Careers, Companies & Universities, Students & Careers

How Does Smartly Talent Work?

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It’s common for a student to spend upwards of $100,000 on a graduate degree but still have no clear career path afterward. At the other end of the job market, employers are at a loss on how to reach talented students with appropriate skills. Our solution is Smartly Talent. Smartly Talent is a network for top companies to connect with top talent in the most efficient way. Once accepted into our MBA program, candidates are also admitted into our career network. On the employer end, machine learning algorithms serve up the most suitable profiles to hiring managers. We’re using technology to connect companies & talent and are strengthening the workforce with more efficient employment matches.

Here are the details of Smartly Talent for Employers & Candidates…

Employers

Some common types of employers that we have in the network include:

– Multinational Financial Institutions
– Premier and Boutique Consulting Firms
– VC-Backed Startups
– Publicly Traded Consumer Packaged Goods Companies
– Global PE Funds
– Hedge Funds and High-Frequency Trading Firms
– Publicly Traded Retailers
– Digital Marketing Agencies
– Market Research Firms
…and new companies are signing up each day!

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  • Sign-up: To sign up, employers go to smart.ly/hiring and complete a short 10-question profile on their hiring preferences and company details.
  • Swipe Through Candidates: Once the profile is completed, employers can immediately browse their first set of student profiles.
  • Like a Profile: If an employer likes a profile, the student receives a message from Smartly Talent telling them that a hiring manager has expressed interest and asking them to respond.
  • Students Respond: A student may either like or pass an employer profile.
  • It’s a match!: If a student likes the employer back, the employer receives a message alerting them of the good news!
  • Connect with the Candidate: We now have a match and anyone can kick off the conversation to see if it will be a good fit. We recommend starting the conversation as soon as possible!
  • Schedule Interviews: Employers can schedule interviews in our platform through our messaging platform.
  • Keep Swiping: Employers receive new batches of candidates every day, so make sure to head back to Smartly Talent often to connect with more potential hires!
  • Extend Job Offers: Once the employer finds the right role and culture fit, job offers can be easily extended in the app or the communication medium of your choice.
  • Hire!: It’s totally free to hire while we are in beta, so browse our candidates today!

 

Candidates

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  • Join Smartly Talent: If accepted into the MBA, our system reformats student applications into a talent profile, which goes live in the employer network. We have examples of great profiles at smart.ly/hiring and some tips for success here.
  • You are liked!: Once an employer has expressed interest in a profile, students receive an email prompting them to respond to the employer – a student can either like or pass on the employer.
  • It’s a match!: If a student likes the employer back, the employer receives an email alerting them of the good news!
  • Connect with the Employer: We now have a match and anyone can kick off the conversation to see if it will be a good fit. We recommend starting the conversation as soon as possible! A polite “Hello, nice to meet you! I’m curious to learn more about your open roles” or something similar should jump-start the conversation.
  • Receive Interview Requests: Employers can schedule interview requests with students over Smartly Talent’s messaging platform.
  • Keep in Touch: We realize that everyone’s busy, but if a student hasn’t heard from an employer in more than a week, we recommend sending another message to check-in!
  • Get Hired! Let us know anytime if we can help you in your career journey.

Questions? Email us at hiring@smart.ly!

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Smartly MBA Student Spotlight: Hafeez Dhalla

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Are you looking to hire MBA candidates like Hafeez? See them all by signing up here.

This week, we chatted with biotech expert Hafeez Dhalla, who is in currently in our Fall 2016 class and about to graduate. We learned more about his MBA experience and what’s in store for him post-Smartly. Browse, connect, and hire candidates like Hafeez on the Smartly Talent Network.

Tell us about yourself.
In 2012, I finished a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Duke, where I researched an imaging technology that provides ophthalmology surgeons with a cross-sectional view of the tissues they are manipulating – a different vantage point than they can achieve from the top-down view through a microscope. After graduating, I initially followed an academic path as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT.  I then had an opportunity to join my Ph.D. advisor’s startup, Bioptigen, which was trying to commercialize a technology similar to the intraoperative imaging technology I worked on in graduate school. At Bioptigen, I saw this product from the research phase, through product development and ultimately into commercialization. Bioptigen was then acquired by Leica Microsystems, and I moved from an engineering role to a commercial one. Now, as a product manager, I work directly with surgeons in an upstream marketing capacity, gathering feedback and defining requirements to improve the product. I am also still the resident technology expert, and so I still perform a fair amount of technical work as well. I had wanted to do an MBA to support my new commercial role, but it was difficult to find the time or the funding to do it. That’s when I found Smartly. It seemed like a natural fit – the classes were the right size and could fit it into my schedule whenever I had time. It gives me the knowledge I need for my new commercial role without the rigid structure of a traditional MBA.

