Social Media Job Site for Recent College Grads Wins Design and Usability Award

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Beyond Credentials, an exclusive network where top college grads meet great companies, announced today that its website,, has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Website Development by the Interactive Media Awards™. Beyond Credentials now joins the ranks of other winners such as BlackBerry, Nickelodeon, Cisco, Microsoft, Disney, Sony, Pepsi, Volvo, Nike and HBO.

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Beyond Credentials announced today that its website,, has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Website Development by the Interactive Media Awards™. The award is for excellence in the employment category. Beyond Credentials is an exclusive job search site for college grads.

Beyond Credentials worked with Denver based to develop the website under the direction of Sub4 owner Keith Baltus.

“We’ve created an exclusive network where top college grads and great companies meet.” said Andy O’Dower, co-founder of Beyond Credentials. “Our website is intuitive, functional and pleasing to use. This award speaks very highly to the work the Sub4 team did with us. Candidates from the best universities in the U.S. use their profile on our site for personal branding and professional social networking, and top companies brand their employment opportunities on our site. Therefore, everything had to be perfect.”

The criteria for judging included design, usability, innovation in technical features, standards compliance and content. In order to win this award level, had to meet strict guidelines in each area - an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each quarter. The honor recognizes that the project met and surpassed the basic standards of excellence that comprise the web’s most professional work.

About Beyond Credentials
Andy O’Dower and Kevin Melgaard founded Beyond Credentials when they saw the need for a members only network and community of Generation Y (born approx. 1980-2000) job seekers and companies targeting these candidates for internships and careers. Beyond Credentials is currently helping recent graduates promote their personal brand, find entry level jobs, network more effectively and improve their after college job search in Kansas City, Chicago, Denver and St. Louis.

Kansas City-based Beyond Credentials is an exclusive web community where only qualified job seekers and companies can join and connect through interactive candidate and company branding profiles. To qualify, candidates must be students or alumni from the top 250 universities in the United States with a current or graduating 3.0+ grade point average. Companies are evaluated by community standing, culture and quality of opportunities. Many college grads seeking a career utilize their professional profile over a resume to get internships and jobs after college and beyond.


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