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Posted March 15, 2016 by

LinkedIn tip #7: Alumni feature

As a college student or recent graduate, are you taking full advantage of LinkedIn’s alumni feature? If you aren’t currently using it to bolster your LinkedIn profile and build your connections, you’re missing out on a great opportunity.

This brief video, #7 in a series of 10 LinkedIn tips, expert social media consultant and Assistant Director of Career Services at Touro College, Chaim Shapiro, explains LinkedIn’s alumni feature and how to take advantage of it to benefit you while searching for jobs and networking online. This video/article is one in a series of Chaim Shapiro’s top 10 LinkedIn tips featured on our blog in March for college students, recent grads, and other job seekers. In this video, Shapiro is hosted by College Recruiter’s Content Manager, Bethany Wallace.

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To locate the alumni feature in LinkedIn, go to “My Network” and “Find Alumni.”

LinkedIn defaults to each LinkedIn user’s alma mater. LinkedIn sorts information about LinkedIn alumni users, including where they live, where they work, and what they do. This is valuable when seeking to network with other alumni and when searching for jobs. If you reach out to a fellow alumnae from your alma mater, for example, you already have common ground and may be more likely to receive a warm reception when asking for help in your job search.

The alumni feature is also a powerful research tool. You can search for alumni from other universities. This is helpful if you want to know what finance students from Wharton University list as their top skills, for example, in order to list top skills accurately on your own LinkedIn profile.

For more of Chaim Shapiro’s top 10 LinkedIn tips, subscribe to College Recruiter’s YouTube channel, follow College Recruiter’s blog, and follow College Recruiter on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Chaim Shapiro, M.Ed. is the Assistant Director of Career Services at Touro College, a freelance writer, public speaker and social media consultant specializing in LinkedIn. He has presented his popular LinkedIn Workshop at National Conferences, Universities, Public Libraries and for communal organizations across the country. Chaim earned a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from Loyola University, Chicago, and also studied in the Institutional Leadership and Policy Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside Graduate School of Education. He has more than 12 years of experience working in college administration.


Posted June 13, 2014 by

Searching for an Entry Level Job? 9 Ways to Find the Right Employer

If your pursuit of an entry level job is about finding the right employer, learn nine ways to approach the process in the following post.

94% of the current workforce is considering the idea of getting a new job. What does that mean for you? With so many other people looking, you’ve got to be the right fit to get hired for your first, or next, role. How do you ensure that you’re the perfect solution to

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Posted August 28, 2013 by

Starting an Entry Level Job in a New Location? How to Overcome Feeling Lonely

It’s one thing to begin a new entry level job, but how about starting one in a new place without knowing anyone.  If you are in this position, the following post has advice to overcome feeling lonely.

To the class of 2013, congratulations! Many of you will now embark on your next adventure: a new job in a new city. A fresh start is always exciting. Not only do you get to spread your wings; you also get to do what you’ve wanted to do professionally for years. There’s just one holdup

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Posted April 19, 2013 by

Most Employers Don’t Care What School Recent Grads Attended

Brent Rasmussen of Careerbuilder

Brent Rasmussen of Careerbuilder

The college graduating class of 2013 will enter a stronger job market than in the years immediately following the recession; however, young professionals entering high-skill fields may have a decided advantage, according to a new study. More than half (53 percent) of U.S. employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2013, on par with 2012 (54 percent) and up significantly from 46 percent in 2011 and 44 percent in 2010.

The nationwide survey—conducted online by Harris Interactive© from February 11 to March 6, 2013— included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

Employers in industries that generally demand more high-skill workers are also more likely to recruit recent college graduates. According to the survey, information technology employers rank ahead of all industries with 65 percent of hiring managers and human resources professionals planning to hire recent graduates. They are followed by financial services employers (63 percent) and health care employers (56 percent). Additionally, the survey found that employers in IT and financial services are the most likely to recruit workers for hard-to-fill jobs (37 percent, each) prior to graduation. (more…)

Posted January 20, 2012 by

The Hand that Feeds You: How Your Alma Mater Can Prepare You for the Job Market in More Ways than One

Jesse LangleyRegardless of the state of the current job market, your alma mater can put you in a better position to land the job of your dreams shortly after you graduate. If you’re conducting a job search on your own, your school can give you the professional guidance you need. Whether you graduated last week or several years ago, you can count on your alma mater to help you make the initial transition or get back on your feet in the professional world.  (more…)