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College seniors try to network with the unemployed

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The Wharton Club of New York, which hosts networking events at the Penn Club of New York, is urging its members to "take the call" from fellow alumni and Wharton undergraduates. The club is increasing its efforts to help both Wharton students and alumni navigate the tough job market, including new initiatives for Wharton alumni in transition. (Yoree Koh/CNS)

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Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College alumni attend a networking event in Washington, D.C., in April 2008. The colleges are holding more such events in recent months because of the faltering economy. (Courtesy of Kirin Kalia)

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The tough job market is putting even alumni networks to the test as graduating seniors watch contact lists dry up. Seniors find that the alums they had cultivated are out of work and could even be competing for the same jobs.


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