How to Leverage the Holiday Time in Your Job Search

dana-romano

Dana Romano

The holidays are a time when things tend to slow down. People travel, take time off, and some companies even temporarily shut down.  However, there are ways to maximize your job search during this time of year.  Here are five strategies to make the most of this holiday season:

  1. Personalized holiday messages – Send a personalized “Happy Holidays” message to contacts in your network, especially those working at your target companies. Add a quick note reiterating your interest in their company and list relevant things about your most recent accomplishments.  Use this time when they might not be as busy to ask them to meet for a cup of coffee or talk over the phone.
  2. Leverage holiday parties and gatherings – If organizations you belong to are having holiday parties, RSVP as soon as you get the invitation and make sure to attend. Use the holidays to meet people and expand your network.  Be sure to have plenty of business cards in your possession at all times.
  3. Out with the old and in with the new – Update your job search plan, résumé, personal branding, social media, and other tools you are utilizing to find employment. Add relevant projects and accomplishments to your brand.  Expand your target company list and eliminate ones you’ve worked through.  Use government-issued SIC and NAICS codes to identify competitor
    s of companies you’ve eliminated from your target list.
  4. Are you traveling for the holidays? – If you are traveling, check LinkedIn and see if there are contacts in your destination area that you might want to meet.
  5. Leverage your current contacts – Use the break to reconnect with old colleagues, high school and college alumni, friends, and extended family. Let everyone know you are job hunting and what you are looking for.  This is a great way to add people to your network.

Last but not least, remember that people are much more willing to help when you show you are excited and create positive energy.  Make sure your attitude reflects this joyous and giving time of the year.  Happy Holidays!

Dana C. Romano is the Associate Director of Career Management at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.  With a combined 30+ years of both corporate human resource and career management experience, Dana proudly shares her professional strategies and career expertise with her MBA, MS, and EMBA students.  Her strategies have helped students achieve excellent placement results for over 15 years.

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A Ranking for Finance PhD Programs: A Closer Look at Katz’s Research Productivity

Shawn Thomas

Shawn Thomas

Students applying to MBA programs can easily obtain program rankings from many well-known sources.  In contrast, students considering applying to doctoral programs often have to rely on their own efforts to find objective information on PhD programs and to make relative comparisons.  While there is clearly a positive correlation between MBA program rankings and the relative quality of schools’ doctoral programs, there are very important distinctions between MBA programs and finance doctoral program rankings.  For instance, students considering finance PhD programs are primarily interested in the placements and research productivity of doctoral graduates.  While most PhD programs mention recent placements on their web pages, the information is generally incomplete and is certainly selected to portray programs in the best possible light.

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Avoiding Common Application Pitfalls

Erin Vuono

Erin Vuono

I’ve been working in graduate admissions for nine years, and have reviewed hundreds of applications. Along the way, I’ve compiled a mental list of the common mistakes that applicants make, and I thought I would share them with you. Read this before you hit “Submit” on your application!

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Channeling 2016 Presidential Election Emotions into Productive Actions

Faculty member Dave Lebel

Faculty member Dave Lebel

Post-election blues got you down? Are you frustrated your candidate didn’t win? Luckily, recent research suggests there are several things you can do to turn those negative emotions into productive outcomes.

Many people watching the presidential election results experienced a range of negative emotions including anger, fear, sadness, and despair. These emotions, if unchecked, can often lead to non-functional or counterproductive outcomes such as vengeful retaliation, withdrawal (should I move to Canada?), or increased sadness and depression. For example, think of your friend or family member who took to Facebook or Twitter to rant or vent about the outcome of the election. This rarely solves anything and only serves to create a cycle whereby others respond in kind with negative posts.

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Introducing a Flexible Executive MBA in Healthcare

Rabi Chatterjee

Rabi Chatterjee

There are people with busy schedules, and then there are physicians. From being on call, to performing medical procedures, to keeping consultation appointments, physicians have little time to spare. The same can be said of other senior-level healthcare professionals. Those who work in hospital administration, healthcare insurance, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and public health also have very demanding schedules.

Many long for the opportunity for professional development in the business context — both to accelerate their careers and to enhance their organization’s performance — but they simply don’t have the time.

