Career Services

Employer Engagement

Employer Engagement

You’re a relationship builder with a passion for students and a commitment to finding the best and brightest talent for your company. At the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, we are equally driven by an innovative approach to talent management across a broad spectrum of programs and we pledge to provide unparalleled customer service. We invite you to get involved, stay involved and build your brand with Smith.

We offer a variety of ways to partner with us. Whether you’re a Smith Terp with a vested interest in giving back to your school, or are new to recruiting at Smith, here are several options for connecting with the talent you desire and building a strategic presence on our campus.

HireSmith – Our Online Recruiting Portal

Post jobs, review resumes and schedule on-campus recruiting interview dates. Visit hiresmith.net to set up your complimentary account.

Information Sessions and Corporate Presentations

Drive student interest and increase your brand visibility by scheduling sessions that convey your company’s unique value proposition and hiring needs.

Employer of the Day

Your company will have high visibility at the Smith School’s main entrance where you’ll network with students, both informally in groups and one-on-one, for all or part of the day.

Employer-in-Residence

You’ll conduct informal coaching and advising sessions with Smith students from your own in-house suite, providing them with additional expertise in mapping out their career goals.

On-Campus Interviews

This is the most effective way to recruit at the Smith School. We assist in planning, preparing and executing on-campus interviews, making your experience here easy, efficient and exceptional. Our 19 interview suites are at your disposal, and when you’re ready for a break, have lunch on us.

Connect Virtually

Can’t make it to College Park? CISCO TelePresence brings our campus — and our top-notch students — to you.

Annual Career Fairs

There are dozens of local and on-campus career fairs, including: CareerQuest, Smith Undergraduate, MS, and Start-Up fairs; Supply Chain Management Industry Day, and other Just-in-Time networking events.

Please contact the Office of Career Services for additional information about this event.

Volunteer

Partner with us to develop our Smith Terps through participation in resume reviews, mock interview workshops or career panels.

Make New Connections

OCS can also connect you with other Smith departments to create brand awareness, including executive speaking engagements and partnerships with faculty, student clubs and our Centers of Excellence.

Signature Events

The Smith School sponsors hundreds of events each year, including CEO @ Smith and the Smith School Business Summit (SSBS), which provides an opportunity for the entire Smith School community to engage in compelling discussions on currents trends and strategies.

 

Employers

Career Fair

Recruiting at Smith

The Office of Career Services (OCS) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business works to form productive, lasting relationships and careers with your company, so we take great care in matching our best and brightest to your needs. Our commitment to our employers is reflected in the layout and amenities of our new suite, and in our belief that if you can’t get to us, we will gladly come to you.

Not sure how you want to get involved yet? Visit our Employer Engagement page with several options to connect with the talent you desire and building a strategic presence at the Smith School. When you're ready to post a job, visit HireSmith, our online recruiting system. On your way to campus for an interview? Your Day at Smith has directions, information about our career suite and all of the travel information you will need.

MBA students recently ranked the Smith School’s OCS among the Top 5 in the U.S. for “Best Career Services,” giving us an A+ rating across the board for our career services offerings, quality of teachers, leadership skills acquired in the program, and the caliber of classmates. (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2012)

 

Graduate

MBA Orientation

Working with the OCS

You’ve put in the late hours, and you’ve sharpened your skills, and now it’s time to find your place in the business world. The Office of Career Services is your closest partner as you search for that perfect fit – a career that matches your skills and ambitions, encourages growth and is both personally and financially rewarding. We’re here to help you recognize your potential and leverage it to propel your career forward. Current students are able to access the full suite of career services and can apply for jobs online through HireSmith.

Career Services for Graduate Students

  • Career Coaching
  • Major Exploration & Career Direction
  • Self-Assessments
  • Developing a Job Search Plan
  • HireSmith Online Recruiting System/Job Database
  • Finding an Internship
  • Resume & Cover Letter Advice
  • Networking
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Evaluating & Negotiating Job Offers
  • Mock Interviews
  • Walk-in Hours
  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Target Job Search Management Technology
  • Soft Skill Development
  • Student Code of Conduct (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Placement Statistics

The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location. This report for full-time MBA placement statistics conforms to the MBA Career Services Council (CSC) standards for reporting MBA statistics.

