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Career & Employment Opportunities

Networking to Explore Options – Education


Hello, and welcome to part three of our educator
career chat series. As an educator, you can make your impact on
the world in a variety of ways that align best with your interests, personality, and
your abilities. In this four-part series, we are exploring
best practices for exploring your career pathways within education and setting yourself up for
success in the world of Education and the education industry as a whole. When most of us think about careers for educators
one, of the first positions that pops into our mind are teachers within K through 12
education settings and this is because we are highly familiar with teachers from the
time we are in pre-k or kindergarten. However, there are other options for educators
to make an impact and help others learn. It’s important for you to explore your career
pathways and education in order to find your current fit for this season of your life as
an educator, but also to explore options for further on in your future of your career and
education. We want to make sure that you’re able to find
your fit for now and in the future with regards to your interests personality and strengths. Today we will be focusing on how we can utilize
our professional networks to help us explore all of our career pathways and options that
we have available to us, and we’ll also discuss tools to help you get started on growing and
maintaining your professional network. We will also discuss best practices for building
and maintaining your network. Alright, so a great place to start at all
times is with a definition of what we’re talking about. So what exactly is networking? Networking is interacting with other people
to exchange information and form a working partnership, especially to further one’s career
or as related to one’s career. When considering who can be a part of your
professional network, the opportunities are absolutely endless! Anyone has the opportunity to be a part of
your network, but it does depend on if if you are communicating with them and networking
with them effectively. The group’s up on the screen are just some
examples of groups of people that may be a part of your professional network. I’d like you to pause this webinar and take
just a moment to reflect on specific people who are a part of your professional network. You can go ahead and use the groups on the
screen as a starting point. You’ve likely heard at some point in your
life that networking is crucial and incredibly important, but why is it so important? While networking is far more for just job
and opportunity searching, there is research that shows that up to 85% of jobs are secured
through networking. In addition, our connections create our knowledge
base in relation to career opportunities. Did you know that 85% of jobs are filled through
employee referral the more connections you have the greater opportunities for referral? You have two different opportunities that
might be best for you. In addition, you have a higher likelihood
of knowing about opportunities before they’re posted, or if they’re not posted at all, f
you have a greater size of your professional network. Lifelong learning is always a focus for our
Sun Devils. As we engage in our professional careers,
you can engage in professional development in learning not only about your career pathway
and exploring career options, but also in regards to industry trends. Because of your professional network, networking
also gives you a great opportunity to give back to others within your industry, especially
new professionals in the future. We certainly want you to connect back with
us to help others continue learning about their own career pathways and within the industry. So it’s certainly a give-and-take relationship
in regards to lifelong learning and professional development. Whether you’re exploring career interest areas,
industries, job functions, organizations, or specific job positions, your network can
help you continuously explore different options that might be there at your disposal by offering
insights into your areas of interests through their own knowledge and experience. You can also learn from others’ career pathways
for your trajectories and their own exploration through conversations with your network. While networking certainly happens in at both
in-person and virtual career fairs and mixers with the focus on networking, networking can
occur anywhere with a career or industry focused and even in places with alternate focuses. And the suggestions up on the screen are by
no means an exhaustive list! When most of us think about networking, we
often picture those really large career focused fairs or mixers and that can be a little bit
intimidating. I know I’m an introvert, and when I was in
college I was really really scared of attending networking events because that’s all I thought
was out there for me in regards to networking. So a few of my favorite ways to network as
an introvert are professional associations. If you get involved in professional associations,
you can provide an outlet for your work to speak for yourself through large conferences
or committee work, and this is a way that you can connect with both small and large
groups in relation to your industry. You can also network through your current
opportunities, whether you have a job, an internship, or you volunteer somewhere, networking
with those around you while still being engaged with your work is an amazing way to connect
and develop authentic connections with those that are around you. You can develop that authentic relationship
that can then be beneficial to you and you can maintain in the future. My third best tip for introverts networking
is to start online and also maintain your network online. Utilizing online tools and platforms is a
great way to start but it’s also a great way to reconnect and continue to update and be
updated by your professional network. There are a number of resources for finding
new connections and expanding your professional network around what you love. Need up, Comm network after work, and Toastmasters
are great ways that you can utilize online resources to find events and people to connect
with. Joining and engaging in professional associations,
like I’ve previously mentioned, is another way to find people with commonalities to grow
