CMC LINK is a unique customized job resource provided by the CMC. So just what is LINK exactly? Read on to find out!
What is LINK?
LINK stands for Leveraging Insider Networking Knowledge. A few years ago the CMC Employer Relations team brainstormed ideas for how to better support students who were finding their jobs outside of OCR and the job board. After further discussion with the career advisors and a few alumni contacts, LINK was born!
Who is LINK for?
LINK is open to all MBA and MSx students, including dual/joint degree and international students. We make a point of clarifying with companies that we can be a resource for filling their internship as well as full-time roles. We also ask them about processes for international students and experienced hires.
How does LINK work?
In a nutshell, LINK uses student company and industry preferences to guide the CMC’s outreach in uncovering desired job opportunities. We use this student data to conduct outreach with alumni and recruiters to get the scoop on job opportunities and recruiting processes within companies of interest. The Recruiting Relationship Managers (RRMs) work really hard to bring you, the students, the most relevant and up-to-date information about the companies where you want to work. We close that feedback loop through a number of channels including, email distribution lists and direct emails, newsletters, and small group forums called LINK Cafes. We also try to facilitate personalized interactions with popular companies through Hot LINKs, which are on-campus small group lunches with the company that are preceded or followed by coffee chats.
We rely on student feedback to drive our outreach efforts, so don’t be afraid to reach out to an advisor or RRM with any questions, new interests, or updates on leads that you’ve uncovered. The data we refer to also shows us which students expressed an interest in which companies, so we are able to follow-up with students individually, as needed, regarding visa sponsorship and experienced hire processes.
Can you further explain the difference between a LINK Cafe and Hot LINKs?
Sure! LINK Cafes are informal forums led by a RRM and focus on recruiting updates for a particular industry. Topics can include new job opportunities and recruiting insights. We can’t guarantee that a job is always going to be available at a hot company, however. LINK Cafes are also an opportunity for students to ask questions about where we are with our outreach, or to gain more clarity about an open role. In keeping with the relaxed, informal vibe, the CMC also provides light cafe fare (snacks, coffee, and tea).
HOT LINKs are company-specific small group lunches (provided by the CMC), designed to give students a more personal interaction with the company. Hot LINKs are typically limited to no more than a dozen students. Before or after lunch, the company will usually hold coffee chats as an opportunity for one-on-one dialogue.
This is sounding really interesting. When does LINK start?
We will be launching LINK in winter quarter. MBA2s and MSxers will start seeing LINK related announcements in early January. MBA1s will start receiving LINK communications towards the conclusion of winter OCR, at the end of January. LINK communications will continue until the end of June for MBA1s and MBA2s, and until the end of August for MSx.
LINK Cafes usually happen weekly. That is, a LINK Cafe may take place each week, but not every industry will be represented in each LINK Cafe. Hot LINKs are bit more infrequent as they are subject to company and student availability.
Where do I go to find out when LINK Cafes and Hot LINKs are happening?
Great question! This year we will be promoting all LINK activity via the dashboard. If you have signed up for LINK, you will see announcements for when LINK Cafes and Hot LINKs will be taking place. The RRMs will also send announcements via email using industry distribution lists that we create when you sign up. If you don’t sign up for LINK, you will not receive these announcements or be able to view them on the dashboard.
What else can I look forward to as a LINK participant?
The benefits of LINK are many! For starters, LINK will give you access to jobs that won’t get posted to the job board. Often the jobs we uncover are new, and/or the hiring manager wants to be selective, so they request that the jobs not be posted to the job board. We will use LINK to promote those opportunities to students instead of posting more widely. As part of that request, we also will not be posting jobs to the club leaders. The clubs will certainly be able to continue forwarding jobs they uncover, but any roles sourced by the CMC will be posted to the LINK participants using LINK distribution lists.
Another perk is inclusion in the LINK resume books. Last year, we compiled industry-specific resume books that were shared with over 5,000 GSB alumni. We do this to give alums a heads up and reminder that we have this great talent pool they can tap to fill any hiring needs. If you’re not in LINK, you will not be included in the resume book. Note, these resume books are not the same as the class resume books that employers buy. So if you gave permission to be included in the employer resume database but do not opt-in to LINK, your resume will not be included in the LINK resume book(s).
Finally, participating in LINK will heighten your visibility within the CMC, which is key for job referrals. Oftentimes, alums will reach out seeking referrals from RRMs or advisors for specific roles. Naturally, it is easiest for us to refer students that we have interacted with regularly – which means that LINK participants tend to be top of mind for such roles.
This sounds *amazing*! How do I sign up?
LINK is opt-in only via the Career Dashboard. In the Permissions section of your profile, you will find the “LINK Communications?” question. Answer “yes” if you wish to participate. If you answer “no” or do not answer the question at all, you will not be part of LINK. You can opt in or out at any time. However, LINK is only open to students who are still seeking a position (yes, we will check!).
We also pull your company preferences from your profile. You can update your company information in the Career Targets section of the profile. List your top five companies of choice, and we’ll handle the rest!
Anything else I should know?
CMC LINK is just one more resource you can use in your job search, but it’s not the only one. We fully expect that you will continue to utilize your personal and professional networks to connect with contacts within your companies of interest.
More information about LINK, including the overview that was presented last week, can be found here, on MyGSB: https://mygsb.stanford.edu/mba/career/your-career-campaign/job-search-pathways/just-in-time/cmc-link
Please do not hesitate to reach out to the CMC with any additional questions!