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Veteran & Employer Meet-n-Greet

31 January @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Faegan’s Pub

Join us for the Veteran & Employer Meet-n-Greet, an event exclusively for student veterans to network with employers recruiting on-campus.  There will be approximately a dozen companies present that are committed to connecting with and hiring veterans.

Location - Faegan's Pub, 734 S. Crouse Ave.
Time - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
**Finger foods will be served**

For employers, will have the opportunity to:
• Showcase your organization and employment opportunities to student veterans while achieving your veteran recruiting strategy;
• Meet veterans who are ready to bring their skills and experiences to your organization for meaningful and engaging job and internship opportunities;
• Connect with candidates who are skilled, disciplined, team players, and proven leaders.

For student veterans, your participation will provide you the opportunity to:
• Get to know companies that understand the importance of your transferable skills from the military such as problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and multi-tasking;
• Connect with employers who are actively seeking to recruit and hire veterans for  the value they bring to the civilian sector;
• Build your network and get connected with industry leaders to leverage your career goals.

In preparation here are Tips for Student to Succeed at a Networking Event:

Research
Research the organizations and recent market events that impact the organizations in attendance you’d like to talk with

Prepare/practice your “elevator speech”
Networking is like everything else; the people who are prepared do the best
Short self-introduction ready to use in networking situations
Keep it to a few seconds and make it sound natural 2-3 key facts about you …. Name, education, work experience, experience

Dress for the event
Guys wear ironed khakis with a button up shirt and tie or sweater
Girls wear dress pants or skirt with a button up shirt or sweater
No sneakers or jeans

Put your best foot forward
Have business cards with you, not your resume
Be confident

During the session
Remember names – repetition & association
Ask open ended questions (what? how?)
Paraphrase
Watch your non verbal’s
Listen
Get a business card from anyone you talk to

Work the room
To join a conversation, walk up, listen for a few moments, and make a comment that does not change the topic
If the person you would like to meet is in the middle of a conversation, don’t interrupt Be aware of etiquette

Follow Up – Keep in touch
Be creative (ie- send a link to an article of interest, that pertains to your conversation)
Keep a record of your contacts
Take any leads a network contact gives you

E-Mail Jennifer Pluta at JrPluta@syr.edu to RSVP.