We at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business understand. It’s why we created our new Executive MBA in Healthcare program (EMBA-H), in affiliation with UPMC, which offers a world-class business education in a flexible format with a mix of in-class and distance learning. Two-thirds of contact hours take place in the classroom, and one-third take place online.

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Innovative Student Campaign Targets Elusive Millennial Market

Bob Gilbert

Faculty member Bob Gilbert

This semester, a group of Pitt Business marketing students are racing against the academic clock as they compete in a nationwide contest, the Acura ILX Marketing Challenge 2016.

The undergraduate team, called “Pros in Motion,” is competing with 20 other prominent universities to develop and implement an integrated marketing communications campaign for Acura’s ILX model.

In this class, the students shift their focus from “getting an A” to winning a nationwide competition. The class, called ‘Projects in Marketing’ organizes students into a working marketing agency, with four key departments:  Campaign Strategy, Public Relations, Advertising and Research. As their campaign progresses, students learn the value of cross-functional teamwork in addition to the specialized skills required in each department.

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Join Us at Katz Diversity Student Weekend

Melanie Krugel

Melanie Krugel

This year marks the 2nd annual Diversity Student Weekend! This event is planned by the MBA Admissions Office in conjunction with the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA)Roberto Clemente MBA Association (RCMBAA)the Katz Alliance, and the Katz Veterans Association. Learn more and register here.

The two-day event — which will be held from Friday, November 4 through Saturday, November 5 — focuses on Full time MBA opportunities for prospective women, the LGBTQIA community, under-represented racial/ethnic groups (specifically, African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American students) as well as current or former military students.

Those attending will have the opportunity to explore Pittsburgh; interact with current students, staff, alumni and community partners; learn about our various programs; experience what it’s like to be a member of the Katz community; celebrate our culture of inclusion, and much more.

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BREXIT: A Fascinating Case Study in Strategy

Ravi Madhavan

Ravi Madhavan

A few days ago, I had lunch with two British colleagues and asked them about their personal takes on the looming “Brexit” scenario. As professionals active in business and economics, they were both understandably concerned about its implications for the UK. One colleague, a distinguished international economist, lamented that his grandchildren would not have the opportunity to grow up as Europeans—a reminder that Brexit is not merely an economic event but also a cultural one.   Continue reading

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A Marketing Analysis: Where Clinton’s Campaign is Failing Her

As of the end of September 2016, Hillary Clinton is only 3% more likely to win the Presidency than is Donald Trump.

In marketing terms, this can be considered nothing but an embarrassment.

Professor Cait Lamberton

Professor Cait Lamberton

The Clinton campaign is offering the Presidential equivalent of an iPhone: non-transparent, complex, sometimes glitchy, but also highly versatile, powerful and sophisticated. Savvy consumers love the “product’s” extraordinary functionality and historical brand dominance. Sure, there are people off cracking into Android devices, but they’re not coming up with something functionally superior.

By contrast, the Trump campaign offers a Swarovski-crystal covered off-brand flip-phone. The technology is unsophisticated; there are a lot of things it simply can’t do. You have to push the buttons over and over to create a single message, and it might autocorrect in weird ways. The cool kids don’t carry these things around. But the non-insiders recognize it intuitively – it looks like a phone, for Pete’s sake! There’s nostalgia, comfort, and accessibility – covered in a veneer of overpriced, but nonetheless broadly appealing, sparkle.

If you were in charge of the iPhone marketing department and the off-brand flip phone were gobbling your market share, you’d be humiliated, and with good reason:

YOU HAVE THE VASTLY SUPERIOR PRODUCT AND YOU ARE LOSING.

What kind of tactical mistake can create this kind of effect in the market? Classic marketing principles can help us understand why this is happening. I’ll talk about two here.

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Crafting Incentive Systems That Actually Work

Willie Choi

Willie Choi

Control is a central theme of accounting. It’s no coincidence that in many companies the head accountant is called the controller. Companies use both formal and informal controls to motivate employees.  Formal controls include the carrot (performance incentives) and the stick (audits), and provide explicit incentives to encourage employees to exert effort and to refrain from engaging in opportunistic activities.  In contrast, informal controls include corporate culture and values, norms such as interpersonal trust and reciprocity, and informal information exchange, and they provide implicit incentives to exhibit organizationally desirable behaviors.  In my research, I explore how formal and informal controls affect employee behavior.

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