Jump-Start Your Future at NCCWSL
If you’re reading this, you’re probably ready to take your career search to the next level! The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is a great place to make connections with future colleagues, mentors, and recruiters from top schools and employers from around the country.
Here are a few tips to help you take advantage of the amazing opportunities you will encounter at NCCWSL so that you can land that perfect job offer or graduate school connection.
1. Do your research.
Remember: Networking starts before the conference. Use social media to see who else is attending NCCWSL. Start by liking the NCCWSL Facebook page, following NCCWSL on Twitter, and paying attention to the conference hashtag, #NCCWSL18. Plan to post at least once during the conference using the hashtag and connect with other attendees who are using it.
Set goals for how you want to grow your network. Write down your goals and how you can meet them, and put a reminder on your calendar to revisit your goals a week after the conference ends. While at NCCWSL, spend time reviewing the conference agenda and mapping out which events you’ll be attending to get ideas for your goals. Review the workshops, keynotes, and awardees to identify the specific topics you’d like to learn more about and the speakers you want to meet.
Do some research on the graduate schools and employers that are coming to the Graduate School and Career Fair. You’ll make a great first impression with your top schools or employer if you’ve done your homework. Make sure to practice your elevator speech.
2. Upload your résumé to the virtual résumé drop.
Upload your résumé to the NCCWSL virtual résumé drop by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 31, to be entered to win a Lo and Sons bag!
Here’s your chance to document your accomplishments and stand out to the graduate school representatives and employers whom you’ll meet at the fair.
Worried you might forget to bring your résumé to the graduate and career fair? We’ve got you covered! When you upload your résumé to our virtual résumé drop, you’ll be added to the database of NCCWSL attendees whose résumés will be available to recruiters from top graduate schools and employers who are eager to connect with you. AAUW will share your résumé with the recruiters so you’ll be on their radar before NCCWSL even begins!
By uploading your résumé to the virtual résumé drop, you agree to allow AAUW to share your résumé with recruiters and exhibitors from the 2018 NCCWSL Graduate School and Career Fair.Upload your résumé now »
3. Perfect your LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn is more than just an online résumé: It’s your chance to be seen by employers worldwide and get a step ahead in the interview process for your dream career. Employers are using LinkedIn now more than ever to screen job candidates, so make sure that your profile is up to date with relevant information that highlights your experiences and skills. As busy as you’ll be meeting and greeting folks at the conference, it’s a good idea to update your profile before arriving at NCCWSL.
Unlike a printed résumé, your LinkedIn profile is an opportunity to put a face to one of the many names that schools and employers will be collecting. Add a professional headshot to your profile to make it easier to be remembered by the people you’ll meet, upload documents that showcase your professional and academic experience, jazz up your profile using these quick tips, and add your NCCWSL and AAUW experience to make your profile stand out.
During the conference, check out the networking panels and workshops to connect with recruiters and fellow attendees — especially LinkedIn’s Rock Your Profile workshop, where you can get expert guidance on landing your dream job, learn how to build your LinkedIn profile, and sign up for cool giveaways.
Remember, networking doesn’t stop at NCCWSL: You can expand your network even further by connecting with fellow attendees on LinkedIn during and after the conference!
4. Bring business cards.
Bring your own business cards with you wherever you go during NCCWSL. Check out websites like Moo and VistaPrint for business cards that you can design yourself and have printed in as little as one day. If you use social media accounts for professional reasons, include your links and handles on your business cards. Make sure you bring enough business cards to get you through each day at the conference.
Remember, it’s OK to leave white space on your card — this gives you a place to write any special notes to the recipients. If someone gives you their business card, write a few sentences or key words on the back so you remember the person and your conversation when you’re following up.
5. Go to the Graduate School and Career Fair.
At the Graduate School and Career Fair you’ll discover unique job opportunities at government agencies, organizations, startups, and advocacy groups. It’s an exciting group of global companies such as GEICO, Capital One, and alliantgroup, where you can launch a business career; nonprofit organizations such as the Peace Corps and She’s The First, where you can be an essential part of creating change; and government employers such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of State, where you can serve the country. You’ll also meet representatives from top-tier grad schools including Harvard Business School, Georgetown University, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University.
Meeting admissions officers or employers doesn’t have to be intimidating! To make a good first impression with recruiters, use your professional experiences and public speaking skills to spark a conversation with recruiters, ask questions to demonstrate your interest, and be sure to give them your résumé and/or business card. Don’t forget to upload your résumé to the virtual résumé drop to reach recruiters attending NCCWSL!
6. Stay in touch.
Send follow-up emails to the attendees, recruiters, and employers you met at NCCWSL and connect with them through social media. Having already polished your LinkedIn profile, you should be all set. Don’t forget to send a personal note saying how you met them and why you want to stay connected. If you’re following up with a graduate school or employer, share why you’re interested in their organization or school.
Most importantly, remember to be your most authentic self when following up with your conference connections. Consider what 2014 NCCWSL Woman of Distinction Judy Smith said to attendees three years ago: “You are good enough. … You don’t need to be anybody else.”