Want to know how to use this time before school starts to prep for recruiting and your career search? Here are 6 steps to take:
1. Peruse Function & Industry Overview Sheets
Here are the Function & Industry Overview Sheets to give you a sense of the industry and function verticals. See which ones match your skills and interests. Often, students will pick both a function and an industry (i.e. product marketing in tech). Some find it helpful to rank the industries and functions 1-14 or √-, √,√+, etc.
This will help you start articulating you story on "why this industry? And how are you a good fit?"
In mid-June, you will get full access to our internal career portal, which includes everything in the massively informative Parker Career Management binder, which you will get in hard copy form during Orientation.
- Make sure to bookmark. Login with your UCLA Anderson username (ANET) or reference Email #4 with how to do so.
- Includes free access to the Vault and WetFeet guides. For broader exploration, start with Vault's MBA Career Bible. If you have a more narrow focus, download one of the industry or function guides.
- Get a headstart on the valuable industry and function information.
2. Review the Anderson Employment Report
See the recruiting, hiring and salary trends for the Class of 2012 in the Parker Employment Report. We will have the stats for the Class of 2013 in the early fall.
3. Make a Tracking Sheet
You will be meeting so many companies and contacts. Use a tracking sheet as your own CRM tool. This is a basic one that you can also turn into a googledoc.
Have a brainstorming session and populate your spreadsheet with all the people in your current network:
- Current and former colleagues
- Undergrad and high school classmates
- Parents and relatives
- Parents' and relatives' friends and friends' parents and relatives
Make note of their companies and functions. Then prioritize by interest, how well you know them, and whether they would be willing and able to help.
4. Conduct an Informational Interview a week
When you reach out to the people on your tracking sheet, just ask to meet for a 15-minute chat. Suggest coffee or a phone call at their convenience. This small ask is hard to say no to.
No need to reach out to current Anderson students and alums yet. You will have plenty of time once you start school and they will be much more receptive then.
When having the informational, the main goal is to establish rapport and figure out if you would want to pursue a similar career. Here are a few questions to ask:
- What is your background? How did you position yourself for this field?
- What are the functions/responsibilities in your position? What is a typical day like in your job?
- What is the typical role/function/responsibilities for a newly-minted MBA? What are your expectations for MBA candidates?
- What do you like most about your job? And what keeps you at the company?
- Is there anything you don't like about your job?
- Can you talk about the typical career progression?
- What are the important personal qualities or abilities for someone in your position?
- How have the recent changes in the industry affected your company? (make sure to google first)
- What is unique about how your company operates?
- Do you know other people who I could also speak with?
- Are there any publications/books/blogs/conferences/professional organizations you would suggest?
After the informational:
- Follow-up with an email thank you within 24-48 hours referencing something specific you discussed.
- Add notes about the meeting and next steps in your Tracking Sheet.
- Keep in touch. Check back with them periodically (every few months) with any new and relevantinformation regarding your career search (interviews, offers, etc.) or by sending an article that is pertinent to their industry/company/alma mater.
5. Start Following Industry Trades
In addition to covering macro and specific industry trends in papers like the Wall Street Journal or Bloomberg BusinessWeeek, start following blogs, periodicals and twitter feeds specific to your industry. By dedicating 30 minutes a day to read up on recent deals and products, you will be amazed how quickly you can become knowledgeable on a new industry and identify new potential companies to target.
- Tech: Tech Crunch, Wired, All Things D.
- Finance: Financial Times, the Economist, learn how to use Bloomberg.
- CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) Brand Management: http://www.smartbrief.com/gma/
Find more in the Research Sources in the Industry & Function sections on the portal
6. Plan on attending a Parker Q&A Session
Mark your calendar. You will be able to RSVP starting July 31. Above is a pic from last year. They were having an amazingly good time.
|Tuesday, July 31||6 - 8 PM||New York|
|Wednesday, August 14||6 - 7 PM||UCLA Anderson|
|Wednesday, August 21||6 - 7 PM||UCLA Anderson|
|Thursday, August 29*||3:30 - 4:30 PM||UCLA Anderson|
|Wednesday, September 4*||3:30 - 4:30 PM||UCLA Anderson|
* After the last two Q and A sessions, the Management Consulting Association (MCA) is hosting a 1 hour Introduction to Case Interviews workshop. They will be discussing the consulting recruiting process, the events and education services hosted by the MCA as well as providing students with an introduction to the format of case interviews and how to succeed. This event should be attended by any student who is potentially interested in applying for an internship with consulting firms or wants to learn more about the additional resources available to students to review before classes even begin.
OPTIONAL: Learn to Code
This is for the techies and startup fiends, particularly the career switchers pursuing product management. A great way to indicate tech proficiency on your resume is to add a common programming language (Java, Python, Ruby, SQL) or Google Analytics to the Additional section of your resume. There are plenty of online resources to help you master these including Codecademy and Udemy and what better time than now.