Have you connected with your professors, especially those in your major, or your graduate program, on LinkedIn? Rich DeMatteo, a Philadelphia recruiter, suggests doing so.
The Benefits of Connecting with Professors on LinkedIn
Rich’s idea makes a ton of sense.
Why? Well, because many of your professors match Malcolm Gladwell’s definition of a Connector. Gladwell says that Connectors know lots of people.
Your professors know lots of people. The longer they’ve been teaching, the more people they know.
Sweetly, your professors know many people who have the same training you do.
Because they’re alums of the same school and perhaps the same program, those people will be more likely to give you informational interviews, refer you to jobs, and hire you than people who don’t share your background.
So, connect with your professors. They want you to succeed. Then they want you to make munificent gifts to your alma mater. Think of it as a win/win. Or they might just enjoy catching up with you.
Build Your Network via Your Professors’ Networks
After you’ve connected with your professors, check your 2nd-level connections for alums you might like to get to know. Then, move ahead with invitations.
Nervous? Shy? Please realize that some of those people probably want to meet you as much you want to meet them.
They might be hiring managers looking for someone a lot like themselves to fill an open position.
Plus, they might be eligible for an internal referral bonus if they find the right person for an open job at their company.
Track Fellow Alums for Companies Who Hire People Like You
One final note, where your fellow alums have completed their LinkedIn profiles, you can also look at their work histories and find possibilities for your career.
What have they done with their training that you might do with yours? It’s a nice creative resource to have.
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Updated January 2021
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