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MS Finance Career Checklist

Get Started

Here at the School of Management, your career development process starts before you even begin your first class. Use this online career checklist and calendar designed for MS Finance students to get this process started. Come back to this checklist throughout the year to make sure you are staying on track with your career development. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Career Resource Center.

Read and follow the schedule outlined in each section to prepare for the internship and job search process. The summer and fall semester activities will also ensure completion of CRC requirements during the MS program. Access the necessary online tools and resources in each section to accomplish the semester objectives outlined.

Additional Resources

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.

Welcome Videos

Welcome Incoming MS Finance Students (3:41)

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Get Started This Summer (2:10)

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Tips For International Students (1:16) 

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Summer (before starting the MS program)

Complete the following requirements prior to beginning the MS program this fall.

  • Attend the CRC Sessions at MS Advantage
    • August 19 - 21, 2015  
    • Location: To be announced
  • Create (or update) your LinkedIn account.
    • Learn how to effectively create and leverage your profile, using our social media tips.
    • Add your current degree program, selecting the “University at Buffalo” as your school. 
    • Invite your personal contacts along with any UB staff, faculty or students you have communicated with to join your network.
  • Explore finance careers using the resources available on the Career Resource Center website including:
  • Explore the tools you will use for your job search.
    • Career tools (résumé, cover letters, interviewing guide, etc.)
    • Events
    • Learn more about which companies hire international students and how the U.S. job search may be different from your home country by reviewing the international career tools.
  • Consider registering for a national conference.
    • NBMBA, NSHMBA, Asian MBA Leadership Conference and Career Expo and the APICS Conferences can be found on the CRC Events page.

Fall Semester

If you need help using the following resources, visit the CRC in 308 Alfiero Center.

  • Participate in Finance Academy events. The academy provides MS Finance students the opportunity to work alongside experienced finance executives in a small group setting while developing crucial soft skills to advance your career.
  • Sign in to the BizLink career management system and create your profile, clarifying your job experience and job preferences. (CRC Requirement)
    • As an incoming MS student, you will receive a welcome email message from BizLink once you have been added to the system. This usually occurs by the second week of your first semester at UB.
    • Keep your profile up-to-date. The CRC staff uses the data to effectively communicate with students and market UB's MS talent to prospective employers. (CRC Requirement)
  • Sign up and attend an Advanced Interviewing Skills workshop. (CRC Requirement)
  • International Students: Attend various CRC international workshops. In addition, attend all appropriate workshops provided by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), especially those pertaining to Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
  • Explore finance careers (roles, responsibilities, certification, requirements, industries, etc.) using the CRC finance resources below. (Use your buffalo.edu email address to register when asked.)
    • OneWire: Create a profile and review the resources dedicated to facilitating precise connections between finance professionals and leading employers.
    • Street of Walls: Learn about investment banking and get a realistic picture of working on Wall Street.
    • Vault: The premier source for online career intelligence and support, the Vault career guides are particularly helpful with regards to advanced finance career search advice. Access through BizLink.
    • o Evisors: view finance webinars and panel discussions. Access through BizLink.
  • Register with BullsEye, the career system of the university-wide Career Services office. You have access to the resources in the main career office in Capen Hall as well as the management-specific career office in Alfiero Center.
    • BullsEye lists jobs, internships, on-campus interviews, company information sessions, career fairs, etc. for all majors. Do not miss out on this valuable resource.  
  • Build your updated MS résumé using the tools below. Submit your updated résumé for critique by December 11, 2015. Send an email with your updated résumé as a Word document to mgt-crc@buffalo.edu. Include your specific MS program in the subject line of the email, such as MS Finance Résumé - Your Last Name. (CRC Requirement)
  • After the CRC has reviewed your résumé and you have made the recommended changes, upload your résumé to the BizLink system. All MS Finance résumés must be CRC approved.
    • It is extremely important that your uploaded résumé be error-free and in professional business format.
    • Your résumé will be available for employers to view online through our BizLink system unless you specifically turn this off in your privacy setting.
  • In addition to the requirements listed above, use the following resources to prepare for your job search:
    • Be prepared: Some companies (particularly large, national organizations) 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 the beginning of September. The BizLink career system also lists Employer Information Sessions. 
    • 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 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. 
  • Research and identify a list of companies to target for full-time job opportunities.
    • Hoover's: Research individual companies and the industry in which they reside, or build a list [PDF] of companies within specific industries and/or geographic locations to target for internships or jobs
    • Vault: Investigate top employers by rankings, gain valuable career knowledge in the Career Guides and Industry Guides 
    • Go directly to company websites for information about how to submit your résumé. Conduct a targeted email (or direct mail) campaign to companies of interest. Also, network with fellow students, professors and alumni as well as friends and family.
    • GlassDoor: Create an account and gain an insider’s view of company reviews, how they interview, salaries and more.