The Gold Standard MBA Benchmark

The “Gold Standard” is a benchmark for Smith MBAs used by the OCS to determine student readiness for employer interaction and recommendation by OCS. The criteria each MBA student will be evaluated on is below:

Written Communication Skills

  • Uses OCS approved industry/job specific resume
  • Writes professional cover letters that follow the guidelines provided by the OCS
  • Drafts appropriate networking outreach that follow structure of key elements outlined in the guidelines
  • Writes timely and professional thank you notes for all informational interviews, networking conversations and job interviews

Oral Communication Skills

  • Demonstrates effective interview skills and is approved by OCS in a mock interview
  • Delivers clear, concise and compelling elevator speech

Professional Appearance and Demeanor

  • Exhibits appropriate business formal and business casual attire
  • Exhibits appropriate manners when dealing with potential employers

Self-Guided Career Development

  • Understands career path in the chosen field
  • Conducts extensive industry/company research followed by focused job search
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the value of networking and how to conduct it
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the job description and can create a cover letter that addresses how KSAOs (knowledge, skills, abilities, other) apply to that specific job

Interview Skills and Preparation

  • Innovative Career Programming Workshops
  • Improv Workshop
  • Alumni Mock Interviews
  • Salary Negotiation Training
  • Case Interview Prep
  • International Immersion Series
  • Corporate Partnership Series

Smith School Business Summit

The Smith School Business Summit (SSBS) provides an opportunity for the entire Smith community to engage in compelling discussions on current trends and strategies. The annual event always features a compelling keynote speaker, followed by a series of expert panels, ending with a cocktail reception. Widely regarded as one of Smith’s best events that brings together alumni, local businesses, students, faculty, and staff, SSBS registration fills up quickly.

Interview Toolkit

Need to brush up your interview skills? The Interview Toolkit is a comprehensive refresher to help you do (and look!) your best on the big day. Access these resources via HireSmith.

  • Etiquette for Professional Dress
  • Resume and Cover Letter Resources
  • Cover Letter Guidelines
  • Sample Resumes
  • Order OCS Business Cards and Nametags
  • Salary Negotiation Guidelines
  • Sample Interview Questions

Leadership Fellows

The competitive Leadership Fellows program recruits second-year MBA students to offer assistance to their MBA cohorts as they begin their all-important job search. These fellows gain valuable face time with employers, and assist their cohorts in the following ways:

  • Case and behavioral mock interviews
  • Resume reviews
  • Advice on changing a focus area
  • Answering questions about interviews

Who to Contact - Career Advising

Our dedicated Career Coaches and Industry Advisors come from all corners of business to aid you in finding your perfect job fit. They can help with career exploration, researching companies and positions, mock interviews, creating resumes and cover letters, preparing for the interview, and negotiating offers. The staff listing will help direct you to the appropriate contact.

Undergraduate

Career Fair

2014 Smith Undergraduate Career Fair
Friday, September 19 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Xfinity Center

Join the Office of Career Services as it hosts Smith's biggest recruiting event in the Xfinity Center! This fair is open to all Smith undergraduate students and Smith undergraduate alumni. Additional information and registration can be found on www.hiresmith.net

Prepare for the fair by viewing the program book and checking out all 112 companies attending the fair! Download Program Book.

Working with OCS

You’ve put in the late hours, and you’ve sharpened your skills, and now it’s time to find your place in the business world. The Office of Career Services is your closest partner as you search for that perfect fit – a career that matches your skills and ambitions, encourages growth and is both personally and financially rewarding. We’re here to help you recognize your potential and leverage it to propel your career forward. Current students are able to access the full suite of career services and can apply for jobs online through HireSmith.

Career Services for Undergraduates

  • Career Coaching
  • Major Exploration & Career Direction
  • Self-Assessments
  • Developing a Job Search Plan
  • HireSmith Assistance
  • Finding an Internship
  • Resume and Cover Letter Advice
  • Connecting with Clubs
  • Networking
  • Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers
  • Mock Interviews

Exploring Majors and Careers

Our undergraduate program is widely recognized as "The Crown Jewel of the Smith School." Smith School undergrads are among the brightest students at the University of Maryland. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are willing and eager to do what is required to succeed in their job search and career. Highly sought after by top companies and the Big 4 accounting firms, Smith students move on to bright futures after graduation.

The following undergraduate majors are available in business: AccountingFinanceManagement, Information SystemsInternational BusinessSupply Chain ManagementMarketing, or Operations Management.

Placement Statistics

See our most recent Placement Statistics. The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location.

Coursework

  • BMGT 367: Career Strategies
    An overview and opportunity to practice job search skills critical to obtaining internships and full-time positions. Course will cover strategies for exploring career options, preparing job search materials, development of job search skills such as interviewing and networking. Students are encouraged to take this course in the sophomore or junior year.
  • BMGT 398: Internship for Credit

Career Advising and Resources

Interview Toolkit

  • Guidelines for Professional Dress
  • Undergraduate Resume Guide
  • Salary Negotiation and Job Offers
  • Etiquette for Professional Conferences

Undergraduate Career Services Team

Ashlee Kerkhoff | Director, Undergraduate Student Programming 
301-405-9475 | akerkhof@rhsmith.umd.edu 

Courtney Bigger | Associate Director, Undergraduate Student Programming 
301-405-1335 | cbigger@rhsmith.umd.edu 

