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Career Conversations

Presented by the Career Management Center at Stuart School of Business

Career Conversations is a collection of blog posts and presentations on career-related topics by business and career education professionals.

CMC Recommends

Looking for interesting career-related ideas and perspectives? The staff at Stuart’s Career Management Center (CMC) recommends these articles and resources.

Blog Posts and Presentations

Overwhelmed By the Job Search? Check Out These Best Practices to Get on Track

Katie Fischer

By Katie Fischer, Vice President, North America Head of Exchange Traded Derivatives, Northern Trust Corporation

Making sure that you are applying to companies that align with who you are as an individual will help make you a more viable candidate and will connect you to the organization. Try these best practices to help you meet your job search objectives. Read the blog post

Humility and Kindness in the Workplace

Matthew Scharpf

By Matthew Scharpf, Deputy Director of Americas: Fixed Income Funding & Finance at Eurex

Today we are in a situation that is unique in the annals of workplace history. For the first time, technology has allowed work to be done without ever being physically together. That, in turn, presents a unique opportunity for young people to consider new ways to learn, grow, make friends, and achieve. Read the blog post

ESG and the Future of Business Sustainability

Weslynne Ashton

Moderator: Associate Professor Weslynne Ashton

An international panel of Stuart’s Environmental Management and Sustainability program alumni share their current work in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices in business, the paths that led them there, and their reflections on the future of careers in ESG and sustainability. Read more and watch the video

Making Career Decisions? Take Time to Reflect and the Opportunities Will Follow

Katie Fischer

By Katie Fischer, Vice President, North America Head of Exchange Traded Derivatives, Operations, Northern Trust Corporation

When it comes to making decisions about your career, you don’t have to have a five-year plan. Take time to reflect and be willing to put time and effort into yourself. You’ll find that the opportunities will follow, and so will your career path. Read the blog post

First-Gen College Grads and the Hidden Curriculum

Cindy Ivanac Lillig

By Cindy Ivanac-Lillig, Director of Media Relations, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

First-generation college students might not arrive on campus knowing all of the unwritten norms and behaviors of college life. However, exploring new experiences and seeking out networks of people thinking about your well-being will help open doors and build your confidence. Read the blog post

Be Your Own Career Advocate

Ryan Bales

By Ryan Bales, Director of Software Engineering, Conversation Intelligence, Invoca

Are you considering a career move? Regardless of your reasons for making a change, it’s important to advocate for yourself in your career. Take the time now to think about why you’re looking for a new role and what you’re looking for in that role. Read the blog post

How to Send the Right Message in Your Professional Emails

Helen Ezenwa

By Helen Ezenwa, Assistant Dean for External Relations and Career Management, Stuart School of Business

How do you present yourself in your emails? Getting the right message across, especially to potential employers, is crucial in your professional correspondence. These tips and links to more advice and examples can help you set the right tone before you hit “send.” Read the blog post

The Power of Referrals

Eric Hernandez

By Eric Hernandez, Customer Success Manager, CareerBuilder

How can you navigate your application through a company’s applicant tracking system so your resume is read by a human? Here's advice from an industry veteran on creative ways to use the power of referrals to have your application seen by the right people in your job search. Read the blog post

Navigating Your Way Through an Employer’s Applicant Tracking System

Eric Hernandez

By Eric Hernandez, Customer Success Manager, CareerBuilder

The biggest barrier to overcome in a job search may be to navigate your application through an organization’s applicant tracking system so your resume is read by a human. Here are tips from an insider on how to increase your chances of making it past these online job search hurdles. Read the blog post

Creating a Positive Future after the Pandemic

Marian Cook

Webinar by Marian Cook, Solutions Principal, Slalom Consulting

This pandemic is considered a “black swan” event: very rare and very high impact. Black swans can change the trajectory of governments, economies, and businesses. Learn about the implications and opportunities for innovation with this black swan event. Watch the webinar

Virtual Interviews: New Standard in Recruiting

Tiffany White Stuart School of Business CMC

By Tiffany White, Career Advisor, Stuart Career Management Center

Virtual interviews are becoming more popular and commonplace for employers, especially now during the pandemic. This post provides an overview of the types of virtual interviews, tips for preparing for one, links to more resources, and an invitation for Stuart students to practice with a mock virtual interview. Read the blog post

What’s Driving You?

Matthew Scharpf

By Matthew Scharpf, Vice President: Fixed Income Funding, Financing and Clearing Sales, Americas, Eurex

Are you “in gear” to work effectively and efficiently in a team or organization? In this post, Matthew Scharpf writes about adapting to change and some questions that he asks when evaluating his own professional performance. Read the blog post

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