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May 7th – GBCS Update

We in GBCS are elated to bring you the latest in career development, below are a few items of interest.

Tools onetonline1

ONET Online is a great resource for updating a resume, or finding transferable skills.

Here are a few ways to best utilize ONET:

  • Occupation Quick Search houses millions of job titles with position descriptions to tailor a resume for any occupation
  • Crosswalks allows seekers to see related positions and their tasks for a career change
  • Advanced Search focuses on specific software or tools seekers may already be well versed with
  • Salary information is posted for all positions based on national and Minnesota averages



May 16, 7 p.m- Opus College of Business Visits Target Field TWINS

Join your fellow graduate business students and alumni at the beautiful Target Field to cheer on the Twins as they take on the Mariners. Tickets are still available, contact Amanda Wagner:

Saturday, May 17th, 5:00pm – 10 Year Full Time MBA Celebration, Solera

In May 2014, the 10th cohort of Full-time UST MBA students will graduate. Please join us to honor the accomplishments of all our alumni, catch up with old friends and share your current successes.

Dean Christopher Puto, Ph.D., along with the faculty and staff of the Opus College of Business, cordially invites you and a guest to the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Full-time UST MBA. The festivities will include:

  • Cocktail hour: 5-6 p.m.
  • Dinner & remarks: 6-10 p.m.

As we look back over the last 10 years, we encourage you to share a favorite memory from your HiremeFull-time UST MBA experience when you register for the event. Photos and captions can be emailed to

Friday, May 23rd – Dean’s Commencement Reception

Saturday, May 24th – Commencement Reception/Ceremony

All MBAs, LinkedIn, Networking, Sales & Marketing, Social Media

Facebook – The New Job Board?

Last week Facebook announced its newest endeavor, recruiting.  The Social Jobs Partnership application was released, aggregating over 1.7 million openings from Work4 LabsBranchOutJobviteDirectEmployers and  This implementation allows the job search to be taken one step further by allowing users to apply directly through Facebook and instantly share the jobs to their social network.

Author J.J. Calao of Forbes says, “according to Facebook half of employers in the U.S. use the social network during their hiring process. Of those companies already using Facebook to engage with customers, 54 percent anticipate using it more heavily in their recruitment efforts in the future. Given those numbers, the lucrative nature of the recruitment industry and the success of companies like Work4 Labs—not to mention increasing pressure from battered shareholders—it appears likely that Facebook will seek monetize recruitment efforts at some point soon.”

While Facebook may be trying to monetize the recruiting front, it is well behind that of Linkedin, a professional networking site.  Linkedin allows seekers to market themselves professionally, while keeping their personal life separate, not the case with Facebook.  Linkedin also utilizes recruiting efforts directly from companies hiring for hundreds of positions, like that of Adobe.

“Today Adobe leases 70 Recruiter seats for their hiring efforts. A typical user is Trisha Colton, who leads Adobe’s hunt for digital media executives. On a recent afternoon she needed to fill five positions. With a few clicks of the mouse on her ThinkPad laptop, she could tailor a project-manager search that enabled her to look at possible candidates from 21 leading ad agencies, 15 publishing outfits and a host of other suitable backgrounds,” says George Anders, a contributor of Forbes.

LinkedIn enjoys a vast sweet spot between two extremes – low paying part time jobs, that will most likely be posted on Facebook and executive level positions- helping fill high-skill jobs that pay anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 or more a year. (Anders, 2012)

While Facebook continues to evolve their utilization of social media networking, Linkedin has continued to be the juggernaut of professional networking and recruiting that is both effortlessly accessible and specialized to each members professional endeavors.

How has social media helped or hurt your career goals?  

Articles discussed:

Facebook Job Board is Here: Recruiting will Never Look The Same

How Linkedin Has Turned Your Resume into a Cash Machine




All MBAs, Networking, Personal Development

5 Reasons Mentors Can Advance Your Career

Mentoring, it isn’t just for kids.  Adults, especially those during career transitions, and at mid-level growth benefit from having a mentor during their professional careers.  A report released by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology found that “mentoring has been associated with higher job satisfaction, higher promotion rates, higher future income, increased work success, and higher retention rates.”

Beyond navigating the extensive employment economy, mentors offer much more than a networking connection.

