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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.