Monday September 29, 2014 12:30 PM -
Judy Mongelluzzo (Human Resources Manager/Recruiter)
Judy Mongelluzzo's LinkedIn
1899 L Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
Joe Ritchie (Accounting Services - Staff Accountant)
Joe Ritchie's LinkedIn
Julie Jones (Accounting Services - Partner)
Julie Jones' LinkedIn
Raffa Company Overview
- Founded in 1984
- Largest nonprofit focused accounting firm in D.C.
- 200 professional staff
- Exceeds "big 4" and all local firms in nonprofit
- 500 nonprofit clients
- Nationally recognized
- "Top 100" Largest Accounting firms 2010 and 2011
- "Top 10" Best of the Best
- BDO Alliance Member
- Nonprofit Specialization
- Offers a number of services for nonprofits
- Human Resources
- Sister organization provides a number of other services
- "One stop shop" for internal non-profit structure
- Networking - the deliberate process of exchanging information, resources, support, and access to create beneficial relationships for personal and professional success
- Networking is about developing relationships NOT asking for jobs
- Foster relationships THROUGH networking
- Why is networking important?
- #1 way to find a job!
- Most jobs are not advertised
- Best way to build new business contacts
- Helps you achieve goals
- Builds experience and confidence in communicating
- Great way to get information, referrals, etc.
- Personality limitations
- Don't try and sell yourself, be genuine!
- Balancing work and networking
- Unfamiliar territory
- Talking with someone you don't know/have little in common with can be challenging
- Let them do the talking!
- You don't HAVE to talk about accounting
- Getting Started
- Initial fear of approaching new people is hardest to overcome
- Names are important!
- Create a "tagline"
- Short identifier after your name that can help others remember who you are
- Example: Frank Gorski "the ABA webmaster"
- Where should you network?
- Airplanes, social events, conferences, workshops, job fairs, class, volunteer events (important for organizations in the nonprofit sector), etc.
- Do your homework
- Enables you to ask relevant questions
- Set networking goals
- Have a firm handshake
- Introductions should be interesting and brief
- Prepare conversation starters
- Work on a elevator pitch
- Offer and look for ways to help and add value
- Exchange business cards
- Write notes on it to help you remember the person later
- Follow-up meetings with a note
- Link to current/relevant event
- BE ACTIVE!!
- Profile should include:
- Places you have worked
- Volunteer experiences
- Schools you have attended
- Keep all information current
- Can be put in profile by past employers
- Skill sets
- You can get these endorsed by other users
- Connect with as many pages as possible
Alumni, clients, past employers, vendors, suppliers, businesses/employers you are interested in
- Reaching out to former classmates can be a great way to find opportunities
- Provides you insight into the company, NOT a time to ask for a job
- Helps attendees learn about the organization
- What they do
- Ask questions!
- What do you do?
- What do you like about the company/culture?
- How did you get your current position?
- What type of education/training is needed?
- How do I apply? Who should I talk to?
- Can you give me resume feedback?
- NEVER "tell me about your company"
- Do prior research so you already know!