Searching for a new job? Then you probably know that networking is an important part of the process.
But are your fellow alumni included in your networking efforts?
As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, Adams & Garth knows that if they’re not, then you could be missing out on a big opportunity. Leveraging the power of your alumni network is a great way to build mutually beneficial relationships, expand your network, and hopefully shorten your job search.
That said, there are some steps you can take to maximize your efforts. Here’s a look at 4.
Tip #1: Target the right alumni.
Many times, job candidates look for HR personnel in their search for fellow alumni. But in most instances, HR is simply the gatekeeper, not necessarily the decision maker when it comes to hiring for a particular company. So, for example, if you’re a graphic designer, then look for fellow alumni who are creative directors at organizations, rather than HR personnel. Those are the people in the positions that will be making decisions about hiring.
Tip #2: Get the inside scoop.
A fellow alumni may not be able to get you a job or even an interview, but what they can give you is still valuable – that is, information. So if you have an upcoming interview at a company where a connection works, reach out to him or her and ask for the inside scoop on what it’s like to work for the company and what kinds of skills, attitudes, and backgrounds the company values most.
Tip #3: Ask for a recommendation.
Weeding through hundreds of resumes and trying to determine which candidates would fit best is a difficult job for HR. What makes it easier is when your fellow alum Mike from accounting walks into HR, hands over a copy of your resume to the HR director, and personally recommends you as someone they trust.
Tip #4: Take advantage of a mentoring network.
Many alumni associations have mentoring networks that connect alumni with alumni mentors to discuss and gain insight into particular issues. Whether you want to be a mentor or mentee, this arrangement typically creates a highly productive and mutually beneficial relationship. It can also open the other person’s professional network up to, expanding yours exponentially as a result.
Trying to Network Your Way Into a New Job?
Adams & Garth can help. As one of the leading employment agencies in Lynchburg, we work with some of the top employers throughout Central Virginia and we can connect with opportunities that are oftentimes not advertised.