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UAlbany has a huge network of Alumni. UCAN connects undergraduates to over 1,500 of those alumni so they can begin to get “real world” information, encouragement and access to professional networks from alumni professionals working in the field. Not sure what a certain job entails? Ask an alumnus. Not sure what you can do with your major? Connect with an alumnus and ask them what they’ve done with their degree since they graduated. UCAN puts you in contact with people willing to help you make connections and make a good name for the UAlbany community.
Attend Career Fairs
The spring semester is a popular time not only for colleges and universities to hold career fairs but also for community-based events as well. Many cities and civic organizations will hold career fairs during the summer months. You can find relevant information from state departments of labor and even from the career center websites of colleges and universities close to home. Check the Google calendar on the Career Services homepage for information about career fairs in the area.
Friends and family
Oftentimes, your friends and family can be some of your biggest cheerleaders so why not use that encouragement when finding a job? Recruiters receive hundreds of resumes, however, only a few receive personal recommendations. Finding someone you know in the company you want to work for puts you at a huge advantage, so start talking with family and friends and see who has those connections that you can put to good use.
Asking for the opportunity to shadow someone is a way to not only learn what that job is like, but to expand your network as well. Establish the goals and objective of your visit. Contact a professional working in your area of interest and ask to shadow him/her. Be sure to tell the person how you got his/her contact information. Identify an outfit appropriate to wear. Ideally you will want to dress no less than business casual.
LinkedIn is a professional networking site similar to Facebook but focused on professional connections rather than social friends. To get the most out of LinkedIn, create a complete profile and join groups related to your career field. You can also join the UAlbany Alumni and the University at Albany Career Services LinkedIn groups. Join discussions and connect with other members of the group. Always use a personalized message when you request a connection in LinkedIn. Introduce yourself and explain why you would like connect. Also, find companies you’d like to work for and start following them. Their job postings and updates will be listed right in your feed.
While Facebook is primarily used for social connections, many companies are now using it to reach out to potential employees, especially college students. Many companies now have pages that you can “like.” Some companies may post information on jobs and internships and how to apply. Before you begin to make connections with employers on Facebook, make sure your profile and other information looks professional.
“It’s not WHAT you know, it’s WHO you know” is a phrase that’s often evoked by jobseekers of all ages, and it’s TRUE! You can be sure that employers are reaching out to academic departments, seeking candidates for their job and internship positions, so make an appointment with your favorite professor or your Department Chair to discuss the opportunities they know about.
Follow-up after interviews
Ask the recruiter about the next steps after an interview. Use a thank-you note to affirm to the hiring manager that you’re on top of things and would bring a ton of value into the position for which you’re interviewing. Make it easy for them to decide on you. Ask if you can connect via LinkedIn, and then do. This could mean forwarding an article that you think they’ll find interesting, or congratulating them if you notice they’ve been promoted or earned some sort of recognition, or thanking them for a bit of advice that you employed. Keep it simple and brief, and don’t ask for anything back.