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Are you covered by your cover letter?

I just read an article from Bloomberg that claimed just 18 percent of employers care about cover letters. Well I’ve received literally thousands of resumes and cover letters as a corporate recruiter, and let me tell you, they do matter. In each batch of applicant submissions, there was always one person’s cover letter that stood out from the rest. That’s the person whose resume rises to the top of the pile. The 18 percent of employers likely to expect a […]

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Aspiring Business Leaders Reflect on Leaders Who Inspired Them

One of the big reasons that students enroll in our executive-level MBA programs is that they want to become better leaders. So on the first day of classes for students in the Executive MBA and Americas MBA for Executives programs at Vanderbilt, I thought it was so fitting that each student was tasked with reflecting on past leaders in their lives—specifically the leadership qualities that personally inspired each student to do great work. The reflection was done during the Week-in-Residence […]

So You Think Your Company Is Up for Sale???

It’s hard to be a brand new hire—or even a seasoned employee–amid rumors that your company might be up for grabs. We get concerns from alumni and even new MBA  hires who are in this situation and wonder whether they should hit the panic button, hit the pavement with a new job search or both. Our Executive Director of the Career Management Center, Read McNamara, had some sage advice with a recent inquiry along these lines that I am sharing, […]

Women’s Business Dress: Separating Fun from Folly

The topic of what to wear in a professional environment is clearly a hot topic! My earlier post pointing to a style tip-sheet from 2013 Owen alums Kalen Stanton and Nick Hofer got lots of traffic. But as an alumna rightly pointed out, the post needed more advice for women. That inspired me to take matters into my own hands and write some suggestions just for women. Here’s the good news: women have more latitude and choice about business dress […]

Owen Partners with Forté Foundation to Help Women Launch Business Careers

[youtube_sc url=”TZ4GgLwMGUs” title=”A%20Conversation%20With%20Elissa%20Sangster” modestbranding=”1″ border=”1″ nocookie=”1″] Owen recently became a partner school with the Forté Foundation, which is a nonprofit partnership of companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers, and to help address the lower numbers of women who traditionally attend schools of business (versus schools of medicine or law). Forté executive director Elissa Sangster, who delivered this year’s Women in Business Symposium’s Keynote address, sat down with Dean Eric Johnson to talk […]

Dressing the MBA

In an ambiguous world of mainstream business casual, people have become less careful about what’s work appropriate versus what’s fun or comfortable to wear. However confusing that makes the everyday dress routine, it is even more problematic when one prepares for the interview. Whether you are pursuing your MBA or landing the big job afterward, we have a few things to say here that will help you maintain business and timeless in your first professional impression.

Job Market Heats Up for Vanderbilt MBAs This Winter

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It may be frigid outside, but the job market for Vanderbilt MBAs is heating up this holiday season. Season of hope? Yes! (Not just for us, but also for many others across the U.S. as last week’s jobs report shows.) Here at the Owen School, it’s also a season of important decisions. Data from our Career Management Center (CMC) shows that at the end of November, two out of three MBA students (66%) had a full-time job offer. That marks […]

Vanderbilt Conference Explores the Future of Health Care Innovation

Every year I am amazed at the level of speakers and industry participants involved in Vanderbilt’s annual Health Care Conference, a student-led initiative that brings together MBA students (from Vanderbilt and other schools), faculty, alumni, as well as health care providers and executives from across the U.S. [Left to Right: George Barrett, Rob Perry, Sue Siegel, Rachel Hayden, Larry Van Horn] Not only did this year live up to past conferences, it set a new high standard. It’s also fitting […]

Two Hours. 14 Top Business Schools. $80,000 in MBA Scholarships. And YOU.

If you’ve been toying with applying to an MBA program (or seven), or even if you have already been accepted, there is a new reason to attend one of the nearly 20 free Inside the MBA events going on nationwide this year. If you choose to apply to one of the 14 member schools after attending an Inside the MBA event, not only will eight of the member schools waive the application fee for qualified applicants (a $875 value), but […]

Geoff Walker On How to Develop the Brand You

Orientation started Monday at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management for new MBA, MAcc, and MSF students with timeless and specific wisdom from Geoff Walker, (MBA ‘94), Executive VP of Fisher-Price Global Brands, a subsidiary of Mattel where he has enjoyed—really enjoyed—19 years in a variety of roles. Geoff talked about how critical it is to enjoy your work and find a place where you can be genuinely you. “I always pretty much knew who I was. And I learned […]

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