Smartly Talent
Careers, Smartly

How to Effectively Reach Out to Candidates

Finding a high caliber candidate in a pool of 1000s of resumes can be incredibly hard. Even when you find that one candidate you think is “perfect” from a big pool, you never know if their aptitude, skills and work ethic matches the attributes you see on their resume. To counter this problem, the brain trust behind Smartly built an education platform and hiring engine that work hand-in-hand to attract students from top schools and with great experience. Moreover, the candidates in Smartly are learning while working full time; they’re motivated individuals with the work ethic and drive to be constantly improving. It took years of content development and fine-tuning to ensure that Smartly’s learning programs and hiring engine are optimized to allow you to source, connect, and hire only the best candidates.

At Smartly, we know that sourcing candidates is only the first move in the chess game that is a recruiting process. After matching with potential candidates, it’s important to swiftly reach out to move from match to qualified connection by piquing their interest in the role that you’re trying to fill. The initial contact you make with them often sets the tone for the rest of the recruiting process. To make things a little easier for you, we came up with a few tips on how to craft the best message(s) to reach out to our candidates. Here’s how to get the most out of your initial interaction:

  1. Share briefly what makes you interested in the candidate’s skillset and identify any commonalities you may have with them or they might have with the company. Begin by asking for a conversation rather than giving a long spiel about the company and the role you’re trying to fill.
  • If their hobbies or interests align with something that you’re into, this would be a great way to open and build a connection.
  • Also, express what about their experience interested you.
  1. State what position(s) you are recruiting for (i.e. title, team, and location).
  • You may also choose to go into some detail about the role, company structure, and perks to get the candidate excited about speaking with you further.
  1. End with a time-specific call to action. Suggest a time and date (or two) to speak more about the role you’re trying to fill.
  • This could be a link to your calendar so they can pick a time and slot to speak.
  • You could ask for a phone call or a video meeting if there is mutual interest as well.

Here’s an example:

Hi Sally,

We are hiring for data scientist in our San Francisco office. Your experience at Company A suggests you might be a good fit. I also noticed you studied at University B; many folks in our office went there and I am happy to connect you with an alum.

Would you be interested in connecting about the data scientist role? I am free on Wednesday from 9-11am.
Best,

Jason

It’s important to remember that the candidates are often busy in their day-to-day. It’s best to give them a couple of days to respond to your message.

We hope these tips help you better connect with our candidates! So sign-up or head back to Smartly to browse our candidates today!

And, while we are in beta, your first hire is free!

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Careers, Smartly

Smartly Talent has High Response Rates!

At Smartly Talent, we know how hard it is to build a team of all-stars. Casting a wide net by posting on job board sites and hoping to find the right candidate(s) can be time-consuming and frustrating.

Our platform is an intuitive end-to-end solution that seamlessly connects employers with talented Smartly candidates. Not only are our candidates vetted, coming from a variety of top schools and top companies, but they’re also responsive.

After going through our employer-candidate connection data, we found that 89% of employers received responses when they wrote to candidates through Smartly. That means, if you send messages to 10 candidates through Smartly Talent, you’ll likely hear back from eight to nine of them!

We make finding talented candidates easy and have systems in place so that you hear back from those you reach out to.

Connect with Candidates for your openings today! While we are in beta, your first hire is free. So sign up or head back to Smartly browse our candidates today!

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Careers, Smartly, Students & Careers

How Smartly Talent Works for Candidates

While Smartly is known for pioneering one-of-a-kind, online MBA & Executive MBA education programs, we also take pride in our budding career network, Smartly Talent. Smartly Talent is designed as an employer first career network, which means that employers browse our candidate profiles and reach out if and when they think there is a fit for their openings. This is our way of closing the loop in the hiring process– we teach you the skills necessary to advance your career, then we help you get hired.

  • Joining Smartly Talent: If you are accepted into the Business Certificate, MBA, and EMBA programs, you are automatically eligible to join our career network, Smartly Talent. Just make sure that you have set your profile to “Active” in the Careers Preferences tab. If you aren’t a Smartly student, you can still apply to join Smartly Talent by applying here. You can find some tips for how to make your profile stand out to employers here.
  • You are liked!: If an employer has expressed interest in your profile, you receive an email prompting them to respond to the employer – you can either like or pass on the employer.
  • It’s a match!: If you like 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 you haven’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.

Occasionally, we will share an Employer Spotlight email to support you and our companies by sharing a few of our employers with you, our students, and then proactively suggest viable candidates to those employers.

