The need for such services has become pronounced as Boston College has grown into a national university whose graduates are no longer confined to the Boston area, according to Marilyn Morgan, who was named BC's first Alumni Career Services director last fall after 14 years at the helm of the Career Center.
Morgan said the approximately 4,100-member Career Advisory Network is helping BC alumni crack the unadvertised "hidden job market" by offering job-hunting tips and contacts.
Alumni Career Services Director Marilyn Morgan says technology plays a key role in new initiatives. (Photo by Gary Gilbert)
"Networking is the number one way people find jobs," she said. "BC alumni have always been willing to help one another, they enjoy doing it. It keeps them in touch with BC and it's a way to give back to the school."
Alumni job seekers may contact the Career Center for names of CAN members in their area, Morgan said, or access the network's database via the Alumni Career Services home page. Users can search by state, career field, job title or employer name.
"You can e-mail the Career Center and ask for all the journalism contacts in San Francisco, for example, and the center will send you a print out of the names of the network members in that area," said Morgan, who said a future goal is to offer instant access to the national list through the Web. The site now makes available listings of hundreds of positions across the country in a wide variety of career fields, she added.
In related initiatives, Morgan said, the center has produced a 10-minute video for recruiting prospective CAN members through Boston College's 40 alumni clubs across the country.
Another Career Center program will pair BC seniors with career advisors at alumni clubs during the semester break, allowing students to explore potential contacts in cities which interest them.
The center also is hosting several events on campus for alumni this fall, including a six-session workshop now underway titled "Career Focusing for Women in Mid-Life", and a "Network-a-Thon," co-sponsored with the BC Young Alumni Club, on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Conte Forum Shea Function Room.
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