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Ask an Alum: Rules of Engagement

Networking is building relationships with a group of contacts who can guide and assist you in your career search. It is not about contacting people and asking for a job - it is about getting the information and guidance you need to get the job you want.

Networking is a refined skill learned through experience that takes time and effort. Effective networking can help you enormously in your career and internship search, and can only be successful if you are diligent, patient, proactive, positive, and professional.

As a Fisher College of Business graduate student, you have access to several thousand Fisher alums through the Alumni & Friends On-Line Community. Contacting Fisher alums via the Search Directory (over 40,000 alums) as well as the Ask-an-Alum (over 1,600) feature should be used selectively and with the utmost preparation and professionalism.

When using the Fisher College of Business Alumni & Friends On-Line Community for networking purposes, you should ALWAYS:
  • Represent yourself and the Fisher College of Business well
  • Personalize your emails
  • Be conscientious of the alums time
  • Be polite, grateful and professional
  • Be prepared and follow-up
When using the Fisher College of Business Alumni & Friends On-line Community for networking purposes, you should NEVER:
  • Ask for a job
  • Send generic emails
  • Be rude
  • Expect that the alum will provide you with anything but information and advice
  • Send ‘spam’ emails

Your access to the Fisher College of Business Alumni & Friends Community may be revoked if it is identified that you have, in any way, inappropriately used the site for purposes other than career advice and information.