There’s no better time to start building your brand and preparing for the job search than right now. Investing time in these activities before you arrive will make your initial entry into MBA life far smoother, especially given the highly-accelerated nature of your curriculum.
Wondering how to craft the perfect Johnson résumé, write a cover letter, come up with Problem-Action-Result Statements, and shine in an interview? Find tools and advice relevant to the current market in the Johnson Getting Down to Business workbook.
Take time to reconnect with former managers and co-workers or undergraduate friends and classmates. Tell them about your MBA plans and ask them to keep you in mind for internships or opportunities in the next year.
Make sure your searchable public online persona reflects how you would like to be seen as a professional. This means Facebook and other social networks—set anything you would not want a potential employer seeing to private or delete it.
Include work-appropriate photo (we will take professional photos of each student during Orientation)
Expand your network connections
Gather recommendations from current and past managers and colleagues
Incorporate job responsibilities and quantify successes
Your resume should be ready by early fall, so start working on it now. Employers have requested a consistent resume format, so be sure to use the official template:
Invest in comfortable black dress shoes and a good suit. Work with a tailor or sales associate to confirm that your suit fits you correctly; this is far more important than the brand of the suit.
Most employers still require business attire for interviews and many banks even expect students to be dressed up for briefings. Check out our Retail & Luxury Club’s professional dress tips for Women and Men.
Make sure you leave your current employer on good terms. You never know when you may need a reference or referral.