Mine that Alumni Network

Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager for just a minute.  Your company posted a job opening.  You or your HR counterpart have been inundated by resumes from unknown candidates.  You need to come up with a short list of people to interview.  Now put your candidate shoes back on.  Your on the outside of the hiring company looking in.  How do you maximize your chances of getting to that short list of candidates to be interviewed?  Right, you have to stand out in the crowd somehow.  But, how?  The answer is to use one of the best door openers.   Your fellow college alumni are there to give you an assist.  Getting to that interview can be accomplished by reaching out to your college alumnae network.  There’s a couple of ways to do this.  First, join a Linkedin Group for your college, then search that group for the company name you are interested in.  Reach out and give these folks a call.  Tell them you are very interested in the open position and the company.  The second approach is to go to your college alumnae website and do a search in the alumnae directory for the company of interest.  Then, reach out to those contacts in a similar manner.  Mining your college connections gives you that leg up to get to the interview.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you!

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