Answers That Matter: 4 Musts for Interviews and Application Essays

Whether you are applying for a job, college or grad school, you will face targeted questions in interviews and application essays. Here are must do’s: Choose Their Perspective: Start by keeping your audience’s perspective and best interests in mind. “They” are shopping. You are in selling mode, so this is less about sharing what you […]

Don’t Wait on the Waitlist: Do Something

It’s a new year. You just discovered if you were on the Naughty or Nice List in December, and you are making a list of goals and resolutions for the year.  Maybe you just made it on another list: the dreaded Waitlist at your preferred B-School. Oh no! What can you do?  This isn’t all […]

Share of Wallet, ROI and Your B-School Goals

I wasn’t surprised when ITT (one of the largest for-profit educators) announced in September that it was closing down all its campuses. I’ve been scratching my head at the onslaught of schools advertising—very expensively– on television about how easy and flexible it is to get a degree. I kept wondering: these schools aren’t inexpensive, but […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Vanderbilt MBA Students Get Fashion Right

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 […]

Owen Partners with Forté Foundation to Help Women Launch Business Careers

[responsive-youtube id=TZ4GgLwMGUs] 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 […]

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.