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Alumni Resources

Effective career management is one of the most important skills to acquire and master. Columbia Business School has worked with thousands of students and alumni and found that the most successful careers are built around a five-step process — self-assessment, research, marketing, networking and interviewing, and ongoing professional development. We have the resources to guide you every step of the way.

Assessment is the cornerstone of the career management process. It's about examining and understanding your values, interests, skills, needs, and style to identify the career paths that are the best fit for you. Research involves gathering as much information as possible on companies and industries that carry out the work and best exhibit the values that you identified during the self-assessment phase.

Opportunities to sell yourself and market your skills can present themselves at any time. Jobs have been found and partnerships developed at cocktail parties, on taxi rides, and at company picnics. To do it effectively, Marketing can brand yourself consistently and refine your messaging so each interaction reinforces who you are as a professional.

Networking is a vital component of any career. It’s a valuable resource for learning about new fields and it’s also how approximately 80 percent of job seekers find work. As you transition from one opportunity to another, it’s important to be polished and prepared when you interview. As you progress within your chosen career, your skills should stay sharp and relevant to your superior, your job, and your industry. Attend conferences, take classes, and read voraciously so that you can continue to add value with Professional Development.

 

Career Services FAQ

Here are the most frequently asked questions by alumni.

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Yes. Alumni Career Services is available to meet with all alumni of the Business School at no charge for two sessions per year; one advising and one follow-up session.

To set up an appointment, please contact our Careers department at alumnicareers@gsb.columbia.edu. If you would like to establish an ongoing coaching arrangement, please visit the list of referred career and executive coaches on the Alumni Website within the Careers section.

If you are having trouble logging in, you may need to close and restart your browser. If you are still having trouble, please contact Alumni Relations at 212-854-8815 or alumnicareers@gsb.columbia.edu.

To register for an upcoming event, please log on to the Alumni website and click on the “Details” link found to the left of the event title within the Calendar section. If registration or payment is required for the event, follow the registration link to submit your payment online.

If you still have difficulties registering, you can also contact us directly at alumni@gsb.columbia.edu or 212-854-8815.

No. You will only need your alumni Lifetime user ID and password. If you do not know what your username or password is, please contact alumni@gsb.columbia.edu. Please be prepared to provide your full name, program you graduated from and your graduation year.

The jobs posted on the Alumni website are specifically for Columbia Business School alumni seeking experienced level opportunities and are housed in a centralized database within the Experienced-Hire Talent Portal. Click on “Off Campus Jobs” and “Job Postings.” You will be able to search for specific postings, save jobs, manage your profile, and update your résumé.

Columbia Business School utilizes a free, on-line job board that you can use to publicize any job opportunities you may have year-round, at any level and for any market. In addition to our current MBA and Executive MBA students, our global alumni base of over 41,000 graduates also accesses this board for job opportunities. To access the Job board, which is part of our overall recruiting system called COIN (Career Online Information Network), use the following link: www.gsb.columbia.edu/jobpost

The first time you post on COIN, you’ll need to create an account. Select your own username and password and complete the company and contact profiles. You will then be able to post a job using the “Post A New Job” link in the Job Postings section of your homepage. This will open a posting form that will enable you to target the opportunity by using a combination of check-boxes, drop-down menus and text boxes. Please make sure to select the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page when finished.

The job posting will then remain pending until it is reviewed and approved by our office (within 24 hours), after which it will be viewable to candidates. You can manage your job postings at any time (including expiring or refreshing) by logging back into COIN using your username and password.

A variety of career resources are available for alumni, including an alumni database for networking, individual career counseling, career events and newsletters, and comprehensive job search tools; such as Hoovers and First Research.

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