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If you’ve been on LinkedIn before, attempted to click the Classmates button and found yourself scratching your head when it did nothing, then keep reading.
The Classmates feature is now up and running!
LinkedIn’s new service allows its massive 120 million member base to connect with former classmates and renew professional connections based on what college or university you attended.
At the announcement of Classmates, LinkedIn remarked that “Because we understand the power of alumni networks, we are delighted to unveil LinkedIn Classmates – a tool for insights and networking for alumni of colleges and universities around the world.”
Whether you’re looking for a job at a particular company, in a particular industry or in a specific location or just curious about where your college friends are now working, Classmates makes finding those people easy.
Three sub-headings will greet you at the top of your Classmates page, which you can access by going to Contacts and then clicking Add Connections –
“Where they work,” “What they do,” and “Where they live.”
To preview a list of alumni who work or live in a particular location, click one of the above options.
At the bottom of the page you’ll see one further option – the “Show more” button – which does what it says on the tin.
To connect with or learn more about someone, click on their name to preview a condensed version of their profile. From there you can then either send an invitation to connect, or view their full profile. What you do from here is up to yourself…
It appears as if LinkedIn is taking all of the data that the company has collected about us, and is putting it to work in beautiful graphs and charts to help us discover new professional connections, which is the power of LinkedIn.
The college or university you attended is an important piece of information when it comes to getting hired, so being able to connect with a former classmate who works at a company you wish to become an employee of is not to be sniffed at.
As it stands, Facebook is the go-to place for finding fellow alumni but LinkedIn clearly wants a piece of the action and Classmates is their offering.
Do you stay in touch with your former classmates? Do you think they could be useful in your job search? Let us know in the comments.