An Overlooked Opportunity & Job Seeker Secret Weapon
Our education is what has shaped us and set us on the career path we are on today. As professionals, we tend to have pride in the schools we have come from and while many take part in alumni centered events and reunions, the career services area is often overlooked. For anyone undertaking a job search, the various alumni career services offered can be a secret weapon. In this blog post, we introduce three ways to actively utilize your Alma Mater’s alumni association and their career services.
1. Be ahead of the game.
Networking is not something that should be started the day you need to find a killer recommendation. Start reaching out to those individuals within your alumni network before you need anything from them. Your connections should be sincere and your alumni relations need to be targeted towards alumni with similar interests and career paths. However, don’t limit yourself too much as every connection has the potential for possibilities later down the road.
2. Go to special events.
Chances are, your alumni association will host various networking events or career fairs throughout the year. You cannot utilize the alumni career services if you don’t attend their events, meet people and find out what the school offers. Be sure to engage your fellow alumni and find a common area; this is the basic principal of networking in general.
3.Keep up to date with opportunities.
Your alumni career services office will likely have a monthly newsletter that is sent out to interested parties. Sign up for these mailings, follow the alumni office on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and regularly visit the office website. You want to always have an ear out for new opportunities being presented through your alumni association and their career services.
An alumni association is one of the most underutilized resources of college graduates. If you are not currently connecting with your alumni association and their career services office, you are likely letting opportunities pass you by that could positively impact your career in the future. Connect today and start making positive impact on your career path.
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