I’ll be the one to say it: freshmen, you have a huge advantage over sophomores, juniors, and even seniors. It’s true that upperclassmen have a better shot at getting top internships, especially in accounting/finance. Often, companies don’t open applications to sophomores or freshmen, but that’s not because they’re not interested in you.
Wong, a professor in the McCormack Department of Sport Management, reflects on his 35-year career at UMass Amherst. He will be retiring from Isenberg at the end of the current academic year and was recently interviewed by Sports Business Daily about his career as an educator, sport law practitioner, athletic director, and administrator.
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You’ve probably heard it a million times: Do your research on the company before you walk into an interview!
But what does that mean? Does that mean memorize a bunch of stuff that you can regurgitate during an interview in order to impress the interviewer with how you know every little thing the company has ever done or every foreign acquisition it has made in the last 6 months? Nope.
Key aspects to research and why include…
1) Skills and Experience that are important to a company
What better way to find out what a company is looking for than to do some digging? Key places to look include 1) job postings by the organization and 2) its career website.
What are the best kept secrets that every student should know? How do you stand out in a huge sea of people who might look just like you on a piece of paper? What can you do to stand out to recruiters, and how do you convince someone that you are THE perfect candidate for a job? CAREEREALISM has the three secrets that all college students need to hear.
Show how your personal brand is different. Know what you are good at, make yourself an expert at it, and let it shine through. Let employers see this by showing them that you can take the initiative to create a project proposal idea on your own about their company. Be different, and stand out!
October 31 conference "Financial Innovations, Sustainable Investments, & Social Entrepreneurship" coordinated by the Center for International Securities & Derivative Markets (CISDM) features four speakers, including Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation.
It’s that time again where students are already looking for internships for Summer 2016. Several companies have already interviewed and some students already have internships locked in place. Don’t let this scare you! There is plenty of time to look for internships for next summer. Your best bet is to start by looking on Isenberg Experience and UMass Experience for internships that may interest you. Another helpful tool is to look at the internships and jobs with Upcoming Application Deadlines. There is a filter for this right on the home page of both Experience sites.
“It’s okay, you’re only a Freshman. You don’t need an internship,” they say. WRONG we say! Freshman internships DO matter, they DO set you apart, and they DO make a difference in how you are looked at for future internships. Here’s why:
One of the most important business skills to have is the ability to ask concise, thoughtful questions. Preparing as many well-thought out questions as possible before an interview, networking event, internship evaluation, or any professional setting will be so beneficial to you. Here’s why:
On October 20, four Hospitality & Tourism Management students received scholarships at the New England Club Managers Association's (NECMA) annual awards Ceremony. Isenberg HTM students also played a key role in the October 7 David Meador Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament, a NECMA-run event that raises money for these student scholarships.
The amount of alumni, recruiters, and company representatives you meet at career fairs, information session, club meetings, and everyday interactions can be overwhelming. How are you supposed to keep track of all of these connections, where they work, how you met them, and their contact information?
A huge part of networking comes from keeping in contact with the connections you make at events, so having an organized way to look back at your contacts is important. There are a couple of ways to keep track of everything, but one winning way is to make a Master Networking Contacts List excel document.
Each person you meet can be added into your personal database with their name, company information, where you met them, and any other additional information you would like to add.
Though the job market seems tough to break into for recent grads, young professionals are increasingly picky with entry-level opportunities. With more career sites offering filtered searches based on everything from career level to industry, graduates feel a sense of entitlement when it comes to applying for and accepting their first job.
After being interviewed by BusinessWeek at the annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference, first-year full-time MBA student (and former Navy lieutenant Corey Hodges spoke to us further about what it's like to be a LGBT person in the world of business.
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LinkedIn is a fantastic tool. That being said, almost everyone who uses it consistently makes one huge mistake: They don’t send personalized connection requests.
One of the most important habits to develop when using LinkedIn is customizing your connection requests. Yes, it’s much easier to just hit send on the automated option, “Hi _____, I’d like to connect with you on LinkedIn,” but that doesn’t make you memorable. In fact, it makes you seem lazy. Even when you’re connecting with someone you already know pretty well, it shows that you are willing to put in a small extra effort when you write something personal.
There are several reasons why someone would decide to create a LinkedIn profile. For many, creating a profile is a chance to improve one’s personal brand and get one’s name, experience, and skills out on the Internet. This enables users to be easily found by common connections, alumni, and recruiters.
What is the best way to stand out to recruiters on LinkedIn?
Developed by Isenberg's Director of Internships Kim Figueroa and her colleagues at the school's Chase Career Center, the course "Career and Professional Development," is equipping students with a roadmap for professional development success, giving them a competitive edge in job interviewing, networking, and skills for researching employers and industries.
“Tell me about your friends”.
You’ve probably heard somewhere that you’re only as good as the company you keep. While you’re eyeballing your buddies who may be sitting across the room or table from you right now, consider that – right now – you have the advantage of a “clean slate”. You can begin to choose your next group of friends. In addition to shaping much of the next 4 years at Isenberg, these are people who will be business partners and associates in a very short time….maybe next semester when you bring your cool new app idea to life!
UMass Amherst Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Katherine Newman was a guest speaker in our Fundamentals of Marketing class. She spoke about how university leaders need to think about marketing because they are in a competitive landscape to attract the best and brightest students.
Don’t feel like writing a thank you note? You’re not alone.
The good news is you’ve made it through the hard part! You revised your resume, wrote a cover letter, submitted the actual application, signed up for an interview slot, and survived the interview. You should feel good — you’re almost done. However, to truly put yourself in the best possible position after leaving an interview, it is important that you follow-up as well as you can.