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MBA Career Checklist


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.

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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 MBA blueprint, a comprehensive career development program specifically tailored for UB MBA students. 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, the alumni MentorLink LinkedIn group, 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 the MBA program)

Follow these steps to successfully complete the two deliverables by Monday, July 13, 2015:

1. CareerLeader™ Worksheet  
  • Complete the CareerLeader™ online assessment. 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 your CRC Getting Started appointment in the fall semester. (CRC Requirement)
  • Complete the MBA Blueprint - CareerLeader worksheet online. (CRC Requirement)
2. Updated MBA résumé
(one page format)
  • Build your updated MBA résumé using the tools below. You MBA degree and expected graduation date should be listed on your résumé. Submit your updated résumé as a Word document. Your résumé should be one page only. Name your document MBA_Last Name_First Name_resume. (CRC Requirement)
    • Review the CRC’s Résumé Writing Guide.
    • View the CRC’s Résumé Writing Workshop. (Web stream)
    • View the CRC's tutorial of Making Your Content Count for graduate students. (Web stream) 
    • Use the CRC’s MBA Résumé Template to prepare your résumé. Be sure to include your MBA degree on your new résumé. (CRC Requirement)
    • Review your résumé before submitting it for critique using this Score Sheet [PDF]. Please note that résumés in unacceptable formats will be returned to you for reformatting before it can be critiqued.  
  • Send an email with your updated MBA résumé as a Word document  to Include your degree in the subject line of the email, such as MBA Resume - Your Last Name. (CRC Requirement)
Submit by July 13, 2015  
  1. Complete the onlne MBA Blueprint - CareerLeader worksheet
  2. Submit your MBA résumé through email to

Next Steps: MBA blueprint

MBA blueprint is a comprehensive career development program specifically tailored for UB MBA students. Blueprint will allow you to plan, track and achieve career progress through four coexisting foundations of development: personal assessment, career market research, job readiness and conducting a job search. This also allows for sharing of tracking between you and your career advisor. Until fall, you can get started with the resources below.

Resources to Start Thinking About Your MBA blueprint

  • 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 early October, 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.