New Graduates Must Cultivate Alumni Network

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<p><strong>New York &mdash; May 8</strong><br />Don&rsquo;t think of graduation as an ending &mdash; consider it the beginning of your long-term career project. That is the advice of Robert Graber, founder of WallStJobs.com.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;It is axiomatic that successful careers are built on effective networking, and there is no better time to start building that network then when you still have a fresh connection with your school,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />Graber suggests you promptly introduce yourself to your school&rsquo;s alumni relations office and offer to do volunteer work. </p><p>&ldquo;There is always a need for interested graduates to help them organize reunions or development projects, and that will give you exceptional exposure to many alumni who are well along in their own careers,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp; &ldquo;I am always amazed at how often a hiring decision is swayed in favor of selecting a fellow alumnus over another candidate.&rdquo;<br /><br />Graber also offered additional ways a new graduate can get involved in their school:</p><ul><li>Become a class representative.<br /></li><li>Participate in fund-raising events.<br /></li><li>Become an alumni interviewer.<br /></li><li>Attend reunions.</li></ul><p>&ldquo;And even if you can&rsquo;t find the time to get deeply involved, at least be sure to keep your contact information current in any alumni directories,&rdquo; Graber said.</p>

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