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Preparing for Success: Career Opportunity Fair

DSC04600The Career Opportunity Fair, hosted by the Graduate Business Career Services Department, will provide direct access to over 40 top employers for undergraduate and graduate level business students at the University of St. Thomas.  These top recruiters are seeking top talent from UST for internship and full time positions.  Tom Colosimo, Career Coach Specialist, details the best way to ace any Career Fair, but most importantly the Career Opportunity Fair, held next week in the Law School Schulze Grand Atrium on Friday, November 15th.

Prepping for a career fair can be nerve-racking and frustrating but it certainly does not need to be and it is very important.  If you go into a career fair prepared and with the right attitude information you should do well.  It’s all about knowing what you want, what they need, and creating your story to align to these variables. Many people go into a career fair with little or no preparation and come out thinking it was a waste of time.

The key elements to remember are:

Know what companies are going to be participating in the fair

  • Know the companies that you are most interested in; focus on your top 5
  • Research these companies – know their current activities and products
  • Know what initiatives they may have for the future
  • Get a handle on how your skills and experience align to their needs


Appearance is important for your brand and for that first impression

  • Be sure to have the ‘look of business’ that means business
  • Suite and tie for men and a nice dress suite for women
  • Error on the side of dressing conservatively; no wild colors or short skirts!
  • Do not overdo the colognes and perfumes; a nice scent is welcome but don’t overpower your environment and chase people away from you!
  • Smile!  It can mean so much when meeting people
  • Be genuine from hand-shake to tone of your voice
  • Practice your pitch so that it’s natural when you are delivering it to the recruiters

When you arrive at the fair, survey the flow of the attendees and be sure to identify where your companies are located right away. DSC04603

Start out by approaching companies that you may not know that much about and try your pitch on them to work out the kinks and get into your groove.  Do not approach your top companies right away since you may not be at ease yet.  Practice makes perfect.

If you get the business card of the recruiter or company contact, connect with them and thank them for the time they took to chat with you reminding them about your skills and interest in their company and WHY! Reach out on LinkedIn for that connection as well.  Many recruiters spend much of their time on social media looking for that next candidate.  With that in mind, make sure your LinkedIn profile sends the right message about your focus to solidify your brand.


Have fun with it.  Be yourself and be on your game!

To register for the Career Opportunity Fair, click here.

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“Be part of a noble service” says UST Commencement Speaker Randall Hogan

IMG_1399.JPG (2)More than 250 students were hooded in the Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 25. Randall J. Hogan, chairman and CEO of Pentair, delivered the commencement address and told the graduates “You’re starting the next phase of your lives” and the two things you need to be successful are to “create your own future, and control your own destiny. Make sure you have a goal in mind, when opportunities present themselves, you will be bold enough to take them.” Continue Reading

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Leadership in Action: Moving up the Career Ladder

robert-barnett[1]How does one successfully navigate the process of moving from an individual contributor or team member to a first-time manager and leader? Which leadership characteristics and competencies promote positive and authentic leadership and which practices or attitudes can detract from an individual’s leadership potential? Moreover, how does one learn or develop leadership capabilities?

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the first National Association of Asian MBAs (NAAMBA) event hosted on the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus in the Opus College of Business Schulze Auditorium. The event focused on topic that resonated with all attendees, is consistently on the minds of business professionals, and is interwoven throughout the UST MBA program (and many other MBA programs’) curriculum: leadership.

To spark the discussion, NAAMBA-Twin Cities invited Robert C. Barnett, adjunct faculty member in UST’s Organizational Learning and Development department and principal and senior fellow in management consulting at Robert Barnett Consulting, LLC and MDA Leadership Consulting, to share his extensive research and findings about leadership. Continue Reading

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Fast Company Names ReconRobotics One of the 50 Most Innovative Companies

Edina-based ReconRobotics announced last week that it has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company magazine. Inventor of the tactical micro-robot and a major supplier of robotic technologies to military units and law enforcement agencies, worldwide, ReconRobotics was ranked 44th on the list of honorees, which also included Nike (ranked #1), Amazon, Samsung, and Google.

“This is a great honor for our young company and each one of our 58 employees,” said Alan Bignall, ’85 M.B.A., President and CEO of ReconRobotics. “Our world-class design and engineering teams develop ultra-lightweight robots that save lives, and I am ecstatic that their creativity and problem solving have been recognized by Fast Company.”

Bignall was named “Entrepreneur Alumnus of the Year” at the University of St. Thomas’ 22nd Annual Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony in 2011. (The video above was made for that recognition.) ReconRobotics is also one of the Norris Institute’s portfolio companies. Continue Reading

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Application and Admissions Advice: 4 Ways To Make Your MBA Application Stand Out

Make your file stand outDeadlines are approaching–and in some cases passed–for B-school applications. The Evening UST MBA‘s priority deadline for Spring 2013 admissions was November 1, applications are still welcomed and reviewed once the file is complete. So, as you’re working on your application, how can you stand out (in a good way) to get a spot in the class?

