Overhaul my resume, please!

Susie Buysse, Career Services Manager

The better it looks, the better you look

TMMBA students often inquire about a resume tune-up. They want to stand out in the competition and possibly secure interviews. Some students have technical resumes and want and need a greater focus on the MBA degree and business knowledge. I’ve also seen resumes that detail, in multi-pages, a long history of every job held, primarily stressing job descriptions and responsibilities.

Since you have just a few short seconds to make a strong first impression, here are six pivotal tips:

1.Eliminate a fluffy objective statement that describes the type of position desired.

2.Instead, add a compelling Summary or Profile right under your heading, highlighting your important skills and abilities that are relevant to the kind of work you are seeking. This should be like a Super Bowl commercial; every word counts and convinces us to buy. It tells the reader what you realistically want to do and it’s your best argument as to why they should hire you.

3.Include a number of short compelling accomplishment bullets under each position listed. Be sure to clearly describe how your actions contributed to the team, department, or company. Always quantify or qualify the result and avoid task-oriented bullets.

4.Humans (and computers) look for key words and phrases. Check major job boards or corporate websites to find popular key words related to your target position and company. Incorporate these as well as industry buzzwords in your resume.

5. Make your resume easy to read quickly. Get to the point. Eliminate groups of words that could be said in a single word. Avoid large paragraphs (over six or seven lines) jammed with text. Use lots of white space.

6.Don’t waste any precious space. Remove “References available upon request” at the bottom of your resume. Hiring managers and recruiters assume that you have a list prepared and will ask if they want to see it.

To get started with your resume review, please feel free to contact me after gaining admittance into the TMMBA program. We’ll work together on creating a resume that gets noticed!

Building a Blue-Print for your Future

Susie Buysse, Career Services Manager

One of my favorite quotes is “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing” by Theodore Roosevelt. It’s thought-provoking. What do you love to do? What motivates you to do your best work? Who are you becoming?

These questions often surface when a TMMBA student or graduate talks about a wish to contribute to the betterment of society or people. This can take many forms ― joining the renewable energy industry, working for a company that models corporate philanthropy, or perhaps becoming a fair leader with both business and technical strengths.

In Developing a Strategic Vision for Your Career Plan, Randall S. Hansen, PhD. outlines key steps for building a short term plan:
•Analyze your current/future lifestyle. Be sure to identify the key characteristics of your ideal lifestyle.
•Analyze your likes/dislikes. What kinds of activities — both at work and at play — do you enjoy?
•Analyze your passions. Reflect on the times and situations in which you feel most passionate, most energetic, most engaged and see if you can develop a common profile of these situations.
•Analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Think in terms of work experience, education/training, skill development, talents and abilities, technical knowledge, and personal characteristics.
•Analyze your definition of success.
•Analyze your personality.
•Analyze your dream job. Look for ideas internally, but also make the effort to explore/research other careers that interest you.
•Analyze your current situation. Before you can even do any planning, clearly and realistically identify your starting point.
Here is an additional interesting tip. “A study of Harvard students 10 years after graduation showed that those who had specific goals made salaries three times greater than the salary of the average Harvard graduate. Those with written goals made 10 times the average.” (“Targeting the Job You Want,” Kate Wendleton)

I recommend taking the time to define your career ambitions and set specific goals. The self-reflection is often insightful and can certainly be helpful in defining your next or future career steps.

Hello from Susie Buysse

Susie Buysse, Career Services Manager

August – how did we get so far into summer so fast? This is my first entry so I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Susie Buysse and I manage Career Services for the TMMBA program. I bring more than 18 years of experience in the private sector, including the aerospace, medical device, and advanced electronics industries. I’m available to discuss your specific career development and job search needs (resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking, salary negotiations, etc.)

Why did you choose TMMBA?

Kalpesh Shah, TMMBA Student

On one hand, I like my job, my employer and the people I work with. On the other hand, after more than 14 years of doing software development, it was time to move on. I wanted to move on to the business side of things and so it was time to get an MBA. However, quitting my job for a full time program was not an option for me. Did I mention I like my job? I like it even more every other week when I get the paycheck.

Once I started researching the various programs, it quickly became clear that TMMBA is the right program for me. I spoke to a number of current and previous students to get their feedback on the program. I visited one of the classes as guest student, something I highly recommend to anybody deciding on a program. Fortunately, the class I visited was Karma’s macroeconomics class. It was fascinating to watch how much she enjoys teaching the subject.

I also liked the fact that the program has duration of 18 months compared to 24 to 36 months of various other programs. Some people may not like the fact that there are no electives. In my books, this is a big plus. Frankly, it means one less thing I have to worry about. The fact that the program is located on the east side is just an icing on the cake.

Finally, I cannot say enough good things about the support staff. Every one of them is very dedicated to the program and helpful with absolutely anything we need. It also helps that their responsibilities include only the TMMBA program.

- Students, staff and a few alumni blog about the experience of earning an MBA via the University of Washington Foster School of Business Technology Management MBA Program, covering events, learning-in-action, life after graduation, networking opportunities, and so much more.