How has the Smartly curriculum helped you?
I use it all the time. For example, the digital marketing course has been really useful of late. We’ve been looking at digital marketing campaigns for one of the products that we’re launching. While I’m not directly involved in the downstream marketing work, I do work closely with the marketing team and help to develop content for their campaigns. Knowing what they’re talking about (for example, when they discuss inbound and outbound marketing) has been invaluable. A lot of the content that I develop is tailored to inbound marketing, but they’ll create outbound campaigns to draw people into the technical pieces that I create.

What have you enjoyed about the MBA so far?
How bite-sized the classes are. I’m pretty busy. I have a young kid and another on the way. I have a full-time job and some investment activities on the side, so my days are pretty full. When I was thinking about doing a weekend or executive MBA, I wasn’t sure how I could squeeze it in. This has been great.

What are you hoping to get out of Smartly Talent?
I took on this MBA to help me with my current career path. Of course, if I were able to find something that would be a good fit for my experience and skills, I would be interested in learning more.

What are you hoping to do after you graduate?
The knowledge base provided by Smartly has been valuable and will continue to be valuable in this new career path that I’m on. Looking towards the future, I’m not sure if I want to stay on the commercial side or move back to the technical side. I like what I’m doing right now where I’m straddling both. I would love to have a career that maintains roles in both product development and product management.

Which industries are most appealing to you?
Medical technology and medical devices. I’m also interested in renewable energy and global health. Anything that addresses large overarching problems in the world.

What is your long-term career goal?
I’m hopeful that I can make an impact on the world and make it a better place through the development and commercialization of technologies in these spaces.  I think I can best do that through a product development or product management role, especially one in which I can leverage my technical skills.

What makes you a great job candidate?
I am pretty persistent, and when I get into something, I’m very dedicated to it. I’ve been working on this same technology for over a decade, trying to develop a product I believe in and bring it to market. That experience has been valuable in that I’ve been able to take something through multiple phases: from conception in the research lab to product development in a startup to global commercialization in a multinational corporation. I’ve learned a great deal through these experiences; from the rigors of academic research, to addressing more practical concerns in product development, to now navigating commercial challenges in product management and new product introduction.

Are you looking to hire MBA candidates like Hafeez? See them all by signing up here.

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Smartly MBA Student Spotlight: Lindsey Allard

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Are you looking to hire MBA candidates like Lindsey? See them all by signing up here.

In the last few weeks before Smartly graduates its pioneer MBA class, we wanted to feature some of our outstanding students. Last week, we sat down with digital marketing maven and lacrosse aficionado Lindsey Allard to learn more about the MBA experience and what’s in store for her post-Smartly.

Tell us about yourself.
I’m originally from the Boston area but was born in Paris. I went to Dartmouth College – majored in Psychology and minored in English. For four years, I played D1 lacrosse. My grandfather also started a lacrosse apparel company, so it’s been a pretty big part of our life. Then, I worked at Madison Square Garden in sales. After about a year and a half, I moved to a marketing position. Now, I’m currently working at a startup – Coffee Digital. We are a new digital innovation agency. It’s all-hands-on-deck all the time – a very great experience.

How has the Smartly MBA been for you?
I really, really love it. I heard about it through an Instagram ad while considering getting my MBA. My dad went to HBS, and he actually recommended not getting an MBA because he thought I could get a lot of good experience from work. However, I’m from a liberal arts background. In terms of relevant business knowledge, I didn’t have much except for the internships that I had done. I really wanted to make sure that I’m learning content as well, so Smartly was a great option.

How has Smartly influenced your work at Coffee Digital?
It’s helped me get a really good perspective on a lot of different business areas – specifically, business strategy. We’ve engaged in a lot of positioning conversations that the courses have helped me in. I was also able to immediately apply digital marketing keywords in email chains that I was on. It was awesome!