Judy Martinez | Assistant Director, Undergraduate Student Programming 
301-405-0306 | jmartinez@rhsmith.umd.edu 

Erin Fields Saddler | Assistant Director, Undergraduate Career Curriculum 
301-405-8833 | esaddler@rhsmith.umd.edu 

Kylie Bopp | Graduate Assistant 
kbopp@rhsmith.umd.edu 

Current Students

Working with OCS

You’ve put in the late hours, and you’ve sharpened your skills, and now it’s time to find your place in the business world. The Office of Career Services is your closest partner as you search for that perfect fit – a career that matches your skills and ambitions, encourages growth and is both personally and financially rewarding. We’re here to help you recognize your potential and leverage it to propel your career forward. Current students are able to access the full suite of career services and can apply for jobs online through HireSmith.

Graduate

Florence

You’re smart, ambitious and focused. You’re willing to invest the time to enhance or transition your professional career into something better. You know a graduate degree in business is your ticket to the job and the salary you want, in a field that excites you. For you, career success means more than just a financially rewarding job. It’s about making a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Career Services for Graduate Students

  • Career Coaching
  • Major Exploration & Career Direction
  • Self-Assessments
  • Developing a Job Search Plan
  • HireSmith Online Recruiting System/Job Database
  • Finding an Internship
  • Resume & Cover Letter Advice
  • Networking
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Evaluating & Negotiating Job Offers
  • Mock Interviews
  • Walk-in Hours
  • Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Target Job Search Management Technology
  • Soft Skill Development

Placement Statistics

The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location. This report for full-time MBA placement statistics conforms to the MBA Career Services Council (CSC) standards for reporting MBA statistics.

Undergraduate

Career Fair

Our undergraduate program is widely recognized as "The Crown Jewel of the Smith School." Smith School undergrads are among the brightest students at the University of Maryland. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are willing and eager to do what is required to succeed in their job search and career. Highly sought after by top companies and the Big 4 accounting firms, Smith students move on to bright futures after graduation.

The following undergraduate majors are available in business: AccountingFinanceManagement, Information SystemsInternational BusinessSupply Chain ManagementMarketing, or Operations Management.

Career Services for Undergraduates

  • Career Coaching
  • Major Exploration & Career Direction
  • Self-Assessments
  • Developing a Job Search Plan
  • HireSmith Assistance
  • Finding an Internship
  • Resume and Cover Letter Advice
  • Connecting with Clubs
  • Networking
  • Evaluating and Negotiating Job Offers
  • Mock Interviews

Placement Statistics

See our most recent Placement Statistics. The employment data provided broadly groups students by their career choices as defined by industry, function and location.

Career Advising and Resources

Coursework

  • BMGT 367: Career Strategies
    An overview and opportunity to practice job search skills critical to obtaining internships and full-time positions. Course will cover strategies for exploring career options, preparing job search materials, development of job search skills such as interviewing and networking. Students are encouraged to take this course in the sophomore or junior year.
  • BMGT 398: Internship for Credit

Top 25 Recruiting Companies

  1. Accenture
  2. Amazon.com, Inc.
  3. Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP
  4. Branch Banking and Trust Company
  5. Capital One
  6. Deloitte
  7. DuPont
  8. EY
  9. General Electric
  10. Grant Thornton LLP
  11. Hitachi Consulting Corporation
  12. International Business Machines Corp.
  13. KPMG LLP
  14. Lockheed Martin
  15. Macy's, Inc.
  16. Marriott International, Inc.
  17. McGladrey LLP
  18. Morgan Stanley
  19. PepsiCo
  20. Reznick Group, P.C.
  21. Stanley Black & Decker
  22. T. Rowe Price
  23. W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  24. Unilever
  25. Starbucks

Prospective Students

Discover, Develop, Connect, Engage

Success at the Office of Career Services (OCS) is driven by our innovative career services practices and commitment to an individualized-focused approach to talent management. The reputation and location of the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business attracts the best and brightest students — and the most sought-after employers — to our campus. OCS has a fully staffed internal suite of experts dedicated to helping develop long-term mutually beneficial relationships with students and employers. Our goal is to make the process easy, efficient — even exceptional.

Career Coach Dr. Jeffrey Kudisch

Jeffrey Kudisch

June 2013: Don't Be a Desperate Job Seeker
Capital Business | Washington Post

May 2013: Job Search is a Team Sport
Capital Business | Washington Post

Top 5 B-School (MBA, US)

#2 Career Services
#2 Student Satisfaction
#2 Teaching
#2 Ethics Businessweek (2012)

 Job Interview Tips (5-minute Videos)

Assistant Dean Jeff Kudisch on "The line between confidence and arrogance"
Part 1 & Part 2

Dr. Cindy Stevens on "Matching employer needs"

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