Career Management

MBAP Career Checklist

1. Complete our Career Management Survey for January 2013 -

 NOTE: This will help us improve our programming.

2. Update your employment status for employment reporting reasons on MBA Focus. It is on your dashboard. We need to know if you are seeking work this summer, not seeking etc.

First year:

Second year:

3. Make an appointment with Beth in Portland on Tuesdays (and some Thursdays) or either Beth or Desiree in Salem. Check on MBA Focus for available appointments or for Beth, review my Google Calendar and suggest times. Its nice to meet you and get to  know your needs well before you're in an active job search.

4. Update your resume with 1-3 bullets of key accomplishments for the last year. If you do this every year at performance review time, you'll have plenty of material for salary negotiations. Each bullet should be a complete answer to a behavioral question: Think PAR (Problem or Situation, Action - what YOU did, Result). Ask us for the Willamette Standard Resume Format if you haven’t seen it yet.

5. Have a conversation NOW with your supervisor about how you can implement what you're learning in the classroom at work. Don't wait till you receive your MBA to negotiate a role expansion.

6.  If you're looking for work: Draft a list of 50 companies you're interested in and review your list of 100 people you know and reconnect with all those you've connected with previously. Remember, statistics show that you'll need 2 people per company and 20-30 hiring managers to secure a job. Bring that and your resume to your appointment for us to add the most value.

7.  Consider attending the following:

-       Wed 1/15, 12:30pm - Career Tools Workshop: MBA Focus (Technology refresher – Salem)

-       Wed 1/22, Power Lunch: Greg Shortreed MercyCorps International (Salem)

-       Friday 1/24: 12:30-2:30p Portland Center Speaker Series – Register with Wade Brooks

-       Wed 1/29 12:15pm – Employer Spotlight – Target Distribution Center (Salem)

-       Friday, 1/31 – Career Management and Coaching Certificate Workshop: Resumes, Cover letters and Executive writing. 8-12n at the Portland Center. Register with Ellis or on MBA Focus.

-       Save the date for the NW Consortium Career Conference on February 28.(Portland)

8.  Reach out to our alumni and ask them to coffee/lunch and expand your network. These relationships will be key in the future. Don't wait till you're in an active job search.

9. Review the Career GPS Tab on our website: This is a step-by-step online tutorial for a job change.

10. Update your linked-in profile (employers ARE looking at passive candidates!), join the Willamette MBA Career Networking Group and link to Beth and Desiree.

11. Set up an account on and browse alumni.  

12. Join professional associations at the student rate (think $25 instead of $180) with organizations like American Marketing Association, Society of Human Resources Management and more. Consider adding yourself to the related student associations so you're in the know of what speakers they're bringing in, what jobs are being posted and what companies they're visiting.

13. Ask us about salary negotiations, role expansions and re-classifications - there's a lot that you can do to plant the seed for advancement with you current employer.