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Knobull, An Online Learning & Career Development Platform For Students, Is Buzzing
Lynn Bentley, an alum of University of MN, worked for OI Global Partners as business development director, promoting career search and development, for the corporate community of students and recent graduates, employees and executives.
In the crowded online career coaching and employment space that includes the likes of LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Ziprecruiter, Handshake, and Knac, Knobull is enjoying strong growth. In less than two years, it's:
Bentley's intent was to "build a platform that's designed for students and recent graduates rather than for companies." As a result the platform has several unique features.
"It's really about understanding who you are, where you fit, and selecting a company based off understanding that." The site provides an abundance of programs and experiences that help students make a commitment to career development to improve learning ROI.
Students using Knobull are first required to complete a set of exercises - that establishes a career plan, trains them in resume preparation, acquaints them with various job opportunities, helps them organize their profile.
Included in the tools is a successful resume builder that enables students to craft a professionally formatted resume that they can update over time.
After completing the JobStars coaching, students can enter the active portal, where they are able to see and access early engagement programs, internships and full-time job opportunities.
Bentley emphasizes that the technology is built to protect each candidate's privacy. The company, which now has a team of about 7-10 interns, earns its revenue from commissions paid by its partners. Among the most popular industries are finance, consulting and technology, entertainment and media, communications and health care.
Bentley believes that Knobull, "has its fingers on the pulse of tomorrow's talent" and that it's bridging the gap in access to good careers faced by many students at the same time it's opening employers' doors to a more motivated workforce.
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