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  Your Guide to the BBA Career Search  20122013 THE OFFICE OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT  TABLE OF CONTENTS The Office of Career Development Services and Location ............2The Three-Year Overview ......................................3The Career Search Process ......................................4On- and Off-Campus Recruiting Approaches ......................5iMpact and Other Services ......................................6 STEP 1: SELF-ASSESS & DETERMINE FOCUS  Self-Assess and Determine Focus ...............................7 Tools for Self-Assessment and Career Exploration .................8 Are YOU Focused? ..........................................9 STEP 2: DEVELOP RÉSUMÉ & ONLINE BRAND  Résumé Overview ............................................10 Education Section ............................................11 Experience Section ...........................................12 Sample Résumé ..............................................13 Résumé FAQs and Tips .......................................14 Your Online Brand ...........................................15 Cover Letter Guide ...........................................16 Sample Cover Letter ..........................................17 On-Campus Recruiting .........................................18 STEP 3: CONDUCT NETWORKING  What Is Networking? .......................................20 Networking Contacts .........................................21 Preparation and Follow-Up ...................................22 Informational Interviewing: A Great Way to Network ............23 Professional Dress Guidelines ..................................25 STEP 4: PREPARE & INTERVIEW  Introduction ................................................26 Interview Types .............................................27 Interview Structure .........................................29 Interview Response Technique ................................30 STEP 5: DECIDE & NEGOTIATE  Before and After the Offer .....................................32 Negotiating the Offer .........................................33 Declining an Offer ...........................................33 International Student Recruiting ................................34Etiquette Tips ................................................35Employer Index ..............................................36 STEP 1 Self-Assess & Determine Focus STEP 2 Develop Résumé & Online Brand STEP 3 Conduct Networking STEP 4 Prepare & Interview STEP 5 Decide & Negotiate Welcome to the 2012-13 Academic Year at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business! HOW TO USE THIS BBA CAREER RESOURCES GUIDE: This Guide  was designed to give you easy access to instruction, examples and tips about the career search process in one publication. Work through this Guide  systematically, or turn to whatever section will serve your particular need as you need it. But don’t rely only on this Guide ! It is just one part of the career search programming offered by the Office of Career Development (OCD). Be sure to take advantage of our other resources and services, as well as those offered beyond the Ross School of Business. We know that a career search is hard work, and OCD is here to partner with you as you engage in the process.  2   University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Office of Career Development Who We Are The Office of Career Development, or OCD, is here to help you develop necessary career search skills to discover and pursue your career goals and to provide opportunities for you to connect with companies and apply for positions. OCD serves you through two teams: Career Counseling and Education, and Recruiting and Outreach. What We Offer CAREER COUNSELING AND EDUCATION One-on-One Career Counseling  Schedule an appointment with our staff and/or peer career counselors to discuss your career search strategy, including self-assessment, résumé reviews, mock interviews, and general career counseling. Walk-in Career Counseling  No pre-registration is necessary for these first-come, first-served sessions with staff and peer counselors. These sessions are reserved for quick questions and last no more than 15 minutes. Workshops  You can get instruction and work on specific career search skills by participating in workshops offered throughout the year by the Counseling and Education team. You may also request a workshop for your Ross-based club or for a group of BBAs by contacting a specific staff member or by submitting a request through RossCareerCounseling@umich.edu. Career Resources  You can find career search resources online on iMpact, the school’s intranet. Hard copies of some resources are available in the Office of Career Development in E2420. RECRUITING AND OUTREACH Networking and Recruiting Events  You can learn more about industries, companies, and specific opportunities, as well as make connections with alumni and recruiters, by taking advantage of two common types of recruiting events: 1. Networking Hours —You can talk to companies on an informal basis during Networking Hours, which are usually conducted in the Davidson Winter Garden for a few hours during the day. You should do at least some preliminary research on the company prior to approaching a representative. 2. Corporate Presentations —These presentations are typically held during the fall semester, Monday through Thursday, often in the evening. A reception meant for networking usually follows each presentation.  