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The Power of Networking

On many days in the Salisbury Center for Career Services, Joe Ambrosetti spends a portion of his time sending the résumés of students off to individuals on the Career Services Network. On one recent day, it was the résumé of Emily Pelletier ’05, going to Jim Williamson P’08, the president of Community Foundation of New Britain, Conn., and plugging her into the impressive and extensive network of alums and parents who have agreed to help Hobart and William Smith students and alums find jobs and internships.

Pelletier graduated from William Smith with degrees in Comparative Literature and American Studies, and had recently finished her first year at the University of Maine School of Law. She was looking for a summer job with an organization involved in youth policy, social justice or any similar type of non-profit organization in the Connecticut area, where she is from originally. While Williamson couldn’t offer Pelletier a job, he did continue what Ambrosetti had started, and shared her résumé with five Connecticut-based foundation professionals including David Nee, Executive Director of the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund.

“I have a wide circle of contacts in her field that I was pleased to help her get in front of as she looks for a position, Williamson said. “Emily appears to be exactly the kind of young, accomplished person we routinely lament ‘losing’ here in Connecticut, so if I can help bring her back ‘home’ to stay, I’d be delighted!

Nee in turn forwarded the résumé to Gerry Levinson at Foundation Source, which provides outsourced administrative and support services for foundations, and spoke with her about Pelletier’s job search.

That connection proved to be the charm: on June 18, exactly one month after Ambrosetti’s initial e-mail, Pelletier let Williamson know that she had secured a summer internship at Foundation Source and thanked him for his help.

Nee soon expressed to Williamson his pleasure with the outcome. “I feel this is one of the most important things an executive can do: make sure we have great young people coming into our field, Nee said. “Emily has a great résumé and I think she will be quite an addition.

With Pelletier’s job secured, Williamson wrote to Ambrosetti, explaining how the résumé eventually made its way to Foundation Source. “I’d had no idea that David Nee had passed Emily’s résumé on to someone he knew at Foundation Source, Williamson said. “It’s a terrific case study in the power of networking.

Emily Pelletier is shown above with Professor of History Daniel Singal, her honors project adviser.