One of the greatest benefits of our PMBA program at Ga State is the access to Career Management Center workshops. They are hosted for us on a regular basis and free of charge.
Why exactly are Career Management Center workshops at GSU valuable? First, they always cover “hot” topics such us Resume Writing Tips, Networking Tips, How To Use Social Media For Job Search etc. Also, career coaches who host the workshops have practical, real-world experience in their area of expertise. And most importantly, the workshops are very interactive, so you are never bored and actually get a chance to participate and share.
For example, on Jan 19 I attended a worksop about networking. I have learned that networking is not bothering people – its a constantly built relationships. Around 75% of professionals get their job through networking! Managers will prefer to hire someone whom they have a personal reference for.
Workshops for MBA candidates at GA State
At GSU, there are many great networking sources:
- Alumni groups
- Fraternal organizations
- Professional organizations
- Student chapters of non-profits
- Online networking groups
Also, I found out that we actually only have 30 sec to make a good first impression because there may be no second chance. So, your Elevator Pitch should contain the following three parts:
- Past – big picture of your previous achievements
- Critical juncture – why you left your job (positive story)
- Future – type of an organization you’re looking to work at &what value can you add
One of the suggestions I received was to make a career mission for all job hunters. Another tip was to always ask people whom you network with if there are any other people in that organization whom you could talk to. One more great tip that I actually used myself to obtain a position in the past – offer to volunteer for the company you’d like to work at. The most interesting discovery was that recruiters don’t usually help you find a job, they’re just selling you. Who really helps you is Executive Search Consultants. Get the Handbook of Executive Search Consultants – use it to find a search consultant whom you could help with referrals and who perhaps will help you to find that dream-job.