The Importance of Your Alumni Network in Your Job Search

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You’ve probably heard that your alumni network is an invaluable resource for finding a great job or getting your foot in the door at a great company, but has that really sunken in?  Many people turn to a plethora of other resources before they consider hitting up their alumni networks, when this may be the first place they should start looking.

An alumni network is an ideal source to start your search because this is where you have access to the individuals who came before you, and who had an experience as close to yours as you can probably get.  They lived in the same dorms, were a part of the same organizations, took classes from the same professors – in short, they were in your shoes before you were.  Because of this, even if they can’t get you a job, they can give you very valuable advice on where to start looking, or introduce you to the people that can do more for you.  They can also warn you against making some of the same mistakes that they did.

Don’t feel awkward about reaching out – given your similar background, alums will likely feel a strong personal connection toward you, and most will love an opportunity to give back to their school.  The bottom line is, alums from your school will probably be eager to help you, and you should take advantage of this opportunity.

To track down the appropriate person to speak to, start with your college career center.  They will likely have a directory of individuals who are ready to help out.  Bear in mind, too, that any person you find in a directory is someone who has probably given permission for students to contact them, and so they won’t be surprised when they receive your call or email.

Another strategy is to look online or turn to alumni chapters in your city if you are already out of college.  Again, it’s reasonable to assume that if someone’s contact information is in a directory, then they are fine with you getting in touch with them.

When you finally establish contact with an alum, it’s important to treat them with the respect that anyone else deserves.  Remember to be gracious, send thank you notes, and drop them an occasional line to let them know how you are doing and what progress you have made – alums get excited about helping out because they are interested in hearing about the cool things future classes do with their lives!

So go out there and start networking!

The Doostang Team

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Doostang Success — An Offer from a Venture Capital Group in Boston

Connor

Villanova University, 2011
Analyst – Hercules Technology Growth Capital

“I recently received and accepted an offer to work for a venture capital group in Boston. I was in the process of interviewing for another 2 jobs I found on Doostang but immediately jumped on this offer with a great, young group back home.

I am a graduating senior from Villanova University and the on campus recruiting here is quite limited and quickly dwindles down by the end of the fall.

Doostang provided a constant stream of new job postings in much more relevant and interesting fields and was able to offer these quality positions in many cities across the country.

One of the biggest drawbacks to solely relying on campus recruiting is the limited types of positions (Villanova is BIG on accounting and operations jobs) and limited geographic options (heavy NYC, Philadelphia, NJ based companies).

Doostang has a very strong reputation amongst companies in the San Francisco and NYC area and my other 2 jobs I was interviewing for were in the San Francisco/Palo Alto area.

I was very pleased with the quality and frequency of jobs found on Doostang. The interface and web page set up was very user friendly and made tracking and submitting applications (with resumes, cover letters, messages) a breeze.”


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Here’s a small sample of the great jobs you’ll find on Doostang:

Equity Analyst-Industrials – Prestigious, Research-Driven Asset Management Firm, New York, NY

Sr. Manager/Manager – Boutique Strategy Consulting Firm, San Francisco, CA

Research Analyst – Premier Mutual Fund Manager, Denver, CO

Associate – Full Service Real Estate Brokerage & Investment Firm, New York, NY

Analyst Group Head – Top Wealth Management Service Provider, Miami, FL

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Doostang Success — My Go-To Place for Jobs

Wilson

University of Western Ontario, 2006
Senior Product Associate – PIMCO

Doostang is the only job site that posts legitimate jobs at investment banks / hedge funds, and doesn’t have the finance section of the job board get cluttered with no base salary, cash equity broker jobs.

I found my old job at J.P. Morgan via Doostang and also found my new job at PIMCO via Doostang.

This is definitely my go-to place for a job!”


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Here’s a small sample of the great jobs you’ll find on Doostang:

Associate – Premier Boutique Private Equity Firm, Birmingham, AL

Jr. Sales Associate – Premier Primary Research Firm, New York, NY

Banking Administrator – Boutique Investment Banking Firm, San Francisco, CA

Compliance Analyst – One of the largest securities firms, Greenwich, CT

Investment Strategy Group Analyst – Top Global Independent Asset Management Firm, New York, NY

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Doostang Success — New Job within a Month of Becoming a Member

Ben

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
Credit Operations Analyst – Northern Trust

“I was referred to Doostang by a friend who had recently found a job through the site.  My initial response was ‘Doostang, what kind of name is that?  I doubt I’ll find a job using it but I’ll give it a shot’.

Prior to becoming a Doostang member, I had obtained a few interview opportunities through recruiters, UofI’s alumni network and referrals, but none of them provided the volume and quality of job postings that Doostang provides.

I was impressed with Doostang’s database of jobs, as well as the ease with which one can apply for jobs and the ability to directly connect with hiring managers (as opposed to getting thrown in a stack of hundreds of other resumes).

