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Using LinkedIn as an Alumni Directory

The power the Internet and social media holds is far stronger than most of us can even imagine. With all this power at the tips of our fingers, we need to make sure we are using it as efficiently and effectively as possible. LinkedIn has incredible functionality to help you grow your professional network with fellow SAAS alumni or check-up on what an old SAAS friend is up to. 

Below is a step-by-step guide to utilizing LinkedIn as an Alumni Directory. 
  1. Navigate to the Seattle Academy LinkedIn Homepage by using this link: https://www.linkedin.com/school/seattle-academy

  2. If you have not done so already, click the “Follow” button at the top of the page to ensure you are added to the Alumni Directory. 

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3. Use the toolbar on the homepage and select the “Alumni” tab 

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4. One on the Alumni tab, you will be able to filter through alumni by the following:  

  • Where they live
  • Where they work
  • What they do
  • What they studied
  • What they are skilled at
  • How you are connected
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 5. Select one of the filter options, such as: Where they live > Greater Seattle Area > Scroll down to find any alumni that list their location in the Greater Seattle area

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6. If you want to search alumni by using multiple filters at once, utilize the search bar. With the search bar, you can narrow your results by simultaneously searching with categories such as location, company, job title, and more.

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Connection Tips

  • Now you have found who you are searching for, great! Here are a few tips BEFORE you click on that “Connect” button. 

    • If you are not connected to the person but you would like to be, ALWAYS go to their profile page first. This ensures you can add a message to your invite, which is a nice touch when connecting with someone on LinkedIn. 

    • When arriving at their page, you can connect and add a message by clicking the blue “Connect” button. You will then be prompted to add a message which is where you can add your personal touch.

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  • ​​​​To grow and strengthen your LinkedIn connections, be sure to follow the Seattle Academy page. This will add you to the Alumni Directory so you can be found by other SAAS Alumni. 
  • Use the Alumni tab to explore more than just people, you can:
    • Explore new industries
    • Gain insight into future career paths
    • Determine professional development skills to start developing