By: Mel Davis, Staff Writer
Student Affairs and The Career Center combined efforts Wednesday, Nov. 9 to host a professional etiquette and networking dinner meant to help connect students with possible employers and teach them proper dining etiquette.
Participants had the opportunity to take professional pictures for their LinkedIn accounts, and to speak with representatives from a variety of companies including Bankers Life, Mariner Finance, NewDay USA, PayPal, Target and a few others.
Senior Melissa Herbert said that she believed the most important part of networking is “just building relationships that you may not have had the opportunity to have before, and also gaining information from people who may have common ideas or views as you.”
“I think this event has been really great because we don’t get a lot of opportunities to do this as students and when we graduate, we’re going to have to really know how to network,” Hebert said.
There are things students can do to be prepared to network and build connections with potential employers. The night began with a networking session in the Potomac Lounge at 5:30 p.m.
Anita Galiano, lead executive recruiter of campus at Target, recommended that students come prepared with resumes and business cards to networking events.
“We were talking to a lot of students and someone we would like to continue the conversation with, but they don’t bring their resumes,” Guzman said.
Following the networking event, Director of the International School of protocol Carol Haislip led participants in a dinner etiquette portion of the event and taught students how to properly identify and use each part of their place setting for a multiple course meal.