08 Jul

Summer Networking – Just Do It

Personal Branding is a popular topic lately. While many share their insights on personal and corporate blogs, none have such a firm grasp as Dan Schawbel of Millenial Branding LLC. With summer in full swing, jobs and internships scarce, there has been no better time to invest in building your personal brand.

While I encourage my readers to follow the new series, “How to Use Social Media to Get Your Dream Job” on eBranding Me, face-to-face interaction cannot be replaced by an online tutorial. Thus, I am recommending that my peers not only focus on creating a positive online presence, but also attempt to attend a minimum of 5 networking events this summer.

Networking events are incredibly easy to find through Career Services at students’ colleges, MeetUp.com, LinkedIn Groups, and promoted tours. I have personally already attended 3 networking events held specifically for Skidmore Alumni in the month immediately following my graduation.

GenJuice is an organization that I have been involved with for around 6 weeks. Disclosure: I am their Community Manager. However, bias aside, the three founders, Arielle Patrice Scott, Danielle Leslie and Virgilia Singh, are providing Generation Y innovators an amazing opportunity to connect in hopes of spurring startups and developing relationships. The team is currently on a 40-day nation wide tour, stopping in 13 cities to hold events.

At our most recent event in Boston, I had the privilege to spend some time with Dan Schawbel to discuss his experience being a personal branding expert. I took away a lot of valuable insights from our conversation, and truly appreciate his help with my current venture, eBranding Me.

Furthermore, he invited me to attend his upcoming event: the first ever audience press conference, “Media Branding 2.0: How to Get Attention!” It will be held in Cambridge on July 13th at Ryles.  I highly recommend attending the event, if you are in the area, to pick the brains of the many knowledgeable panel members: Barbara Quiroga, Mel Robbins, Ted McEnroe, Lisa van der Pool, Lylah M. Alphonse and of course, Dan Schawbel. See below for a link to the Eventbrite page.

For more personal branding tips visit www.eBranding.Me: the preeminent resource of information pertaining to personal branding among students for the sole purpose of successfully enrolling in college or securing gainful employment post-graduation.