I’m spending my day posting jobs to MBA Alumni organizations. I was blessed with a HUGE window in my office (it’s actually 2 windows) and am disctracted by how unbelievably beautiful it is outside right now. For some reason, this winter seemed longer than usual, but it does seem odd to have such great weather so early…but I am not complaining.
So I am posting a bunch of jobs to the top MBA sites, so I can sit here by the windows and pretend I am in my backyard with a margarita in my hand. We do a lot of posting to MBA alumni sites—looking for folks a year or more out of b-school. Don’t worry if you don’t have an MBA because even if it’s listed in the requirements of a position, we will absolutely consider folks without it. It’s really about who can do the job, right?
So I have a little rant of my own right now. I know that business school have to market themselves to make money (i.e., attract students willing to pay tuition). And one community they need to market to is the hiring community; basically presenting the value of a graduate of their university as an employee. I get lots of mail (e and snail) from programs explaining this (Kellogg, Stanford and USC seems to be the best at this…at least from what I have seen). For me, as a recruiter, I decide which schools produce the best employees for marketing roles at Microsoft based on the quality of the applicants from their alumni web sites (we have a team solely dedicated to recruiting current and new MBAs). So these schools let you post for free, but each site has a different UI. And frankly, this sucks up huge amounts of my time. Each requires different info and uses different industry classifications and job classifications and the responsibilities go here and the requirements go there, but on this site they go together and here’s where you add your job code. And don’t even get me started about the schools that don’t have a web interface.
These schools put out great potential employees. But some recruiters simply cannot find the time to post to all of these schools because they do not have a common interface to their alumni job posting sites. Word to the top b-schools: get together and come up with a common interface for job postings (and keep it free). You’ll get a lot more interest from corporate industry recruiters.