Alums Helping Alums
BUAA offers tools for alumni job-seekers| By Cynthia K. Buccini
BU alums can search for jobs and post a résumé through the Alumni Online Community.
If you’ve been looking for a job, you know the news is grim. By September, the unemployment had doubled — to 9.8 percent — since the start of the recession in December 2007, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 15 million people are unemployed, with most of the job losses in construction, manufacturing, retail trade, and government.
BU alumni who have been searching for work or who want to advance their career can get help. The Boston University Alumni Association (BUAA) offers an array of career management and networking tools, including mentoring and job- and résumé-posting services. In addition, a series of career-focused classes, called Managing Your Career, will be held on campus on Friday, October 23, during Alumni Weekend.
The classes, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the George Sherman Union Conference Auditorium, will help alums strengthen their professional network, learn job-search strategies, and reinvent their attitude and relationship to work. General admission is $15 and $10 for young alumni (Classes of 1999–2009).
“The Managing Your Career event is an opportunity for alumni to see and experience firsthand the power and value of the 288,000-member BU alumni network,” says Kirsten Lundeen, associate director of alumni relations. “You’ll learn how to use alumni career tools that are available for free.”
The series will include a demonstration of CareerBeam, a free career management system that helps alums create résumés and cover letters, prepare for job interviews, find information on more than 300 industries and 35 million companies, and develop their professional network. The presentation will be made by CareerBeam CEO Colleen Sabatino, an author and a nationally certified career counselor. Kimberly Delgizzo, director of BU Career Services, will offer job-search strategies. And Juline Godin (CFA’97), a workforce development and training coach with Dale Carnegie Training, will make a presentation on how alums can take control of their career and relationships at work. There will be time for networking breaks, so alumni are encouraged to bring their business cards, and career advisors will be available for one-on-one résumé critiques after the last session, by appointment.
Alumni can also get help through the Boston University Alumni Web by logging in to the Alumni Online Community. Besides CareerBeam, services include the Career Advisory Network, an online group of more than 5,300 alumni volunteers who have been selected to provide peer-to-peer networking, career information, and mentoring. Alums can also search for jobs and post a résumé online.
In addition, many BU schools and colleges have their own career Web sites, which offer additional career management tools, job resources, and personal career advising (for a fee).
“As the U.S. begins to recover from this long and difficult recession, a lot of new jobs and opportunities will be coming up on the market,” says Lundeen. “To get those, you’ll need to be well-educated, informed, and ready to take on a whole new set of challenges we’ve never seen in our lifetime. Why not turn back to your alma mater to help you prepare? Remember, you’re not just a Terrier for your college years — you’re a Terrier for life.”