Jobs Database  ã On-Campus Interviewing  First-round interviews facilitated by the Office of Career Development that take place in the Kresge Library are referred to as on-campus interviews. Students can search for and apply for on-campus interviews through the Jobs Database on iMpact. Refer to page 18 for details. ã  Job Postings  Companies submit job postings through OCD and generally coordinate the application and interview process themselves. As with on-campus interviewing, job postings can be found through the Jobs Database on iMpact. Job Postings include internship and full-time job postings, as well as connections to short-term experiences such as corporate leadership weekends. The Office of Career Development Where We Are Career Counseling and Education   Office Location: E2420  Email:  RossCareerCounseling@umich.edu  Phone: 734.764.1373 Recruiting and Outreach   Office Location:  E2420  Email:  RossRecruiterRelations@umich.edu  Phone:  734.764.1372 Online on iMpact  http://www.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/CareerThe Recruiting and Outreach team develops new relationships with companies in order to expand on-campus interviewing and provide you with more job postings.  http://www.bus.umich.edu/MyiMpact/Career.aspx  3 The Three-Year Overview The action items below are intended to give you an overview of activities and deliverables that are part of the five-step career search. Your pace in working on action items will vary according to your academic needs, interests and approach to your career search. You may not get to many of the sophomore year action items until second semester. Timelines for an on-campus search during your junior and senior years are more set. OCD is here to serve and support you throughout the process. SOPHOMORE YEARJUNIOR YEARSENIOR YEAR    B   I   G    P   I   C   T   U   R   E Learn about yourself and explore potential careersChoose a career that’s potentially right for you and gain experienceConfirm your career choice and refine your search strategy, as needed    A   C   T   I   O   N    P   L   A   N FOCUS ON ACADEMICS q  Make academics a priority, and investigate industry GPA requirements. q  Explore potential career interests through academic offerings. SEE HOW OCD CAN HELP YOU q  Attend an iMpact Orientation Session. q  Meet with an OCD career counselor. DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE BUSINESS TALENTS q  Make lists of your interests, skills, values, and accomplishments—look for themes. q  Take the CareerLeader online self-assessment. UNDERSTAND YOUR CAREER OPTIONS q  Join a Ross club or organization. q  Attend career events (e.g., career panels). BUILD YOUR NETWORK q  Conduct informational networking with BBA seniors, peer counselors, and recent alumni. DEVELOP YOUR CAREER SEARCH MATERIALS q  Engage in OCD career skills interactive workshops. q  Create your iMpact résumé. q  Create your LinkedIn profile. DEVELOP PROFESSIONALLY q  Participate in workshops offered by Ross Leadership Initiative (RLI). q  Seek out summer experiences that will help you develop transferable skills and discover your passion, while also adding to your résumé. CATCH UP WITH SOPHOMORE ACTION PLAN ITEMSCONNECT SELF-ASSESSMENT TO CAREER OPTIONS q  Narrow your focus to two top functional areas and/or industries. q  Identify companies that fit your career focus. q  Refine your “elevator pitch.” DEVELOP YOUR INTERNSHIP SEARCH STRATEGY q  Develop a list of potential internships; have Plan A & Plan B. q  Monitor iMpact for “Recruiting Events.” q  Monitor iMpact Jobs Database and UM’s Career Center Connector for internship postings. q  Check on-campus interview application deadlines. q  Apply for positions and interview. GROW YOUR NETWORK q  Attend recruiting events and make contacts; follow up with contacts. q  Join professional groups on LinkedIn. q  Conduct informational interviews with people both on- and off-campus. ADD TO YOUR CAREER SEARCH SKILLS q  Update your résumé and customize it to fit specific internship targets. q  Write targeted cover letters. q  Practice interviewing. q  Learn how to evaluate internship offers and make a decision. DEVELOP PROFESSIONALLY q  Seek positions of leadership in campus/ community organizations. q  Identify gaps in your skills, knowledge, and experience that you need to work on to reach your goals—and seek to fill these gaps. CONFIRM YOUR CAREER CHOICE q  Evaluate career choice based on internship experience. q  Return to self-assessment activities and review your interests, values, and motivations to evaluate which job is right for you. q  Talk with an OCD staff counselor if you have any questions or concerns about job offers. q  Accept an offer only after you are confident that it is right for you. REFINE YOUR JOB SEARCH STRATEGY, IF NECESSARY q  Repeat steps from junior year. q  Continue to update and refine your résumé. q  Meet with an OCD career counselor. q  Search geographically, if that is a top priority. CULTIVATE & EXPAND YOUR NETWORK q  Continue to build your professional network, which includes your fellow BBAs. q  Thank people who have assisted you. KEEP IMPROVING YOUR CAREER SEARCH SKILLS q  Strengthen your interviewing skills. DEVELOP PROFESSIONALLY q  Participate in case competitions. q  Attend professional conferences.
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