024: Networking by interest with Faith Rothberg
About Faith Rothber
Faith's career has always been at the intersection between business and technology. She started as a programmer for Ford Motor Company, graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA, was a manufacturing information technology consultant with KPMG, served as a project manager for Wells Fargo, and then staged a bloodless coup after joining the business her husband founded, College Recruiter.
Faith's passion for helping young adults find great careers is evident in everything that College Recruiter does. As its integrator, Faith is the hub around which the organization revolves.
What are the top two ways that candidates find jobs?
· “The two top ways are through either networking and referrals or through job sites like College Recruiter!”
If you’re a small business, what are ways you recommend hiring students and recent grads?
· “Traditionally it’s done on campus through recruiting but that’s quite costly. Rather than going on campus, get involved with schools that are in your community and go to the clubs and ask them how you can help them!”
What’s the most interesting place that you’ve traveled to?
· “For work, the most interesting place I’ve traveled was speaking at a conference in London. After graduate school, though, I traveled to India and it was just so different.”
Share with us one of your best networking stories
· “I was working in Minneapolis and I was traveling all the time for this position. After about three years, it got a little old and I started looking for a new career experience. So, what I did was I reached out to the business school to get the alumni list and I reached out to a few of them and used that as a conversation starter.”
How do you stay in front of your network or community?
· “Keep on top of your networks mind using things like LinkedIn. Little things like work anniversaries can have a big impact and remind someone of you. Periodically, really reaching out and meeting people as your career moves forward is big too”
What advice do you have for business professionals looking to grow their networks?
· “I would start by utilizing LinkedIn and any other professional resources you have. Also, join some organizations based on your interests and what types of network you’re trying to create.”
Digital networking or traditional networking?
· “I would definitely say traditional networking. I think that digital networking is a great asset to helping you quickly do the traditional networking but I think people are more and more hiding behind the technology.”
If you could go back 20 years, what would you tell yourself to do more or less of regarding your career?
· “Looking back, I should’ve had more confidence in my entrepreneurial skills. I didn’t realize how much I had that all around business knowledge and gut feeling that leads me in a great direction.”
Who would you love to connect with and do you think you could do it within 6 degrees?
· “I think it would be phenomenal to meet Michelle Obama and I can think of several ways that I’m within the 6 degrees.”
What book are you reading right now?
· “The one I’m rereading right now is a book called ‘Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business’ and it’s a great way to facilitate growth in your business.”
Any final words of advice for our listeners??
· “Remember to try and do the interpersonal stuff. Join something that you’re really interested in because you’ll enjoy and you’ll end up meeting other people that feel the same way.”
You can get in contact with Faith at:
You can call her at: 9 522 215 1488 or email her at Faith@collegerecruiter.com