Networking is one of the best strategies for job hunting—not to mention job advancement, career changes, selling products and services, and promoting ideas. UWM alumni have a variety of networking resources at their fingertips:
LinkedIn and the UWM Alumni Association Group
LinkedIn is a professionally-focused online networking site that can help you develop valuable contacts which can convert to new career opportunities. The UWM Alumni Association group on LinkedIn provides ways to connect with thousands of UWM alumni in a wide variety of fields and expand your network.
PantherNet is a database of UWM alumni and other professionals willing to provide to UWM alumni assistance including career advice, employer information, regional information, resume reviews and mock interviews. Contacting volunteers on PantherNet is free of charge.
Job Fairs/Career Days
The Career Development Center, CEAS Career Services and Sheldon B. Lubar Career Services Center offer job fairs/career days throughout the year that are open to UWM alumni. These fairs offer job-seeking alumni the opportunity to connect with actual job opportunities. For alumni interested in investigating a new career field, learning about an industry, or finding out more about organizations that hire UWM alumni, these events can also be powerful networking opportunities. View information on upcoming career fairs.
Alumni can meet with the alumni career counselor to ensure or enhance their networking effectiveness. Topics include:
- How to find someone to network with in your field
- Writing effective correspondence to a networking contact
- How to maintain your network
- The difference between networking and asking for a job
- How to make networking part of your job search strategy