your network and to get involved within your industry. We will further discuss how you can utilize
handshake LinkedIn and the ASU mentor network in order to get connected back with ASU in
regards to our resources to help you network. Whether you are currently seeking out networking
opportunities or taking advantage of every day opportunities to connect, it is important
to be prepared to build and maintain your network. Crafting a powerful introduction can help
you feel more comfortable when meeting new people. Preparing an informational interview will
help you treat every meeting as an opportunity to learn from your connections, and establishing
an online presence will give yourself a platform for keeping updated with your network and
finding new people to connect with. Crafting a powerful introduction doesn’t have
to be as scary as it seems; there are some steps up on the screen to craft your own powerful
introduction with your, present, past, and future in mind. Jotting down some notes on the following prompts
is a great way to prepare yourself for meeting new professionals. You can utilize a powerful introduction in-person,
virtually, or over the phone. Keep in mind this is just a starting point. Take conversation clues if you’re in person
with someone or communicating via the phone, and keep in mind that your powerful introduction
should have some of your person infused in it. You don’t want to sound super scripted when
you’re talking to someone, so again keep in mind this is a starting point and one of my
best practices is actually to just do bullet points rather than creating a full script
for yourself because when we have a full script we tend to come off a little robotic and stiff. Keep in mind the most effective introductions
are about 30 seconds but can also be adapted to about 60 seconds for different types of
introductions. Powerful introductions are also great to infuse
into your handshake or LinkedIn profile. For your short biography or your summary you
want to also make sure that you are preparing for informational interviews before you even
have them. An informational interview is an informal
meeting with a person who has a job title or works in an industry that you aspire to
get into. Informational interviews are for research
and informational purposes only; they are not an opportunity to ask for a job or other
opportunity. You should make sure that your goals are clear
without reaching to a professional for a potential informational interview, and keep in mind
you can conduct these in person, over the phone, or virtually via video call depending
on what your level of comfortability is with the other person that you’re informational
interviewing, their comfortability with you, and the time that you both have. Alright, my third best practice is to start
building your online presence. Handshake is a great first stop for establishing
your online presence as it is a hub for all things career at Arizona State University. You can schedule one-on-one advising appointments
through Career and Professional Development Services, see career-related events connected
with Arizona State University, and browse jobs, internships, and other opportunities
all in this one place. Once you log on to activate your profile,
you can build out your profile with your experience, projects, career interests, and more. You can even upload your resume! You can make your profile public to employers
and see some information in regards to the recruiter contact for specific opportunities
and for organizations if you’re hoping to learn more about an organization or about
a specific opportunity. Handshake is a great way to see that recruiter
information. Do a quick google search and get email or
phone contact information for that recruiter that way you can schedule an informational
interview to learn more about that opportunity, that organization, or your industry. If the recruiter isn’t the best person for
you to be speaking to learn those pieces of information, they’re often great people to
connect you with others at their organization. You can also begin informational interviewing
with students, your peers at ASU, in addition to ASU alumni on Handshake, as you will be
able to see which students have worked at certain opportunities if both you and that
other student or alumni has their profile public to other students and alumni. So if you’re heavily interested in an organization
or an opportunity, you can reach out to a student or an alum who has previously worked
at that internship or job opportunity. You can also see reviews for some organizations
from your peers. So be on the lookout for those as you’re seeing
those pop up on your handshake profile. If your profile is public to both employers
and students and alumni, you can reach out for informational interviews by utilizing
the ASU directory to look up those folks. Keep in mind that Google is also your best
friend for finding Linkedin profiles for different people. If you’re unable to find them in the ASU directory,
don’t forget you can have your handshake profile reviewed by our office with an an appointment
that you can schedule over Handshake. The ASU mentor network will be coming this
Fall, so be on the lookout for that. You want to make sure you’re connecting with
your Sun Devil Network. So this will be an opportunity for you to
connect with ASU alum, ASU faculty and staff, and industry professionals in the Sun Devil
Network for both short term and long long term mentorship opportunities. This is a great way to learn from the folks
who have one thing in common with you. At least you’re friends of ASU or alum of
ASU, so reaching out to these folks is going to be excellent for learning more about different
career trajectories, career pathways within education but also about best practices for
setting yourself up for success within your career and education. Building a profile on Linkedin is only the
first step. Within LinkedIn, we have LinkedIn profile
development and review appointments within our office where you can ensure that you’re
making the most out of your LinkedIn profile. And we can even help you build it if you have
some rough bones and at least an account set up with LinkedIn. Once you have built your profile, it’s time
to begin connecting with professionals who are in your network or alum that you’re finding
