Come home to work in Mississippi

If an alumnus of Mississippi State University is ready to move back to Mississippi, the campus Career Center suggests a simple strategy for finding employment.

First, alumni can search for their ideal job through MSWorks at www.mississippiworks.org or by downloading the iOS or Android app (MSWorks).

Second, alumni can sign up with www.msgradjobs.com to be notified of any jobs in Mississippi that fit their qualifications.

MSGradJobs is a collaboration between the Career Center and nSPARC, an MSU research unit. nSPARC worked with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to develop an application because employers desired to partner with all IHL institutions, like MSU, to advertise open positions statewide.

Mimmo Parisi, professor and director of nSPARC, approached the Career Center to explore options and exchange ideas to help make this universal application possible for graduates of all IHL institutions in Mississippi. The result was www.msgradjobs.com with its slogan of “Connecting Mississippi College Grads with Mississippi Employers.”

“Our team was able to take the ideas and suggestions of Career Center staff and create an application to meet the needs of alumni,” said Parisi.

After trials at the MSU Career Center, the application was launched to all IHL universities in 2013 and the efforts continue. The application is used by employers in the state to advertise available positions. Alumni can register, upload a resume, and view available positions.

Scott Maynard, director of the MSU Career Center said, “Companies statewide are seeking experienced talent that only alumni can provide.”

One example is Mississippi Power, a division of The Southern Co. As the new Kemper County Energy Facility moves closer to startup, employment opportunities for experienced professionals continue to open. There is an immediate need for chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers with at least five years of experience at the facility. All opportunities can be seen under the Careers tab at www.southerncompany.com.

The Golden Triangle Development LINK team has recruited industry and created infrastructure in the Starkville area. Currently serving Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, the GTR LINK has played a role in the development of three industrial parks, one of which contains two TVA Certified megasites. Current developments span the range of steel, aerospace, automotive, wood-products and defense. Major industries recruited include PACCAR, Severstal, Airbus Helicopters and the newest, Yokohama Tire Corp., which is currently seeking experienced chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers. Those opportunities can be viewed at www.yokohamams.org.

MSU’s Career Center staff can assist alumni in finding positions in a variety of locations. For more information, contact the center via its website at www.career.msstate.edu/alumni or call at 662-325-3344.