/ Asked by Rob
I graduated about a year ago and earned my B.S degree in Business Administration. I applied for many jobs but did not hear back from anyone so I decided to go back to school to get my M.B.A. and I joined linkedin.com. I have been in the M.B.A program for about a year now and have still been applying for jobs but have heard little back. I have experience as a student manager and customer service experience but I cannot figure out what more I can do to get a career going. Any suggestions?
Answered by Kellie, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, August 22, 2013
LinkedIn is all about networks so if you are not getting good career information from there I recommend trying to expand your network. Technology is the new way for many interactions but face-to-face time should not be left out of the picture.

Make an effort to meet one new person each week so you can start to expand your network on LinkedIn and in your professional relationships. Many MBA programs have working professionals enrolled in the courses so I recommend that you try to connect with them during your classes. By connecting with the working professionals they may be able to provide you with specific advice on  the networks/groups you should connect with in LinkedIn. Other face-to-face networking options could be to join a study group, local professional organization, or student group related to your MBA. Expanding your network may introduce you to new career options and help land your next job. Happy Networking!
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, August 23, 2013
In addition to networking online I would recommend leveraging the resources that are available to you on campus at your MBA program. Career Services and professors are in touch with companies directly and can help in connecting you with available opportunities and ensuring that your resume and interview skills are positioning you for success. There are also various student organizations and professional organizations that you can join to help in networking with other students and companies. Be sure to also attend any presentations or events that are put on at your campus by companies you may be targeting.
Answered by Jillian, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
It sounds like you are taking some great positive steps forward in your search for a job.  Continue doing what you are doing as persistence does tend to pay off. 
Some employers may be concerned that you are currently going to school and that your education needs may hinder in your ability to complete your job duties.  I would list your estimated graduation date on your resume.  That way they will see when the end date would be.  Also, you may want to list if you are a full time student or a part time student.  Don’t forget to include your GPA on the resume for a quick reference point for employers.
If you are able to accept a paid internship or co-op, that would be a way to get a foot in the door for both for the experience and the hope that the company will want to hire you on full time post-graduation.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Even though it may be difficult to find a job, I think it's great you went back to school to get your MBA. Utilize the resources you have at your school, like Career Services and your professors. Many schools offer resume critiques as well, so make sure that you are putting your best self forward by illustrating all of your qualities and experience on paper. LinkedIn is extremely important today, so use it to network and learn about companies and positions of interest. Having conversations with your peers from your classes might also open a door to a potential job of interest. 
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