Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the November 17, 2008, issue of QuintZine.
Almost 75 percent of survey respondents said reputation plays an extremely important or a very important role when considering where to work after graduating with an MBA, said a Hill & Knowlton report titled “Corporate Reputation Watch,” released early in 2008. The survey was administered to 530 MBA candidates from top-tier programs throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Survey results indicate the quality of a company’s management, its products and services, and the employee talent within an organization are vital to MBA grads. Eighty-three percent of participants said these factors were extremely important or very important in driving corporate reputation. By contrast, 70 percent of survey participants said a company’s financial performance and investment value was an extremely important or a very important driver of corporate reputation.
The survey also shows that MBAs value corporate social responsibility. Employers that produce alcohol, tobacco, or chemicals will probably face difficulties in attracting top MBA talent, even if they are financially successful, because their reputations are not green enough.
The survey examined not just what drives corporate reputation but also what MBAs take into account when weighing a job prospect. Having strong career opportunities took priority over any factor that goes into choosing a job, with 95 percent of survey respondents saying it is extremely important or very important. By comparison, 85 percent of participants said compensation and benefits packages were extremely important or very important when considering a job.
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