Are you not sure what emphasis to pick? Not sure what career or industry is right for you? Below you will find information about exploring each area of emphasis, career assessments, online tools and resources to research careers and easy steps to take as a student to prepare for the career of your dreams.
There are two primary assessments that we recommend Leeds students take early in their college career:
The purpose of a resume is to market yourself to employers by concisely summarizing your education, experience and transferable skills. You should view your resume as a marketing and personal branding tool, used to convince an employer as to why you are the best person for the job. Most often, employers will meet you on paper through your resume before they meet you in person. To get more general information about what you should or should not include on your resume read Resume Basics: What, Why and How. We have many sample resumes to use as a starting point for your own resume.
A cover letter should be included with your resume when you apply for any job or internship. Below are some tips on what should be included in a cover letter as well as a few sample templates. DO NOT copy the cover letter samples word for word. The samples are to be used as a guide, to help you formulate ideas on how to sell yourself.
We encourage all Leeds students to create a LinkedIn account as soon as possible!
Other Helpful Sites:
|Maintain a professional public profile||Upload anything you wouldn't want everyone to see|
|Upload a professional headshot as your profile photo||Post unprofessional photos of yourself to ANY social media site|
|Show that you're interested in your prospective field||Post insensitive, offensive, or inappropriate material|
|Post links to interesting stories and participate in debates and conversations when appropriate||Post updates about illegal activities|
|Make LinkedIn connections with recruiters and internship coordinators and join alumni networks||Rely on privacy settings 100%|
|Assume that anything you post will be made public at some point||Post negative status updates or tweets|
|Be aware that nothing fully leaves the internet even if you delete it||Badmouth a classmate, professor, mentor, boss or job|
|Google yourself so that you know what recruiters/future employers would find||Talk about anything online that you wouldn't want to discuss in an interview|
Casual attire is for in-class meetings and outdoor or active events
Business Casual attire is for informal meetings and workshops
Business Professional attire is for an interview, career fair or formal business event.
Are you ready to network your way to a great job? Make sure to get your own business cards made to bring with you to all networking events! Order Leeds branded business cards through CU Boulder's Imaging Services. Click on the "Business Cards" link on the left hand side of the page and select which template you would like to begin. Business cards automatically use the CU Boulder logo, if you would like the Leeds School of Business logo instead, make sure to note that in your order. Orders can be picked up at Folsom Stadium 280, Gate 11 and cost $38.00 for 100 cards, and $42.20 for 250 cards. These are official CU-Boulder cards, printed with the same ink and paper as faculty/staff business cards.
One simple thing you can do to make all of your email communications more professional is to set up an email signature. Your colorado.edu email address is through Gmail, so to add your signature block select Settings > General > Signature. Here you can type in your signature block. At the very least, you should always have your name, email address, and phone number. It can also be helpful to add your degree and anticipated graduation date, and if you are an officer in a club or organization, that information as well. Here are some examples:
It is important to build connections with employers early on. Below are insights into all the ways you can start to build those connections.
Practicing your introduction is key to making great connections. There are many types of introductions that can be used in different scenarios. Below are the basic components that you can incorporate into your introductions and an explanation of two of the most common introduction types, Elevator Pitch and Tell Me About Yourself.
An Elevator Pitch is used when networking in person. It is a quick 30 second "commercial" about you and what you are looking for. Once you have your speech written down, be sure to practice!
Tell me about yourself is used in interviews. This is usually about 2-3 minutes long and includes stories about yourself. This is used more as a way for recruiters to get to know more about you! You should make sure to always talk about the past (family, background, significant events, passions/interests), present (CU, involvement, major, job/internships), and future (personal and career aspirations) when giving your story.
A good Career Fair strategy involves being prepared - knowing what to expect and what's expected of you. Students who are well prepared to make a positive impression have a good chance of being contacted for available openings. Here are some tips to help you be successful at the Career Fair.,
Follow-up with the people you met. Recruiters talk to hundreds of students at the Career Fair. Since you'll only meet a handful of recruiters, you'll remember them better than they'll remember you. Be sure to send a brief thank-you email to employers that interest you most. Also, request to connect with them on LinkedIn. If asked, complete on-line applications (on company websites) for full consideration. Use Career Buffs as your job and internship resource.
An informational interview is an opportunity for you to meet with a professional in the field to gain information regarding the career options for that field or occupation. Informational interviews are helpful if you are trying to pick a major or career field and want an insider's point of view to better understand different options. They are also an opportunity to grow your professional network. To read more about informational interviews and how to find contacts, set them up and prepare for them, click here.
Writing a follow-up email or thank you is very important to remember to do when you are interviewing for a job or internship. Make sure your email is professional, proof-read, brief (no more than 25 lines) and uses proper grammer and puntuation. Below is a template to use when crafting a thank your or prospect email. You can also read 7 Emails You Need to Know How to Write from the Unreasonable Institute to improve your email communication skills.
Subject: Make sure it is clear, no abbreviations (introduction, meeting time, purpose, who refeered you, etc.)
Dear Mr./Ms. __________,
Below is information about various job boards that can help you in your search. Leeds posts all jobs and internships on Career Buffs. We have additional information about Career Buffs and Out-of-State resources you can view by clicking the buttons below.
Career Buffs is the most comprehensive online career resources for CU-Boulder students. As a CU-Boulder student you should already have access and can log-in to find internship and job postings, the on-campus interview schedule, a directory of over 13,000 companies and other career resources. Leeds students have the ability to see job and internships by companies looking to specifically hire business students. When using Career Buffs, make sure to specify your search by Job Category and Position Type to find positions that fit your skillset and interests.
