Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to find and connect with alumni from your school on LinkedIn.
There is a little used tool on LinkedIn I want to bring to your attention. If you go to network, there is a drop down there, they will be several choices including, “Find Alumni.”
On Facebook, many of your early connections may have been people you went to school with. On LinkedIn, we only tend to think of professional connections yet there are people you went to school with who could be very helpful to you.
Once you get to the page for it, what you’ll find are three categories: where they live, where they work and what they do. You can also specify when those alumni went to school. The default for me was 1994-1998 (when I returned to scholl and received my Masters). If I want to, I conclude people with no dates. Obviously, you can make it more recent or older as you see fit.
Think of people you went to school with or alumni from the University, particularly if you are younger, as a great resource. If you are younger, you can contact older ones; if you are older, you might want to hire some of the younger ones.
No matter, don’t ignore alumni from some of the universities you attended, even if you didn’t graduate from there. These are people who know people who can help you find work.
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