What are you hoping to get out of the Career Network?
I’d love to connect with people in startups and the innovation space and learn more about what they do. I think the Smartly Career Network will be better than other ones I’ve used before – Hired, Planted – because it works in tandem with the education as well. With other platforms, there was a disconnect with what I was looking for what they were providing in terms of opportunities.

What makes you a great job candidate?
I’m a really quick learner. I can assimilate and understand things really quickly. That’s why I’ve been able to do well at my current role. At a startup, we don’t have time to sit down and teach someone how to do something. Learning quickly and problem solving make me a really good candidate.

Are you looking to hire MBA candidates like Lindsey? See them all by signing up here.

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The Free MBA Has Landed

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We’re excited to announce that Smartly’s groundbreaking free MBA program will open its doors to our first student cohort this week!

From the moment MBA applications opened earlier this year, we were overwhelmed by the positive response. Of the thousands of students who applied, we were only able to accept 7% to our first class. We plan to accept students to additional cohorts later this year. 

Our students hail from top undergraduate and graduate schools, drawing from diverse backgrounds spanning engineering and finance to humanities and the performing arts. Many have careers in business-oriented fields like consulting and banking, while others are entrepreneurs, lawyers, and even veterinarians. We have roboticists from Tesla and Amazon (the company), the founder of a tea company that gives revenue back to indigenous farmers in the Amazon (the jungle), and even a student who has beaten cancer twice!

The Smartly MBA is composed of 42 core courses equivalent to the subjects taught in a traditional MBA degree. Courses are organized into 9 concentrations, including Business Foundations, Accounting, Finance, Data & Decisions, Markets & Economies, Marketing & Pricing, Strategy & Innovation, Leadership & Management, and Supply Chain & Operations Management, with optional electives for further study.

Students who finish the program will receive an MBA licensed through the Washington, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. When they graduate, students will be matched with employers around the US, opening up job opportunities that make use of their newly-minted skills. 

We’re passionate about expanding access to impactful education here at Smartly, and we believe that a free, high-quality MBA is an important step in this journey. Thanks to all of our learners who have supported and inspired us in this endeavor. We can’t wait to show you what’s next!

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Pedago Seeking Content Authors and Editors

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Pedago is on the hunt for dynamic writer-editors to join our content team. The ideal candidate for this position is adept at breaking down complex concepts into their fundamental parts and weaving them into clever, engaging educational lessons that are easily understood and digested for use in the real world. The best candidates will have significant experience (graduate degree or work experience preferred) in business. Experience in a startup or entrepreneurial environment is a plus!

Your work will consist of crafting and editing new content for learners, so a love for writing and an eye for details are must-haves for this position! If you believe traditional learning methods have significant room for improvement, then we should talk.

This is a full time position located in either our Washington, D.C. or Harrisonburg, VA offices.

Interested? We’d love to talk to you. Email us at jobs@pedago.com.

Interested in working for Pedago but looking for a part-time commitment? Contact us about other opportunities!

Pedago supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected class.

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What’s it like to be a Smartly Content Developer?

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Image from a Macroeconomics lesson in Smartly on Economic Development in the World.

Smartly content developers come from all of over the world and have varying educational and professional backgrounds, but one thing unites them: they’re great at taking hard concepts and breaking them down in clever, humorous ways so that Smartly customers enjoy learning something new—fast!

Taylor, a top-notch Smartly content developer and PhD candidate at the University of Kansas with a background in Economics and Quantitative Analysis, describes his experience writing for Smartly. Find out why he thinks it’s important to learn macroeconomics for everyday life and what his absolute favorite thing he’s written for Smartly is!

1. What’s your name?

Taylor Drane

2. Where are you based?

Lawrence, Kansas

3. How and why did you start writing for Smartly?

I was referred to Smartly by a current writer.

4. What’s your professional and educational background?

I am currently in the PhD program at the University of Kansas where I also received my Masters in Economics. I completed my undergrad at Franklin College in Indiana where I received a Bachelors in Quantitative Analysis and a Bachelors in Economics. I have also completed two internships at Jabil Circuit where I worked for their treasury department and their business unit.

5. What are some of the courses and subjects that you’ve written about in Smartly?

I have written for the Macroeconomics courses; specifically international trade and fiscal policy.