According to Dr. Lois Zachary, Mentor extraordinaire, here are a few reason mentors are advantageous to any career:

  1. Perspective and Experience. A mentor can give you the benefit of his or her perspective and experience. He or she can help you assimilate to a new position and give you an insider’s view on how to get things done.  A mentor can help you look at situations in new ways. He or she can ask hard questions and help you solve problems.
  1. Define and Reach Long-Term Goals as well as Accountability. A mentor can help you define your career path and ensure that you don’t lose focus and continue down that road even when you become distracted by day-to-day pressures. When you know you are meeting with your mentor, you ensure that all the tasks you discussed in your last meeting are completed.
  1. Trusted Colleague to Discuss Issues. A mentor can be a great sounding board for all issues – whether you are having difficulty with your immediate supervisor, an ethical dilemma, or need advice on how to tackle a new project or ask for a raise.
  1. Open Doors and Expand Networks. A mentor can open doors within your company, in other companies, or onto a board, as well as offer connections or other professionals to get in touch with.
  1. Work better. With the help of a good mentor, you can work more efficiently with a clearer view of the future you are trying to achieve. This helps you feel more confident in your job, which leads to better job performance and more success along your chosen road.
If you are interested in finding a mentor, see the Graduate Business Career Services Department

How have mentor or other professional relationships shaped your academic and professional career?



Adapted from The Glass Hammer, 10 Reasons to Have a Mentor, especially Mid-Career, December 2009. Author: Andrew Newell

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Career Tools, Networking

Career Bytes with Ben Johnson, Recruiting Manager at General Mills

The UST Career Services has implemented a program called Career Bytes in order to 2a53f7c[1]get more professionals in front of UST MBA students. In the most recent edition of Career Bytes, Ben Johnson, a recruiting manager at General Mills, spoke about the importance of networking. He emphasized many of the key elements that Career Services has instructed students on, but the real value added was Ben’s insights as a recruiter for one of the top companies in the Twin Cities. Ben answered questions such as, ‘how often should I connect with individuals in my network’ (at least once a year but with a purpose) and ‘how do I make my story memorable’ (try to find something that both you and the recruiter have in common to make yourself stand out – wearing a bright yellow shirt is not the way). In addition to Ben’s invaluable insights, all those in attendance received Ben’s contact information, adding Ben to their networks. In thanks to Career Services, many full-time MBA students learned new ideas and reinforced already known aspects about networking and made a key connection with a recruiter for one of the many great employers in the area.

Brett Wong – Class of 2012

Career Tools, Networking

A Full Time MBA account of the Fall Career Opportunity Fair

This post is by Dan Jackson, 2nd year MBA Student

It’s the beginning of the week, and my follow-up process with recruiters has just started Dan 1after having attended the 2011 Career Opportunity Fair and UST Exchange event. Over 30 companies were represented and there were many great experiences. I’ve come to a good place to pause while writing out my thank you cards and would like to share two great experiences that took place with two companies of my interest, Target and SUPERVALU.

I am a 2nd year MBA student with an interest in urban real estate development.  My interest in urban real estate involves understanding how infrastructure plays a role in shaping the economic vitality of a neighborhood/community.  Target is currently in the process of rolling out their new ‘City Target’ concept.  This concept focuses on placing Target stores in high, densely populated urban core areas around the country.  This concept moves away from the traditional building footprint of about 120,000 SF, and creates a new building footprint of about 80,000 SF.  This concept is exciting as Target explores how to be able to still offer great value with less building capacity, all while providing a new and unique urban experience.

SUPERVALU is currently expanding one of their brand stores, Save-A-Lot.  In this expansion, SUPERVALU intends to place Save-A-Lot grocery stores in areas known as food deserts.  A food desert can be described as an area where there is a lack of fresh, healthy and affordable food choices.  Food deserts can typically be found in urban core areas or rural areas with a large number of low-income individuals.  Currently SUPERVALU is planning to expand the Save-A-Lot brand into food desert locations in the Chicago area.

Both opportunities at these companies link directly with my desire to work in urban real estate development.  Having done my homework on both companies and with my pitch ready to go, I was ready to make a great first impression.  Everything fell into place.  The recruiters commented that they sensed my excitement and desire to connect my passion with the current on-goings of the companies.  All-in-all, it was definitely a win-win situation and a great Career Opportunity Fair experience.  Now the follow-up continues, back to my thank you cards…