Career Resources for MBA Working Professionals

Gwen Appelbaum, assistant dean and director of the Career Resource Center.
“It's always the right time to take charge of your career development. ”
Gwen Appelbaum
Assistant Dean and Director, Career Resource Center

The Career Resource Center (CRC) has created and curated a number of resources to help you to reach your individual career goals. Try to make time every week to take action and move another step closer to your goals. Start today. Succeed tomorrow.

Every individual starts in a unique place. Think about where are you in the career development process. What do you require now?

I need to...

1. Build My Personal Brand

Today, it's more important than ever to stand out. Learn how to tell your personal story and communicate your brand to peers, supervisors, potential employers and business contacts. Start with your résumé and LinkedIn profile.

Résumé

A strong résumé is a critical tool for use in pursuing your career goals. To create an effective résumé, start with the CRC résumé template, which is based on industry standards and include a summary.

A summary highlights your professional experiences and skills, and shows how you bring value to an organization. It is a reflection of your personal brand and should be a powerful statement of who you are and what you do. Employers should be able to quickly see whether you are a good fit from your summary alone. (Objective statements have become outdated, and should no longer be used.)

Résumé Template for Working Professionals

Résumé Guide

Read detailed tips on résumé preparation based on the feedback the Career Resource Center has received from recruiters over the years.

LinkedIn

Create a professional LinkedIn profile by watching Advanced LinkedIn Profile Building by renowned speaker and owner of CareerQuest, Ross Macpherson. Access the recording in BizLink | Resources | Document Library.

Additional Resources

2. Explore Careers and Expand Your Network

Explore Careers

Understand your targets. What type of roles or companies are you focusing on in your search? Explore your options. If you are changing jobs it is important to do research before you jump, especially if you are pivoting in your job function. Networking can be a big part of your research. 

If you are limited by geography, then research that particular job market. Who are the big companies in the area? Who is hiring? What areas are growing?

Expand Your Network

How to Network

  • Networking in a Virtual World (video)
    Get advice on how to network virtually and successfully from the CRC director, Gwen Appelbaum. Access this recorded workshop (and more) in the BizLink – Document Library. 
  • Learn more about the process of networking through these opportunities and resources

Resources to Identify Contacts

UB Career Connector Network
Contacts in the network have volunteered to speak to students about career paths, advice, their industry and more. Request access to Career Connector Network (Get Advice) and go to the UB sign-on. You can search for a mentor using such criteria as career field, industry and geographic region. You can even schedule appointments directly through the system with potential mentors.

LinkedIn
Learn how to search for alumni in a specific geographic area using LinkedIn. Keep in mind that these contacts are not mentors. They are only alumni. But if you take a thoughtful approach and keep your request to information, you could start to build a relationship with the contact.

Once you know the types of roles you plan to target you can apply through different ways, including BizLink, Bullseye/Handshake, company websites, LinkedIn and many job search systems and sites.

4. Interview

  • Practice interviewing 24 hours/365 days through Big Interview from UB Career Design Center. This online tool is free when you register with your UB email address.
  • Schedule a practice interview with your career advisor (through BizLink) to further prepare.
  • Case Interviews
    Learn about resources to help you prepare for case interviews.
  • Virtual Interviews

Interview Research and Preparation Tools

Research the company so you better understand their mission, strengths and more. Here's an example of what to research.

  • Market share (size of organization in an industry) and competitors
  • Products and services
  • Potential growth
  • Annual sales growth, long term and short term
  • Organizational structure, management style and leadership
  • Recent developments via news stories

Use these job market and research tools to research companies before the interview.

After the Interview

Send a thank you email within 24 hours of your interview. Send an email to each interviewer.

  • Thank you: Tips and samples of thank you letters to create your own thank you to send after each interview.

5. Negotiate Salary or Manage Offers

Review information on managing job offers and compensation negotiation before you need it. 

You can also meet with your advisor to discuss your options and learn how to successfully navigate the negotiation process. Schedule an appointment through BizLink

Salary Resources

Research the typical salaries for the role and industry you are targeting. Have an idea about the salary you want before your first interview. 

  • Salary.com: Find salary information for various titles and determine cost of living comparisons between your current city and intended relocation city.
  • Glassdoor: Find jobs and see company salaries, reviews, and interviews – all posted anonymously by employees. You can create a free account and then report a salary yourself to gain access to all the salary information.

Cost of Living

It is important to understand how salary and expenses vary by city. In addition, the cost of living could be significantly higher while salaries are only slightly higher. This will affect how you live in a new city. Use the cost of living calculators below to better understand the differences for two specific cities and calculate what recruiters are paying in other areas compared to the actual cost of living.