Networking is an essential but underused component of the job search. It’s a particularly daunting and stressful task for students and recent graduates. Without much work experience, they may feel as if they have a mountain to climb when introducing themselves to hiring managers or recruiters at events.
Despite how intimidating networking can be, it’s essential to keep in mind that word-of-mouth and internal recommendations are the best way to find a job. Some career experts even suggest that up to 80% of all available jobs never get posted on online job boards. Applicant tracking systems (ATS) further slow down the job hunt by screening and eliminating resumes that may not be formatted correctly or don’t contain certain keywords, even if the applicant has the necessary qualifications. There are cases abound of applicants submitting hundreds of applications, only to receive a handful of replies and interviews. With these obstacles in place, students need a new way to find and secure jobs to launch their professional careers. University career advisors also need a better way to manage students, monitor upcoming graduates throughout their job search process, help engage their alumni, and boost employment statistics.
Mentat is solving this problem by introducing the power of Artificial Intelligence technology to employment, enabling students and alumni to get jobs up to 10x faster through networking. Instead of filling out dozens or even hundreds of online application forms and hoping that they make it in front of a human, job-seeking students can now use the A.I. platform to generate a personalized email with their resume attached to send to hiring managers at their target companies. The technology also supercharges career services with data like never before. We’re excited to announce our partnership with Symplicity which allows partner institutions to deploy A.I. capabilities with the click of a button. Our collective solution enables us to drive powerful results for university leaders on employability and engagement, and it creates a more seamless experience for student and alumni job seekers.
Direct connections lead to faster hiring for recent grads
One of the most frustrating aspects of the job search for all job seekers is how time-consuming the process is. No one wants to spend months trying to get their foot in the door at a new company. It’s incredibly stress-inducing for recent graduates who don’t have many resources to support themselves through the process. Networking is the best way to shorten the time it takes to secure a job, speeding up the process up to 10X in some cases. It also helps build lifelong connections that could lead to career advancement later down the road. This is incredibly valuable to universities, as it boosts their employment statistics and keeps their alumni network engaged.
Direct email outreach catches the attention of hiring managers
Hiring managers prefer hiring candidates that they find through referrals or other networking. It creates a personal atmosphere and a feeling of confidence in the hiring process. It also demonstrates that the candidate has done their research and has an interest in the specific company, making hiring managers far more inclined to give them a chance in an interview. “In my last job search, 100% of the interviews I received were from direct contact with technical recruiters,” says Cathy Chen, a software engineer at Google, “I filed zero applications.” HR appreciates it when individuals make their jobs easier!
Artificial Intelligence-based networking gives career services valuable metrics
With the typical career advisor managing over 100s of students, it can be impossible to know who is in need of the most help. 2016 Gallup-Purdue study revealed that only 1 in 6 graduates found career services “very helpful.” It’s difficult for career services centers to tackle these issues, because of the large student bodies they are managing.
Metrics about which students are slipping through the cracks in their searches lets advisors know who to reach out to. It helps career advising teams supercharge their services and focus their efforts. Universities need to have high job placement rates to remain competitive. Providing networking services that make it easier for students to land a job changes the tone surrounding career services. It increases the value of the university, making it more attractive to prospective students.
Mentat uses the power of artificial intelligence to get your students/alumni jobs 10x faster and to boost career services with data. Here’s how Mentat’s A.I. technology can help you:
- Enrich your alumni database with the latest career, contact, social media and affinity information. Now you can reach out to and engage alumni in much more relevant contexts.
- Enable your students and alumni to directly pitch themselves to hiring managers and recruiters at thousands of target companies. This approach results in 10x higher interview rates from job applications, engages your alumni base, and makes networking easier than ever before.
- Mentat’s platform also enables you to track and nudge student job search behavior automatically across all platforms, regardless of source (e.g., number of jobs, networking activity, interview rate, job offers and placement rates). No more reliance on patchy self-reported data!
That old saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has never been truer than it is now. Networking is crucial to lifelong career success. Giving students and career services the tools for creating strong alumni networks is the best way to provide all the resources that they need for success.
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