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by Vault Careers | September 14, 2011


Getting your MBA is sure to get your foot in the door when applying for jobs, but the most important aspect of your schooling is your ability to network.  A great resume is important, but it’s the people you know that will help you get the jobs you want.  And the more people you meet, the better your chances are of leveraging those connections to move you further along the career path. 

Networking is easier with groupsLinkedIn is probably one of the best ways to network without even leaving the comfort of your computer.  In addition to connecting with colleagues, schoolmates and friends, the ability to join groups will open the door to meeting new people.  The good folks at MBA Highway have made it easier for students to find the group that’s the right fit for them.  The MBA resource has created a list of the Top 50 LinkedIn Groups that they believe MBA’s must join. 

“There are so many things that MBA students and professionals can do to advance their job search and careers on LinkedIn that it can actually become quite overwhelming,” said Chris Perry, the founder of MBA Highway.  “There are currently over 1 million different LinkedIn groups, and with a 50-group limit for each LinkedIn user, but so many to choose from across so many different industries, functional areas and topics, I thought I could help my fellow MBAs out there filter through the clutter by compiling a list of the top groups all MBAs should join to jumpstart their career networking and their job search efforts.”

Perry has broken down the list into different categories, including Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Marketing & Communications, Sales & Business Development and Career Search & Development, among other categories.  Before we get into their Top 50, we’d like to add that has created its own LinkedIn Group for users to access and discuss career advice and the latest news affecting the economy.  To join our LinkedIn Group, go to

And now here is MBA Highway’s Top 50 LinkedIn Groups for MBA’s:

MBA Specific

  • MBA Highway – MBA Job Search & Career Network


  • On Startups – The Community For Entrepreneurs
  • Startup Specialists
  • Bright Ideas & Entrepreneurs
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Group


  • Consultants Network
  • Worldwide Management Consultants

Marketing & Communications

  • Marketing & Communication Network
  • Public Relations and Communications Professionals
  • Marketing Executives Group
  • Innovative Marketing, PR, Sales, Word-of-Mouth & Buzz Innovators
  • Advertising Professionals
  • Online Advertising Professionals
  • Social Media Marketing

Sales & Business Development

  • ! Sales Best Practices

Product & Brand Management

  • 280 Group: Product Management & Product Marketing
  • CPG Supergroup!
  • CPGpeople

Finance & Accounting

  • Finance Club
  • Finance Industry Professionals Worldwide
  • FinancePlus

Business Intelligence & Information Technology

  • Business Intelligence & Analytics Group
  • Business Intelligence Professionals
  • IT Specialist Group
  • The IT Architect Network

Project Management

  • Project Manager Networking Group
  • Project Management Community


  • Supply Chain Today
  • Procurement Professionals
  • Lean Six Sigma

Human Resources

  • Linked:HR
  • H.R. Professionals

Industry Specific

  • — Green Business Professionals
  • Telecom Professionals
  • Biotech & Pharma Professionals Network
  • Media Professionals Worldwide
  • Event Peeps: For Live Event Industry Professionals
  • Retail Industry Professionals Group
  • Travel & Tourism Industry Professionals Worldwide
  • Sports Industry Network™

Special Interest

  • Women For Hire
  • National Black MBA Association
  • National Association of Women MBAs

Career Search & Development

  • Career Rocketeer – Career Launch Network
  • Career Central – Sponsored by


Chris Perry, MBA, is a Gen Y brand and marketing generator, brand marketing manager, personal branding expert, speaker and brand consultant. He is the founder of Career Rocketeer, MBA Highway and multiple other ventures.  MBA Highway brings together MBAs from across all industries, functional areas and career stages into a single community for mutual career benefit and success.  To view more blogs from MBA Highway, go to 

--Jon Minners,


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