Interview-Techniques-Trainer“Matt Youngquist, the president of Career Horizons, tells job seekers that finding a new position presents the same challenges as taking a product to market. But the product they are selling is themselves.”

The article discusses networking and its key benefit when searching out a new role. Reinforcing the benefits of the personal connection it goes on to say that a high proportion of jobs do not even get to the stage of being published, highlighting the benefits of networking.

Read the article here. Article credit: NPR.

ACS logoAlumni Consulting Services Inc builds and manages corporate alumni networks. Forward thinking companies recognize that former employees are a valuable part of their talent pool. Since 1999, ACS has built and managed alumni network to provide positive returns for both the client company and former employees. Former employees, oftentimes retirees in this graying of the workforce era, are brand ambassadors, they can refer talent and in the ultimate compliment, they return themselves. Companies, particularly in the management consulting industries and in the oil and gas industry, have effectively used their alumni networks as a resource for recruiting former employees, finding that retirees are a valuable resource to fill short term project requirements. These people can return and hit the ground running, as the understand the company culture and policies, and often are working on projects with which they are familiar.

Former employee networks are a sound investment, and provide a return on investment. Further savings are made when an alumni network generates referrals of talent and business. If you are a company today without a corporate alumni network, consider the opportunities for enhancing your bottom line.

For the alumni themselves, a corporate alumni community differs from social media platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook. It is a career management tool. Individuals are maintaining relationships with people with whom they worked, or with people who were in the same company. When asked why they join the alumni network, a majority of those joining are doing it to keep abreast of industry conditions, learn where opportunities are, and use it to enhance their own career options.

Using an alumni service provider like Alumni Consulting Services, Inc. (ACS) means that you don’t have to create your alumni community from the ground up. Companies use ACS to build their platform, manage membership, interview members and write and distribute eCommunications.

Contact us today to put ACS to work for you.

With five generations in the workplace - more than ever before - organisations are concerned about the effect on performance.

In fact, almost a quarter of 2,500 executives questioned worldwide state intergenerational cohesion as the most significant risk their company faces.

A LinkedIn article discussing the benefits of corporate alumni networks has mentioned the Chevron Bridges program managed by ACS. 

The article starts by discussing the mutual benefits of an alumni network and continues by talking about hiring, intelligence, customers and brand ambassadors as further benefits. The excerpt relating to Chevron is pasted below and you can read the full article on LinkedIn.

The World Petroleum Council presentation on Approaching the Demographic Cliff looks at an industry plagued not just by increased energy demand and a graying workforce, but US Universities turning out 43,000 lawyers compared to 430 geologists. What is the solution?