Corporate alumni groups are a great place to connect with: old friends, former co-workers and colleagues, and former managers or bosses, and even just people who shared the common experience of working for the same company. People who have worked together usually get to know each other fairly well, and can be very good connections for finding that next job.
groups seem to fall into three major categories: 1) independent
groups pulled together by volunteers who create a Web site, leverage a social network site like LinkedIn, or use a
mailing list like a Yahoo! Group; 2) those actually sponsored
and funded by the former employer; and 3) those owned and managed by the employer.
Links to alumni groups are provided alphabetically by employer name. In the lists below, "alumni" means former employees only, unless otherwise stated in the group description. Click on the first letter of the company name to find a group:
A - - B - - C - - D - - E - - F - - G - - H - - I - - J - - K - - L - - M - - N - - O - - P - - R - - S - - T - - U - - V - - W - - X
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These groups also provide a venue for meeting new people with whom you share some common experiences at the same employer and know through others. It's good to get back in touch in general, but it's also good for your job search networking. Your fellow alums, if you actually worked together, may better understand your skills and talents and can be an advocate for you in your job search - in many cases, a better advocate than you are yourself. They may even stumble over job opportunities that could be good fits for you - and you can do the same for them.
If you worked for a large company, you may not immediately find someone you knew well, but you will at least find people familiar with the organization (at some point in time) who may be excellent networking connections for you, even if they weren't co-workers. The shared experience of working for the same employer can help create a bond.
This allows you to help each other connect with new jobs, learn about new opportunities, and meet new people. If the group has more than 100 people, chances are very good that you can connect with someone trustworthy to give you insight into a new employer or connect with a new job opportunity.
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