Today it is important to have network either personal or professional level of contacts. To get ahead in professional life it is important to build a strong support system with friends and alumni companies with a strong culture provide a pool of people seeking to connect and help. It is not happened overnight to build strong contacts. Below tips may helpful to build alumni network:
Alumni plays key role: When you have finished your studies and searching for jobs you may found some senior people of your network working in the same company where you have applied. You can contact them for further process to get shortlisted for applied job. The right way to work with alumni is to build relationships early in life. It is your mistake that if you call your network people when you are serving in notice period. Build relationship from the day one and seek help when you need. You can also widen your communication and network through social media like facebook and twitter. It will take time to connect gradually by speaking and sharing.
Be Visible: Be visible in your alumni group and take active part in all students’ meets and events and visit your alma mater to greet your teachers and professors, and walk into your old hostel to host an interactive business session for students. Take part in all social network groups organize facebook discussions and meet ups with common interest of group members.
Follow give and take policy: Be a lead in organizing your college recruitment drive by helping students in clearing aptitude tests, group discussions and interviews, even offer unpaid internship to students to get rich experience. This helping attitude in your alumni network will help you to get goodwill and also pay you the benefit along with interest. Help the needy students in filling their application forms and share your advice that needs references.
Seek only advice but don’t ask for jobs: If you are in job search phase then only take advice but don’t ask for jobs in alumni members. Below Alumni networking etiquettes are noted:
1. Never spam
2. Take permission before referring
3. Send thank you note
4. Friend in need