GAA Board of Directors
Don't Ignore the 'Work' in Networking
APPOINTED AT LARGE
Wendy Gebauer Palladino ' 89 (2002) .... . Chapel Hill
Paula Renee Newsome 'n (2002) ....... Charlotte
Jolm Gray Blount Ellison ' 69 (2003) . . . . Greensboro
George Washington Miller Jr. ' 52 (2003) .. . .Durham
Carl Lafayette Matheson Jr. ' 57 (2004) ..... Hickory
Richard T. Morgan ' 74 (2004) .... . . .Eagle Sp~
EI EClED TO REPRESENT N.C. DISTRICTS
1. RobertA. Evans ' 74 (2004) . . . .. Rocky Mount
2.John H. Kerr 1II ' 58 (2004) . . ..... Goldsboro
3. Barbara B. Richanlson ' 78 (2002) .. . .Fayetteville
4. Eleanor Saunders Morris ' 55 (2003) .. Chapel Hill
5. George Watts Carr ru ' 64 (2003) .... Greensboro
6. W. Botden Hooks Jr. ' 67 (2002) . . . . . . M o u n t Airy
7. James G. Whitton ' 54 (2002) ......... .salisbury
8. Luther Parks Cochrane ' 70 (2004) ... .. Charlotte
9. Tom David Efird ' 61 (2004) ........ Gastonia
10. Philip Gary Carson ' 63 (2003) .........Asbeville
EI FClED TO REPRESENT OUT-oF'STATE A.UMNI
Charles A. Bryan ' 82 (2002) . ... . .. .Baltimore, Md.
J oh n L. Haber ' 70 (2002) . . . . . . . . . . . . . N e w York
Ann Earnhardt Murry ' 72 (2002) ... Potomac, Md.
Richard Fuller Callaway ' 71 (2003) ..... Houston
Constance Lewis Cromartie ' 87 (200.3) ..0larI0acsvilIe.\a
Patricia Timko Sinclair ' 82 (2003) .... .Los Angeles
Minor Mickel Shaw ' 69 (2004) ....... Greenville, S.c
Anne Miller Roycroft ' 81 (2004) . . . . . . Pensacola, Aa.
Jane Robinson Whitaker ' 69 (2004) ..... ....Atlanta
EX OFFICIO, REPRESENTING THE STUDENT BOD'
Justin Coleman Young . .... President, Student Body
Kathleen R. Hunter . . . . ... Editor, The Daily Tar Heel
Benjamin M. Singer ....... President, Senior Class
Caroline Ellen Wadden .. Pres., 0n:Ier ofthe Ben Tower
E.X OfFlCIO. REPRESENTING TH[ FACULTY
H. Shelton Earp fII ' 70 (MD) ... . . . .Chapel Hill
'RFSID[NTS OF SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS (E.X omclo)
Kenneth Weeden 75 (MRP), Uy&Reg1Fbn .~
Rex B. Card ' 80, Dentistry . . ......... Wake Forest
Larry G. Mabe ' 93, Education . .... . ... Pittsboro
Jill Wienberry Boy ' 89,Journalism ...... Durham
Beth R. Aeishman ' 72, Law ...... ... ... Raleigh
David S. Goble ' 94, Ini>.& Libr.Science . . .... Charlotte
R.ty M .Hayworth ' 59, Medicine . . . KnoxviUe, Tenn .
CarolynJ.Graharn ' 97 (PhD),Nursing ... Chapel Hill
H. Chapman Brown In ' 83, Pharmacy . . . Penhook,Va.
james Loos Donnelly ' 93 (MPA), Pub.Admin. . .Greensboro
Anna P. Schenck 'n, Public Health .. .. ... . .Raleigh
Alan R. Ellis ' 96 (MSW), Social Work . . . ... Durham
ALUMNI ON THE ATHLE11C COUNCIL (ELECTED AT LARGE)
Lindsey Jane Linker 'SO (2002) . . ..... Chapel Hill
Bradley Lee Daugherty ' 86 (2003) ....... Atlanta
Donald F. McCauley ' 71 (2004) ... HuntingtOn, N. Y.
