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Posted On: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 08:00 AM, by Liz Lidgett
Liz Lidgett
Alpha Mu/Missouri
As a recent graduate (although the "recent" part is becoming less and less applicable to my status), I understand how important it is to network. Although, I have found that that is true of any age! Luckily, Theta has several great resources when it comes to networking.

When I graduated from the University of Missouri a few years ago and moved to Los Angeles, I was in a new city where I knew no one. Luckily, I had had a wonderful time in college with my Alpha Mu sisters, so I knew Theta was a great place to meet future new friends. I reached out to Theta headquarters and asked about the local Theta alumnae group and for volunteer contacts at any of the local chapters. Through the local alumnae chapter, I was able to once again meet wonderful, like-minded women. I became fast friends with many of them who lived in my area of Los Angeles (anyone who has ever lived in LA knows the traffic is so bad you have to live in the same area to be friends!), and was able to meet great business contacts as well.

I was lucky enough to be put in contact with an amazing woman, Vicki McCluggage, who helped me become acclimated in my new city and start volunteering as an advisor at Omicron/USC. Vicki and the other advisors became my Los Angeles family. Vicki even helped me find where to buy a car when I first got to the city. I would have been lost without the Theta women in my life. While they did not know me directly, they knew we had a common bond and shared the sisterhood.

When I moved back to my hometown of Des Moines, I called Theta again and was connected to the local alumnae chapter, the local advisory board, and ways to volunteer nationally.

Many wonderful networking resources are available online. The Theta LinkedIn group is used for everything from members looking for roommates across the nation, to companies that would love to hire Thetas. The group (to date) has more than 16,000 members!

Another source is Betties List on the Theta website. This is a place where members can upload products and services to offer to Theta sisters around the world. Just log in, click the category of interest, and tell us about your product or service. You can even upload a photo and select whether you want Thetas only or all website visitors to view your posting. Postings span everything from jobs to volunteer opportunities to items for sale, and more.

Whether you are interested in meeting and networking in person with your sisters through the alumnae chapters, volunteering for a local chapter, or just browsing the web using tools like LinkedIn and Bettie's List, there are so many ways to connect these days. These resources have helped me beyond graduation, and I hope they will help you, too!

Liz Lidgett, Alpha Mu/Missouri, is a member of the Fraternity's young alumnae board.

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