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Three Ways to Make the Most of Your College Alumni Resources

By Lee Hecht Harrison on February 5, 2015

Whether you’re a recent college grad or graduated some time ago, your college alumni relations office offers unique networking opportunities and resources that will help you remain competitive and visible in the job market. Dale Klamfoth, Senior Vice President for Lee Hecht Harrison, shares tips to tap into resources your college is offering free of charge—or for a nominal membership fee:

  1. Uncover new networking partners. Most alumni offices keep a list of contacts who have agreed to be available for networking meetings. These contacts may work in your field or at one of your target companies. Many alumni memberships host job fairs and networking events sponsored by national and global chapters.  Also, search through social media sites for other graduates of your college or university. For example, the LinkedIn “Find Alumni” feature allows members to search the database by location, company, the years they attended the school and industry.
  2. Increase professional visibility. Most online and print alumni publications will include promotions, patents and other high-level achievements of their alums. Send appropriate notifications to the organization and become a frequent contributor on their social media sites by taking part in conversations and sharing ideas in your area of expertise.
  3. Improve your job search strategy. Some alumni offices provide access to career center services such as a job database, interview preparation, resume and cover letter review and assistance with portfolio development.

The offerings of college alumni offices can vary greatly depending upon the institution. Check out the official alumni website for your university to see what they provide and what’s on the calendar for 2015. It’s an easy way to get connected—whether you’re new to town or simply want to expand your networking possibilities.

 

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