6. Why do you think it’s important for students and business professionals to understand economics?

There are a multitude of reasons why economics is important. From a political perspective, it is usually the most important issue, especially in the past decade. If you turn on the news, you’ll likely hear about topics like the Federal Reserve, GDP, fiscal policy, exchange rates, etc. To have an informed opinion, one must understand how the economy works on both a micro and macro level. From an everyday perspective, economics is all around us. If you care about your education, your wages, your lifestyle, and your future, then you should care about economics.

7. What’s your favorite whimsical or snarky answer message you’ve written in Smartly?

First let me say that 99% of the humor and wit in the lessons I have written should entirely be credited to my editor, Tiffany Chen. She is far more creative than I am. Though it was not a message, there was an international trade lesson focusing on economic development in the world. We were using a fictional fruit world where all the nations were named after a fruit. Cherryland happened to enact some policies which enabled them to develop faster and they were able to “enjoy the fruits of their labor (pun fully intended)”.

8. What’s one of your favorite images used in Smartly?

Also in the economic development lesson, we used an image displaying two desks side by side. One side had a typewriter, feather pen, and a sheet of paper while the other side had a laptop, tablet, and a smartphone. The question was who would be more productive.

9. What do you admire about Smartly learners?

If someone uses Smartly it is because they have the desire to learn. While this may seem obvious, the desire to learn is a very powerful and admirable trait. There is a huge difference between having to learn something and wanting to learn something. The former will yield mediocre results but the latter will result in true knowledge.

10. What do you do to keep your learners in mind?

I try to tailor each lesson to match the perspective and needs of the learner. So from the beginning of the lesson-creating process until the end, I am always asking myself questions such as: Is this important for the needs of the person learning? Does this example seem plausible to them? Essentially I try to keep myself in the shoes of the learner at all times.

11. Anything else you’d like to mention?

I think that Smartly is not only filling an educational void, but is filling it with a quality model that is perfect for the learner in this day and age. Keeping in mind the goals and the environment of the learner has led to a learning platform that combines technology and pedagogy in a way that has not been done before.

For more on Smartly, visit https://smart.ly

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Five Simple Steps to Push Your Application to the Top

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As you may have noticed on the Smartly blog, Pedago is currently on the hunt for motivated content developers and back-end engineers to help bring Smartly’s bite-sized, interactive courses to life. Part of my job is to review and prioritize the diverse writing samples and resumes submitted by our eager content developer applicants. In doing so, I’ve noticed that taking just a few simple steps can make a huge difference in getting your application to rise to the top when applying for a new job. While the items on this list may seem obvious, it’s never a bad idea to review the basics so you can focus on being the number one, standout applicant.

  • Proofread your resume. If your job requires “attention to detail,” make sure that’s reflected in your resume; you’ll stand out in a bad way if you misspell the word “meticulous” while listing it as one of your top five traits! What better way to impress your hiring manager (and give them a peek into your future work at the company) than to showcase a resume that is ship-shape and devoid of typos and grammar errors. This absolutely goes for personal websites and your LinkedIn profile as well—if you’ve provided links to an online resume or portfolio, make sure it represents your best work.
  • Read the job posting. Perhaps your future employer is looking for a cover letter; maybe they want you to apply via a special link, or they’ve provided specific instructions for a required skills test. Regardless of the instructions provided, it’s crucial that you demonstrate your interest in the position and ability to understand instructions by following them to a T. It’ll help you make a great first impression!
  • Do your research. Spend a little time on your potential employer’s website. Check out the current employees, do a little digging into the company mission, and try to figure out their main focus as a company. If you’re able to do so for a minimal cost, try out the company’s product! This should be done before you apply—how else will you be able to tell if you really want to apply?
  • Focus on what you bring to the position. Once you’ve taken the time to read the job posting and consider how your skills might be a great fit, and then tell us about it. You can focus on the compensation details once you have a job offer in hand. We know you’re looking for decent pay, fair vacation time, maybe flexible work arrangements, and more. But, you can leave those details until later, once you’ve determined that you’re a good match for the position itself.
  • Be polite, even if you don’t get the job. Employers often have a large pool of candidates for each job posting. You may never know whether you were the second choice or last in line for the position, but you can guarantee that your resume will never get a second chance if you reply to a rejection notice in a negative fashion. Keep it positive, and keep your chances of scoring a position on the next go-around!

While this is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the things to keep in mind when applying, it’s a great place to start. What other tips would you add to the list? Happy hunting!

 

*photo credit: http://deathtothestockphoto.com

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