/ Asked by Kassi
I'm a business college student and the advice everyone gives is network, network, network; however, as a college student this can be very hard or intimidating because lots of the time these networking opportunities are at career fairs or industry association meetings. What are some tips to help stand out and what are some of the qualities or skills employers are mainly looking for in a candidate?
Answered by Hallice, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Let's talk about networking first. Do you have a LinkedIn page? That is the best way to get start networking. Start with your contacts, then your contact's connections. If you met someone at a job fair or industry event find them on LinkedIn and send them a message. It doesn't have to be long just something that shows you enjoyed meeting the person and remembered what they said. This is the best way to start networking at school. I would also recommend joining groups that pertain to your interests and your desired work when you graduate. This would be another great way to develop your network.  
I would say employers in general are looking for talent that fits their company culture. A successful candidate knows what they are looking for, if they fit the job description and knows about the company. Take your time, do your research and be prepared! 
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, December 3, 2018
This is a great question. I have a couple of ideas on making a good impression at a career fair or association meeting. Research the companies that will be in attendance (choose 3 or 4 to really focus in on). Check out what cool things are happening either with their company or in their market. Bring these things up in your conversation, ask questions around them; this shows that you've gone the extra mile and that you are someone who is interested in their line of work. Ask them if it's OK for you to connect with them via LinkedIn and when you do, be sure to send them a quick note. Feel free to follow up with them and see if there are any career opportunities that you'd be a fit for. Thanks!
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