Career planning is a demanding exercise, one that requires continuous evaluation of career goals and interests as well as intermittent adjustment of professional priorities. When you begin your journey at college you may or may not have a clear view of what you want to do. Regardless, you should not go to college with a fixed mindset rather approach it as one of the most transformational aspects of your career journey. The key is to maximize the possibilities presented to you. The opportunity to do and be anything is truly possible while you are at school. Once you gather more professional experience, organizations begin factoring your previous experiences strongly. B-schools present a unique avenue to students to switch careers and focus on functions and industries that they anticipate they can build a long- term career in. For many of you, the opportunity to work in certain organizations may only be possible via the conduit of the recruiting engine at your college.
Business school, it turns out, is a classic conundrum. On the one hand, an MBA is a highly desirable business degree and seemingly a ticket to future success in the business and corporate arena. Yet, on the other hand, the business school landscape is replete with stories of student angst, anxiety and high stress that can lead even the toughest amongst us to crack under the weight of high and unrealistic expectation. When then are business schools so attractive for the highly motivated? Because, prevailing wisdom suggests, business school teaches you the fundamental concepts and ideas that can help you become a successful executive. A stint at business school will arm you with the knowledge you need and prepare you to face many of the issues and challenges you will undoubtedly face as you navigate the business world while giving a boost to your resume, abilities, self-assurance and confidence. (more…)
What does the best resume look like? While this article may not prove to be the magic spell that helps you create the best resume, it will definitely help you determine what to put on a resume, so that it definitely gets you that elusive interview call and job. A well-polished resume is a critical component of your B school and job search kit. It takes time to build a good resume and starting early in the academic cycle helps as one can go through multiple reviews to get a resume- interview or job search ready.
Here are the five essential elements, a perfect MBA resume should have (this is by no means a comprehensive list, so please make sure to check the career center resources for finer details on good resume writing) (more…)
Cover letters – does anyone still write them? The answer to this question is yes, very much and even if you don`t write a formal separate document called cover letter or letter of intent for your job application, chances are you are still expected to write something in the e-mail you send, or in the form you fill out on the employer site. So in essence, anything you write that accompanies your resume that is part of a job application is a cover letter! So, yes the cover letter is very much alive!
The reason is simple-for someone to even open your resume, they should be enticed by your cover letter. In fact, most college career centers both at the undergrad and graduate level tell us that recruiters are still looking for a cover letter or letter of intent to accompany the resume that is sent to them. (more…)
“If you tell the truth you don`t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain
One fact that is a constant in HR circles is that a dishonest resume is a straightforward No! It causes immediate disdain among hiring managers so much so that an otherwise valuable candidate lands in the reject pile. Jobseekers who have to anyway contend with thousands of other candidates vying for the same job should be extremely mindful of this. Of course, the most significant resume objective is to convey your achievements in the most favorable light. It is the fact contained in the achievements, however, which cannot be compromised.
Operating in a cut-throat job market as a hopeful applicant can be quite daunting. It is not too difficult, actually, for candidates to succumb to the urge of pushing details beyond the realm of truth. In an effort to embellish some professional stints, they end up describing tasks which they never performed or skills they never actually possessed, or perhaps overstating the outcomes of their work.
Change! A word which is made up of six letters and is spoken with just one syllable. A word with four consonants and two vowels. How can such a small, innocuous word, cause such unease in our hearts is something that should be delved into deeply. However, if you are thinking of a career change, it is perhaps not the best time to understand the philosophy behind the word.
Today, on average, people tend to change jobs ten to fifteen times in their career, with two or three career changes. But how easy is switching careers without enough credentials to back you? Through this article, we would help you explore how exactly you can steer the proverbial ship through this hurricane, and how a B-School can help along. (more…)
With a student`s academic calendar already packed with numerous class projects, seminars and career treks, you may wonder if attending a career fair is really useful. But come to think of it, who would like to pass up on the opportunity to meet a large number of recruiters from diverse industries and regions at a single location in a short span of time? Of course, no one! Job fairs are great platforms for career guidance and to familiarize yourself with the prevalent industry trends, career growth, career development, the kind of job roles that are in demand, the expected skill sets and positions available. But the most critical benefit of attending career fairs is to really master your networking skills and make valuable contacts. Talking with industry leaders, company executives and alumni in-person can grant you practical, first-hand knowledge about the various career paths suitable for your interests, values and competence. Various career fairs equal various career opportunities.
Grad students nowadays see “networking” as one of the prime reasons to pursue their MBA or graduate degrees. While the main reason for doing so remains moving up the career ladder and a better prospect at the next career junction, having a good network and building the right contacts in school can lead to a plethora of professional networking opportunities that might have been impossible pre-grad school. Whether that is the next shot at the $100K job offer or funding for your next startup idea – the possibilities are seemingly endless.
So, what does it take to make the most of that “famed” networking night on campus that students look forward to? With these simple and effective networking tools and tips, you can be rest assured that you are making the most of your time and deriving maximum value from these events. (more…)
In the ever growing business world, any firm, big or small, needs leaders. Not just the ones who are running the firm but emerging leaders from various facets that can take the business forward. And for B-School students, it becomes even more crucial to embody some of the most important traits that translate to leadership success. With that in mind, here is a list of 6 of the best and most inspiring TED talks that an MBA student must watch. (more…)
Several studies in the recent past strongly point towards the criticality of networking in a job search. Some experts opine as close to 80% of jobs today even after your MBA, are obtained through referrals of some kind. With such trends, students would do well to leverage all the job search resources at their disposal. One such extremely valuable resource is the alumni community of your college. They are treasure troves of industry knowledge and career advice which in turn finds credence from their vast and practical work experience.
However, before you start the process of identifying and reaching out to your college alumni, it is important to understand what your goals are for connecting with your alumni. Alumni usually have limited time and they can very quickly see through genuine connect vs. a candidate who is just trying to get shortlisted for the company they work for. You may have a few reasons to reach out: (more…)