Many 2012 cohort MIM students are deep into their job search requesting informational interviews, applying to various positions and attending networking events. The new cohort may ask, “How did you get started? What resources did you use to jumpstart your career search?” Networking is certainly one of the most important aspects of any job search today, so below is a list of community and SBA resources our cohort has found useful over the past year.
Weekly Email Blasts
Check your student emails every Wednesday for the Graduate Business Programs Weekly Bulletin. This email blast promotes networking events on and off campus, some exclusive to graduate business students. Particularly look out for CEPE (Center for Executive and Professional Education) events, Connect to Community (an alumni and current student get together), Student Roundtables (with high level executives), and speaker events from industry leaders. Don’t forget that the MIM specific Age of Pacific lectures are a great opportunity to network as well.
This online career community is a fantastic resource for networking events in the area, especially for marketing folks. On pdxMindshare.com you’ll find job postings, an events calendar, and a career-related blog, but I would highly recommend signing up for their newsletter. This way you can get all current information from the site each week without having to constantly check back.
For a more specialized approach, try finding groups on Meetup.com that suit your networking needs. However, before you join a group on Meetup check to see how many people are in the group and how often events happen. More established groups will have greater turnout and you’ll be able to meet more people in the industry. I’ve found Meetup to be most useful for current and potential Portland entrepreneurs as there are many popular groups and events for entrepreneurs.
Everyone who has taken Brian McCarthy’s Marketing class in the MIM program should have a Twitter account. So don’t let it rust; instead optimize it for your job search. Find industry leaders and organizations to follow, then look for events they tweet about. You may even be able to start a conversation on Twitter which carries over to an introductory meeting at a networking event.
Groups on LinkedIn and Mac’s List
Similar to the twitter strategy, find groups that interest you in the LinkedIn community. While these groups focus more on relaying information about their respective industries, chances are they will also promote networking events. Mac’s list is primarily a job board centered in Portland, but they also display events here.
Juli Tejadilla is a full-time student in the Masters of International Management program. She previously graduated with two Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Studio Art from Linfield College. While her interest in international business began as an undergraduate student, she has been traveling around the world since she was nine months old. Her travels have taken her all across Western Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and most recently to Japan, China, and Vietnam. She hopes through the MIM program to learn key insights to conduct business internationally and to establish herself as a global citizen.