Within the first week of being a member, I applied for over ten different jobs. The next week I was contacted by two of the companies that I had applied for and was asked to interview.

The interview process was successful and I started my new job within a month of becoming a Doostang member.

The reason why my success story is most likely common among other members is that with Doostang, candidates have so many quality jobs to choose from that they can narrow their search criteria and find the job opportunities that fit them best.  I’ve already recommended this site to friends and colleagues and when they ask me what Doostang means I just tell them to try out the site, they won’t be disappointed.”


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Associate – Private Investment & Specialty Finance Firm, White Plains, NY

Sr. Loan Officer – Top National Mortgage Financing Company, Tampa, FL

Investment Research Analyst – Leading Registered Investment Advisory Firm, Boston, MA

Internet Marketing Manager – Premier Online Payments Platform, SF Bay Area, CA

Compliance Analyst – Top Tier Independent Asset Management Firm, New York, NY

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Use Smart Networking to Speed Up Your Job Search

By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC – GetInterviews.com

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A critical tactic in your job search toolbox is networking, but it may not feel as though your efforts are getting the results you want. Evaluate your approaches and make sure you are using your time wisely to get results more quickly.

Choose business networks.

Effective networking does not focus solely on talking with friends and family. Of course, you will discuss your job search with your informal network, but this is not the network that is likely to land your next job. Think in terms of business contacts, professional and community organizations, and even former professors or workshop leaders. You need to focus on people who are active in the business community in order to effectively use your network.

Maintain constant contact.

This point can feel like a balancing act. While you don’t want to be a pest, you need to maintain high visibility with your business network in order to be considered as a viable candidate for job openings.  Set your own goal for the number of contacts you will pursue. A goal of 3 to 5 weekly contacts is reasonable when you are conducting a full-time job search. Carry business cards with you for casual encounters and consider a more complete bio, resume, or project sheet for scheduled meetings. Remember to have your own business cards made so that you are not using anything related to current or former employers.  You don’t want to imply that you are looking for a job using company resources! Follow the example below to create your personal business card.

Ben or Betty Job Seeker
Human Resources Manager
(phone number)
(email)
(LinkedIn profile or website)

Diversify your efforts.

Don’t rely solely on social media or local groups. You need to use all resources available to you. Consider professional career strategists, local business organizations, and online sources. For social media sites such as Facebook, present an appropriate image. Remove any questionable photos or postings, such as complaints about your former boss or party pictures. Consider using LinkedIn to expand your network. Research any professional organizations that may also have job boards. It could be worth the membership to expand your professional network and use any online resources they may have for job seekers. Finally, don’t forget local sources, such as the Chamber of Commerce or civic groups composed of business leaders (for example, the Kiwanis).

Target effectively.

Are you networking with people who are making hiring decisions? This goes beyond shifting your focus from informal networks of friends and family to a business network.  Think about using your efforts effectively. You will get more results from some of the business leaders who are involved in local civic groups than networking with those contacts without hiring authority. That doesn’t mean you want to ignore those who answer the phones within an organization. You need to enlist them on your support team as well. Branch out to use the online resources mentioned earlier. If you are already on LinkedIn, review others with similar interests even if they are located across the country. Many professions are relatively small and one professional with hiring authority in New York may know someone hiring in your region.

Cultivate your network.

Cultivating a network takes time. Think of your professional network as a garden. Plant seeds with initial contacts. Weed out contacts that aren’t working. Fertilize those contacts that have greater potential in your targeted search. Constantly tend the network. You can’t expect results if you only reach out periodically or when you need some help. Think of ways to maintain contact with your network on a regular basis. Perhaps you have updated your skills and want to let people know. Send out copies of interesting articles you have discovered. These activities keep your name present in the minds of network contacts.

Smart networking will help you use your time more efficiently and achieve results more quickly. With a targeted network, you are not the only one working to find you a job. You have multiplied your efforts many-fold with an active network. Evaluate your approach and do some smart networking to land your next job!

About the Author: Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com, the country’s leading resume writing firm. They provide professionals with customized, branded resumes and career marketing documents. Her and her firm’s credentials include being cited by JIST Publications as one of the “best resume writers in North America,” quoted as a career expert in The Wall Street Journal, and published in a whopping 25+ career books. Established in 1994, the firm has aided more than 100,000 job seekers to date. All resume writers are certified writers. GetInterviews.com offers a free resume critique and their services come with a wonderful guarantee — interviews in 30 days or they’ll rewrite for free!

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Doostang News March 14 – How to Make a Good Impression on an Interviewer

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While you can spend countless hours preparing polished answers, learning how to make great eye contact, and putting together a stellar outfit, one part of the interview that you don’t have total control over is the human element.  For better or for worse, much of what determines whether or not you’ll get the job is how you connected with your interviewer.  If that person doesn’t like you on a personal level, you probably won’t land the position, even if you’re extremely qualified.  That said, here are a few things you can do to make a great first impression:

Use Humor Sparingly

There’s no question that a little bit of humor can ease the tension and make the entire interview seem more comfortable.  But if your interviewer shoots you down with a stern look or a reprimand, your attempt at joking around can turn into a total buzz kill.  The best policy is to stick to something lighthearted that won’t offend someone on any level – after all, you probably know nothing about the person sitting across from you, and therefore you have no way of knowing what types of remarks they would consider to be in bad taste.

