For alumni, networking is the more effective way to find out about opportunities and ultimately secure a job. You are fortunate because Bucknell has a robust alumni base, which has historically been very generous with providing advice about careers. There are multiple types of networking you should take advantage of to maximize your reach. Your contacts will continue to benefit you through your career path and help you to achieve success in your work life.
Informal networks are casual connections you make outside the work place. At Bucknell, these may include your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters, athletic team members, or club members. Your family, friends, and neighbors are also part of your informal network. Don’t forget these contacts as they may prove to be helpful.
is recognized as the premier online professional networking tool. Companies actively source candidates from LinkedIn, and many recruiters will search your profile before they meet with you. Bucknell has an active alumni group on LinkedIn. You can use this to reconnect with old friends, make new contacts, and stay updated on Bucknell career events.
B-Link offers the Alumni Directory, a listing of all Bucknellians, searchable on various criteria including industry, vocation, geographic location and more. A subset of this directory is the Career Advice Volunteer Search which only includes alumni who have offered to give career advice.
Your formal networks consist of past and current employers, professional associations, community organizations, contacts from conferences, and other professional contacts. It is important to cultivate and maintain good relations with your formal contacts.
At Bucknell, your formal network includes professors, coaches, staff, and alumni. Bucknell has created opportunities for formal networking through its Bucknell Professional Networks, regional clubs, and Alumni Career Services programs.
A structured way to begin networking is through an informational interview. This can be done at all stages of your career to gain information about new possibilities or new companies. Read more...