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August 2015 eNews

The World’s Top Employers Want to Recruit Your Undergrads!

For more than a decade, the world’s top employers have used Global Focus® to connect with MBA students at more than 75 top-ranked graduate business schools.  These recruiters want to easily connect with your undergraduate students and now they can with Global Focus® Undergrad!

Global Focus Undergrad - employers Global Focus Undergrad

Students can…

  • Quickly and easily register
  • Access jobs from the world’s top employers
  • Search, favorite, and apply to jobs from a single dashboard
  • Create search agents/notifications
  • Upload multiple resumes

Administrators can…

  • Access recruiters and jobs from top employers
  • View analytics on students, jobs and employer activity
  • Implement in time for Fall 2015

How to get started as a Global Focus® Undergrad partner school…

Contact CSO Sales to learn more about becoming a partner school ( or 866-705-4201 x 2).

Once you determine you’d like to become a partner school, these next steps will be required:

  • Provide your candidate data (first name, last name, email address, and optionally, major and grad date) and school branding (logo and colors) for the Global Focus® Undergrad registration system.
  • Provide a “From” email address for candidate communication and administrative login.
  • Place the Global Focus® Undergrad URL on your CSO System’s student home page.


Interview with Matt: The CSO Research/MBA Focus Merger

MBA Focus/CSO Research merger

Amidst the excitement there have been a lot of questions around our merger with MBA Focus. Earlier this month, we sat down with Matt to get his responses to the most commonly asked questions about the merger.  Following is a summary of that interview:

What’s the plan?

Matt Berndt

That’s a big question!

During the remainder of 2015 we will be creating the roadmap for bringing MBA Focus and CSO together. This encompasses our new name, an analysis of our products and services, a review of our hosting environments, as well as standardization of our internal policies and procedures including IT support, HR and benefits.

In the short term, it’s business as usual for our clients and everyone in our Austin, Texas and Columbus, Ohio offices.

As we get into 2016, we will have a clearly defined roadmap for moving forward as one company offering our core products and services.

What’s going to change?

In the short term, we will be introducing some exciting new services to CSO and MBA Focus clients in addition to our existing array of software and services.

In the long-term, we are identifying the best way to connect and support all of the 1000+ campuses, 1.4 million students and 2000+ employers we serve. These upcoming enhancements to our shared technologies are central to our goal of becoming the undisputed leader in career services and recruiting technology and client support.

Our name will be changing soon, and our website, email addresses, logo, etc. will reflect this change.

What’s not going to change?

Our shared commitment to service, trust, leadership, technology, innovation and hard work won’t change. This commitment to our shared core values will continue to be central to all we do to serve you, your students and employers.

We will maintain our offices in Columbus, Ohio and Austin, Texas. (We just signed a new three-year lease for our Austin offices!)

Who will I talk to?

The same teams are still in place, so continue to reach out via chat, email or phone to connect with us. Along the way, you’ll be meeting great new team members as well.

How is this going to work?

It’s going to work well!

We have great leadership and staff and we’re excited to move forward together to provide our clients with excellent software and support. Our goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible for our clients and team members.

How do you feel about the merger personally?

I feel great about it.

When I came to CSO over three years ago, I wanted to help grow the company and help it become more nimble in meeting the needs of career centers, students and employers. We’ve come a long way in three years, and the merger will allow us to accelerate our ability to meet those needs. It’s going to be fun!

What’s your new name?

I can’t tell you quite yet, but we’re looking forward to sharing it with you in an upcoming announcement!

Updates to the My Connections Page for Students

Today’s students want convenient options for exploring and pursuing career opportunities, and we’re proud to partner with organizations offering services and features your students can use directly through your CSO System.

New options and a new look on the My Connections page

The My Connections page of the CSO System has been redesigned to be more intuitive and easy to navigate so your students can quickly connect with our partners’ valuable career resources:

Student Connections Page

Get to know the partners featured on the My Connections page: – provides access to more than 21,000 internship opportunities from across the U.S. and around the world as well as the Internship Predictor tool.
CollegeRecruiter – offers career exploration/job search resources and information specifically for college students and new graduates.
Indeed – the world’s #1 job site, with over 180 million unique visitors every month from over 50 different countries.
Snagajob (coming soon!) – the #1 source for hourly employment and a great resource for students working their way through school.

Where is the “Who?” button link to Facebook that previously appeared on the My Connections page?

Unfortunately, the organization that developed and supported the Who? button has discontinued it. As a result, it will no longer be available on the My Connections dashboard.

What about LinkedIn?

Recent changes to LinkedIn’s business use standards for software system integrations resulted in the retirement of our existing integration. Our technology team is currently evaluating LinkedIn’s new standards for acceptable integration and hope to establish a new LinkedIn connection in the future.


If you have any questions about the My Connections page of your CSO System, contact our Services Team via chat, email, or phone (1-866-705-4201 x1). We hope your students will enjoy the benefits of these new options!

Be Prepared to Talk About Career Outcomes Data Collection!

Join us for any of the following The Outcomes Survey (TOS) webinars to help stay ahead of the curve (and your senior administration’s expectations!) when it comes to career outcomes data collection and reporting issues.

Busy schedule?  You can watch recordings of our summer webinar series at your convenience!

Existing and Emerging Standards for Career Outcomes Data Reporting

August 27th / 1pm CT

2014-15 IPEDS Year National Report on Career Outcomes at Graduation

August 28th / 10am CT
September 10th / 1pm CT

Best Practices for Collecting and Reporting Salary Data

September 2nd / 11am CT

Dos and Don’ts for Collecting Valid and Defensible First Destination Data

September 8th / 10am CT



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Our Final Roundtables of 2015… Hosted by Great Clients in Texas and Oregon!

2015 CSO RoundtablesWe love conducting Roundtables and as we approach the end of the 2015 Roundtable season we want to say thank you to all of the fantastic schools that have graciously hosted Roundtables throughout the year!

Our final 2015 Roundtables will be hosted by two more of our great clients – Texas State University and Portland State University.  There’s still time to register, so sign up now for the chance to learn about the system and network with your colleagues!

Click on individual roundtable locations below to learn more, or visit the FAQ page for event details and to register.

Upcoming CSO Training Webinars

Training Webinars Summer 2015 Schedule

Whether it’s your first time exploring a topic or you’re just looking for a refresher, we encourage you to attend our live webinar training sessions! Click on a webinar topic below to register.

Email Basics
Wednesday, August 26 @ 2pm CT
Friday, August 28 @ 10am CT

Please Note: For a comprehensive list of upcoming webinars with registration links: log in to your CSO System as an Administrator > click “Help” in the top menu bar to access Client Services > click the CSO University option in the left navigation bar > select Training Webinars.

Meet the Team in Ohio!

You already know the team in Austin … now get to know the team in Columbus, Ohio!

You’ll find that our team here in Ohio is much like the Austin team – we’re driven by our dedication to providing excellent service and software you can trust! Working together over these first weeks has been a lot of fun and has solidified our confidence in and excitement about the benefits of our partnership. We’re thrilled to be moving forward together in providing our clients with innovative solutions that connect students and employers. Seeing the combined talents of our teams in action has us energized to realize our shared vision of becoming the world’s leading source for all student hiring! We invite you to learn more about the Ohio team here and we look forward to getting to know you.

Want to know more about MBA Focus? Watch this quick video.