Questions? Feel free to email Smartly Career Services at hiring@smart.ly!

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Smartly Talent – The Smart Way to Recruit for your Company

Our Mission:

The team behind Smartly set out to alter the status quo in higher and professional education. We realized there was a larger issue at hand that needed to be addressed – it’s common for students to spend upwards of and often over $100,000 on a graduate degree without clear career advancement. On the other end of the spectrum, employers are at a loss on how to reach out and acquire talented candidates. Our career network, Smartly Talent, makes the process of hiring and vetting more streamlined and efficient for our partners – leading companies and organizations. We are on a mission to connect learning and skill attainment to positive career outcomes for our candidates.

Sign up. Once you have signed up and been accepted into Smartly Talent, you will be able to quickly view and connect with our candidates. You’re one step closer to recruiting the candidate that’s a fit for the role and your organization. You’ll be able to put in Preferences to find candidates that match your openings. Plus, our machine learning algorithms also suggest suitable profiles to you. We’re using technology to connect companies to talent, and strengthening the workforce with more efficient employment matches. You’ll be: joining a range of companies in our network including

– Multinational Financial Institutions

– Premier and Boutique Consulting Firms

– VC-Backed Startups

– Publicly Traded Consumer Packaged Goods Companies

– Global PE Funds

– Digital Marketing Agencies

– Market Research Firms

…and more…

Our Candidates. In Smartly Talent, you will find high caliber candidates looking for new opportunities. They have studied at elite universities and achieved results at innovative companies. These candidates join our career network, Smartly Talent, when they are admitted into one of our learning programs – world’s first, elite free MBA (2-10 years of work experience), executive MBA (10+ years of experience), and the Smartly Business Certificate (0-2 years of experience). Below is the breakdown of students from a recent MBA Class:


  • 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 candidate receives a message from Smartly Talent telling them that a hiring manager has expressed interest and asks them to respond.

  • Students Respond: A candidate may either like or pass on an employer profile.
  • It’s a match!: If a candidate 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 tool.
  • 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!
  • Hire!: Your first hire is free, while we are in beta, so sign up or head back to Smartly browse our candidates today!

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To our pioneer class: Congratulations on your graduation, MBAs!

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Apply to Smartly’s MBA. Hire students from our program.

After comprehensive academic study, extensive discourse in our case study discussions, and the completion of rigorous exams, they’ve done it – graduated from a new elite MBA program that’s the only mobile-first degree system.

Smartly’s MBA is aligned with curricula taught at the world’s most prestigious business schools, and our students are selected through an admission process modeled on those of top institutions. Graduates will enjoy the gains from their studies over a lifetime. Indeed, many already point to real world gains from the program.

We congratulate our pioneers on their accomplishment and wish them the very best in their endeavors! But enough of us and our excitement, let’s hear from our students themselves:

Smartly makes it easy for you to demystify the business world. It presents concepts and knowledge in ways that are applicable to any field and can help you have a greater understanding of the world around you. There is no reason not to use Smartly to better yourself. I can’t believe I went to two universities for undergraduate and graduate school, and never learned what Smartly offered.Erin Pellegrino (Cornell University ‘14, Harvard University ‘16, Smartly Summer ‘16)

Smartly’s flipped classroom model was accessible to me everywhere I went, even if I only had 10 minutes. The format engaged me more than most classes I’ve taken in person. I’ve had the chance to get to know amazing classmates, and I feel better equipped to tackle real-world problems with the knowledge I’ve gained.Sachin Doshi (Duke University ‘14, Smartly Summer ‘16)

Finding out about Smartly and deciding to apply is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I had taken the GMAT, done really well on it, and been considering applying to MBA programs but was wary of the time commitment and the student debt involved. And because I’d started and failed with multiple startups in the past and trying once again with another startup as a stubborn entrepreneur, a traditional MBA was simply too difficult of a choice. Thanks to Smartly, on top of having a degree, I now understand many of the business mistakes I had made in the past, how to assess my own strengths, and can see where I can improve my chances for success as an entrepreneur. If only Smartly had existed before I’d started my other companies… but then perhaps I wouldn’t appreciate it as much.Raphael Mun (Carnegie Mellon ‘08, Smartly Summer ‘16)

This MBA will put you at the forefront of business innovation because that’s exactly what it will be to employers.Chance Carpenter (Stanford University ‘15, Smartly Summer ‘16)

