Career Survival Guide

Things you can do now so you're ready when companies hire

Get Your Resume Ready

There is no time like the present to get your resume in tip-top shape. There are many searchable and free resources online to help prepare your resume. The Gianchetta Student Success Center can also help, just email Estella Anderson, and attach your current resume.

Networking Online

With more and more people moving into the online sector, networking electronically has never been more important. Currently 85 percent of all jobs are filled by employee referrals. This means the more you network, the more chances you have to get a job. About 41 percent of all hiring managers take a look at a potential employees LinkedIn pages before they move forward to hire. Here is a list of a few things you can do now to get your profile ready: 

Photo: Make sure the photo you use for your profile picture is professional. This picture should reflect what you would look like when you show up to an interview. DO NOT use a cropped photo (from a group gathering) or a photo you would post on other social media. If you do not have access to a picture have a family member take a picture of you against a blank wall or outside. Then, use your phone upload. This is super easy and remember to never leave your picture blank!

Contacting and networking: If there is a company you would like to work for, begin by researching their LinkedIn page. Like/follow their page. Look for hiring managers that work for them and connect via LinkedIn. Use the following to connect:  

Subject Line: ____ (Title of the position, Term (Spring, Summer, Fall)

Body of Message: Hi ____ (Recruiter Name), I am studying ___ (Major) at the ___ (University) with a graduation date of ___ (Month Year). I have been following ____ (Company) and I am excited about ___ (News or release about the company that you are excited about to demonstrate your interest and research). I have applied to the ____ (Full title of position w/ the job #) position. Based on my experience in ___ (1-2 reasons why YOU are a fit for the role), I am a strong candidate for this position. *Attach your PDF resume.* Thank you, _____ (Name)

Update Your Profile: Make sure you're uploading new photos, volunteer work and interest areas. Start following new companies, change or edit your URL to make it consistent with other social media (if you're using those for job networking). Create a short three-minute video of yourself to explain who and what you are interested in.

Connect with the College of Business: Connect with the UM College of Business and College of Business Director of Career Development, Estella Anderson to help with connections and tips on cultivating your LinkedIn profile.

Get Certified

Now is the time to take advantage of all the free or reduced price certifications that companies are offering. There are so many being offered electronically. This is the time for you to do what you can to set yourself apart from everyone else.

College of Business offerings: A great way to become more marketable as a potential employee is by earning a graduate degree. The UM College of Business offers graduate degrees in business administration (MBA), business analytics (MSBA) and accounting (MAcct). The UM MBA and MSBA can both be earned online or in the classroom.

The UM College of Business also offers a Business Certificate that can be earned online for those looking to add more business knowledge to their repertoire. The certificate is open to community members, non-UM students, current UM students, and alumni. The Business Certificate is 15 credits and can be earned in one year.

Listen to Advice

A New Angle Podcast has interviewed UM business faculty and the UM Blackstone Launchpad to give students advice on how to move through this economic downturn. The interviewees have been through a recession or were in New York when 9/11 occurred. They have lost jobs, looked for jobs during a recession and provide advice on how to move forward. 

Episode 1 featuring UM College of Business faculty members Dr. Mike Braun, Dr. David Firth and Dr. Jakki Mohr.

Episode 2 featuring UM Blackstone Launchpad's Paul Gladen and Morgan Slemberger