Networking is a way to learn about different careers, get advice, and meet people with similar interests.
More Bowdoin students find their jobs and internships through networking than by any other method.
Learn about career opportunities from alumni and prospective employers alike.
Bowdoin alumni are genuinely excited to help students who express interest in their career field.
LinkedIn aggregates our alumni in a searchable career insights tool. Filter by almost anything.
Join the BCAN group to message alumni who have raised their hand to serve as a resource to you.
Bowdoin’s database allows you to search BCAN by more criteria, but only as alumni update the College.
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If you are in the Classes of 2019, 2020, or 2021, you have been pre-registered and can click the Forgotten Password/ User ID link to enter your Bowdoin email address to receive an email with a link to choose your password.
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- For most emails to faculty, staff, alumni or speakers, we recommend “Dear Mr./Mrs./Professor, XXXX,” as the salutation.
- For a close personal contact you are emailing or for a recent Bowdoin graduate (1-3 years out), we recommend “Dear John” as the salutation. Doing so maintains a professional yet familiar tone.
- “I found your name listed in the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network on LinkedIn as a Bowdoin alumnus working at FIRM NAME. I am currently a sophomore at Bowdoin exploring a career in FIELD NAME.”
- “I am currently a sophomore at Bowdoin and a member of the track team. One of my teammates, Sam Stevenson, recommended I contact you as I have a growing interest in FIELD NAME.”
- “I am a current junior at Bowdoin College and attended your COMPANY info session on campus last week. I would love to hear more about your career path and any advice you have for someone interested in FIELD NAME.”
If reaching out about a specific job or internship opportunity, be sure to include the following:
- What draws you to [Employer]?
- What about the internship caught your eye? (sets up the next question)
- Why do you think you’d be a good fit? (give alum/contact something to share with colleagues)
- Any specific questions on the role? (why should we hop on a quick phone call)
- “Thank you for your patience and cooperation”
- “Thank you for your consideration”
and then follow up with, “If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to let me know” and “I look forward to hearing from you”.
- “Best regards”
- “Thank you”
Avoid closings such as “Best wishes” or “Cheers” unless you are good friends with the reader.
Finally, before you hit the send button, review and spell check your email one more time to make sure it’s truly perfect!
These are solid examples you may adapt in your email or call to a networking contact.
During the Conversation
This is your chance to learn what you can in the time you have. Here are some tips.
Have your résumé on hand and come prepared with a few questions you cannot answer by looking at the company website. This will ensure you come across as informed and prepared.
Reflect and Follow Through
You will have done a lot of networking with other attendees and may have received information about other companies and job openings. When you leave the event remember to follow up on those leads as well.
Discuss the meetings with family or friends to keep the discussions you had fresh in your memory. Think back on your conversations and write down the things you would like to remember to focus upon in a future networking situation or interview. Write a few notes about the company, open positions, and other suggestions you may have received from recruiters or attendees.
Don’t let the connections you made go to waste. Look through your notes, think about your conversations and follow up with recruiters. If you made a commitment to an interview be sure to show up or cancel promptly. Leave the recruiter with a positive impression even if you decide the next step is not a right fit for you.
Always Say Thanks
Show gratitude, establish a relationship, and be remembered.
Send a note the same day to reiterate your unique qualifications and interest.
A handwritten note will help you stand out more than the standard email.
Get The Digits
Get the contact information for where you may send your email or letter.
Say the Right Thing
Follow these guideline to express your appreciation for the opportunity to meet.
Mention the fact that s/he took time from his/her busy schedule, that your eyes were opened to important issues in the field, that you appreciate him/her going into detail about a particular topic in a way that you might not have gleaned from another source.
Always send a thank you note, even if you don’t think the person was very helpful.
Your note can be typed in a similar format as your cover letter, or it can be hand written on formal stationary or a note card with a matching envelope. If you are hand writing, write a draft first. Email is acceptable and is preferred if you are not going to be able to deliver a paper note within two days.