Get yourself connected
Ten ways to leverage Buckeye Nation in your professional life
Nearly 6,000 Buckeyes have joined AlumniFire, a social network that offers a lot — and in the spirit of community, asks a little in return. At sign-up, decide what you can offer, whether résumé feedback, informational interviews or networking. As a member, you gain access to job boards and an effortlessly searchable database of your classmates as well as faculty and staff members of the network.
Visit a career fair
Twice each year, in early June and November, about 100 employers meet potential new employees at alumni association-hosted career fairs at the Ohio Union. “A career fair is a great way to both network and do research,” says Marilyn Rice, director of the Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management. “You can gather so much information in two hours and take it with you.”
Hire a career coach
As Derrick Mills ’98 navigated the painful demise of his family business, he turned to coaches at the alumni association. “It was a breath of fresh air,” he says. “The whole team said, ‘Let’s make a plan.’” Mills, president of TBDBITL Alumni Club, updated his résumé, joined LinkedIn and went to a career fair with his coach's encouragement. And that gave him the confidence he needed to make a fresh start.
Use LinkedIn like a boss
You’d be perfect for that job at Google you just saw listed, but you don’t have a connection who could get you a foot in the door. Start at The Ohio State University’s landing page on LinkedIn. Choose fellow alums who live in the United States. Select those who work for Google. Then select those who work in engineering. Boom. You’ve narrowed a field of 321,000 alumni to the 168 who could be the link you need.
Be a pal
In its second year, Buckeye Pen Pals has 330 pairs of alumni and students corresponding via email. “We know alumni love to connect with students and offer their guidance,” says Lauren Luffy, associate director of mentoring and engagement at the alumni association. New this year: a dinner at Longaberger Alumni House so the pairs could meet in person.
Join a club or society
Even in a city of 8.5 million people, Buckeyes find community. Just ask Ryan Monell ’10 and James Walton ’08, ’12 MBA, the president and advancement chair, respectively, of the New York City Alumni Club. The club hosts networking opportunities, a cornhole league, and is trying new ways to re-engage alumni who’ve fallen out of touch.
Sign up for an alumni association event
You never know who you’ll meet at an alumni association event. A professional connection could emerge from that Ohio State Day at an Indians game, at a Behind the Scenes excursion or even on a trip to Peru or Switzerland. Group activities such as these can forge not just fellowship and good memories but a stronger, more diverse network.
Read Coach’s Corner
This blog from the alumni association career office is bursting with great advice on interviewing, effective communication (tame that vocal fry!), making a good first impression and polishing your LinkedIn profile, plus spotlights on alumni with great stories to tell about their own careers.
OSU Alumni Careers is a great destination for all things careers at Ohio State, with plentiful retweets about job fairs and other events across Ohio State as well as content from Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, U.S. News & World Report, CareerBuilder, The Wall Street Journal and other respected sources.
Frequent the Alumni Career Connection
This board is just for job-seeking Buckeyes. Alumni have exclusive access to the listings with capabilities for saving favorites, tracking applications and uploading résumés and cover letters. Similarly, employers who want to hire Ohio State grads can dial in to the perfect candidates with detailed searches.