with some tools that are part of LinkedIn. And it’s also time for you to follow influencers,
organizations, or industries. You also want to make sure you’re liking and
commenting on content that’s showing up in your LinkedIn newsfeed, or that you’re finding
by following your influencers. You also want to make sure you’re sharing
content such as professional development, articles, or industry-relevant information
that you’re finding online with your own LinkedIn Network. And you can even write your own content on
LinkedIn. The more active and engaged you are on LinkedIn,
the more opportunity you have to build and maintain your network. You can also utilize other tools that are
a part of LinkedIn, such as their job and internship searching functions and the alumni
search tool over 300,000 ASU alum are connected to Arizona State University on LinkedIn if
you go to ASU. Use public page and click on the “see alumni
button”. You have access to this database where you
can search for alumni based on where they live, where they work their industry, their
job function, keywords, what they studied and more. Use these filters can help you find alumni
to network with and to help you explore career pathways within education your career interest
areas, industries of interests, specific job functions, and more. Once you have identified an alum, you can
learn more about their career trajectory and career pathway by viewing their profile. You can then reach out to connect with them
with a personalized message where you can ask for an informational interview and certainly
make sure that you’re citing that you’re an ASU alum, as that’s your one commonality with
this person. So if you want to reach out and ask for an
informational interview, here are some best practices you can actually see an example
up on the screen. At first, you might feel strange about reaching
out to a professional that you don’t know, but keep in mind you already have this one
thing in common with them: you’re a part of the Sun Devil Network! When you reach out, don’t forget to add a
personal icing for a personalized message. Introducing yourself, letting them know how
you found them through the alumni search tool, and what you’re interested in (for example
a 20-minute informational interview via the phone). This is a great way to utilize your powerful
introduction that you’ve crafted as a means for asking for an informational interview
to help you with your career exploration. My biggest advice is to remember that your
network is not only for opportunity searching in referrals. Networking forms a give-and-take relationship
that needs attention and maintenance. It’s not just about setting up some online
profiles and jumping in and starting to job search. Your network is a living piece of who you
are as a professional, so you need to devote time and attention to building and maintaining
your network. Here are some other best practices for utilizing
your network to explore career opportunities. First impressions are incredibly important. If you’re in person, make sure that you’re
giving eye contact, but it’s okay to blink. You want to make sure that you have a firm
handshake, but not too firm, and you want to make sure that you’re communicating clearly
with that other person and utilizing great professional communication skills. If you’re communicating via mediated methods
such as a phone conversation or a video call conversation, you want to make sure that you
have a professional greeting such as “Hello this is Jaclyn”. You also want to make sure you have good cell
reception or Wi-Fi. Make sure you’re in a quiet place and let
you have no distractions. Another best practice is to make sure that
you’re organizing who is going to call home. No matter what, make sure that you’re prepared
with questions or topic to cover, especially if you’re reaching out for an informational
interview. If you’re attending a networking event or
other industry event, or if you even just run into somebody at an elevator, I would
still suggest to start brushing up on some small talk that you can make with other people
while you’re networking that’s both career related and non career related. As always make sure, that you’re on time,
gracious, and respectful when communicating with others. As we always have opportunities to be building
our professional network, keep in mind you only have one opportunity to make a great
first impression. Make sure that you’re actively listening and
showcasing genuine interest and the other person that you’re connecting with. Ensure you are prepared, organized, and energized. Keep in mind the purpose of your appointment
and attending the event. If you’re at a networking event, well, you
may not be interviewing. During your networking experiences, you always
want to be dressed professionally in order to give a great first impression. If you will be networking in person or via
video call I suggest dressing business casual for informational interviews or one-on-one
meetings in dressing business casual to business professional for larger events. Always make sure you’re following up and keeping
connected with your contacts.If you’re interested in learning more about professional communication
while networking, following up, or just living your everyday life, make sure to tune in to
our first educator career chat unprofessional communication which is viewable on YouTube
on both the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Channel and the Career and Professional Development
Services “Education Career Interests Area playlist on YouTube. Alright, the webinar content is concluded. I’d love for you to pause this webinar before
you completely sign off and think about one thing that you will do in the next 24 hours
to put yourself on the path to success in relation to networking to exploring your career
options. Some examples of this might be crafting your
own powerful introduction, activating updating your handshake profile, creating a LinkedIn
profile, or utilizing the alumni search tool to find someone to informational interview
with. Take a moment to reflect and keep in mind
that the sooner you start, the further you’re going to go. Be on the lookout for the ASU mentor network,
which will be launching here soon, and begin finding some short-term and long-term networking
partners within the Sun Devil Network to engage in some career exploration.

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