Everyone knows that your alma mater’s alumni network can help you find a job. But just how, exactly, does that work? What if you’ve lost touch with the alumni you once knew, or they all ended up working in fields other than your own? Is beginning the process while you’re still in school jumping the gun? Is it too late when you’ve been laid off? As a Syracuse University Alumni, as well as by working for the University of Southern California’s online MSW degree program, I have first hand seen the value of this kind of network.