SXSW voting is upon us and we need your help! The Guns’ panel, “Corporate Alums: Why Big Companies Invest in Ex-Employees” is up for voting over at SXSW.com and we’d really appreciate your support. Our panel, headed up by yours truly, is all about the increasing role that corporate alumni relations is playing and will play in the future of professional networking. My fellow panelists are amazing (and humbling) and head up the corporate alumni networks at companies like Morgan Stanley and IBM. Find out more after the jump.
Last year at SXSW, I ran a session called “Manage With Care: Employees are Your Future Clients.” In doing my research for part of my talk, I met with some of the best minds and thinkers in and around Corporate Alumni Networks, including Morgan Stanley’s Leslie Bradford, McKinsey’s Sean Brown, and IBM’s Jacelyn Swenson. So, this year we decided to submit a panel together specifically on corporate alumni networks entitled “Corporate Alums: Why Big Companies Invest in Ex-Employees.”
If you’re not familiar with the concept of corporate alumni relations, it works just like the alumni network at your dear old alma mater: people who’ve gone their separate ways stay connected through a past shared experience. These networks are fast becoming one of the best ways to find out about new jobs and business opportunities, both at past employers and at new companies started by former colleagues. Many of these opportunities are never made public and are filled through referrals only, so keeping in touch is more crucial than ever. These networks come in many forms — both formal and informal – and should play a key role in any modern job search strategy.
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