Wear Deodorant

This one is common sense. It’s important that you don’t sweat or smell in an interview, otherwise the interviewer will probably rush you out the door in order that they can breathe again.  Make sure to wear something that isn’t too stifling and try not to offer up a wet handshake.  And while it’s crucial to ensure that you don’t smell bad, on the flip side, you don’t want to drench yourself in a perfume that the interviewer will choke on.  Use perfumes and bath products sparingly, since, once again, you don’t know if your interviewer is allergic to – or can’t stand – a certain odor.

Don’t Be Too Demanding

It’s important to inform the interviewer of your job needs during the conversation, and this should come up naturally.  However, don’t get too carried away with making demands about your hours, salary, or office environment.  If you start laying down the law about needing a completely silent work area or a desk next to the window, the interviewer may simply move on to the next candidate who is much easier to handle.

Don’t Be Overly Enthusiastic

It’s important to show excitement for the job in an interview, but if you go through the entire conversation with a giant smile plastered on your face, you’ll come across as too intense, insincere, or downright weird.  You’re interviewing for a job, so try to be serious too.

Don’t Go Overboard with Questions

At some point during the interview, you’ll have the chance to ask a few of your own questions.  It’s crucial to have at least one or two of them ready, and these should be intelligent and relevant.  However, keep in mind that if you start barraging the interviewer with queries – especially if you’re simply asking these to prolong face time  – you’ll probably get on the other person’s nerves.  Asking too many questions can hurt you just as much as not asking any.

Knowing how to behave in an interview is a tricky matter – you want to go in and out with a bang, so that you stand out amidst the other candidates; but you don’t want to go so over-the-top that you offend or annoy.  Probably the best thing to keep in mind is that a job interview is about selling yourself to a company in a professional manner, and that the time to express your individuality and let down your guard will come later.

Good luck,

The Doostang Team

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Doostang New Jobs This Week: Feb 7 – 13


Doostang has thousands of highly sought after positions at companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts, Summit Partners, Time Warner, Facebook, and more. Looking to get ahead in your job search? Be the first to apply to these exceptional NEW jobs just posted on Doostang.


Analyst/Associate, New York, NY – Leading International Real Estate Merchant Bank seeks an Analyst/Associate.


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Doostang Success — VP Position in the Venture Capital / Private Equity Space

Ash

Cornell University – Johnson Graduate School of Management, 2007
Vice President – TriplePoint Capital

“I have used numerous sites to look for job postings that were relevant for what I was looking for in the Venture Capital / Private Equity space. In April 2009 I came across a position for a Senior Associate/Vice President at my firm.

I am happy to say, thanks to Doostang I was hired by my firm and have been here for almost a year now.

Your service and the quality of postings on the site are phenomenal and a testament to the quality of recruiters that post positions. Good work Doostang!”



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Client HR Business Partner – Global Leader in HR Services, Houston, TX

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Doostang Success — Private Equity Internships and Venture Capital Jobs

Aki

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, 2007
ASSOCIATE – OPENVIEW VENTURE PARTNERS

“I left a position in consulting in June 2010 to move into buy-side investing: I wanted to work in either private equity or venture capital. This was an extremely difficult undertaking, especially recruiting ‘off-cycle’ in a down economy, but I was confident that I could pull through.

Within a month of my departure from consulting, I came across a private equity internship through Doostang. Thinking that this was the perfect opportunity, I applied… and got the internship!

While working at my internship, I continued to search for full-time jobs and applied on a weekly basis. I used every resource available to me: multiple headhunters, trade publications (Private Equity Digest, PEHub), career search engines (Indeed, E-Financial Careers) and, of course, Doostang.

Four months into my search, I came across the perfect opportunity in venture capital… again through Doostang! I interviewed and got the job within a week.

Now, I’m looking forward to starting my dream job — and it wouldn’t have been possible without Doostang.

So, thank you, Doostang! You’ve literally helped me turn my career around. I’ll certainly recommend you to all of my friends in the future.”




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Equities Trader – Industry-Leading Equity Trading Firm, New York, NY

Assistant Paralegal – National Immigration Law Firm, Boston, MA

Wealth Strategy Associate – World’s Leading Financial Services Firm, San Francisco, CA

Consultant – Sales Management Consulting Firm, Stamford, CT

Associate – Prominent Boutique Financial Advisory Firm, New York, NY

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Doostang New Jobs This Week: Dec 6 – 12


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Private Equity Analyst, New York, NY – Leading Private Equity & Financial Services Firm seeks Private Equity Analyst.


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