MBA Career Checklist

Welcome

The Career Resource Center (CRC) welcomes you to the UB MBA program. The CRC staff look forward to working closely with you throughout your program and helping you achieve your career goals.

Get Started

Here at the UB School of Management, your career development process starts before you even begin your first class. This career checklist is just the beginning. During your fall MBA Advantage program the Career Resource Center will introduce you to many resources and tools that will allow you to develop your own plan and help you achieve your career goals. In the meantime, follow the outline and deadline below to prepare for your career and ensure completion of CRC requirements during the MBA program.

CRC Mission and Staff

The Career Resource Center (CRC) serves as the primary resource for students and alumni of the School of Management in career exploration and job search. The CRC is a key link between the school and employers, offering many programs that bring these groups together, such as career events, alumni connections, internships, campus recruiting and career development workshops and seminars. Our mission is to create a caring environment that enables and motivates students to be successful in reaching their individual career goals.

The CRC's dedicated staff is committed to assisting students throughout the career development and job search process. Get to know our team by visiting the CRC staff page.

Summer (before starting MBA program)

Follow these steps to successfully complete the two deliverables by July 15, 2017:

1. CareerLeader™ Assessment -
due July 15
 
  • Complete the CareerLeader™ online assessment. (Time: 60-90 minutes) Follow the instructions on how to access this assessment (PDF file). Review, print and save the Narrative Report. You will be required to bring the report to MBA Advantage in August. (CRC Requirement)
  • Login Issues: If you have any trouble logging into CareerLeader, please contact Pam Krakowiak directly at pjk2@buffalo.edu.
2. MBA Career Vision -
due July 15
 
  • Complete your online Career Vision worksheet. (CRC Requirement)
     
Prepare your résumé for MBA Advantage (in August)  
  • Build your updated MBA résumé using the tips and tools below. (CRC Requirement)

Tips:

  • Add your MBA degree and expected graduation date 
  • Limit your résumé to one page
  • Name your Word document Last Name_First Name_resume

Tools and Resources: 

Consider attending a fall national career fair  

Some of our more competitive students who are conducting a national job search opt to attend a national career conference.  Learn about these conferences here. The most common events are the National Black MBA and Prospanica career fairs. Both organizations are joining forces into one fair in 2017 on September 28 and 29 in Philadelphia, PA

  • If you plan to attend a national career fair, submit your U.S. style résumé for an early critique
  • Instructions:  Send an email with your updated résumé as a Word document to mgt-crc@buffalo.edu. Include your MBA in the subject line of the email, such as MBA Résumé - Your Last/Family Name - Conference.  (i.e. MS MIS Resume – Smith – Conference)
  • Please note that résumés in unacceptable formats will be returned to you for reformatting when asked for a critique

Next Steps

As you begin your MBA program it is important to focus on your career development. After all, most incoming students are here to get a better job, change careers or enhance their other degree. Take advantage of the career resourses offered through our office and online.  You can get started with the resources below.

  • Understand your options in the MBA program by reviewing the MBA concentrations, courses required and course descriptions on the MBA curriculum page.
  • If you are unsure of your MBA concentration review the MBA concentration selection resource.
  • Become familiar with the CRC website, the BizLink career system and the Job Fairs and Events pages.
  • Be prepared: Some companies (particularly public accounting firms who recruit for IT audit and forensics along with national and global companies in manufacturing, IT, energy and consumer products) recruit interns in early fall, so it is important to monitor BizLink (and Bullseye) as well as company websites for internship and job opportunities. Some résumé deadlines are as early as late August or early September. The BizLink career system also lists Employer Information Sessions.
  • Understand the recruitment process at the CRC using the BizLink career system
  • Review the career tools for international students
  • Review cover letter and job search correspondence resources. Any letter or email sent to a potential employer must be error-free, appropriately formatted and tailored to the company's needs and the desired employment opportunity. Check the CRC workshops for the Job Search Correspondence workshop. (Optional but recommended)
  • Attend on-campus job fairs, such as the Management Career Fair and the UB STEM Fair in late September, and networking events within the community. However, do not rely solely on on-campus interviewing for full-time positions. Review the CRC's Job Fairs and Events page for more information. 
  • All MBA students, but especially those in Information Systems and E-Business, and Supply Chains and Operations Management programs, should also register with UB Career Services, the university-wide career office. The Career Services career management system is called Bullseye. Complete your profile and upload your résumé to this system to take advantage of their job postings, on-campus interviewing opportunities, mentors and events.