Monthly Archives: June 2010

Donna Messer (Networking Expert)

Donna Messer is a networking guru and I had the good fortune of attending one of her workshops. The workshop was sponsored through MITACS to help graduate students learn effective networking. Donna spent three hours literally connecting us to people she knows from around the world and at the same time teaching us how to network with what we have and then building from there.  If you can’t attend one of her workshops or speaking engagements, then browse through her website where she shares her networking philosophies and resources.

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Career Workshops

Many universities offer career building workshops for their students.  These workshops are often free for current students and have reduced prices for alumni.  Career Services at the University of Waterloo offers a wide variety of workshops with two or three time slots for your convenience.  Some examples are: “Success on the Job” and “Writing CVs and Cover Letters” which I have attended.  There is always something new that I learn when I attend.  Career Services also offers one-on-one sessions and hosts annual Job and Career Fairs.  Do a little searching and see what your university has to offer.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an efficient way to keep connected with colleagues, clients, alumni and many more people.    It’s an online social networking site for professionals and you should keep it as such (for personal use, turn to Facebook).  As a graduate student in applied mathematics, LinkedIn has connected me with math grads at different universities, colleagues from my undergraduate studies and mathematics groups such as SIAM.   If you want to start networking and don’t know where to begin, signing up for LinkedIn is a free and fun way to start.

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Business Cards

Recently, I decided to have my own business cards.  They are quick and painless ways to exchange contact information.  I found the University of Waterloo offers a great deal for its students whether they be undergraduate or graduate students.  This offer is through Career Services at the University of Waterloo and other universities may have similar offers.  Further details are available here: http://www.cecs.uwaterloo.ca/manual/first_cycle/4_1.php#sBus

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