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Alumni Networking Rules

Thursday, April 23, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Alumni Networking Rules 

Leverage your alumni association to find and win a job, but know the rules about what is and isn't fair play

By Andrew Klappholz


"Jamal," a young finance executive, just two years out of business school, applied for a business analyst position at a large bank. He met with the bank’s recruiter at a job fair in Los Angeles and both agreed he would be a good fit for the job.

On the drive home from the job fair, Jamal discovered he might have a secret advantage – the bank’s CIO graduated from the same college as Jamal, but 22 years earlier. He thought it would be worth the effort to contact the CIO to leverage the college camaraderie to his advantage. Surely, he would have the home-field advantage, making every other applicant the away team in front of a hostile crowd.

Not so, said alumni affairs and networking experts who spoke to TheLadders. Jamal’s presumption was more likely to eliminate him from competition and alienate him from his fellow alumnus. Read more...


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