Career Calling

July 10, 2013

Alumni Groups on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great tool for the job search and career management.  Most people use it as a way to network and learn who knows whom.  It often lets us discover connections that we would never know by making phone calls and asking people out for coffee or lunch.

I also urge clients, especially new college graduates to join alumni groups on LinkedIn.  Beyond the normal connections the website provides, it also lets clients identify which companies have hired graduates of their school.  Employers tend to hire new staff from the same school, which is very important information for a job seeker to have.  I urge clients to use LinkedIn alumni groups to build a database of potential employers.  The website often enables tracking of changes and open positions at those companies.

As the saying goes, “knowledge is power.”  Good career planning is an ongoing activity. Use LinkedIn to learn more about potential employers, especially those who have a pattern of hiring graduates from your school. Build your database and start marketing yourself.

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