Sometimes, if you really want a job, you just have to get out from behind that computer screen and shake some hands.
That was the message that Niagara University’s Office of Career Services conveyed during “Facebook 2 Face,” a free networking event held Monday, March 19, in St. Vincent’s Hall.
“Facebook 2 Face,” modeled after the concept of “speed dating,” allows university students opportunities to practice and develop their networking skills with local employers. In addition, students are provided with feedback on their networking skills, so that they can work on improving the way that they market themselves before entering the job market.
Attendees also heard from John Bourdage, founder of Bourdage Consulting and an advisor in NU’s Hospitality Training & Research Center. Bourdage instructed students on networking essentials, including the art of the handshake, personal introductions and developing a 30-second “elevator speech” for use when meeting potential employers.
Students in all majors are encouraged to attend.
Special thanks to participating businesses:
- Alliance Advisory Group
- Collins Childcare Center
- First Niagara Financial Group
- Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub LLP
- M&T Bank
- National Fuel
- The Horizon Group