Getting ahead professionally isn’t all about what you know. Who you know gives you a massive advantage in applications, promotions, and even starting businesses. Professionals of all ages know the importance of networking, but “your network” can be hard to define. Who do you know well enough to ask for a favor? More people than you realize. Alumni groups are the perfect place to start networking. Most people hear “alumni” and think of colleges, but 98% of Fortune 500 companies have alumni programs as well. Colleges use their alumni base to raise money while businesses use them to drive referrals and boost business development. If you’re a member of one or both types of alumni groups, you already have an in with hundreds or thousands of established professionals.
Connecting with your network can be easy. Volunteer for an event with a local group or invite a fellow alum to coffee.
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