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Registration deadline: TBD

The majority of available jobs are not advertised. (Some say up to 80%.) So it makes sense to spend time talking with people–especially GC alumni–to learn about hidden positions. We’re making it easier for you to learn how to do just that.

Come to a speed networking event! (Think speed dating but you’re seeking job leads and information instead of dates.) During brief, round robin sessions, you and other students will talk with alumni and community professionals for short conversations to introduce yourself, discover career related information, and possibly even some job leads.

Who: All students
What: Speed networking with GC alumni and community professionals
Where: Fellowship Hall, College Mennonite Church
When: TBD
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Guided conversations
5:00 – 5:30 pm: Open reception for participants

What’s in it for you?SpeedNetworking2013-30

  • A fun, energetic hour with friendly GC alumni and community professionals
  • Practicing your 30-60 second personal introduction and networking skills
  • Receiving feedback, advice, and potential job leads
  • Gaining confidence and clarity about your skills, abilities, and next steps

How to register

1. Write your 30-60 second personal introduction (aka as an elevator speech). For assistance, download an introductory speech template.

2. Complete the online registration form (including uploading your personal introduction) before the deadline on this fall.

Space is limited and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Frequently asked questions

  1. I’m kinda shy. May I go with a friend to just watch? Yes- if it’s OK with your professor who may be requiring it. Just complete the online registration form and let us know who you’ll be coming with. Then shadow your outgoing friend to watch how the process works. You may even want to give it a try before the hour is over.
  2. How many people will I talk with? You’ll talk with up to five alumni or professionals in ten-minute sessions. You will also have the opportunity to talk to whomever you want at the optional reception at 5:00 pm. During the first hour, a signal will alert you when it’s time to move to the next table to begin a new conversation.
  3. Who are the participating professionals? Will I talk with people in my major? The professionals include local alumni, members of the Alumni Board who live across the US, and GC employees – all who have extensive networks.  Even if you don’t talk with anyone directly involved in your field, they may still be able to connect you with relevant professionals they know, and they will definitely be able to offer you general job search advice.
  4. How do I prepare?
    • Write and practice your 30-60 second introduction.
    • Think about questions you’d like to have answered related to your next steps, whether that’s employment, grad school, service, or an internship.
    • Plan to dress in business casual attire. Suits are not required, but we also wouldn’t recommend jeans. Khakis with shirts or dress pants with blouses would be fine.
  5. Should I bring anything?
    • Notebook and pen for jotting notes
    • An energetic and respectful attitude  SpeedNetworking2013-3