Connect & Explore: The Communications and Sport Management Meet and Greet on Feb. 29

The Communications and Sport Management Meet and Greet is a career fair tailored for communication and sports management majors and provides a platform for attendees to explore internship and full-time job opportunities while offering valuable networking opportunities and insights from industry experts.

Com meet and greetThe Student Professional Development Center (SPDC) will host the Communications and Sport Management Meet and Greet on Feb. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Snow Family Atrium between Schar Hall and McEwen Building.

The event will feature companies such as BCW, Burlington Sock Puppets, Campus Greensboro, Dick Broadcasting, E&V Strategic Communications, Elon University, Glen Raven, Golin, Luquire, McKinney, North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, Pillar4 Media, Red Ventures, Riot Games, SportsMEDIA Technology, Susie Films, Wasserman, WGHP FOX 8 and more.

Here are some tips to help navigate and maximize the experience of students planning to attend:

  • Research Companies: Before the event, take some time to research the companies attending. Understand their mission, values, and the type of roles they offer. This will help you tailor your conversations and demonstrate your genuine interest during networking opportunities. Dive deep into their recent projects, press releases, and corporate culture to have meaningful discussions with representatives. You can get help from the Career Advisors at the Communications School if you need assistance in researching companies attending. Make an appointment through the Elon Job Network (EJN) if you’d like to meet with one of our career advisors.
  • Polish Your Resume: Ensure your resume is up-to-date and tailored to the roles you’re interested in. Highlight relevant skills, experiences, and achievements that align with the companies you plan to engage with. Consider bringing printed copies of your resume to share with recruiters. Tailoring your resume for specific positions can significantly increase your chances of standing out among other candidates. At the SPDC our career advisors are eager to help students with their resumes. Be sure to make an appointment through the Elon Job Network to get your resume reviewed, and stop by to have your resume printed on high-quality resume paper for free.
  • Craft Your Elevator Pitch: Prepare a concise and engaging elevator pitch that introduces yourself, your background, and your career aspirations. Practice delivering it with confidence and clarity to make a memorable impression on recruiters and industry professionals. Your elevator pitch should be succinct yet compelling, showcasing your unique value proposition and what sets you apart from other candidates. Feel free to stop in for drop-in hours at one of the SPDC’s satellite locations. Check out the SPDC website for specific drop-in information.
  • Dress Professionally: Dressing appropriately for the event demonstrates professionalism and respect for the occasion. Opt for business casual attire that is polished, comfortable, and reflects your style while still maintaining a professional appearance. Pay attention to grooming and accessories, as they contribute to your overall presentation and first impressions.
  • Bring Business Cards: This makes it easier for recruiters and professionals to follow up with you after the event and helps you stand out among other attendees. Your business card should include your name, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn profile to facilitate further networking and communication. At the SPDC we will be having free business card days leading up to the event. Make sure you stop by to get your free business cards!
  • Network Strategically: Approach networking opportunities with a strategic mindset. Be proactive in initiating conversations, but also remember to listen actively and ask thoughtful questions. Networking is not just about talking about yourself; it’s also about building genuine connections and learning from others. Identify key individuals or companies you want to connect with and prioritize your interactions accordingly. To get more information on how to effectively network, check out our resources page on networking.
  • Follow-Up: After the event, take the time to follow up with individuals you connected with. Send personalized thank-you emails expressing your gratitude for their time and reiterating your interest in potential opportunities. Following up demonstrates professionalism and helps companies keep you on their radar for future opportunities. Customize your follow-up messages based on the discussions you had during the event to reinforce your connection and leave a lasting impression.
  • Stay Open-Minded: Keep an open mind during the event and be receptive to unexpected opportunities or connections that may arise. Sometimes the most valuable interactions happen when you least expect them, so approach the event with a positive attitude and a willingness to explore new possibilities.

Ross Wade emphasizes that “attending events like the Communications and Sport Management Meet and Greet is crucial for aspiring professionals. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to network, gain insights, and explore potential career paths in the dynamic fields of communication and sports management.”

By following these tips, students can make the most of the event and turn it into a valuable stepping stone toward your career aspirations. Students who attend the event can also sign up to win one of several $50 gift cards that will be given away.