At least 80% of all opportunities are found through networking. There are thousands of BC alumni out there who would love to help you by providing information, contacts, introductions, interview and resume advice, and mentor you with your job search. All you have to do is ask. The worst case scenario is they ignore you or say “no”. Can you live with that? I bet you can. You can no say that you have conducted a thorough and effective job or internship search until you have exhausted your networking options. The main ways of connecting with alumni are through
- Alumni Career Network, a database of alumni who have volunteered to be contacted by students for information and help. It tends to be outdated but a great resource to start with. (To find it log in to Agora-My Services-Career Services, which brings you to the online community. Click on “Alumni Career Network”, then click “search for a career advisor.”)
- LinkedIn, a social networking sight for professionals. You need to have a strong profile on Linked In. See this link for tips. This is also the most effective and updated way to find alumni. See this handout for instructions on finding BC Alumni.
- LinkedIn Alumni-way to search for BC Alumni on Linkedin.
- Alumni Directory. Students do not have access to this but alumni do, also the staff members at the Career Center, and Amy Donegan can log you in. Under “advanced search” you can find alumni by company. This is also housed on the BC online community .