By Susan P. Joyce
People who have worked together usually get to know each other fairly well, and can be very good connections for finding that next job. Even someone you didn't know when you were working for the former employer can be a good connection since you probably are very familiar with the corporate culture and may have known many of the same people. Those people can help you evaluate the new connection.
In the lists below, "alumni" means former employees only, unless otherwise stated.
Links to alumni groups are provided in 3 major categories. Select the kind of employer alumni group you want from the list below:
If you know of an active alumni group which is not listed, send us the URL. If you see a group which is not active or is inaccurately listed or described, also let us know so we can fix it. Send info to feedback at Job-Hunt.org
If you don't find one of your former employers in the lists above, don't give up. Other venues for groups offer to help you connect with former co-workers as well:
LinkedIn Groups are available for corporate, government, and military/veteran alumni. They connect only LinkedIn members, and often include current employees as well as alumni.
LinkedIn Group members are allowed to send LinkedIn messages to other Group members even if they aren't otherwise "connected" through LinkedIn.
Watch for multiple LinkedIn groups connecting alumni/ae of the same business. The number of members in the group is usually posted on each Group's Profile page by LinkedIn, along with a description. Biggest is not always best, as usual.
Yahoo Groups has the largest collection of groups of "former employees" - over 1,200 of them, but many of them are not very active. Search through this database for your former employer to see if there is an active group.
Meetup Groups meet face-to-face. The seem to be a bit more ephemeral than other groups, but do offer the opportunity to meet face-to-face with others who have similar backgrounds or interests. Pick your location and find a compatible group, or start one if there isn't one currently available.
If you know of an active alumni group which is not listed, send us the URL. If you see a group which is not active or is inaccurately listed or described, also let us know so we can fix it. Send info to feedback at Job-Hunt.org.
|U.S Dept. of Agriculture||OIG - Investigations Retirees||Website|
|U.S Federal Government||National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)||Website|
|Government (Federal, State, and Local)||Directory of Governmental Professional Associations and Societies||Website|
|The Peace Corps||The National Peace Corps Association (PeaceCorpsConnect.org)||Website|
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2012, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.