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Network and Interviewing
Building relationships with people in fields that interest you is a vital component of any career. Around 80 percent of job seekers find their jobs through networking. It’s also a valuable way for you to learn about new fields. Use the alumni network to set up informational interviews and to prepare yourself for formal interviews. Just like with a formal interview, preparation and follow-up are key for informational interviews as well. During any meeting, be sure to articulate how you would add value to the company and help it to overcome the challenges it’s facing. To help you prepare, complimentary mock interviews are available, as are salary negotiation resources. Legal representation for employment matters is available upon request.
To further help you network, the Alumni Relations Office offers a robust calendar of professional and social events. These take place year-round and in most major cities around the world. Alumni clubs and social networking features (email listservs and alumni groups on LinkedIn and Facebook) also offer valuable ways to connect with alumni, past coworkers, and like-minded professionals. The school also hosts industry-specific conferences, industry-networking panels, and professional forums throughout the year to keep you connected and informed.
Networking and Interviewing Resources
Alumni Directory: This online database allows alumni to search for fellow Columbia Business School graduates by name, function, company, industry, and special interests. Included in the alumni directory is contact information, a professional profile, résumés, and social networking connections.
Interview Preparation: Alumni Career Services offers alumni complimentary interview preparation. In order to participate in a mock interview, please schedule an individual advising appointment by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Clubs: Through alumni clubs, talented volunteer leaders organize stimulating professional and social events, providing alumni with opportunities to learn from and network with their peers around the world. There are over 75 alumni clubs across the globe.
Alumni Events Calendar: This calendar houses information and registration directions for alumni events taking place around the world.
Alumni E-mail Lists: Subscription-based e-mail listservs are available on the alumni website. Using the lists, alumni can ask questions as well as receive information related to their specific job function, current or targeted industry, geographical area, or professional interests.
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