The Smartly program is an excellent tool for learning the skills needed to excel in business without attending a traditional university. After just a few courses, I already felt more confident at work and had a better understanding of company operations and business development. I would highly recommend Smartly to anyone looking to improve their skills in finance, accounting, marketing and management.Jennifer Argote (Dartmouth ‘10, Smartly Summer ‘16)

As a single mother of a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, working a full-time job and a part-time job on the side, this program has made the impossible possible for me. I don’t currently have the time or the money to go back to school, but Smartly’s flexibility has allowed me to achieve this great accomplishment without having to compromise my employment or sacrifice time with my family.Aleisha Matlock (Northwestern ‘15, Smartly Summer ‘16)

I loved Smartly! As an undergraduate engineering major with very little business knowledge, I found the coursework to be straightforward and do a great job of teaching application of the concepts. I have already found myself applying my knowledge every day in my current job!Katie Ernst (Duke University ‘15, Smartly Summer ‘16)

Smartly is the future of education; fast, effective and mobile. If a traditional MBA doesn’t fit your lifestyle, give Smartly a look.Ian Lee (University of North Carolina ‘12, Smartly Summer ‘16, Carnegie Mellon University ‘17)

Smartly was an amazing experience! The platform’s ability to deliver content in bite-sized, case study-based, at-your-own-pace approach really helped me engage with the material and take a lot away from this program. I know I’ll put the skills I learned here to use on the job. All that and a debt burden of $0!Pavel Gurevich (UC Berkeley ‘10, Smartly Summer ‘16)

I loved the Smartly program and recommended it to all my friends. I have never experienced interactive learning the way the Smartly program provides. I was able to understand concepts without reading hundreds of textbook pages. Highly recommended this to anybody who has an interest in learning and wants to take their career to the next level!Lindsey Allard (Dartmouth College ‘14, Smartly Summer ‘16)

Smartly has given me the opportunity to not only work alongside incredibly talented classmates from around the country but also to solidify concepts in a tangible and meaningful way, wherever I am, all via smartphone. Thank you, Smartly!Brooke Gerstein (Cornell University ‘15, Smartly Summer ‘16)

Smartly is the Amazon Prime of MBAs. There’s no reason not to sign up for it. It’s free, the content is highly detailed and memorable, and you get to expand your network with people from top 10 schools. Coming from taking finance courses at Wharton, I found the content of the courses to be of similar caliber.Yash Jain (George Washington University ‘14, University of Pennsylvania ‘16, Smartly Summer ‘16)

Learn more about applying to Smartly’s MBA: https://smart.ly.
Learn more about hiring students from our program: https://smart.ly/hiring.

 

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Companies & Universities, Smartly, Students & Careers

The Smartly Master Plan: Elite to Open, and Everything in Between

Satellite mission in space from the top looking down to earth

Smartly has the overarching mission to innovate in education, and in that spirit we recently launched a free online MBA degree. From time to time, people ask us: “Why are you starting with an ‘elite’ degree? Why be selective when you could open up the opportunity to those who have difficulty accessing education?” We do strongly believe in democratizing education, and this is a question we’ve thought about deeply.

We just can’t help but borrow a page from Elon Musk and Tesla here. Musk spelled out the playbook of starting with the powerful Roadster sports car to show the world that electric cars could actually rival high-end gasoline cars, and then scaling the business, working his way down the marginal cost curve and building more and more affordable cars.

We were inspired by the idea of proving a disruptive approach at the top and working step-by-step to spread the benefits to everyone. We want to prove to the world that education can be effective and successful when free and online. In that spirit, the MBA is our flagship program to demonstrate the power of Smartly to rival some of the best educational institutions in the world. We restricted the first cohort of our MBA program to students similar to those one would find at top brick & mortar programs to show parity in student outcomes. Keep in mind that we are doing this while offering the MBA for free! We are proving the disruptive power of Smartly at the top, all the while adding programs for more and more audiences, including programs that are open as well as free.

While our pedagogical plan is to branch deeper and deeper into additional degrees, certifications, and courses, we’re also going to continue innovating how education is funded. We are soon launching a hiring engine that pushes the cost of education to the companies hiring newly-skilled graduates. Beginning with our MBA students, companies can browse and hire top business talent, and the recruiting fees these companies pay fund the MBA program. Our interests are aligned with those of our graduates: we are only paid when they are achieving successful outcomes, and not with an upfront tuition. This benefits all parties: the student, the employers, and the government guaranteeing these loans (just maybe not the banks). As we add additional programs, we will continue to innovate different models of funding education with the belief that it can be free, open, and online. Smartly is not just another online university, but a whole new approach to education.

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