In today’s job market, networking, whether online or in person, is indispensable. Whether you’re a bit on the shy side or as extroverted as they come, the Alumni Association can help you learn strategic networking strategies and improve upon techniques you’ve tried in the past. Though there may appear to be thousands of job postings out there, submitting a “cold” application has been likened to “throwing a paper plane into the universe.” Time spent filling out online applications is only one small component of a job search. Network continually so when you’re ready to make a career move, need professional advice, or a great referral your network will be ready to help you.

Network With U-M Alumni:
• Join our U-M regional clubs and spirit groups. Participate in networking events for U-M alumni in your city or town, or go to industry specific happy hours, breakfasts, and events.
• Add yourself to the Alumni Association’s Official LinkedIn group. Our group has thousands of U-M alumni available to ask questions of and participate in discussions with.
• Use LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool to search and filter for U-M alumni by geographic location, company/organization, field, area of study, skills, or level of connection.


The guide provided below will provide a step-by-step approach to networking by following the 80/10/10 rule:

• 80% of a job-seeker’s energy should be focused on networking
• 10% on resume crafting
• 10% on job postings

By utilizing this guide, your networking strategy should become a practical and manageable task.

A career transition is an important stage in everyone’s life, and if you follow all of these suggestions, your journey can be an easier one—especially if you take advantage of the resources by becoming a member of the Alumni Association. Join today.