Looking for a job or internship outside of Colorado? Leeds has invested in a great new resource available to Leeds students. Make sure to visit the Leeds Job Board - by going to http://coloradoleeds.jobs. This site will provide you with over 10,000 job and internships specifically for undergraduate business students around the country.
Are you interested in pursuing a job outside of the United States? Check out the following great online job boards that have many international opportunities.
Students can also find great oppotunities to volunteer abroad by going to the Ubelong wesbite.
Prepare for your job or experience internationally and use BRIC Language Systems to help you learn a new language with face to face training and travel services.
InterviewStream is an online tool that video tapes your answers to 10 common interview questions. After completing the practice interview you can view your video responses and assess what you are doing well and where you can improve. You can also share a link to your practice interview with your career advisor or mentor for additional feedback. This tool is especially valuable in this modern age where many screening interviews are video-taped using this same technology. While there is no substitute for a mock interview with your career advisor, Interview Stream is a valuable and easy to navigate additional resource.
Many employers interview students on-campus for full-time positions and internships. To find out what companies are interviewing on-campus, log-on to Career Buffs and click the "On-Campus Interviews" tab and select "View Schedules I am Qualified For". You must apply for the job or internship the company is recruiting for to interview. The company will notify you if you have been selected. *Keep in mind that many of the accounting and finance companies recruit heavily in the fall for full-time and internship positions.
If you have an upcoming interview, make sure to schedule a mock interview with your career advisor in the Leeds Career Development Office. Once you have scheduled your mock interview appointment you should review the the interview resources listed below so that you are well-prepared and can maximize your time with the career advisor. You will find tips and practice questions as well as the InterviewStream tool listed below.
How to Interview:
Sample Interview Questions:
The following are all questions asked by companies that perform on-campus interviews with Leeds students.
Questions about personality traits:
Questions from behavioral interviews:
Questions about leadership:
Questions about teamwork:
To maintain interview schedules that serve recruiters and our students/alumni well, it is essential to have full attendance at both on-campus and in off-campus interviews. A student or alumnus/a who does not show up at a scheduled interview, or who does not give Career Development or an employer a minimum of 24 hours notice of cancellation, disrupts efforts by becoming a "no-show". A "no-show" does not allow ample notification time for the recruiter or our office to seek an alternate candidate for the interview time, or to consolidate the schedule. As a result, other students are not allowed the opportunity to interview and recruiters may choose not to post positions in our Career Buffs system, due to a perceived lack of interest by students.
The consequence of being designated as a "no-show" is an immediate block from Career Buffs. In order to gain access to Career Buffs again, the student is required to send an apology letter or e-mail to the employer AND provide a copy of the e-mail/letter to the Career Development Office. If there is a second "no-show", the student will be blocked from Career Buffs for a minimum of 2 weeks. If there is a third "no-show", the students will be blocked from Career Buffs and all Career Development sponsored events for the remainder of the academic year or the next 6 months (whichever is longer).
Negotiating your salary can be tricky, make sure to do your research to have a firm understanding on how to negotiate and what a realistic salary is for the position and at the company. Glassdoor is a great online resource to look at when you first receive a job offer. Glassdoor provides salaries for over 180,000 companies worldwide as well as salaries for any job in any location. Have you received multiple job offers and don't know what to do? Watch Juggling Job Offers to get some helpful tips. If you need additional help negotiating your salary, visit the CU Career Services Salary Negotiations page for helpful insight and tips.
The Leeds School of Business expects the highest level of professionalism from all students, alumni, and employers in every stage of the job or internship search. This includes professionalism as it relates to interviewing and negotiating, and also includes not reneging on a job you have accepted. Accepting a new job offer, after you have already accepted an offer with another employer, is defined as 'reneging' and is one of the most serious professional offenses in the job search process. Reneging is considered dishonest and unethical and carries serious implications. It not only reflects poorly on you, but potentially damages Leeds' reputation and our relationships with employers. Reneging for any reason (change of mind, multiple offers, etc.) not only causes problems for the employer in the short-run, but can also have long term implications for your own career progression and personal brand with other recruiters. In the world of social media, word travels fast across recruiting networks and can have long-term impacts on your future opportunities. We have advised employers that recruit on campus and from the Leeds School of Business to give students an adequate amount of time to make decisions and to avoid "exploding bonuses". If you are feeling pressure to accept offers before you are ready, please consult with your Leeds Career Advisor or the Career Development Office immediately for advice on strategy and communication with employers.
The consequence for reneging on an offer is an immediate block from Career Buffs and from events sponsored through Career Development. You will not be able to search for positions, participate in on-campus interviews or attend career fairs. In order to regain access to the system, you will be required to meet with the Executive Director of Career Development to discuss the issue, how it may have been handled differently, and how to make amends with the employer.
The integration of multiple mentoring programs through the four-year experience is a unique feature of the Leeds School of Business education, providing students with individual connections and personalized support. Over 1,500 undergraduates and more than 900 professional mentors participate in mentoring through these programs.
Connects first-year Leeds School of Business students with trained student mentors to help students build a strong foundation and sense of belonging at Leeds
Partners sophomores with recent Leeds graduates to provide major and career exploration, academic preparation and professional skills development
Pairs juniors and seniors with experienced business professionals to provide opportunites to develop and practice critical professional skills
The Leeds School of Business Salutes Our Most Invested Corporate Partners:
We would also like to recognize our Career Development Partners including:
Charles Schwab, Deloitte, EKS&H, Fisher Investments, KeyBank, KPMG, Leeds Women's Council, Northwestern Mutual, and Zayo Group