Secrets of the Job Hunt


Monday, December 29, 2008

MBA Jobs - When, Where and What?

If you're searching for MBA jobs, how do you know which job to choose?

Before you decide what jobs to apply for, you should consider what career path you want to take. According to an article by, it's important to know when to apply, where to apply and what positions to apply for.

When to apply. You should post your resume and any other details to online job sites as son as possible to help gain some control during the job search process. However, if you've just started your MBA program, it's better to wait to apply for specific jobs. You also should take advantage of any career fairs or other services your school may offer.

It might help to take note of when other students are applying for jobs and try to keep up with them. It also helps to schedule interviews around exams and other important college requirements.

Where to apply. You should research any organization you apply to, specifically those that show interest. This helps prepare for applications and interviews. You can usually find information through: the company's Web site, your college library, organizations and school alumni.

It's important not to limit yourself to companies currently advertising jobs, as many positions aren't advertised. To gather more information you can rely on other resources than the company itself, including any networking connections you may have.

What position to apply for. If you're given a choice of positions within an organization to apply for, you should choose those that are most conducive to your wanted career path.

"You will want to be able to use your strengths in the job - but will know that you are unlikely to develop your career unless you also have the opportunity to learn new skills - and perhaps rectify some weaknesses," the article notes. "So your choice of what to apply for will be influenced by your desire to strike a balance between familiarity and challenge.

"You will also be wanting to ensure some 'linear' direction to your career - so unless you have been totally unhappy with any earlier job, or unless you have chosen to take an MBA in order to change the direction of your career - your new job choice will be intended to move you forward," the article adds.

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