University Career Center

Getting Started: Prepare Your Presentation

  • Develop a quick way (we’re talking 30 seconds here) to introduce yourself to someone. This is often called an Elevator Speech, or a 30-second commercial of who you are and what you'd like to do professionally. Take from your story what you think is relevant to the person you are speaking to.

  • Have business cards made to share with a contact. Did you know students can order FREE business cards from the Alumni Association?

  • Prepare a resume to share with the professionals you contact to provide background information and to get their advice. Here's some of our own tips about resumes.

  • Make a list of questions that you want to ask a professional contact. You should plan to conduct the conversation when you meet or talk with a networking contact -- you are interviewing them for information about what they do and insights they may have to their job or profession.  See the Informational Interview questions to help you get started.   Here's our own list to get you started.