Cultivating Advocates (Current Students/Alum)
As I am networking with current students and/or alum from schools I am interested in, is there a tactful/appropriate way to ask those that I have built a relationship with to advocate or put in a good word for me? Or is that more something they should do on their own volition?
- Kofi Kankam expert Danielle - you definitely want to ask them directly. Your first quest is to ensure that you have enough of a strong relationship with them where you believe they view you as a strong student and, most importantly, contributor to their program (they are gatekeepers of sorts). Your second aim is to ask them directly with some variation of "I'm super-excited about your program as you know. It's quite competitive and I was hopeful that you could put in a good word for me in my application as someone who knows what I can offer and my intense interest in the program. Would you be willing to help in any way that you feel comfortable?". This is a conversation :).
- anonymous Super helpful advice. Appreciate the framing too. Thanks Kofi!
- Kofi Kankam expert No worries, Danielle!