||College Placement Offices Can Help Alumni, too
- Although college placement offices are aimed at getting new
grads their jobs, they are usually happy to help alumni as well.
- They can provide career selection and job search advice, as
well as access to databases and other research materials that you would have to
pay for elsewhere.
Your college placement office is geared towards getting
fresh grads their first jobs. However,
most are happy to give alumni help if asked (remember, they are hoping that
you’ll put them in your will some day, or that you’ll suggest to your
billionaire roommate that he do so).
Don’t expect job listings. The
only ones they’ll have will be for entry-level positions.
What they can provide is some free career counseling (some
of these officers are good at this and some are not, so do your best to determine if you’re
talking to a knowledgeable person), and perhaps some tactical/job hunting
They can also provide research tools that you may not find
elsewhere (at least without a stiff fee).
This is especially helpful if you live near your school. Even if you don’t, you can often access many
of these remotely, if they give you a password.
Sometimes if you’re nice and act downcast, you can walk into the career
services department at a local college you didn’t attend, and they’ll help you,
especially if it is a state school.
- Instantly email your resume to all major Retained Search Firms
- Search 10,000 six-figure jobs
- All for only $94 a year
Career Search lists the colleges and universities that use
their database in their career services departments on this link: www.careersearch.net/marketing/advantageClients.html.
Career Search and other Databases: Many colleges and universities provide access to Career
Search, which is a database that provides downloadable information on
14-million businesses. By using Career
Search, you can in a few minutes, download every company in the United States
in, for example, the Search &
Navigation Equipment industry, including key contacts, company size, number of
employees, address and phone number.
From this download, you can develop target lists for mailing and phone
Many schools will simply give you a password and allow you to use it
for free; others may charge you a nominal fee.
Outplacement Alumni - revisit your old firm: If you are an alumnus of one of the major outplacement
firms, that firm may also grant you access to Career Search or a similar database
– ask and you can never tell what will be given to you. Some will also give you some limited career guidance for free as well.