Career Services

 

Tips for MBA Students

Career Management
Over the course of your career you may decide to explore new career opportunities, change career fields, re-locate or may face the unexpected circumstance of being laid off.  Below is a list of suggested activities to help MBA students manage their careers and achieve their professional goals.

As an MBA student at BW, you are encouraged to stay connected and meet with your MBA program directors and instructors to gain advice and obtain information about the MBA marketplace.  Career Services strongly recommends that MBA students join local professional associations, network with other professionals or alumni in their career field on a regular basis, and use our online tools and resources located in Career Services.   Below is a list of resources in Career Services available to you to support these endeavors:

The BW Career Network
Search and apply for full-time employment opportunities on-line 24/7 on the BW Career Network.  Visit the web page above, to create an account, build your professional profile, upload copies of your resume(s) and cover letter(s) to apply for positions online.  You may also search for other positions for experienced candidates on the Experience Alumni Network.  The Web site is http:bw.edu//alumni.experience.com

Resume Referral Service
Once you’ve created your BW Career Network account, be sure to publish your resume to the MBA Resume Book while you are online (see the documents menu).  By placing your resume in the electronic resume book for MBA students, you give Career Services the permission to forward your resume to employers who have current employment openings for MBA candidates.

CareerPlace Library
Visit the CareerPlace Library located in the Bonds Administration Building (across from Kamm Hall) Room 104 to browse our career and professional resources.  These resources are available to help you manage your career and exploring industries and fields that pique your interest and match your skill sets.  The CareerPlace Library is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Below is a sample list of resources that may be of interest to MBA students:

Career Exploration

·        Do What You Are- Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secret of Personality Type by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger
·        What’s Your Type of Career- Unlock the Secrets of Your Personality to Find Your Perfect Career Path by Donna Dunning
·         Fifty Best Jobs for Your Personality by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D.           

Resume and Cover Letter Writing
·        Resume Winners From the Pros by Wendy S. Enelow, CPRW
·        Cyberspace Resume Kit by Mary B. Nemnich and Craig Jandt
·        Resume Magic, Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer by Susan Britton-Whitcomb
·        The WetFeet Insider Guide for Killer Cover Letters and Resumes
·        Asher’s Bible of Executive Resumes and How to Write Them by Donald Asher
·        Federal Resume Guide Book by Kathryn Troutman
·        Can I Fax a Thank You Note and Other Modern Dilemmas by Audrey Glassman
·        You Send Me – Getting it Right When You Write On-line by O’Conner and Kellerman
·        Gallery of Best Cover Letters by David Noble 

Job Hunting
·        WetFeet Insider Guide Job Hunting A to Z: Landing the Job You Want
·        WetFeet Insider Guide Negotiating Your Salary and Perks
·        WetFeet Insider Guide Networking Works
·        WetFeet Insider Guide to Getting the Job and the Best Offer
·        International Jobs:  Where They Are, How To Get Them by Nina Seigel and Eric Kocher
·        Cities Ranked and Rated by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander
·        Getting a Job in the USA: A Guide for International MBA Students
·        Job Search Handbook for People With Disabilities by Dr. Daniel J. Ryan 

BW Alumni
·        Network with BW alumni on a regular basis.  For a schedule of upcoming alumni events, visit www.bw.edu/alumni and select upcoming events on the menu.

The Perfect Interview Program
Perfect Interview is an innovative multimedia software package complete with over 1500 interview questions, answers, and hints which have all been professionally produced on digital video.  After logging on to the computer in our Perfect Interview room, the students specifies the type and length of the interview that he or she wants to practice.  Specific question categories can also be selected.  The interview begins and the questions appear on the computer screen in full motion video and sound.  The interviewee is recorded during this process by a camera and the interviewee must answer the questions on-the-spot just like a real interview.  After the conclusion of the interview students may copy of their interview video stream on a CD for personal viewing and analysis (please remember to bring a CD with you).  If you’d like to schedule a time to use Perfect Interview please cal1 (440 836-2101).  Perfect Interview is also available Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings (last appointment time is 5:30 p.m. for a one hour session). 

CareerSearch
CareerSearch, a software-based tool, provides students with access to a powerful networking database of over 2 million companies nationwide.  The database is compiled from the most respected, industry-specific sources.  Search for information on particular company, person, industry or location using a variety of search options.  For access to the web site and for your user name, please call Career Services at (440) 826-2101 for the web address and school key. 

CareerConnections
BW CareerConnections is a new Career Services program designed to facilitate and advance your professional development.  This program is managed online through the BW Career Network and provides an easy connection to our alumni volunteers.  With our online access it is easy to connect with alums for career advice, career exploration, networking and contact development, and informational interviewing.  Log on to http://bw.erecruiting and select the mentors menu.

Professional Associations
Join a local chapter or a professional association that is related to your career field.  The following is a list of suggested professional associations. 

·        American Marketing Association – Cleveland Chapter
·        American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
·        American Society of Woman Accountants – Cleveland Chapter
·        Society of Human Resource Management – Cleveland Chapter
·        American Advertising Federation – Cleveland Ad Association
·        Public Relations Society of America – Cleveland Chapter
·        National Black MBA Association – Cleveland Chapter
·        American Bar Association – Cleveland Bar Association
·        American College of Health Care Executives
·        American Association of Health Care Administrative Management 

YWCA Women’s Leadership Initiative – YWCA of Greater Cleveland
This program is specifically designed to help ambitious, professional women develop skills necessary to advance their careers.  The program presents workshops on a monthly basis on a variety of topics that supports the professional development needs of women managers and executives.  Workshop topics typically include a regular panel discussion featuring women in executive positions.  The YWCA offers networking events, quarterly book and panel discussions to offer professional women in greater Cleveland further chances to discuss issues important to their career development and experiences in the workplace.  For more information visit http://www.ywcaofcleveland.org 

Final Tips
We strongly encourage you to use the career management steps and resources recommended in this handout.  In order to provide you the highest level service, it is important for us to share with you the best resources in Career Services and in the greater Cleveland area that is best-suited for MBAs.  Our office is best positioned to work with professionals with 0 to 5 years of professional career-related experience.  For important industry related career advice, please see your MBA program advisor.  Also, Career Services retains a list of professional career advisors in the area who specialize in mid-career transitions and lay offs.  Please call us at (440) 825-2101 for a referral.

 

 

 

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