Kickoff Meeting Tips and Resources
Set the meeting
Reach out to your point of contact at the company (referred to as your supervisor going forward) and determine the date, time, and format for your kickoff meeting.
Keep in Mind: Parker Dewey has relationships with companies across the United States, so it’s very possible you’re working with someone in a different part of the country. When you establish the meeting time, make sure you clarify the timezone.
Prepare your technology
If you have determined that your kickoff meeting will be a video call, we recommend using a laptop or computer instead of a phone, so you have more screen space to view and share information. Make sure you have any necessary accounts created/software downloaded on your device. Few things are more stressful than waiting for Zoom to download while you’re late for a meeting!
Be ready to set SMART goals
The kickoff meeting is your opportunity to network with your supervisor, ask clarifying questions, and make sure you have all the information you need to exceed expectations and make a fantastic impression. The kickoff meeting is a great time to establish SMART goals for your project. These are goals that are:
After the kickoff meeting, email your supervisor a recap of what you discussed. It may seem redundant, but ensuring you and your manager are 100% aligned on expectations will lead to success.
Your follow-up email is also a great opportunity to ask your supervisor if it’s ok for you to announce that you’ve started working on their project on your resume and social media. Unless they explicitly say it’s ok, simply share that you’re excited to be working on a Parker Dewey Micro-Internship as an Independent Contractor. Some clients prefer confidentiality.