Winter Break

Make the most of your winter break by networking and learning.

  • Update your BizLink (and BullsEye) profiles and upload a new résumé to showcase your fall projects.
  • Learn effective networking tools and resources.
  • Participate in Network New York in January to meet with alumni in New York City who work in your prospective field.
  • Attend valuable company tours organized by the school or clubs which may take place in NYC or other cities. Check BizLinkBullsEye and the CRC Events for more information.

Spring Semester

  • Participate in Finance Academy events. The academy provides MS Finance students the opportunity to work alongside experienced finance executives in a small group setting while developing crucial soft skills to advance your career.
  • Schedule a CRC practice interview after attending the Advanced Interviewing Workshop. To sign up for an interview time slot, you will need a résumé and job posting. Schedule an appointment with the CRC by calling the office at 716-645-3232 or stopping by 308 Alfiero. Then send an email with your résumé and job posting to the CRC staff member conducting the interview. If you would like your interview recorded, please indicate when scheduling your practice interview appointment. (CRC Requirement)
  • Get involved and build your résumé and network. Join student organizations and local professional associations that relate to your functional area of interest. Volunteer to serve as a CRC Practice Interviewer to develop your interviewing skills.
  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni working in positions, companies or geographic areas of interest using the MentorLink LinkedIn group. 
  • Attend on-campus job fairs and networking events within the community, such as CareerFEST (organized by UB Career Services) and Network Buffalo in February. However, do not rely solely on on-campus interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Research and identify a list of companies to target for opportunities. Go directly to company websites for information about how to submit your résumé to them. Conduct a targeted direct mail/email campaign to companies of interest. Also, network with fellow students, faculty and alumni, as well as friends and family.
  • Determine your market-value by researching salary statistics by degree, location, career and industry using a number of resources. Begin with the School of Management’s Employment and Salary Statistics; also collect a few data points to determine your salary expectations and range.

Summer

Fall Semester

  • Update your BizLink (and BullsEye) profiles and upload a new résumé to showcase your summer projects and experience.
  • Research and identify a list of companies to target for full-time job opportunities. Go directly to company websites for information about how to submit your résumé to them. Conduct a targeted direct mail/email campaign to companies of interest. Also, network with fellow students, faculty and alumni, as well as friends and family.
  • Determine your market-value by researching salary statistics by degree, location, career and industry using a number of resources. Begin with the School of Management’s Employment and Salary Statistics; also collect a few data points to determine your salary expectations and range.
  • International Students: Launch your Optional Practical Training (OPT) in a timely manner so that you are eligible to begin working full-time for your prospective employer. It takes between one to three months for OPT to be authorized. If you are not eligible to begin working when the employer requests you to start, the employer may not wait for your OPT authorization.  Therefore, it is important you plan ahead on launching your OPT. You can submit paperwork for your OPT beginning three months before your conferral date.  
  • Complete the interactive Managing Job Offers and Compensation Negotiations modules.
    • Whether you are job-hunting in a tight job market or one that is plentiful with opportunities, knowing how to manage and negotiate offers (for internships or full-time jobs) is critical to the job search process. These modules address key topics and also test your knowledge. When evaluating offers of employment, we encourage students to demonstrate their professionalism during the decision-making process. Your acceptance of an internship or job offer is binding. Do not accept an offer, even verbally, until you are certain you are committed. Do not back out after accepting; that's called reneging, and is unethical. It will negatively impact your professional reputation as well as the reputation of the program.
  • Complete the School of Management Job Offer and Employment Update Survey before you confer your degree.
    • It is very important to inform the CRC of your employment status whether you are still searching, accepted employment, returning to a sponsoring employer or postponing your search. If you are still searching, we are here throughout the summer and will continue to assist with your search after graduation. By completing the survey, we collect your new contact information (this includes a non-UB email address) to keep in communication with you. Once you secure employment, you can update your employment status online. If you have accepted employment, we want to be able to congratulate you and ensure your aggregate data is reflected in our reporting to national sources that rank business school programs. As you may know, providing this information is critical to the services we provide to both our students and employers. It also plays a strong role in the School of Management’s efforts to improve the value of your degree. (Information collected, including salary information, remains confidential and is only used in aggregate form.)
  • Join the School of Management Alumni Association and their LinkedIn group.
  • Update your LinkedIn account to show your new employer and job title and keep in contact. The CRC often reaches out to alumni from the program to help advise current students about companies, industries, markets and hiring processes.