Career Advisor: Focus on the Right Things for October

By Mia Lieb-Lappen ‘15

Mia Lieb-Lappen ‘15

Mia Lieb-Lappen ‘15

You’ve learned to navigate GTS, your resume is filled with powerful action verbs, and you have spent a few hundred dollars too many signing up for student groups. Yet you might feel no closer to figuring out what you want to do or how to do it than you did on the high ropes at L.O.R. Not to fear, Career Services is here. You can trust that the right programming and support will be there for you when you need it. Focus on the recruiting process one month at a time. For October, you should aim to:

1. Explore your options and get a sense for what each of the functions mean. Not only will you be more confident in your decision to go down a chosen path, but you will also be able to answer the “why <insert function here>" question more thoroughly and with conviction when the time comes.

2. Nail your story. This means being able to giving a concise and compelling explanation of what you did before Booth, what you intend to do after, and how business school is going to help you get there. As you iterate and begin sharing your story, try to get a sense of what sticks. Some best ways to practice will be through coffee chats, Compelling Cover letters, and Mocktail.

3. Be organized and prepared. When you begin to get an inflow of emails and invites it is important to come up with a system for keeping everything straight that works for you. Then, in order to maximize every interaction, come up with at least ten questions you have prior to any conversation, and always take notes!

4. Make friends. Helping one another will not only keep you on track but it will show recruiters how well you can work in teams. What are you wearing tonight? Were we supposed to register for this event? Do you remember this email address? These are the questions you will rely on one another for when recruiting starts later in October, not to mention some of the technical questions down the road!

5. Smile with confidence and appreciate this amazing opportunity. Remember recruiters are here because they want Booth talent. As soon as you view them as your friend and not your enemy, your positivity will come across as confidence. Lastly, never forget the importance of a smile. It helps convey one of the most important attributes: genuine interest.