One of the VERY best features of LinkedIn is your ability to easily identify and connect with alumni in LinkedIn.
With LinkedIn's latest user interface makeover, that feature (which used to appear on your own LinkedIn account under My Network/Find Alumni) has moved. Now you can find it by visiting any official University LinkedIn page and filter results from there.
The Rochester Institute University page gives you the opportunity to gain career insights on well over 100,000 alumni. Filter alumni by dates they attended, where they live, where they work, what they do, what they studied, what they are skilled at and how you are connected. Can you see how this can help you build a network of contacts that would be meaningful to you? Here's an example, I just located four potential new contacts in Greater Atlanta area (Where They Live), currently at GE (Where They Work), involved in Mechanical Engineering (What They Do). So if I want advice about a potential move to Atlanta or what is like to work for GE, I might reach out and make a connection. After all, Tigers will help Tigers.
So take advantage of this great tool to learn about career paths, companies that hire RIT alumni, or just to find a contact in a city you plan to move too -- the list of possibilities is endless!
by Gretchen E. Burruto, Assistant Director for Web and Social Media
RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education