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How to Leverage Your Fraternity or Sorority Network in the Job Search
Connecting with an alum from your fraternity or sorority is a great way to gain insight into a particular career track or company, get insider tips on how to succeed in the job search, and potentially receive job leads. During this harsh economic climate, networking is more important than ever.
When you rush a Greek organization, members lure you in with promises of strong alumni connections and lucrative job/internship hook-ups (among other things). It?s true; one of the benefits of being in a Greek organization is access to the group?s national alumni network. Depending on the strength of your fraternity/sorority and the involvement level of alumni, this may be a minor boost or a major boon in your job search.
Take a look at the Famous Alumni section of your Greek organization?s website. You?ll probably see at least one alum in your career field. Keep in mind that for each big-name alum (think Dick Clark or Kate Spade), there are probably hundreds of lesser known alumni currently working in high-level positions within the organizations where you want to intern or work. An alum from your Greek organization is more likely to help you in your career endeavors than some random person that you reach out to. Connecting with an alum is a great way to gain insight into a particular career track or company, get insider tips on how to succeed in the job search, and potentially receive job leads. During this harsh economic climate, networking is more important than ever.
Here are some ways that you, as a college student or recent alum, can connect with older alumni for career networking purposes:
Dan Klamm is the Outreach & Marketing Coordinator for Syracuse University Career Services. Connect with him on Twitter @DanKlamm and read his Career Blog for College Students.
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