Career Services Update

Published: February 29, 2008

Jessica HenryMaking Connections That Count

Career opportunities often come from informal conversations over cocktails, or the last line of an email exchange between colleagues—a casual comment like “incidentally, my team is looking for someone who…” At the GSB, the Career Services team cultivates relationships rather than accounts, and partnerships rather than customers.

Among our strongest connections are those with alumni who champion Chicago Booth within their firms. As alumni, you are on-the-ground advocates who demonstrate every day why your firm should seek out your Chicago Booth peers. Your role in the successful hiring and recruiting processes is quantifiable: more than 20 percent of our 250 corporate meetings in 2007 were a direct result of our relationships with alumni. Among them were Yahoo!, Tata Consultancy Services, and the brand and marketing teams at Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble. In addition, alumni connections and introductions were key in helping us establish new recruiting relationships with such firms as Clorox in the Bay Area, General Electric Corporate Financial Services in London, and Jones Lang LaSalle in Singapore.

Marshall Sims, ’06 (XP-75), assistant brand manager at Procter & Gamble, and Jerry Ngo, ’02 (AXP-1), head of community partnerships for the public affairs group at Standard Chartered Bank in London, are among the alumni who agree that GSB candidates offer firms something unique, and have been integral in building the relationship between their firm and the school. “The point of difference for Chicago MBA students is the world-class combination of soft and hard skills they use to tackle global business challenges,” Sims said. Ngo echoed the thought. “As a leading financial institution in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, we particularly value the intellectual rigor and discipline that GSB students—and alumni—bring to markets that are experiencing significant growth and development,” Ngo said. “They make an impact in shaping the agenda within the firm, but also in influencing the development of the rapidly changing financial markets where we operate.”

We’re Here to Help

We’re thankful that the effort extends far beyond Career Services. Every day, our deans and colleagues in the Alumni and Development, Admissions, and Executive Education departments make connections that help develop potential recruiting relationships around the world.

To assist our corporate partners, we offer a robust set of tools:

  • The electronic job postings service lets you immediately announce your firm’s open positions worldwide to alumni and students, distributed daily to an email network of more than 7,000 recipients (including our Executive MBA students in Chicago, Singapore, and London), and web-accessible for our network of 42,000 students and alumni.
  • For employers who are looking to fill entry-level posts with current students in the Full-Time MBA Program, resume referrals are ideal. We will perform targeted resume searches of our database using such criteria as GSB concentration, previous functional experience, and geographic preference. We will then send this tailored set of resumes to you or another appropriate recruiting contact.
  • For those seeking to hire more experienced candidates, Select Search lets you sort through a database of alumni as well as students from the Evening, Weekend, and Executive MBA programs.
  • Chicago Booth is truly a global business force composed of strong individuals who transform organizations.

I look forward to continuing to work with you to engage with the Chicago Booth talent pool and develop your internal Chicago Booth team. Email me or contact me by phone at 773.834.0243.

Last Updated 5/14/09