Entry Level Employment with an MBA

I received my MBA with a concentration in finance in the summer of 2007. Since then, I have been searching for a new position to take advantage of the degree and to fulfill a desire to have more challenging work opportunities. It has been very difficult to say the least. My current position is as administrative support at a private university. My work history is not extensive, but I am more than capable of managing a position of "higher authority" and responsibility. I am not sure how to get my resume to those who would have a serious interest in providing me with what I am looking for. What advice can you give me to spearhead a more assertive approach to job-hunting?

Congratulations on obtaining your MBA! And yes, in this job market, you must be more assertive and more proactive than reactive. You must go after the jobs you want, not just wait for them to fall in your lap.

1. Since your "work history is not extensive", you need to get more experience - in the right industry at least if not in the job of your dreams. You will probably have to pay your dues, so begin looking for work in financial institutions (or other business oriented organizations) even though the positions may be a little lower than your ultimate goal. Get in there, show your stuff and climb the ladder!

2. Next, begin to change how you perceive the process. Most employers do not necessarily have a serious interest in "providing you with what you are looking for." They are interested in conducting their business, and look for people who can help them accomplish their goals. Your job is to learn enough about what they want to prepare yourself to do just that! Look at management training programs, a large company like Lowes or Home Depot often start people off on the sales floor and begin to educate them to move up. Think outside the box.

3. Study job requirements and work to create an approach that highlights those skills that apply. Make sure your resume reflects as much of that as you can. See if you can get some experience through volunteering.

4. Also, since you need a "break," contact your alumni office and others who may be able to help you and start networking! You can learn these skills by working with a career counselor at your university or a community agency. Or check out some excellent articles on the website www.rileyguide.com

Good luck! The Career Experts @ ChicagoJobs.org

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