Focused Fridays

sharpen. explore. aspire.

Fridays at the Huntsman School are dedicated to accelerating careers, whether through workshops on resume writing and interview prep, or listening to professionals from different industries discuss career opportunities, or the chance to rub elbows with executives through our unique Leadership Forum series.

Friday, January 22

Backpack to Briefcase: Getting Your Resume Past the Bots (ATS)

9:00 am - 9:30 am | YouTube Livestream
Did you know your application may be denied before a human even has a chance to review it? A large majority of Fortune 500 companies and a growing number of mid-sized businesses filter resumes through an applicant tracking system (ATS). Come to this workshop to learn more about how ATS works and how to make sure you are highlighting the right skills and experiences. Jamie Wittman, Talent Acquisition Manager at Keyence, will walk you through what you should and shouldn’t have on your resume especially considering ATS.

Friday, January 29

Backpack to Briefcase: Dress for Success

9:00 am - 9:30 am | YouTube Livestream
Studies have demonstrated that people make a judgment based on their first impression of you within the first seven seconds of interaction. According to more recent research, this time frame may even be shrinking to a mere five seconds! This means that whether you’re in a job interview, at a business meeting, or participating in a networking event, you have little time to make a good first impression!

Leadership Forum: How COVID Has Changed the Workplace and the Future of Work

10:30 am - 12:00 pm | YouTube Livestream
The last year has seen unprecedented disruptions to the workplace and the nature of work. In this panel, industry leaders will discuss how their organizations navigated the turbulence, how they continue to foster supportive work environments, and what lessons have been learned that will shape work and the workplace of the future.

Panel Members:
Josefina Leon: VP HR, Walt Disney Television, The Walt Disney Company
Tessa White: Founder - SHE Team, Former Sr VP of Human Capital, Vivint Solar
Stephanie Crook: VP of HR Strategy and Culture at Intel
Eric McAllister: Exec. VP HR, Avantor Inc., Former Senior VP HR, Westinghouse Electronic Co.

Backpack to Briefcase: Must Know Interview Strategies (STAR)

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | YouTube Livestream
How would you like to learn interview strategies from the second largest private company in the United States? Here’s your chance! Join a panel of employees from Koch Industries to chat about best practices, specifically STAR Stories, one of the best strategies in answering interview questions with adequate detail and context.

Friday, February 5

Backpack to Briefcase: Start Early: Following Up with Companies

9:00 am - 9:30 am | YouTube Livestream
Many job applicants wonder when and how they should follow up with a potential employer. It can be a tricky balance to stand out without being overbearing. Join Trevor Peterson, the newest audit partner at Tanner LLC, as he coaches on this essential skill just in time for Mock Interview Day on February 19th! Students of all majors are encouraged to attend.

Leadership Forum: Robert Bishoff

10:30 am - 11:30 am | TBD
Hear from Robert Bischoff, Senior Director of Commercial Banking at Zions Bank and Huntsman School National Advisory Board Member. Robert will share leadership perspectives gained from his experience at one of Utah’s longest standing businesses.

Friday, February 19

Huntsman Mock Interview Day

9:00 am - 12:00 pm | AGGIE Handshake
Huntsman Mock Interview Day is your opportunity to sharpen your interview skills using feedback from professionals at our top corporate partners. Mock Interview Day will be held virtually through Handshake this year. Sign-ups for mock interviews begin on January 18th on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don’t miss this chance to connect with your future employer! Learn More & Sign Up.

Friday, March 5

Backpack to Briefcase: Cover Letters 101

9:00 am - 9:30 am | YouTube Livestream
A cover letter is a powerful way to demonstrate your written communication skills, and showcase information you could not explain in your resume. Though not all employers require cover letters, many still consider it essential to filter potential candidates. Join Erica Wallace, Talent Acquisition Manager, with Strata Fund Solutions to answer your questions and more! Erica is dynamic, experienced, and will leave you feeling confident about writing your cover letters.

Leadership Forum: Derek White from Google

10:30 am - 11:30 am | TBD
Hear from Derek White, VP of Global Financial Services Solutions at Google. Derek has been in the financial services technology industry for over 20 years, leading teams at Barclays, BBVA and US Bank before joining Google.

Backpack to Briefcase: Developing Professional Mentors

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | YouTube Livestream
Professional mentors and networking can help you go further than you could go on our own, but how do we go about developing those relationships? Participate in this “Backpack to Briefcase” event to learn where to look for professional mentors and how to establish these essential relationships throughout your career.

Friday, March 19

Backpack to Briefcase: Grad School: Now or Later?

9:00 am - 9:30 am | YouTube Livestream
Join our virtual panel: “Grad School: Now or Later?” It will feature professionals and students at many different stages currently attending or graduated from a variety of graduate programs. You’ll hear about their thought process before, during, and after their graduate school experience. This panel will provide you with better insight and ideas to inform your own decisions about graduate school.

Backpack to Briefcase: Informational Interviews

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | YouTube Livestream
Skillfully used, an informational interview is one of the most valuable sources of career exploration. While it may cover some of the same ground as information on a company website, it presents opportunities for an intimate and flexible inside view of a job field unmatched by other sources. The information interview communicates the firsthand experience and impressions of someone in the occupation and is directed by your questions. Learn how to use informational interviews to your advantage!

Friday, March 26

Backpack to Briefcase: Social Intelligence

9:00 am - 9:30 am | YouTube Livestream
Social intelligence is commonly referred to as “common sense”, “tact”, or “street smarts.” It is the capacity to understand and connect with others. Join Doug Fiefia, former USU Student Body President, MBA graduate from Rice University, and current manager at Google Customer Solutions for a discussion on why social intelligence matters in your career and how you can use it to connect with your coworkers, clients, and more.