As 2015 graduates plan to enter the “real world,” the Internet is an increasingly helpful resource for discovering employment opportunities. Marc Oppenheim, associate dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, created a website to help young communication and arts professionals peruse open positions in a neat, aesthetically-pleasing way.
The idea for MEOjobs, Oppenheim’s website, was sparked from his frequent tweets sharing job opportunities using a hashtag with his initials – #MEOjobs. After receiving positive response and gaining followers from these efforts, Oppenheim launched the website last July. The Pinterest-esque feel of its homepage pulls career pages from company websites and features a daily round-up of 25 top job leads handpicked by Oppenheim. Job seekers can opt in to daily emails containing these leads, which Oppenheim reviews for nearly two hours after his infant son goes to sleep each night.
“The featured jobs range from internships and entry-level to mid- and senior-level positions,” Oppenheim said. “In my mind, there is a very specific audience of students and professionals I am seeking to assist and I do my best to cater to that population.”
In the video above, current journalism graduate student Kerri Schreiber interviewed Oppenheim about his nearly year-old venture and its inception. Schreiber’s report was also shared on Long Island Report in collaboration with fellow graduate student Suneet Mahandru.
Moving forward, Oppenheim plans to maintain MEOjobs as a consistent resource for students and alumni from schools across the country. He hopes to arrange a professional networking event in the fall to bring web-based conversations to a more interpersonal setting for industry leaders and job seekers.