Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni

Michael Simonelli
On January 12, 2019 five alumni returned to campus for our first ever Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni session. The panel of speakers represented several industries including law, real estate, green energy and marketing. Eager students spent their Saturday afternoon with our incredible alumni learning about the vital skills needed to effectively network and succeed in the increasingly complex job market. Each panelist spoke about a different aspect of networking and gave a brief background of their journey after Webb.

Ed Ratinoff ’83, Managing Partner at James Investment Partners, began by introducing the concept of networking and giving an overview of the program. Ariel Fan ’10, CEO at GreenWealth Energy, discussed her “15 Ways to Get People to Like You”. As a business owner, Fan wanted to stress the importance of marketing yourself to stand out, especially if you plan on starting your own business. Katherine Kilmer ’10, Associate at Haight Brown & Bonesteel, spoke about creating and building a resume. She emphasized being yourself on your resume, ensuring its accuracy before submitting to an employer and highlighted some ways in which resumes for different professions will vary. Rachael Schiffris ’11, Associate Account Executive at PatientPop Inc., spoke about the importance of utilizing social media as a networking tool, specifically LinkedIn and maintaining a positive image on all social media platforms. It is important to uphold the highest level of professionalism on all social media outlets regardless of who you think can view your content. Josh Ratinoff ’17 concluded the speaking portion of the session by talking about the resources that students can access through their university to help them secure an internship.

For the interactive portion of the afternoon, Sarah Sun ’10, Assistant Project Manager at The Walt Disney Company, lead a mock introduction session where she gave students tips on their handshakes. She emphasized that making eye contact with the person you are meeting, smiling and having a firm grip are all crucial to making a good first impression. Kilmer and Schiffris finished the session by speaking about the importance of preparation and proper dress for an interview and role played a mock interview to give students a glimpse of what to expect.

Students learned a lot from this two-hour program. From tips and tricks on how to prepare for an interview to learning that “handshakes are everything” according to Malika Neogi ’20, there was no shortage of invaluable information. One of the biggest takeaways from the session was that “Webb has a vast alumni directory with all sorts of people willing to help you out” said Lydia Toy ’20. Our speakers are a perfect example of this and the strength of our alumni network is truly remarkable.

A big thank-you to Ed Ratinoff for helping organize this event!


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