With unemployment rising, many job seek- ers are feeling panicked by today's tight
job market. More than ever,job-hunting
requires alternatives to help-wanted ads or
Internet postings. The bottom line to getting
a position is personal contact.
The good news is that Alumni Career
Services has an extensive network ofalumni
who have volunteered to help other alumni
access information and explore career options.
The Alumni Advisor Network consists ofmore
than 5, 100 UNC graduates who are ready and
willing to share valuable career information
based on their personal experiences. Alumni
seeking networking assistance can get a list of
others who share their career interest in their
targeted city. To request a list of alumni advisers,
just go to the Web site at alumni.unc.edu and
click on career services, then go to networking
and fill out the form. You will receive your list
of advisers in the mail in about a week.
N ow, the bad news is that most people don't
know how to use this network effectively.
When job seekers ask how I can help them, I
suggest starting with the network. In many
cases their response is, "I can't ask complete
strangers for a job," or "How many interviews
do you guarantee?" Networking is not about
asking everyone you know for a job or looking
for guarantees. It is not surprising that these
folks are not getting the results they want.
Alunmi should understand that advisers, like
most primary contacts, probably will not be able
to provide employment opportunities. But they
are people who know people, and they are the
people you want to knOw. Even if their com-
pany isn't hiring, these contacts are in a posi-
tion to refer you to other people who have
information about jobs before they are adver-
tised. They also have information about trends
in the industry, the culture in their companies
and what it takes to be successful in their
field. They are a source ofinformation and
wisdom; they know what you should expect.
To get the most out of networking, it is
important to appear confident and curious
rather than needy and desperate. Learn to dis-
cuss your situation positively. Have a solid
career goal that reflects what you want to do
and what role you want to play. Know your
worth and how you can add value. Develop a
Betty R.ty McCain ' 52, Wlison . . . . . . . . . . . . Chair
Richard Y Stevens ' 70, Cary .. . . . Immed. Past Chair
Richard T. "Stick" Williams 75, 0!apeI Hill . . Chair-Elect
D. Gayle Bomar ' 69, O!apeIHill ... . .. FirstVice Chair
Carol Payne Young ' 66, AdanttI• .. . . .Second Vice Chair
Anthony Eden Rand ' 61, Fayettevi11e . . . . . . . Treasurer
Anne Wilmoth Cates ' 53, 0IapeI Hill ... .Asst. Treasurer
William P. Aycock II ' 65, Greensboro ..... Counsel
Douglas S. Dibbert ' 70, Chapel Hill .. .. .President
Tar Heel .Network Chalnnan
Thomas W Lambeth ' 57. ....... . .. Wmston-Salem
mercial that will
make people want
to learn more
about you. Don't
call your contacts
and say that you are looking for a job and
expect them to come up with one. Also don't
expect your contact to tell you the job for
which you are best suited.
Effective networking is about building rela-
tionships. Smart job seekers realize that net-
working is something you do in good times as
well as bad. It involves developing a wide range
of associates, talking to people and making
contacts outside your existing industry or pro-
fession. It also means taking a sincere interest in
the people you meet; everyone is a potential
networking lead. Learn to ask open-ended
questions to find out what people do, how
they got into their field and what experience
they've found helpful.
You can expand your network and gain
visibility by volunteering, which can help you
build credibility as well as meet new people.
You can demonstrate your strengths and impress
people with your motivation, flexibility and
work ethic. Just be sure to make the volunteer
position work for you; do things you enjoy.
Improve your networking results by contact-
ing everyone you know and following up with
the people to whom they refer you. As one of
my former clients said, "My best friend's hus-
band has a cousin who has a friend at FoxSports
who put me in touch with her bosses, and I
interviewed with them. One of the guys who
interviewed me gave me the name of a guy at
Turner. I called that guy, and he put me in
touch with the fellow who is now my boss
- sum total, seven people that I networked
with to find my job. So be persistent. Take a
name and run with it. There's no telling where
it'll lead you."
Very good advice. •
Unda Conklin is the GAAs manager of Alumni career Services.
For information on career·related issues, contact her at
(919) 962-3749 or bye-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More of her advice and other career·related information
can be found on the Career Services section of the GMs
Web site: alumnLunc.edu/ career.