In today’s tough economy, people will do just about anything to find a job. Search the Internet, and you’ll find articles about people walking the sidewalks of major cities wearing sandwich boards asking for work or wearing T-shirts emblazoned with their résumés or contact information. If these methods seem a bit extreme, maybe you should take a little advice from John, Paul, George, and Ringo, who once said, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”
At some point in your career you’ve probably learned first-hand that it’s not always what you know that gets you the job; it’s who you know. By reaching out to the more than 110,000 members of the IUP Alumni Association, you can network with fellow alumni in every state of the union and in every career field imaginable. And it all starts with your e-mail address.
Simply go to Alumni Relations and click on the IUP Alumni Connections logo. This will link you to the home of the IUP alumni on-line community. If you’re a first-time visitor, follow the easy instructions to create a profile. If you’re a returning visitor, make sure your profile is up to date. Once you’ve created a profile, you’re ready to begin networking.
Click on the “Alumni Events” link to search for an interesting event in your area. If you happen to live in the Pittsburgh area, there’s an alumni event on the first Thursday of every month. Attend one to meet new people who may work in your field of interest or for a company you may be targeting in your job search. Even if it doesn’t land you an interview tomorrow, you can be sure to meet some great new friends who may be able to help you along the way.
Did you recently hear that someone you knew at IUP got a big promotion, runs her own successful company, or is the hiring manager for a big corporation? If so, why not look him or her up in the on-line directory? Click on the “Alumni Directory” link and find the person you want to connect with using the search tools. Send an e-mail just by clicking on the e-mail icon next to the person’s name.
Searching for a new job is never simple, but with the help of the IUP alumni community, it may just be a little easier. And as those lads from Liverpool said:
When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way,
But now these days are gone and I'm not so self-assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind: I've opened up the doors.
Let the strength of the IUP alumni community help you open a few doors. Good luck!
Mary Jo Lyttle ’86, M’89
Executive Director, IUP Alumni Association