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Alumni Connections & Networking

Networking is a great way to learn more about various career fields, organizations, and to connect with a range of professionals in your areas of interest. Networking is connecting with people you know as well as new individuals that can help you learn more about particular occupations, industries, employers, and other aspects of the world of work. It is an essential tool for exploring your career interests and for finding jobs and internships. Everyone you know is part of your network – family, friends, coworkers, classmates, faculty, advisors, coaches, etc. – and each one of them has their own network of contacts as well.

In addition to the people you already know, you can expand your network by connecting with employers, alumni, and other professionals in your field of interest. Job fairs, professional organizations, community events, and volunteering are all potential means of expanding your network of contacts.

  • LinkedIn: You can use LinkedIn to connect with UW-Green Bay alumni and other professionals in your field of interest. Click here to create your profile and join the “UW-Green Bay Alumni” group.  
  • Young Professional Networks: These organizations can offer opportunities to meet other new professionals while participating in social events, leadership programs, and community service projects. Career Services has compiled a list of Young Professional Networks for various areas of Wisconsin as well as Chicago and Minneapolis.
  • View our Social Networks & Your Job Search page to view additional resources and related CareerSpots videos.

How to Prepare for Networking

  • Identify what you want to accomplish from your interaction or discussion. 
  • Conduct some research on the issues that you want to discuss so that you are able to ask more in-depth, informed and useful questions. 
  • View our handout with questions you might as a contact and questions they might ask you.
  • Gather materials that would be helpful to take to your meeting (i.e. a resume if you would like feedback from a professional in the field). 
  • Dress appropriately for the work environment in which you will be meeting. 
  • Be punctual for your appointment or telephone call.
  • Send a thank you note or e-mail after your meeting to express your appreciation for their time and information. 

CandidCareer Videos

Check out these new video resources from CandidCareer.com!
Networking 101
Put Yourself Out There