Stanford GSB | Mr. Robotics
GMAT 730, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
INSEAD | Mr. Tesla Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Tech To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
INSEAD | Ms. Investment Officer
GMAT Not taken, GPA 16/20 (French scale)
Cornell Johnson | Mr. SAP SD Analyst
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Startup Of You
GMAT 770, GPA 2.4
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Against All Odds
GMAT 720, GPA 2.9
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Investment Associate
GMAT 700, GPA 3.67
Kellogg | Ms. Public School Teacher
GRE 325, GPA 3.93
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Reform
GRE 331 (Practice), GPA 2.92
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Fund
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
INSEAD | Mr. Future In FANG
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Italian In Tokyo
GMAT (710-740), GPA 4.0
Kellogg | Mr. IDF Commander
GRE Waved, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.95
Yale | Mr. Healthcare Geek
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5

MBA Jobs: From Dark Days to Present

And many of the offers these days are coming not from on-campus recruiters, but from newly established relationships with employers. “A lot of companies are sourcing talent without coming to campus and without posting jobs,” says Morton of Chicago’s Booth. “Over the last couple of years, students have done a much better job networking than they have in the past. And companies realized that as soon as they posted a job they were inundated with resumes. So they were better off mining their own contacts and networks.”


At Harvard, for example, the emergency plan that Kierstead put into effect called for more aggressively reaching out to companies to either solidify existing relationships or build new ones. Within an 18-month period starting in January of 2009, Harvard’s MBA Career staff met with 200 new companies that had never recruited at HBS along with 50 existing Harvard employers. The staff traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad to India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, London, Beijing and Shanghai to cultivate these relationships. It also held splashy recruiter conferences in both Paris and Shanghai. “We really stepped up our employer relations efforts,” says Kierstead.

At home, the school added more coaches and now has a roster of 42 adjunct career coaches for students. It launched a Network Job Search Fellowship Fund to help students offset the costs to do their own job searches, including payment to travel for interviews outside the country. HBS also put more money into its Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship and two funds at the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship to subsidize students who spend their summer working for non-profits or startups that couldn’t pay them as much as a mainstream company.

Most importantly, perhaps, the school launched an enhanced career support program with the Class of 2010. The goal: to equip MBAs with job search and networking skills for life. “We now teach them to fish,” says Kierstead. “We don’t fish for them. We give them all the tools and resources they need, but they have to own it and drive it. That is a life skill. There will be no on-campus recruiting or resume books for the rest of their lives.” The program teaches everything from basic networking skills to how to most effectively use LinkedIn. Some 90% of Harvard students now take advantage of the coaching program.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.