Job Front: Recruiting on campus for MBAs is on the rise

Published: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 6:30 am

On-campus recruiting for business graduate students at the nation's colleges is on the rise, with nearly half of schools reporting an increase, according to a report on MBA hiring trends released last week.

The MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance, in its 2013 Recruiting Trends Survey released Monday, shows that 48 percent of respondents said campus recruiting activity grew for full-time jobs.

Nearly 70 percent of those who responded to the survey said job postings for full-time positions increased.

Officials at MBA Career Services said the survey shows increases in recruiting in a number of sectors, with the biggest gains in technology and energy.

Meanwhile, financial services and government were laggards.

Startups were the most aggressive recruiters with 57 percent of the fledgling businesses looking for talent on-campus, according to the survey.

For MBAs, networking is key, officials at MBA Career Services said.

"The survey clearly shows the value of networking, with many MBA hires being initiated by alumni and referral contacts," officials said in a statement announcing the survey.

Meanwhile, more MBA graduates are looking to the self-employment route, the survey shows.

"A growing number of MBA students are focusing on entrepreneurship, either by starting their own businesses or helping other students start theirs," Jack Oakes, an MBA Career Services committee co-chair, said in a statement.

Career fair offers tips

The Sacramento Valley Campus of the University of Phoenix is hosting a career fair Aug. 9.

Job seekers can attend panel discussions and career workshops at the free event from 9 a.m. to noon at the campus, 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento.

The career workshop focuses on topics including résumé building and using social media as a career tool.

Attendees can also chat with panelists, University of Phoenix instructors and staff and local professionals at a networking forum.

Job seekers can also meet face to face with employers about career opportunities in the area.

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