Introducing: Loyno Career Mentors, a New Way to Help You Find & Connect with Professionals for Networking and Career Mentoring
Did you know that 100s of Loyola University New Orleans alumni have let us know they want to connect with students to provide career mentoring and guidance?
That’s why the Career Development Center and the Alumni Association are launching the Loyno Career Mentor program, a new initiative that helps connect Loyola Alumni and current students across the LinkedIn network for mentorship opportunities.
Whether you need advice on your career path or best practices for a project you’re working on, the Loyno Career Mentor program can help you find and connect with the right person who can help.
Your Career Mentor will be able to help you with the following via LinkedIn:
Requests for informational interviews
Share their career story and unique career path
- Discuss their specific industry, position, company
- Review your resume and cover letter
- Provide advice and guidance about pursuing your profession, gaining experience, and identifying potential opportunities
- Answer career-related questions
How do I get started?
First, you will need to create a LinkedIn profile
If you haven't created a LinkedIn profile, this is a great opportunity to create one. If you already have a profile, take a moment to make sure it is up-to-date and that it puts your best foot forward. LinkedIn Profile Checklist
- From your homepage, locate the search bar in the upper left-hand corner.
- In the search bar type “Loyno Career Mentor” and press enter
- The next page will list the People Results for “Loyno Career Mentor”
- Click “See all”
Here you will see 100s of Loyola alumni that have indicated in their LinkedIn profile that are willing to connect with students to share their career story, provide career-related advice and tips, answer questions about job or internship searching in their professional field.
Next, click on “All Filters” to sort the list of mentors by any of the following:
- Geographic location
- Specific companies
Finally, Make Your Introduction!
Not sure what to write when you've found an Alum to connect with? See some sample language below:
"Hi! My name is Wolf Pack Will, and I'm a senior at Loyola University New Orleans. I noticed you are a Loyno Career Mentor, and I am interested in connecting with you. Once you add me to your network, I look forward to messaging you directly to schedule an informational interview."
"Hi! My name is Wolf Pack Will, and I am interested in working in the entertainment industry. I noticed you are a Loyno Career Mentor. I am interested in connecting to discuss what you do and how you got to where you are. Once you accept my invitation, I will message you directly to schedule a time to connect."
Keep in mind that initial messages in LinkedIn only allow 300 characters. After you become connected, you can write much longer messages.
Have additional questions?
Contact Jill Boatright, Director for Career Development, at email@example.com or 504-865-3864