Guidelines: UMD Alumni Advisor Network

The Alumni Association and the University Career Center & The President’s Promise are delighted to offer BSOS students free access to the UMD Alumni Advisor Network. Review the "Frequently Asked Questions" below to learn more about this new program. BSOS students can contact Crystal Sehlke, Program Director, at csehlke@umd.edu, for more information. 

Keep these points in mind:

  • It is strongly recommended to contact only ONE Advisor at a time. This will help you make the scheduled meetings and manage your connections.  
  • This is primarily an informational gathering network. As such, direct questions like "do you have a job for me" or "how can I get hired with your organization" will not be appropriate. 
  • Respond to all Advisors’ emails within three days, even if it is to say that you will not know your schedule for a week. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up? Signing up is easy.  Go to www.umd.evisors.com and use your UMD email to sign in. Follow the directions on the screen and registration should take less than two minutes. 

 

I am an advisee.  I would like to narrow my search to only people with specific attributes, but I don't see many of those attributes listed.  Why? The reason you don’t see specific job titles or a laundry list of specific job titles or industries is that through Evisors research, they found that the user experience was actually enhanced when the user wasn’t able to drill down to specific job titles and degrees.  Many of the advisors have experience with different job titles and may not be working in a field that is associated with their degree or industry.  The easiest way to think about this is imagine how many Engineers Lockheed Martin hires and then think about how many Accountants they also hire, etc.  Lockheed Martin has interests in different degrees and experiences so by allowing a lot of specificity in the filter process, you could very easily eliminate an advisor that would be perfect for your situation.

 

How do I get connected with an advisor? The program will do all the work for you.  You select your advisor and his/her available time.  The advisor is given 48 hours to respond and if he/she can not make the time, you will receive an email letting you know. The day before the phone meeting, a reminder email will be sent with a bridge phone number to call.  No personal phone numbers or emails are exchanged unless its agreeable to do so during your meeting.

 

I see there are credits/consultations on my account.  How did they get there? This feature was part of the premium package the Alumni Association and the University Career Center purchased from Evisors.  We are NOT using this feature so you can ignore this.    All advisees will have an unlimited number of consultations available to them.

 

Is it appropriate to ask an Advisor for a job or a contact in their HR department? This is a professional networking program so you should treat the conversations with your Advisor in a professional manner.  There may be times where it’s appropriate to ask this question but remember this is not an opportunity to “spam” advisors with your resume, etc. as tempting as it may be.  

 

How long or how many times can an advisee and an advisor stay connected? Advisees will get two opportunities to speak with their advisor each month (assuming that the advisor is available).  As long as both the advisee and advisor agree to the relationship, it can last indefinitely.

 

I am searching for advisors with experience in a particular industry but I do not see it listed?  How can I add an industry to my search? If you do not see your industry of choice listed on your profile, click on the ADD INDUSTRY link and start typing in the text box.  If a prepopulated industry name does not appear, try a different search word.  For instance, if you type in POLITICS, nothing will prepopulate.  However, if your start to type in GOVERNMENT, you will find choices.  Once you selected one of the prepoupulated choices, it will remain in your industry selections.

 

I chose an advisor but it's not exactly what I wanted.  What can I do to find a better match? Look at your filters again and either add or subtract filters based on your needs.  The more filters you choose, the fewer advisors will be available for you so you may want to remove a few to see what type of advisor pool you receive.

 

Can I keep my student account after graduation? You may use Evisors for free as an advisee for one year after graduation.  After that, we do require all alumni to be members of the Alumni Association if they would like to continue on using Evisors in an advisee capacity.  All alumni, no matter when they graduated, can sign up to be an advisor (or as an advisee).

 

Can you explain the ratings system in more detail? The Alumni Association and University Career Center want to make sure that this program provides a quality experience for both advisors and advisees.  The ratings system allows us to see who is using the system and what the user experience is like.  On a rare occasion, an advisor or advisee may not meet our high quality standards.  If that is the case, someone from the Alumni Association or University Career Center will be in contact with the alumni or student to discuss how they can make the experience the highest quality possible.