We’ve got an old series of posts here on Opus Magnum with application and admissions advice called “Take it From Me” with some of the bad examples and recently, Business Insider published a great list of 4 Ways To Make Your MBA Application Stand Out.

One of the biggest mistakes candidates make is that “they act on what they perceive the committees want rather than reveal what’s interesting within themselves,” says Jeremy Shinewald, author of “The Complete Start-to-Finish MBA Admissions Guide” and founder of mbaMission, a consulting firm for business school candidates. “They try to become something that they’re not to impress the committee.” Continue Reading

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Master’s Pub: Stories From the Sale of a Successful Tech Company

Jack JuddCompellent Technologies, an Eden Prairie-based provider of highly-virtualized storage solutions with automated data management features, including tiering and thin provisioning, for enterprise and cloud-computing environments was acquired by Dell in February 2011. At that time Jack Judd, an alumnus of both the undergraduate and graduate programs at St. Thomas, was Compellent’s chief financial officer.

Judd, ’99 M.B.A.,  will be on campus for the Opus College of Business Master’s Pub on September 28 to share his stories from the sale of a successful tech company. Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend the event. Free beer, wine, soft drinks and pizza will be available. Continue Reading

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UST Honors Three Leaders who Embody the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Since 1990, The John M. Morrison Center at the University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship has recognized outstanding individuals who personify the spirit of entrepreneurship and demonstrate excellence and ethics in the way they conduct business.

Held each spring in downtown Minneapolis, the Entrepreneur Awards ceremony allows Opus College of Business students to meet and network with alumni, successful entrepreneurs from the community and key St. Thomas stakeholders. The event also allows the university, the Opus College of Business and the Morrison Center the opportunity to publicly renew their commitment to and support of the entrepreneurial spirit.

2012 Award recipients include: Andrew Duff, chairman and CEO, Piper Jaffray; Warners’ Stellian and Angela Kelly Selden ’87, co-chair, Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc.

Duff will be returning to campus next week for an Executive Conversation on Global Trends and Observations on June 12 from 7:30 – 9:15 a.m. At this free event Duff will discuss:

  • Piper Jaffray’s perspectives on middle-market investment opportunities in Hong Kong
  • Trends in teen spending and how these impact retailers and brands
  • Ways a culture of open mindedness fuels new business in the global marketplace

Executive UST MBA students will also share observations about their global experience in Southeast Asia, specifically relating to their interaction with industry leaders in Singapore. Learn more and register »

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Intersections: Where theory and practice converge

General Mills senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Mark Addicks has overall responsibility for the company’s world-class marketing function and its marketing services organization, Gcom.

General Mills senior vice president and chief marketing officer Mark Addicks has overall responsibility for the company’s world-class marketing function and its marketing services organization, Gcom.

Last week the Opus College of Business announced the launch of its “Intersections” speaker series. The four-part series for the 2011-2012 academic year will put top local executives and academics on the same stage to converse about important and emerging business issues and related best practices. The events are designed to be a place where practice and theory meet and will feature strategic insights on the topics of marketing, ethics, organizational effectiveness and innovation from firsthand experiences as well as published research.

Each hour-long event will be held free of charge to the general public at the school’s Schulze Hall auditorium, 46 11th Street South in downtown Minneapolis.

For the inaugural event, Dean Puto will team up with Mark Addicks, General Mills Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, to discuss, through an open, conversational format, “Intersections in Marketing” at the inaugural event on Thursday, November 10. The formal program, which includes a time of Q&A, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and a welcome reception will begin at 5 p.m. Remaining topics in the series will focus on ethics, organizational effectiveness and innovation and will feature leaders from Best Buy, Target and 3M. Continue Reading

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Talent, Tenacity and Compassion: Stories from the Diversity Honorees

By Lindsey Buhrmann, a first-year student in the UST Evening MBA program.

As director of emerging markets for the Minnesota Twins, Miguel Ramos has built bridges between the team and minority communities in the Midwest. Photo by Nancy Kuehn | Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

As director of emerging markets for the Minnesota Twins, Miguel Ramos has built bridges between the team and minority communities in the Midwest. Photo by Nancy Kuehn | Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

I recently had the opportunity to spend an evening with top business professionals who were being honored at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Diversity in Business awards ceremony.

As I listened to their stories, two things struck me about these talented and accomplished business leaders: first, they represented top companies in Minnesota that range from Target, Best Buy and Medtronic to CSM Corp, Famous Dave’s and Surly Brewing Co., and second, many of these professionals are committed to giving back to the community.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Diversity in Business program recognizes exceptional business owners and executives in the ethnic minority, GLBT, disabled and veteran communities.

Many of the honorees were inspiring because they had tackled adversity with tenacity (a mindset that is an asset in the business world) or currently use their talents to help others. For instance, Miguel Ramos Continue Reading