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How do you make connections?

29. May 2018 16:14

How do you make connections?

As an employer, how do you find potential employees while they are in school?

Do you know the names of the woodworking instructors?

Do you know the names of the woodworking instructors’ supervisors?

How do you find this information?

Start with what you know!

Step 1: Locate the school nearest your business.

Use the internet to determine the name of the principal. It is always a good idea to start here. As a business owner, you don’t want outside people contacting your employees without your knowledge, so an educational setting is no different.

Ask the principal if the school has a woodworking program, and, if so, what is the name of the person or people who teach the course. Ask if you can speak with them and about the best way to contact them.

What if your local school doesn’t have a woodworking program? Ask the principal if they know of a school that does. Generally speaking, school administrators know each other and are a valuable source for information about other schools and their programs. They are probably very familiar with the schools within their district or conference and the resources those schools have. 

Step 2: Ask the right questions.

Once you have established who to speak with, what do you ask?

Here’s one approach you could use:

“Hi, my name is ___________ and I own/manage ___________.  I understand that you teach a woodworking program at _________ school.  Our company makes ___________ product and I would like to speak with you about what we need our starting employees to know. Can we talk?”

 This starts the conversation. You can now ask about equipment at the school, materials used, processes taught, instructor experience, and, most importantly, “HOW CAN I HELP!?”

 Education and industry is a two-way street. Both parties need each other to be successful.

Do your part to help education help you.

To learn more about this topic, check out the session "How to Develop a Relationship with Local Educational Facilities for Potential Employees" at the IWF 2018 Education Conference.



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