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Looking to Join a Startup? Get an MBA In a new survey, MBA graduates are a hot commodity for startups looking to recruit talent.

By Andrea Huspeni

entrepreneur daily

As the talent wars wage on and the likelihood of poaching a C-level executive from Google are close to zero, founders are turning to recent MBA grads for hiring needs.

Fifty-seven percent of business schools claim startups -- companies less than a year old -- are ramping up their full-time recruiting efforts for MBA grads, according to the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance's Spring 2013 Recruiting Trends survey. By contrast, only 41 percent of larger companies -- those with 500 or more employees -- are doing so, notes the survey that polled administrators from 84 MBA programs (see graph below).

"A growing number of MBA students are focusing on entrepreneurship, either by starting their own business or helping other students start theirs. Reports from large and small MBA programs confirm the increased student interest in a range of entrepreneurial endeavors," Jack Oakes, assistant dean for career development at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, said in a statement.

Recruiting increased in all industries with more than 40 percent of colleges seeing a spike in technology, petroleum and energy, consulting and consumer products.

For more stories on hiring and college students check out:

How to Hire the Best Recent Graduate for Your Business

America's Bright Spots: The Top 10 Cities for Hiring

The Rise of Entrepreneurship on College Campuses

Looking to join a startup? Get an MBA

Andrea Huspeni

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Andrea Huspeni is the former special projects director at Entrepreneur.com and the founder of This Dog's Life.

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