In my latest career advice post for Life Reimagined For Work, I cover the 7 reasons you should return to your alma mater for your job search:
1. Plug into the alumni database for job leads.
Many universities maintain a database of graduates’ employment history and contact information. Often, this info is online; verify that you’re an alum and you’re in. In other cases, you may have to visit the school for access. Getting in touch with other alums is a great way to land critical informational interviews that can open doors to openings. If your school doesn’t have an alumni database dedicated to careers, look for an alumni group on LinkedIn or a Facebook page.
2. Research companies you’re targeting.
Before you meet with your newfound alumni contacts, you’ll want to understand their industries, functions and companies. Career Services offices often have a library of resources, many of which are accessible online. In addition, some hold site licenses to fee-based career information publishers such as Vault, Wetfeet or IvyExec, so you can access their information for free.
See also: 7 Steps to Research Company Culture
3. Check out job postings.
Contacting your fellow alums is the most productive way to search, but don’t overlook job postings publicized by the Career Services office. Add your name to the distribution list for emailed opportunities; if jobs are posted online, apply for a user name and password.
See 4 more reasons to visit your old school haunts at Life Reimagined For Work – The Awesome Tool Job Seekers Overlook.
Have you used your alumni career services for your job search? What worked for you? Is there another overlooked job search tool you have found effective?