Internal Advancement Boot Camp - Communicate Your Impact

This boot camp is for Working Professional MBA and Master of Management Marketing Analytics students who want to express the impact that they have made for an internal hiring manager in the two primary communication vehicles – resumes and interviews.

This boot camp is divided into two sessions.  You may attend either or both sessions, you do not have to attend the entire day. 

8:30 – 11:30pm Resume Impact – Write Summary Statements and Bullet Points That Show You Make Things Happen

A résumé is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and experiences that are relevant to your qualifications for a particular job for which you are applying.  On the average, a reviewer scans a résumé in six seconds, so your résumé needs to be persuasive and perfect.

This boot camp is focused on writing a Summary of Qualifications and job bullet points in order to pique the interest of an MBA or MMA hiring manager or recruiter.  We know that there is not an absolute correct way to write summaries and bullet points; however, there are some generally acknowledged best practices in the management/leadership space.  For many students those best practices may not be consistent with the résumé writing strategies that have brought you here.

This is a highly experiential boot camp (you will be doing a lot of personal résumé writing and small group critiquing of other résumés).  At the conclusion of the boot camp, you should be able to show your leadership value and impact to the reader.  Topics which may be included (but not limited to) are:

  1. The importance of establishing your relevant brand in the “Summary of Qualifications”
  2. Showing you have impact through accomplishment-based bullet points, not knowledge-based responsibility statements.
  3. Generally accepted formatting and grammar techniques to help the reader scan your résumé
  4. Reframing your experiences into transferable skills sought by MBA recruiters
  5. Writing your résumé so that it is flagged positively in applicant tracking systems
  6. You will get an opportunity to have your resume critiqued by your peers and receive feedback on improvement areas.

11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch

12:30 – 3:30pm ET – Internal Interviewing – In-Person, Phone and Video Interviews

Internal interviewing is not as easy as many think.  First, your boss probably does not know as much as you think she does about your achievements, skills and value to the team.  Second, you cannot assume the job has been bequeathed to you because you are “next”.

The basic interviewing principles for an external job search are present here.  So we will be discussing and practicing such topics as perfecting the resume walk, making a good first impression, answering common behavioral and technical questions, and managing the interview follow-up process.

In addition, we will be addressing such internal interviewing topics as:

  1. Positioning yourself versus external candidates
  2. Addressing career blemishes
  3. Highlighting career successes
  4. Proposing new ideas and initiatives
  5. Leveraging your MBA to separate from other candidates

Dress – Business casual

Facilitators: John Hutchings, Associate Director, Lisa Batts, Executive Coach, and Ed Kato, Executive Coach,  Poole College of Management Career Center

(The CMC asks that if you RSVP, you make every effort to attend.  We do know, however, that circumstances may change.  If they do, please un-RSVP on 12Twenty or in the Google Calendar invite, or let your career coach know if you are unable to attend.)

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