Preparing for Tulane Takeover Events

Tulane Takeovers are by far one of the best ways for students to connect with alumni and parents who are leaders of their industry and ready to assist with career planning and preparation. However, before attending a Takeover, students should do a decent amount of preparation so they can get the most out of the the event(s) they attend. Regardless of the city the Takeover is in, these tips for success will go a long way for making sure they are ready.

Company and Attendee Research

  • Look up each attendee on LinkedIn or TulaneConnect to identify their background, career progression and other information that will be helpful in your conversations with each individual. They may have been a member of a student organization you are in now or have some connection to your hometown.
  • Make a list of the expected attendees and highlight those individuals you want to visit with at the event. You should pair this list with your research
  • Visit the company websites, particularly their “career” or “college recruiting” pages so you can see what the process is like for hiring.
  • Look at the “Current News” or “Press Release” page on the company website. Sometimes there are nuggets of information that will be helpful when you speak to the professional at the table.

Understand the Event

  • Tulane Takeover events are not job fairs and most of the professionals are not involved in hiring yet they can make recommendations to their hiring team for certain candidates.
  • Your goal at the event is to make a connection with the professionals in attendance and hopefully leave the conversation with contact information where you can follow-up with them for a longer, extended call or informational interview.
  • You should not directly ask the professionals about jobs or if they can hire you. If it comes up then you can certainly express your interest in the company, but you should not lead the conversation with that interest.

Get your Résumé Ready

  • Although these are not career fairs or job expos, some professionals may ask you for your resume. Make sure you ready.
  • Make sure you get your resume checked and approved by your Career Consultant at your career center.
  • Have a few copies available with you but you should not expect to hand one to everyone
  • If they ask you to send your resume to them then do so that evening after the event while it is still fresh in your mind.

Have your “Life Story” Ready

  • You should be able to have a well-rehearsed and easy to remember (and deliver) “story” related to where you are now professionally and where you want to go. This doesn’t mean you need to be super-impressive and have already cured a disease but it does mean that you should be able to discuss:
    • Why did you choose Tulane?
    • Why did you choose your major OR what major are you strongly considering?
    • What type of career path are you thinking about?
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    • What do you like about New Orleans (don’t just say the food)?
    • What have you already done at Tulane that you are proud of?
  • If you are still working on your career plan, then it’s OK to say so, but you should be able to articulate what you think you want to do.
  • Keep your personal situations or stories that reveal too much non-career information out of your Life Story. They don’t need to know that you are hoping to meet that special person and make plans from there.
  • Keep your citizenship status out of the conversation too. If you are an international student, then you should not discuss your need of sponsorship or that you have a desire to stay in the USA.
  • Always stay positive. If you changed majors because one was too challenging to you, then only talk about it as a positive that it led you to where you are now and you are motivated by the new major.

Dress for Success

  • Business dress (suit) is expected for all Takeover events unless noted as Business Casual
  • You should plan to stand and walk at the event so wear comfortable shoes
  • Make sure you iron everything that needs to be ironed or get it dry-cleaned and pressed.
  • Check your clothes you are going to wear the night before the event
  • Guys – Socks should compliment the color suit you are wearing. No white socks, athletic socks or no socks.
  • Remember you are making your first impression so make sure it counts and it’s professional.

Location. Location, Location

  • Make sure you identify the location of the Takeover event and plan out the route on Google Maps or similar
  • Schedule your car share or taxicab with a 15-30 minute cushion. There is never anything wrong with arriving early to these events.
  • Read and follow instructions related to how to enter the building, where to go and how to get to the event space.

Before you Leave

  • Ask for a business card. If they do not have a business card then immediately look up the professional on LinkedIn and reach out to them to connect. Reference that you met them at Tulane Takeover.
  • If you have a business card, send an email immediately and suggest a time and date to connect for a longer phone or virtual conversation
  • Send Thank You cards to at least 10 professionals that you met. Actual cards in an actual envelope using a stamp. These are appreciated by the professionals and you will stand out if you send one with a nice note related to your conversation at the event.

Washington, DC
October 10, 2019
11 AM – 3 PM

Chicago, IL
October 10, 2019
4:30 PM – 7 PM

New York, NY
October 11, 2019
8 AM – 5 PM

New Orleans, LA
Tulane Campus
November 1, 2019
2 PM – 3:30 PM

Spring 2020 Takeovers

Miami, FL
April 2020
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Los Angeles, CA
April 2020
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San Francisco, CA
April 2020
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