Use the University Pages and the Alumni tool to research jobs and find connections.
- University pages and the alumni tool are powerful ways to research schools, potential careers or find potential connections who attended the same school as you. People will be much more likely to connect with you if you send a customized invitation, telling them how you know them. And you'll find that fellow alumni will be more open to connecting because you have such an important part of your journey that your share in common. Let's check this out. I'm going to navigate to a university page by typing the name of the university up in the search bar. I'm going to type in the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I'll click on it here and this is just one example of a university page. But as you can see here, there is a ton of information about the university on this page. Right here it's telling me the number of alumni as well as followers. We can see the different employees that work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and click here to see their LinkedIn profiles. Below this we have the About Us section, I can expand that and see different things about the university, in other words their website, headquarters and more, as well as featured groups on LinkedIn.
On the right-hand side you can see jobs that recently posted for the university and I could click here to expand all of that. Down below, you'll see that they have career insights for their alumni, as well as affiliated schools and recent updates. To follow their recent updates, you can follow the university. So if I go back up to the top here, I can click on Follow and now any updates or news features that they have will appear inside of my newsfeed on my LinkedIn account. So, if there is a school that you're interested in, maybe the one you're attending or an alma mater, you can go ahead and follow that and receive updates on them.
Now, in order to use the alumni tool, I can go ahead and click on See Alumni and this is a powerful tool. It gives me a ton of insight about the alumni from this university. You can see here, down below, that it's showing me where they live, where they work, what they do, I can go to next over here and they'll show me what they studied, what they're skilled at and how they're connected. This is based on their LinkedIn accounts and the information that they entered in. I'm going to go back to previous and you'll see here that it's telling me some information such as the number that live in the United States, the number that live in the Madison, Wisconsin area, the greater Milwaukee area and I can click on Show More and expand this section, so go down here.
There are a number of ways that you could utilize this. For instance, if I wanted to find alumni who were in marketing, I could go over here to what they do and scroll down until I find marketing, I'll click on that and you'll see now that we've narrowed this down to 8,160 alumni. Then I can find ones who are skilled at social media, so I'm going to click on that. You'll see now that I've narrowed this down to 3,508 alumni. And then maybe I want to find ones that are in the Los Angeles area.
So if I go back over to where they live, let's scroll down, I can see here Greater Los Angeles Area. Click there and I've now narrowed it down to 149 alumni. So I found people here that are alumni of the University of Madison who are involved in marketing, have the skill of social media and live in the Los Angeles area. Now, when I scroll down, they'll show you these people. So down here, I can see the different members that they're talking about, I could click on their accounts and access them and perhaps connect with some of them.
Now, these would be people that you might benefit from connecting with because they've followed a similar path as you to arrive at career that you'd like to have. They may be able to share insight, give you advice, let you know of a job opportunities, or introduce you to other important people to connect with. Up at the top, I even have the ability to filter this by year, so I can either have attended and put the years that they attended, or put the graduated. So in here, if I wanted to find only people who had attended from years 2012 to 2016, I could go ahead and do that.
I'll hit return, enter on a PC, and you'll notice now that 32 alumni fit my criteria. So the alumni tool really is a neat feature that allows you to find people that are alumni of the same school that you attended and narrow it down to some very specific characteristics. Like I said, these can be absolutely excellent people to reach out to or connect with. Take advantage of the alumni tool and connect with fellow alumni who share similar interests and a similar career path as you. This can be an extremely effective way to build your network.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and articles
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.