Though this is the last step in your career development, you will engage throughout the entire process. Learning how to engage employers through networking, informational interviews, and even a simple elevator pitch will create opportunities for career exploration, preparation, and readiness.
“Self-control, openness, the ability to engage with others, to plan and to persist -these are the attributes
that get people in the door and on the job, and lead to productive lives.”
– James Heckman
An elevator pitch is a brief persuasive speech that conveys who you are and is used to spark interest in you. Typically, about 1-3 sentence statement which communicates why you are someone worth hiring. It should be about 20-30 seconds in length.
An informational interview is when a person investigates a job, career, and/or position by having a conversation with someone connected to the industry in question. This informal interview will usually include advice about the work life, industry trends, career exploration, and even hiring culture.
Congratulations, you have a job offer, but now you need to negotiate some of the terms. Professor Merideth Thompson has the following tips for you.
Job Search Strategies
The 21st century brings a variety of ways to search for jobs. From online social media accounts, Career Exploration Trips, Focused Fridays, club involvement, the Career Expo’s, and more, we will give you the latest tips and methods of finding the right job for you.
Networking is the process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. A lot of emphasis is put on networking - it is consistently listed as one of the most important ways to get a job.
Prepare for Graduate School
Graduate school is a part of many business students’ career path. Applying to graduate school can be as intensive as applying for a job. If your graduate program requires a college placement test (GRE, MAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT.), you will need the resources to prepare yourself.
Thank You Notes and Emails
Following up an interview with a Thank You note or email is a crucial component of landing a job. Though there is mixed opinion whether you need a physical note or just an electronic email; 86% of employers said the absence of a note shows a lack of follow-through.