Perhaps one of the most important benefits of joining an MBA program is being able to tap into its alumni network. Still, many students and graduates fail to take advantage of alumni relationships to jump start their careers.
Here’s how your alumni network can make your MBA job search easier:
You are connected.
There are thousands of professionals in your alumni network who share your alma mater. This means you are already connected and that you have multiple resources to help you keep contact and build stronger relationships. Business schools frequently sponsor alumni events and build mailing lists and social media groups aiming to keep a strong and supportive alumni community.
You are not a stranger
Fellow alumni know you have a strong academic background and know they can get references from Career Services and academic staff. This makes it easier for them to refer you for a position or for informational interviews and to accept you as a connection on LinkedIn.
A select pool of professionals and job opportunities
Your alumni network is a great place for you to find hiring managers, recruiters, industry experts and mentors all of whom can help you tap into hidden job opportunities or help you research a particular industry or company. Most Business schools count with searchable directories where you should easily be able to find alumni by industry, title and location.
Chances are many of the professionals in your alumni network have moved abroad since graduation. If you pursue an expat or international position, having a local alumni network will make it easier for you to connect and to find a job.
Most business schools provide Alumni Career Services. These services may include job boards and databases, résumé critiques, career change counseling, career networking events, webinars and workshops and other services and resources. These are key tools that will help you with your job search throughout your career.
Alumni contact their schools’ Career Services departments to search for candidates so make sure all your information is updated on their records.
With thousands or professionals in the alumni network, it is probably one of the largest and most supportive communities you will belong to during your career, make sure you are an active part of it by:
- Joining alumni groups on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks.
- Participating on Alumni activities and your Alumni Association
- Signing up to newsletters and other relevant communications.
- Offering to be a mentor for current students
- Participating in your Alumni Association
Can you think of other ways you can leverage your alumni network? Share it in the comments section below! Photo Courtesy of Janoon028 via FreeDigitalPhotos.com