘19
The overall feedback, from participants, was positive. Participants felt they learned something new that they can utilize in future networking opportunities.