If you're looking for a similar job in another geographic location or company, or you're seeking to make a career change into another industry, this proven "step-by-step" Career Search Process is your personal guide to help you achieve your goals.
Alumni Career Management Step-by-Step Guide
Step 1: Gain Clarity & Focus
Before you can make a successful career move, it’s vital to define the role you want. Narrow your search to one or two job titles in one or two industries or sectors, so you can clearly articulate your goal in conversations with networking connections and hiring managers.
The Ross Alumni Career Coach can guide you on a meaningful self- reflection journey that will illuminate your path forward. Set up an appointment at email@example.com.
The CareerLeader assessment identifies your pattern of core interests and matches it to top business careers. It also assesses motivators, culture fit, and skills. You probably completed this assessment while a student at Ross, but if it’s been five years or more since graduation, you may want to take a fresh look.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI illuminates your personality preferences and highlights careers that are most popular among others who share your preferences. To access this assessment, send your request to The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The CliftonStrengths Assessment
CliftonStrengths identifies your top 5 (out of 34) strengths and helps you to see how those strengths enable you to bring unique value to an organization. To access this assessment, send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zone times are those projects or roles when you were at your best, feeling challenged, and enjoying the work you were doing.
Use this tool to narrow your job search focus and develop your elevator pitch for maximum impact.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger
What Color Is Your Parachute? Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success, by Richard Nelson Bolles
Step 2: Refresh Your Brand
With a clear job search target, your next step is to update your personal marketing materials: your resume, your LinkedIn profile, and your one- to two-minute “commercial.”
Update Your Resume
In the first five years post-graduation, we suggest BBAs, MBAs, and One Year Masters alumni continue to use the one-page Ross Impact resume.
A two-page resume, useful for more experienced alumni, features a professional headline and summary that helps to convey your brand identity.
For an expert outside opinion on your resume, schedule a review with the Ross Alumni Career Coach at email@example.com.
Choose a template that reflects your style:
Revise Your LinkedIn Profile
Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn
Hone Your 30-second Elevator Story and Craft Your Commercial
Elevator Story (see p. 2)
Jobscan.io – An app that allows you to compare your resume to a job posting and see how it stacks up
The Resume Group.com
Ross Alumni Resume Database – Post your resume here to catch the eye of recruiters looking for Ross alumni.
Step 3: Launch Your Search & Start Networking
With clear goals, a compelling elevator story, and refreshed marketing materials, you can launch your search and begin networking with focus and confidence. Periodically check in with the Ross Alumni Career Coach (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get support throughout your journey.
Targeted Search Summary –- This tool can be used to prepare you for networking and then shared with warm connections during meetings to help them to help you.
Kresge Alumni Career Databases - Databases such as D&B Hoovers allow you to generate a list of companies based on a set of search criteria, and then drill down into each one to gather intelligence. Set up an appointment with a Ross Kresge Librarian to get additional guidance on using these databases effectively.
Networking with Ross Alums and Other Wolverines
Ross Alumni Directory
Ross Alumni Clubs
Alumnifire.com – A free website, created by a Ross alum, connects alumni for networking, job shadowing, employment opportunities, and internships.
The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster, by Steve Dalton
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, by Adam Grant
Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi
The Networking Survival Guide, by Diane Darling
Step 4: Research Job Postings & Recruiters
Unless you’ve already got a networking connection at the company, rarely does applying to a job posting alone get you hired. Some experts put the odds at no better than 5 percent. Likewise, the chance that a particular executive search consultant has a posting that’s right for you is slim to none. Nevertheless, job postings provide valuable information about who is hiring and what they are looking for. Search consultants — also known as headhunters or recruiters — can be excellent resources for information and networking.
Independent Consulting Opportunities
ProFinder, a LinkedIn service
Third Bridge.com, London-based with eight offices on three continents, matching consultants with businesses
Sites Targeting Women/Remote/Flexible Work
Function/ Industry Focus
CPGJobs.com places qualified people in sales, marketing, marketing research, and related disciplines in the consumer packaged goods industry.
eFinancialCareers.com– Financial job marketplace
Monster – International job site
Exec-appointments.com – Find a C-suite position
Are we missing a helpful resource? Let us know via email: email@example.com
Step 5: Prepare to Interview & Negotiate
Your hard work has paid off and you have landed an interview. Schedule a mock fit interview with the Ross Alumni Career Coach (firstname.lastname@example.org). Below are some resources to help you prepare.
Case Interview Resources:
Negotiating the Offer
Companies expect you to negotiate Never accept an offer on the spot. Instead, use the resources below to negotiate the best offer. The Ross Alumni Career Coach can serve as a non biased outsider to help sanity-check your offer (email@example.com).
glassdoor.com — Find jobs and see company salaries, reviews, and interviews — all posted anonymously by employees
TransparentCareer - MBA salary benchmarking tool
Get Paid What You’re Worth: The Expert Negotiator’s Guide to Salary and Compensation By Robin L. Pinkley and Gregory B. Northcraft
Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and Gender Divide By Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever