Monthly looks behind the scenes of our new alumni network
A job market and a career creator all in one – our new alumni platform WU EA Connect is more than just a network: it is where sought-after management talent and renowned companies come together.
Over the course of our upcoming newsletters our Alumni Relation Managers Regine Eitelbös and Viola Kospach want to introduce you to everything WU EA Connect has to offer. Today Regine and Viola have these two tips for you:
This has certainly happened to you at some point: You lost touch with someone years ago, and then you find him or her on social media. Or you wish to make contact with someone you do not know at all because he or she may be an exciting cooperation or business partner or may be able to provide you with invaluable input for your career. It goes without saying that you send a contact request - but how do you do that without being obtrusive? Connecting with people you already know is relatively easy: First, explain where you know each other from, and say that you are looking forward to networking with them.
Getting in touch with people you do not know is a bit more difficult. In this case, it is a good idea to mention why you find someone an interesting contact and would like to be part of his or her network - e.g. because you both work in the same field or because you are interested in exchanging views and opinions on such and such a topic. Be sure to say what you have to offer the other person, and indicate that you would be delighted if he or she were to become a contact of yours. Sending a connection request without any comments or addressing a potential new contact by his or her first name is a definite no-no. WU EA Connect includes a very helpful icebreaker: It allows users to indicate their willingness to provide others with advice or support them as mentors. That is to say these people are looking forward to receiving your requests and interacting with you.
Most people go to career events not only because they want to gain new perspectives and insights but also because they are interested in making contacts and interacting with others. However, there is one problem: More often than not, you end up making chance acquaintances at the buffet counter, and rarely do you know ahead of time who else will attend an event. Designed to remedy the situation, WU EA Connect lets you see the participants beforehand (under the “who’s going” heading), meaning you can get an overview of who will be there, look in advance for potentially exciting people you may want to network with and approach them during the event. All this helps you build up interesting contacts that you can subsequently deepen via WU EA Connect. What is more, the “events” section lists exciting events organized by the WU Executive Academy. And there is even the possibility for users to post their own events and invite other alumni to participate in them. So gone are the days when you had to engage in boring small talk at the buffet counter.
If you want to get more information about the career services of the WU Executive Club, click here!