Networking: A How-To

Personalized workshops

Because it's not just who you know, but how well you cultivate relationships, Spectator wants to help give you the tools to optimize your network. How do you do a successful cold reach out? How do you leverage friends, family, and acquaintances? How do you make the most of planned networking events? These questions—and more—will be answered at the following workshops:

  • A Basic Guide To Networking, March 31 at 2 p.m.
    • For this hesitant or uninitiated, this workshop will focus on how to get you started with networking—what to say to form relationships and get introduced to relevant people, and how to be direct while still being polite.
    • Format: A brief panel interview with a handful of juniors and seniors who are well versed in networking across various industries. Staffers will later be split into groups for specific, personal networking advice.
  • Growing Your Network, May 5 at 2 p.m.
    • A follow up to the first workshop, this workshop will focus on personalizing advice per each staffer, once they've already begun to dip their toes in to networking.
    • Format: A coffee chat with one of the original panelists to go over each person's network and ways to grow it.

Industry 101s

Panels followed by a Q&A

Fall recruiting can be tough. In order to help students prepare a game plan for Fall 2018, Spectator will host a series of panels for various industries, followed by structured Q&As so staffers can learn what they should be focusing on to get ahead for jobs and internships. These panels will feature seniors and recent alumni who can best inform about the recruiting processes as well as the industries themselves.

Spectator will host the following:

  • Finance 101, April 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Consulting 101, April 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Tech 101, April 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Journalism 101 (will occur in September)

All events will be held at Spectator's office in Riverside Church.

The essentials

Panels and small workshops

Everyone knows you need a good foundation, no matter what industry you decide to go in to. These events are meant to provide you with advice and expertise on everything from diversity programs to writing cover letters.

  • How-To: Cover Letters And Resumes, March 24 at 2 p.m.
    • Format: Brief panel with seniors on general principles to follow, followed by personalized feedback for staffers in small groups with the panelists.
    • This event will require prior registration due to the personalized nature of the workshop.
  • How-To: General interviews, April 6 at 8 p.m.
    • Format: Students and alumni from various industries (finance, consulting, tech, journalism, pre-law) will form a panel to explain the major Dos and Don'ts of interviewing. Panelists will then split up into groups by industry to inform staffers about industry-specific advice, aided by a moderator.
  • Navigating Diversity Programs, TBD
    • Format: Upperclass students who have gone through diversity programs will form a panel where they'll tell their stories and give advice for where and how to apply to these lesser-known opportunities

All events will be held at Spectator's office in Riverside Church.