Graduating? Time to tap into the GW Alumni network!

We’ve all heard of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, right? The idea that any actor can be linked to Kevin Bacon in just six movies. It’s a fun game, you should try it on your next road trip.

kevin bacon

So, what does it have to do with an alumni network? Glad you asked – tapping into the alumni network can help you achieve your next career goal. The alumni you speak to may not be able to help you get your foot in the door in a particular industry or at a specific company, but they might know someone, who might know somebody else, who might know somebody else… you get the picture. The point is, the alumni network is there for you to use, but it’s up to you to make the most of it. If you are unsure what to ask alumni, or how to approach them, then this blog post will help.

How do you tap into the GW Alumni network? The best and easiest way to do so is join the GW Alumni LinkedIn page! At the time of writing this blog post, the group has 24,611 members. One of those 24,611 members must know someone who knows someone who can help you get your ideal job.

Of course, this involves actually creating a LinkedIn profile for yourself. This blog post spells out how you can optimize your LinkedIn presence, with points such as:

  • Complete your LinkedIn profile. It seems obvious, but few people actually do it.
  • Don’t be afraid to sell yourself in your profile.
  • Make your profile search engine and keyword friendly.
  • Add a picture of yourself, but make sure you’re looking your best. No cropped pics or party shots. A clear representation of you is what’s important.

Already an alumni? The advice above applies to you too. Don’t be afraid work potential contacts in the alumni network to help you find your next job. The GW LinkedIn Alumni group is just as important for seasoned professionals as it is for new graduates.

PS  While on LinkedIn, make sure to take advantage of LinkedIn Alumni – you can use this great resource to look up over 22,000 GW alumni registered on LinkedIn!  You can search by industry and graduation year and more:  http://linkd.in/ZMvqKO

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