Thursday, August 11, 2005

Finding Contacts at a Company or Organization

For SCU MBA students and alumni, here are recommended steps for finding contacts at a company, whether they are needed for an MBA project, employment, new ventures, or anything else.

First, you'll need to build your network to gain access to contacts:
  1. Sign up with LinkedIn, the premier professional networking service.
  2. Join the Santa Clara University Life Long Network Yahoo! Group.
  3. Join the Santa Clara University Life Long Network's LinkedIn Group by clicking the LinkedIn Group link on the home page of the SCU LLN's Yahoo! Group.
  4. Follow the LinkedIn Tips to expand your reach within the LinkedIn network, so that you may find and contact a larger set of contacts.
  5. Join any other appropriate SCU MBA-related networks.
  6. For alumni: Register and fill in your profiles for the Santa Clara University Online Community and the Alumni Association inCircle Networking Community .

Once you've done the above, you're ready to start searching for contacts:

  1. Search LinkedIn.
  2. For alumni, search inCircle and the online community.
  3. Post a message to an appropriate SCU MBA-related network.

If you have any suggestions for improvements to the above processes, please let me know by posting a comment below.


Unknown said...

Update: If you're a member of Beta Gamma Sigma's San Francisco Area Alumni Chapter, join the BGS LinkedIn Group.

Anonymous said...

U-Connect / Schedulaid

A collection of SCU-MBA/MSIS students. You can update your profile and search student profiles. Currently, as I understand, this application is set for current students.

Scheduleaid manages your graduation and classes timeline.

Anonymous said...

I am applying for a job at a new company. I have found a few contacts in the's SCU network. I would like to contact these induviduals. Can you please suggest a way to approach them? I don't want to kill my changes at being considered for the job, so I want to approach in the best way possible.

Unknown said...

In response to the anonymous comment above, I have added a new post to my LinkedIn Notes blog: Using LinkedIn To Get A Specific Position.

Unknown said...

For alumni, there is a new LinkedIn Group sponsored by the SCU School of Business. Join this group after registering on LinkedIn. For more information, see the post SCU School of Business Alumni Group on LinkedIn.