Thursday, July 2, 2009

Importance of alumni connections

What type of alumni connections do you have? Are you actively involved in your alumni association? I currently belong to 3 different alumni groups, and if I continue my education, then maybe I'll join a fourth someday. For now, I belong to these three groups:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine (UAMS)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (UMass)
It's been easy to get reconnected with old classmates through Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Twitter. This goes to show that social networking sites really do work.

So why are alumni connections so important? Imagine that your former classmate is the hiring manager for a certain position that interests you. Instead of trying to reconnect before you submit your CV, wouldn't it be better if you had already maintained that connection? How would you even know if your former classmate is the president or CEO of a company? You'd be amazed at the types of connections you can find through your alumni network.

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