MBA schools mean business and they stand behind the degree you earned —they provide terrific career resources for their current students and their alumni.
These resources range from life-long learning to networking events to online resources, and even career advisory appointments to help alumni.
It’s good business for MBA schools to offer state-of-the-art career services for their alumni to advance their careers, according to Matthew Temple, Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development at the Kellogg School of Management. “We want to engage and connect our alumni and help them to be successful in their careers,” he says. Engaging with alumni also has a “pay it forward” effect —the more alumni who actively interact with the school, the wider the network of alumni who can help current students and alumni with their careers. Additionally, happy and satisfied alum spread the word, which helps build the school’s reputation.
Modern day job search is overwhelming, even for MBA alumni. As career advisors for alumni at leading MBA programs, my business partner, Susan Weil, and I continually hear from clients how chaotic and isolating job search is. In 2015, we launched Jobtreks, a personal dashboard for successful career exploration, job search & networking, to bring order to the chaos of the modern job search. Four of the five top ranked MBA programs in the U.S. now license Jobtreks for their current business school students and numerous schools offer Jobtreks as a resource for alumni.
Here are seven useful resources that many MBA schools offer their alumni for an efficient and less stressful path to a new job.
Online Resources for Job Search
To kick off your job search, your first stop should be your school’s career services alumni site. These sites offer numerous resources including:
- Hiring statistics and trends by industry
- Resume and cover letter helpful hints and templates
- Interview preparation
- Third party recommended job search products
Many alumni launch job searches on their own and are pleasantly surprised to discover their alma mater’s alumni career site.
Alumni Job Boards
Most schools maintain separate job boards with postings for their alumni ranging from recent grads to senior professionals. Alumni often prefer hiring grads from their alma mater and go back to their schools to post open positions. Take advantage of these boards.
One-on-One Career Advisory Services
Many schools have started to offer alumni complimentary or discounted career advisory appointments by experienced career services professionals to discuss job search strategy, resume review, mock interviewing and much more. Temple describes, ‘“We offer Kellogg alumni free career coaching for life.” Check out your alma mater’s career site to see if they offer these services.
Alumni Directory with Contact Information
Schools maintain alumni directories in different ways. Some schools offer robust directories on their alumni career sites that can be sorted by companies and geography and provide alumni contact information. Other schools maintain alumni groups on LinkedIn. Find an alum at your target company and reach out to him/her for an introduction to that company.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities to Keep Current in Business
The primary mission of most business schools is to teach. This mission does not end with graduation. Many schools offer alumni online learning, webinars, conferences, lectures and special events given by professors both on campus and in cities around the world. Keep current and check them out.
Alumni Clubs Around the World with Networking Events
In many US and international cities, there are alumni clubs that are formed and managed by alumni. These clubs are a terrific place to network and learn about career opportunities in a specific city.
Reunion Events to Network with Classmate and Other Alumni
Reunions are not just events to hang out and reminisce about the good old days at b-school. They are amazing networking venues. Bring a lot of business cards, practice your elevator pitch and go!
Perhaps most importantly, through their engagement of alumni, MBA schools offer alumni a comfort zone. Make sure your alma mater has your updated contact information. You are part of their family and family stays together forever.