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 in MIS students to get this process started.
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.
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.
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 career fairs are:
If you plan to attend a national career fair, submit your U.S. style résumé for an early critique.
|Attend the CRC events and workshops|| |
Information about events and workshops are promoted through email during the semester. RSVP for events in BizLink.
|Create your |
Sign in to the BizLink career management system and create your profile, clarifying your job experience and job preferences.
|Upload your résumé||After the CRC has reviewed your résumé and you have made the recommended changes, upload your résumé to the BizLink system. All MS MIS résumés should be CRC approved and uploaded by the end of September. |
|International Students: Attend various CRC international workshops|| |
|Schedule a practice interview||After attending an Advanced Interviewing workshop, schedule a practice interview with Melissa Ruggiero via BizLink to set a baseline interview. This will help you be prepared in case an employer calls you for an interview unexpectedly|
|Register with Bullseye|| |
Bullseye, “powered by Handshake”, 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.
|Be aware of deadlines|| |
Some companies (particularly public accounting firms who recruit for IT audit and forensics) recruit students 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 September. BizLink also lists Employer Information Sessions.
|Start learning how to write cover letters and networking emails||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.|
|Attend the fairs||Attend both the UB Management Career and Internship Expo and the UB STEM Up Fair in early fall. Some of the attending companies will hold on-campus interviewing immediately or shortly after the fair. (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.|
|Get involved||Join student organizations and local professional associations that relate to your functional area of interest.|
|Create a target list of companies|| |
Research and identify a list of companies to target for internship and/or full-time job opportunities. Use the following tools:
Keep an Excel file of these companies, contacts and activity. Keep text of the positions you apply to for when you get called for the interview. Sample Excel tracking document
Make the most of your winter break by networking and learning.
|Update your |
BizLink (and Bullseye) profiles
Upload a new résumé to showcase your fall projects.
|Shadow an IT professional|| |
Participate in the infoTech WNY IT Shadow Program in January to spend a day-in-the-life with an IT professional. An email advertisement will be sent in the fall.
|Network New York and other New York City events|
|Build your network||Conduct informational interviews with alumni working in positions, companies or geographic areas of interest using the MentorLink LinkedIn group and Firsthand’ s Career Connector Network (found in BizLink).|
|Stay active with campus career events||Attend on-campus job fairs and networking events within the community, such as CareerFEST and Career Conversations (both organized by UB Career Services). However, do not rely solely on on-campus interviewing for full-time positions.|
|Add to and update your target list of companies||Continue to 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. 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. Understand when each company on your list recruits college grads for new positions.|
|Be ready for the salary question|| |
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.
|Manage your offers wisely|| |
Review information on Managing Job Offers and Compensation Negotiations.
|Launch your OPT (international students only)|| |
Launch your Optional Practical Training (OPT) in a timely manner so that you are eligible to begin working full-time for your prospective employer.
|Begin applying to "just in time" or immediate openings||Within 2-3 months of graduation, you should no longer be looking at the "college hiring" section of company websites. Focus on immediate openings for experienced candidates.|
|Report your success!|| |
Complete the School of Management Job Offer and Employment Update Survey before you confer your degree.
|You are a UB Bull forever|| |
Join the School of Management Alumni Association and their LinkedIn group.
|Update your LinkedIn||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.|
Those who have extended graduation until September may duplicate some of these efforts again in the summer months.