Ten biggest challenges for MBA career service offices in 2013

MBA Focus recruiting and career services tips for 2013

Business schools, employers, and analysts are all predicting an uptick in MBA recruiting in 2013 — and the class of 2013 MBA students are hoping they’re right. But the career service offices at the world’s top graduate business schools still face some major challenges next year – even when the MBA job market picks up.

Despite technological innovations and creative new recruitment techniques, many MBA career service offices still lack simple solutions to the following issues:

  1. Expanding the employer network to startups, nonprofits, and other companies that don’t traditionally recruit on campus.
  2. Gathering employment data from students in a timely fashion for employment reporting.
  3. Helping candidates compare offers among peers with relative data.
  4. Managing multiple OCR…
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Top 10 biggest challenges for MBA recruiters in 2013

MBA Focus recruiting and career services tips for 2013

Every recruiter deals with the challenges of the current economic state — not enough time, money, or resources — but beyond those basic pains MBA recruiters must also deal with these more complicated issues.

Despite predicted improvements to the MBA recruitment landscape in 2013, many employers will still lack simple solutions to the following problems:

  1. Finding leadership talent that matches your company’s culture.
  2. Keeping your company’s brand top-of-mind when candidates start seeking.
  3. Finding up-to-date resumes and job-seeker profiles.
  4. Making a personal connection…

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9 Countries that Celebrate Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’d like to thank all of our corporate clients and school partners for your ongoing business and support. And this year, we’d like to give thanks to all of the wonderful job-seeking MBA candidates participating in our database—we enjoy having the opportunity to work with you and we commend you for your academic and professional accomplishments.

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. But did you know that several other places around the world observe similar celebrations? It’s true. Below is a list of countries which celebrate Thanksgiving and the number of candidates in our database who are authorized to work in each of those countries:

  • United States: 52,364
  • Canada: 1,703
  • Germany: 511
  • Grenada: …

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Honoring the ultimate leaders: Veterans with MBAs

Veterans make great business leaders. Employers know it. As a result, veteran recruiting goals have grown exponentially over the past few years. And as more and more military veterans return home after serving our country abroad, they are heading to graduate business schools to earn their MBA.

Today, 15% of the MBA students currently at the world’s top business schools have military experience. Of the 21,295 resumes currently in our database:

  • 1,046 mention the word “Military”
  • 709 Army
  • 439 Navy
  • 288…
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Top industries for the graduating class of 2013 MBA2s

We’ve already broken down the job functions for this year’s graduating class of MBA2s. But what about the job industry experiences and preferences?

Similar to the functional areas, most MBAs are interested and experienced in jobs in Finance. Roughly 2 out of 5 graduating MBA students have experience in the Finance industry. And almost half of them are interested in working in Finance post-graduation. This is no different from previous years. But there are some changes to the next nine industries on the list.

The top 10 industry experiences for this year’s graduating class of 2013 MBA2s are:

  • 1. Finance: 38.1% of candidates selected a Finance-related industry experience
  • 2. Consulting: 30.8%
  • 3. High Tech: 24.9%
  • 4. Not-for-Profit…
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Top functions for the graduating class of 2013 MBA2s

The class of 2013 MBA students have just recently arrived back on campus to start their second year of business school, but they’re already well on their way to their new career next summer. And despite the current economic landscape and upcoming political events, not much has changed when it comes the functional experiences and preferences of the world’s top MBAs.

Whether they’re career accelerators or career changers, most of them have already updated their resumes, completed their job-seeker profiles, and by now they’ve even started interviewing for jobs.

So what are these current MBA students interested in? Our job-seeker profiles — used by more than 70 of the world’s top graduate business schools — offer some insight into their job function preferences and experiences.

Not surprisingly, this year’s graduating class of 2013 MBA students is most experienced in Finance and these six other functional areas:

  1. Finance: 42.8% of candidates selected a Finance-related functional experience
  2. Marketing: 35.7%
  3. Management: 35.4%
  4. Consulting…
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Top 10 social networks to connect with the “New Class” of MBAs

Are you looking for a way to reconnect with MBAs your career service office has lost touch with? Social networks are the best source to find those graduates and rebuild meaningful relationships with them. Try interacting with them via:

1. FacebookWith over 1 billion active users and more than 42 million pages with 10 or more likes, Facebook is the perfect place to connect with MBAs. Your school/program should have its own Facebook page that candidates can “like” and get daily updates on relevant news and events. By creating an official Facebook page for your school, you can easily reach people who are specifically interested in what you have to say.

2. TwitterTwitter is a proven marketing tool and an effective outreach device. Many schools have a presence on Twitter. And some even have multiple accounts, including an entire recruiter-oriented presence (i.e. @HBSRecruitMBA). Your candidates are already using Twitter to communicate, research, promote and personally brand themselves – you should be doing the same for your school’s/program’s brand. Take a moment each day to tweet about something relevant or interesting.

3. LinkedInWhere Facebook is considered a more personal space, LinkedIn has been defined as the “professional” social network. Use LinkedIn to connect with students and alumni from your school. You should not only create a LinkedIn group for your program, but also create subgroups for each class year, to better connect (and stay connected) with your program’s job-seeking candidates.

4. Google+Google+ is the …

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