How would you approach alumni on LinkedIn?

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Hello guys so I am basically trying to network with some alumni in order to increase my chances of securing some work experience for next summer. My method until now has been to message them introducing myself and saying that I was interested in the field they work at. However, this has not been successful at all. Has anyone got a better method?

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Jul 17, 2017

Just make sure you use LinkedIn to find their names, then use that name to find their email addresses; it's not difficult to find the format.
And keep it short, they r e a l l y don't seem to care about the fluff; they know what you want.

That's worked really well for me this summer.

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Jul 18, 2017

Is it better to email instead of messaging them through LinkedIN?

Jul 18, 2017

E-mail is 1000x better than LinkedIn mail. Use linkedin as a last resort. As the other people said, get premium (first month is free that's really all you need). It'll let you see some people who might be hidden before.

Also these examples are a little fluffier than what I've been using.

I really just say

hey,
my name is xx and i'm a rising xx at xx school. wanted to learn more about your career path and your institution. if you have time i'd love to chat on the phone.

hope to speak soon,
xx

That's gotten me a pretty solid response rate which I've turned into some coffee dates

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Jul 17, 2017

Use the alumni directory instead and ask for informational interviews

Controversial
Jul 17, 2017

I definitely wouldn't use all caps, but that is just me.

When you go to connect with an alumni, include a message on every single one. Personalize it so it's relevant and not just copy and paste. It can be a template based, but every single connection something along the lines of:

"Hi [Alumni Name],

I saw that you had a great scholastic career at [Insert University] and ultimately landed in [position at company]. That's exactly the route that I plan to take, and as an alumni I was curious if there was five minutes we could chat and learn more about the path you took and any advice you wish you would've had a student.

When it typically a good time connect? I imagine you're extremely busy as an [investment banker, etc] so whatever fits with your schedule I can make work.

Looking forward to speaking and have a great day [Alumni Name]."

That kind of connection will probably get a response and a connect, but it'll still be a numbers game. Change the [brackets] to fit the situation.

Also buy Premium, and get your Linkedin up to date and professional. Secondly I would even see if you can the email addresses or phone numbers. Shoot them a text (explaining you're a student kind of like above) or phone call or simply a well crafted email. After enough you'll start to see the success you're looking for.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

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Jul 17, 2017

that email is so awkward... how the fuck are you even able to insinuate that they "had a great scholastic career?" who even says "scholastic career" in real life...

Hello XXX

My name is YYY and I am a [YEAR IN COLLEGE] at [UNIVERSITY] and I am interested in [IB/PE] as a potential career. I saw that you are a fellow [XXX alumni], so I thought I would give this a shot. I was hoping you would be willing to talk about your own history in [IB/PE] and perhaps any opportunities to gain experience at [COMPANY NAME]'s [IB/PE] division next summer.

I'm currently working at a [RELEVANT EXPERIENCE] and want the experience of a [SOMETHING SPECIFIC ABOUT FIRM]. I attached my resume for reference of my past experiences.

Thank you,
YYY

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Jul 18, 2017

It was a rough draft I wrote with a rum and coke in one hand and a cigarette in the other. If you literally take that verbatim and use it, you're a fucking retard.

Thus why I put "Along the lines of".

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

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Jul 24, 2017

I actually used this exact template earlier today and three out of ten people have responded thus far and I got a call with an alum and will be having a second call this week with a different alum.

Jul 17, 2017

I am currently reaching out too, and what has worked for me is making it nice and short, asking them if they had a minute to answer a few questions about what their day is like at their current position, etc. I also mention which school I'm at and what I'm studying. Hope it helps.

Jul 17, 2017

Thanks all for your comments. This has been really useful

Jul 17, 2017

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Jul 18, 2017

I try to aim for something more ephemeral and colloquial. The following portrays both my panache and aplomb as a prospective applicant, whilst creating conviviality with the recipient:

"Bruh,

Mothaf#ckuh out here tryna provide for my family n' shit, ya feel? But all these old ass bankers tryna hustle me out of a dank AF finance job.

How 'bout you help a young thug get some skrillah, and we talk about all the things I can do for you.

Chirp at yah boy,

K Swizzle"

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Jul 18, 2017

You never let me down K Swizzle

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Jul 19, 2017

Bruh (Fist bump)

Jul 23, 2017

If you already found an associate at a firm, would you still network with analysts at the same firm? I thought one recommendation was enough

Jul 24, 2017

I'd go straight off that old Bud' advert.

Forget email, just get their direct line, Bud' in your left hand, phone in your right and just go "zaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap'"

;-)

Jul 24, 2017

wtfffffffffffff

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Jul 25, 2017

Let me guess, you're a millennial ? So you probably never saw the original advert !

Search "budweiser wassup commercial" on youtube.

Jul 24, 2017

You should probably get a Amex if you can afford one lol, get ready to spend money for coffee and eat outs.

-MikeFromBaruchII
Son of a VP at a Boutique
"If you cant work transactions why not advisory?" - Quote
Leverage Leverage Leverage - Motto

Jul 25, 2017

Here's my resume btw, anyone think this will land interviews?

http://www.razume.com/documents/20726

Jul 25, 2017

Your resume is average for an IB applicant. You need to step up your networking game. If you play your cards right, you should be able to land a nice gig.

Good luck.

Jul 25, 2017

You don't need access to alumni for referrals. Sometimes, the best referrals come from non-alumni. Good luck.

Jul 25, 2017

The best way to find alumni on linkedin is to use the advanced search function. For example make the search criteria your school and say goldman sachs and linkedin will bring up anyone from your school who works at goldman sachs. If you don't have a lot of alumni use keywords and titles as well to find bankers at smaller firms. For example investment banking, m&A, head trader, analyst, etc. Sometimes you can't get the full name of the alumni. In that case go into the profiles of "viewers of profiles also viewed..." and click around until you get your man.

Jul 25, 2017

I would say use the search function...but

Jul 25, 2017

Nice

Jul 24, 2017

why don't you try to add them as a Facebook friend instead of talking to them on LinkedIn? Much more personal. Also, if their pictures are public, you can try to photoshop yourself into some photos with them to give the false perception that you're a long lost acquaintance. They will feel bad for not remembering you once you produce the photo and boom, job city.

You're welcome.

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Jul 25, 2017

Be direct and go with the first approach.

You may find this article helpful:
http://www.wallstinsiders.com/insights/article/soc...

Jul 25, 2017

I usually add them 2-3 weeks after meeting them.

Jul 25, 2017
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