Join 360JobInterview & Over 25 Schools at Pace University MBA Fair

Published on 20 January 2010 by Barry Miller in News

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Pace University COOP and Career Services Partners with myWorkster to Produce a Multi-school MBA Career Fair

Back in January, 2009 the economic downturn was in full blast. Many of the alumni and graduate students that I had been seeing were losing their jobs and many financial firms large and small were significantly downsizing or going out of business. Doug Baruchin the Director of Operations of myWorkster a vendor that listed jobs from their organizational clients and had university students create profiles had asked to have a meeting with me to discuss some upgrades to their web site. I bluntly exclaimed to Doug that I had very little interest in his web site upgrades, but that I noticed that he had a number of schools listed on their web site that did business with myWorkster. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get normally competitive schools to cooperate for the benefit of their collective alumni by doing a multi-school job fair. Doug responded enthusiastically.

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Doug and I got to work. He canvassed the schools that had affiliated with myWorkster and I pitch the proposal to the members of a group I belong to the Alumni Career Services Network. Essentially for the privilege of participating in the fair they would be required to ask employers who recruit at their school to participate. The result was our first Multischool Job Fair for Alumni at Baruch College, in June 2009. 25 schools, including Pace, Fordham, Baruch, NYU, NYIT and Hofstra locally and Notre Dame, Miami and University of Southern California nationally. 76 companies and over 2000 alumni attended. Other fairs planned and implemented were in Chicago and at St. John’s University successfully.

During a staff meeting of COOP and Career Services last spring we discussed how difficult the job market was going to be for our MBA graduates. I suggested as a response, maybe we could be a collaborative MBA fair similar to our alumni fairs for current MBAs looking for internships through those looking for experienced professionals. We pitched this fair to schools that offer MBAs and received a strong response. We again got a strong response from local schools, but also added such nationally recognized schools as DePaul, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Dartmouth and Cornell to our impressive list of schools.

I definitely believe that collaborate job fairs is a way of helping employers meet candidates from targeted schools in an efficient and cost effective way. It is a win-win situation for everybody concerned. Better candidates for employers and more opportunities for students and alumni to get a face to face with employers.

To find out more about this event whether you are an employer or job search candidate go to www.myworkster.com/jobfair. You can also look for 360JobInterview to be in attendance. Stop by and say hello. We’d love to meet you!

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