Successful alumni are ready to share valuable information about their careers. In addition, alumni contacts may lend insight or advice regarding the cities where they live and work and may be able to refer you to other industry contacts.
The Alumni Directory is a database of University of Chicago alumni across all the schools and divisions. It’s a great way to find and reconnect with friends from UChicago or grow your professional network by 150,000 people, give or take.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why use the Alumni Directory?
Use the Alumni Directory to find University of Chicago alumni you want to connect with on professional topics. You can use the directory to network at any point in your career—when you’re just starting out, growing in your field, or considering a career change. You can also use the system to simply expand your existing network. It’s a resource for all UChicago alumni.
How do I use it?
First, consider what criteria you would like to use to search for alumni. We recommend identifying one or more organizations you think would be helpful to you in your job search before searching the Alumni Directory. Use your preferred email address to log in to the directory and be sure to update your profile with the most accurate and up-to-date information while you’re there.
What’s the best way to search for alumni?
We recommend you do a keyword search in the Organization Name field first, then narrow your results from there, if necessary. This is the most effective way to find someone at a particular company or organization you are looking to network with.
What about when I’m ready to reach out to alumni?
When you’re ready to reach out to alumni, take a moment to develop a plan. Think about what it is you would like to ask this alumna or alumnus and then prepare to introduce yourself. Please follow these steps to ensure a successful outreach attempt:
- Prepare an introduction for yourself: Formally mention who you are, how you found their contact information, and why you’re contacting them.
- Identify specific goals for the conversation: What is it that you would like to know from this person? What insights do you hope to gain?
- Offer an action item: Ask to schedule a 20- to 30-minute informational interview, either in person or on the telephone. Or maybe an email response is all you need.
How should I reach out?
Use the person’s preferred method of contact, if noted. Otherwise feel free to use the listed email address. If the individual doesn’t respond within two weeks, you may attempt reaching out a second time; however, it’s not recommended to make more than two attempts.
Should I follow up?
It’s important to take a few minutes to either send an email or note thanking the person for their time. Mention what you learned from your meeting and how his or her advice or time will help you.
What if I have technical questions?
If you experience any technical issues using the Alumni Directory, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I need help networking?
If you need assistance, feel free to contact email@example.com.