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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.

Career Services, FTMBA, Newsroom, social media, Student Life

Internship Over, Now What?


Thrivent Financial, Mayo Clinic, Target Corporation, and General Mills, just a few of the great organizations students in the Full-time UST MBA class of 2014 interned with this last summer. 97% of this year’s full-time MBA cohort completed an internship. Business cards were shared, happy hours attended, but days in the office are turning into days in the classroom. This should signify a shift in thought for many, but each student can now apply many new business practices learned through direct experience.

The skills you gain in an internship can be be what sets you apart from the rest in applying for a post-MBA job. In order to capitalize on that though there is a lot to do during the school year. Below is a quick to-do list to ensure you fully utilize the experiences you had this summer.


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Career Services, Newsroom

Career Link: Poised for Success


Is your body language helping – or hurting – your career?

When properly used, body language can be your key to greater success. It can help you develop positive business relationships, influence and motivate the people who report to you, improve productivity, bond with members of your team, and present your ideas with more impact. Take a look at Carol Goman’s article on Forbes’ website — a dozen tips for using body language to project confidence, credibility, and your personal brand of charisma.

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Goman’s tips on body language hit many key points squarely on the head.  How we are view or branded depends so much on how our physical appearance comes across to others we meet, work with or socialize with. Our presence is conveyed in how we carry ourselves in daily life.  From the first handshake and looking in the eye to the final salutation and departure.  Our initial and ending interactions are what form the lasting memory of our brand.

The points that Goman makes about a firm handshake, our physical posture and stance to our voice pitch can make a dramatic difference when looking for a job or keeping a job. Here’s my take on her advice – Tom’s Top Ten Body Language TipsL Continue Reading

Career Services, Newsroom, OCB Commentary

Bad Habits = Bad Employee

This post by Jessica Bauer, a Career Specialist in the Graduate Business Career Services office, originally appeared on the Career Link Blog.

Many of us Minnesotans hope that Spring is just around the corner, blooming flower, buds on trees, and more importantly, a temperature above freezing.  With the future growth of the oncoming season, it may not be a bad time to take inventory of some personal self growth as well.  Forbes lists the top 14 habits employees have that could end up costing any employee his or her job.  While nail biting, gum chewing and knuckle cracking are annoying, they aren’t necessarily pink slip worth.  Read through the list below to see if you need to make some changes to any traits you may have inherited over the years that could lead to your demise. Continue Reading

Career Services, Media, Newsroom, OCB Commentary

Is Email Undermining Your Image?

“How do you sign your business emails? Some keep it simple: name and contact info. That’s short and sweet enough. And then there are the more expressive types who include favorite URLs, famous quotes, and emoticons. How you conclude your email can affect how you’re perceived,” said Barbara Bogaev.

Marketplace Money highlighted an article about e-mail signatures, and what they say about women’s roles in the workplace in this month’s issue of The Atlantic. The story, by Rachel Simmons and Jessica Bennett, focuses on those who sign their emails with “XO.”

Bennett says many people agonize over their signatures because they want to look casual and fun, but not appear too stiff or serious. Continue Reading

Career Services, Local business, Newsroom, OCB Alumni, OCB Commentary

How to Dress Professionally: Boiled Down to 1 Sentence

Would you wear this to work?

By Ujin Han, M.B.A. ’12

Dress for success, people say. But is it an old-fashioned thinking that we need to look professional at work (or in B-school)?

Whether we like it or not, how we dress in business setting matters and people (more importantly our bosses and professors) judge us on our appearances. If you walk into that 8 a.m. meeting or class with a wrinkled polo shirt half way tucked in and trousers that are a little too tight, you give an impression that you don’t even have skills to manage your own time in the morning. So why should your boss trust you with that important time sensitive project?

In this video, Howard Leifman, a HR Consultant, and Heather Tran from Theory give business professionals basic tips on dressing… well, professionally. It’s simple, really: Nothing too tight, too low, too big, etc. Stick with suits and separates that make you look clean, fresh, and a person who knows what they’re doing.

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Ethics, leadership, Newsroom

The Complex Equation of Fostering an Ethical Professional Identity

This post is republished from Ethical Leadership, the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions blog, by Verna Monson, Ph.D. a Research Fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Actor Paul Muni in the 1936 film "The Story of Louis Pasteur." Pasteur's skepticism about current beliefs about the origins of disease led to founding the science of microbiology, developing the process of pasteurization of milk, and curing anthrax among farm animals.

Actor Paul Muni in the 1936 film "The Story of Louis Pasteur." Pasteur's skepticism about current beliefs about the origins of disease led to founding the science of microbiology, developing the process of pasteurization of milk, and curing anthrax among farm animals.

Skeptical about the idea that adults can change ethically, and not superficially so?  A healthy dose of skepticism is, afterall, the basis of how science advances, and how hypotheses about legal cases or cures for diseases are formed. Professor Neil Hamilton and I recently co-authored an article called “Addressing the Skeptics on Fostering Ethical Professional Formation (Professionalism)” published in Professional Lawyer. In our article, we address a longstanding opinion in the legal academy and business community that one’s morality is pretty well fixed by the time of law school, particularly with respect to moral development. Skeptics contend that law students are simply not going to fundamentally change the way they think about morality, claiming this is the domain of one’s upbringing, and the stuff of Eagle Scouts or Sunday School. We provide evidence in our article that these views are 30 years out of date.

Let’s analyze this for a moment using a metaphor from medicine, with legal education the patient. The guardians (the Carnegie Foundation, the ABA Outcomes Committee Report, and law schools) of the patient (law students) want to strengthen the ethical core of each law student, supposedly to deter future unethical behaviors. So what should the physicians (law professors) administer?  The saying “what gets measured gets done” predominates society.  From that belief, many put forth suggestions for using different assessment tools of moral development and personality, as a way of gauging the moral temperature of the “patient.” Some come with impressive indicators of reliability and validity — others, with thick manuals for coding interview or essay data. Many of them meet the standards for psychological and educational assessment and testing – but others are questionable. Perhaps this is the point at which skepticism takes hold.

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