BOSTON — March 5, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. and Experience Inc. today announced the availability of the Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) community (http://s2b.experience.com), which directly connects job seekers with thousands of information technology (IT) career opportunities. Through the Experience Network, Microsoft’s community of 10,000 partner companies can easily post jobs or internships and quickly find Microsoft certified personnel that match their IT work-force needs.
Entry-level candidates, recent college graduates and college students can now visit one site for relevant IT job openings and internships with Microsoft partner companies. Unlike other job search engines, the Microsoft S2B site is comprehensive and housed within the Experience Network, giving Microsoft partners unparalleled access to technically focused students, alumni and universities. The site also enables users to leverage Experience’s personalized guidance capabilities based on candidates’ interests, skills and career levels; a Web-based career portfolio designed for students and alumni to showcase skills and talents beyond the typical resume; online professional networking and mentoring; and relevant insight into career paths and industries.
“Quilogy is always looking for exceptional students who display the necessary skills and passion for using emerging technologies,” said Manish Chandak, president of Quilogy Inc., a leading nationally recognized systems integrator, professional services and certified training firm. “We are excited that the new Microsoft S2B portal allows us to identify and bring onboard students that we can train, mentor and move through accelerated career paths.”
“With so many entry-level IT jobs available, the challenge has been finding candidates who have practical work experience,” said Sheila Gulati, general manager of Developer and Platform Evangelism for Microsoft. “Microsoft is committed to addressing the IT labor shortage, and one of our measures is to help entry-level job seekers acquire relevant skills. By partnering with Experience, a company that brings deep connections within the university community, we are building this Microsoft S2B portal to assist our partner companies in finding the Microsoft certified IT talent they need.”
Through the security-enhanced Microsoft S2B community, Microsoft partners can do the following:
Post jobs and internships to qualified students and recent graduates
Search published resumes and profiles containing Microsoft competencies and certifications
View recommendations identified through Experience’s proprietary data-matching capabilities and receive and manage applications
Search for additional candidates on the Experience Network and post jobs for other positions including sales and marketing, finance and other fields
“Experience has been in the business of managing robust communities that connect employers with students for more than a decade,” explained Jennifer Floren, founder and CEO of Experience Inc. “The Microsoft S2B community is supported by a university-endorsed career management network with 3 million students and recent grads, giving Microsoft and its partner companies access to a large pool of available, skilled entry-level talent.”
Experience is the only university-endorsed career network bridging the gap between college and the working world. Since 1996, we have partnered with universities to educate, assist and inspire college graduates to launch and lead extraordinary careers. Each year our award-winning network connects millions of candidates from 3,800 colleges and universities with more than 100,000 employers.
For more information, visit www.experience.com.
About Microsoft Students to Business
The Microsoft Students to Business (S2B) program helps companies connect with and hire talented university or post-graduate students for jobs or internships in the technology industry by matching qualified candidates with open positions.Establishing and sustaining a healthy local software economy requires workers who have relevant IT skills and experience. Microsoft S2B expands the potential of students and local technology companies by providing students with real-world experience to grow the skills and competencies needed to fuel innovation and expanding partner recruiting efforts.
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