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Graduate Business Timeline

First Semester at UT:
  • Attend Fast-Start Orientation.
  • Complete your profile on HIRE-UT; Read HIRE-UT’s weekly e-newsletters and regularly visit HIRE-UT for information about events, programs, job fairs and positions available.
  • Attend a resume workshop by Career Services (co-sponsored by an employer and required for students utilizing MBA Focus.
  • Create your resume and cover letter utilizing Optimal Job Search Tools.
  • Upload your resume to MBA Focus by deadlines provided at Fast-Start Orientation.
  • Participate in career appointments with Career Services (813-253-6236 to schedule).
  • Participate in at least one networking career event monthly, including Corporate Connections, Career Fairs, “Focus On” Series, or the Business Symposium/Board of Fellows Speaker Series to network with employers.
  • Participate in SOMBA, MBAA, NSHMBA or other student groups.
  • Participate in Slice of Leadership, and other networking events.
  • Familiarize yourself with Web and networking resources on HIRE-UT as well as Mentors and conduct informational interviews to learn more about the market for your field.
Second Semester Through Two Semesters Before You Graduate:
  • Contact Graduate Programs Office and Career Services (813-253-6236), to plan for an internship, especially if you need to obtain career-related experience in a field of interest. Hone your internship materials and internship search strategy.
  • Interview professionals with positions of interest. Check HIRE-UT for mentor contact information or contact Career Services to learn more.
  • Upload and Publish Resume to HIRE-UT and Resume Book(s) so it is viewable by Employers.
  • Evaluate potential opportunities to assist faculty with research and publish.
  • Register and attend Etiquette Dinner.  
  • Develop your job search and networking goals; consult Career Services for additional ideas.
  • If you are interested in a career shift or are not sure of your career goal, meet with a Career Counselor before you graduate to utilize Career Leader, Skill Scan, and other assessments; receive a resume critique, plan your job search strategy or practice interview for positions of interest.
  • Consider other opportunities to gain relevant experience in your field of interest.
  • Leverage classes involving employer consulting to test out a career area or learn about an employer of interest.
  • Participate in Global MBA Career Fair if qualified.
  • Join MBAA, SOMBA, or major-specific Honor Societies that may offer back-stage company tours and other networking opportunities.
  • Consider joining EMERGE TAMPA, a young professional leadership program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of  Commerce,  for professionals, ages 21-35 years old with an emphasis on networking, personal and professional development,
  • Join a professional association in your field. You can often join at a discounted student rate.
Two Semesters Before You Graduate:
  • Draft targeted cover letters; Identify industries and specific companies of interest.
  • Attend workshops including Behavioral Interviewing, Networking To The Promotion and Advanced Salary Negotiation.
  • Consider applying for a Leadership Coach.
  • Upload your revised resume to MBA Focus and HIRE-UT.
  • Utilize Optimal Job Search Tools to refine interviewing skills and attend other individual practice interview sessions with employers and Career Center staff.
  • Regularly review opportunities posted on HIRE-UT and Career Services websites.
  • Participate in on-campus recruiting, apply to both positions listed on HIRE-UT as well as positions listed through all other available sources.
  • Check with classmates working at other companies to network for available positions as well as those which are not yet posted. Check with faculty on potential career positions and company connections and develop a robust network to identify possible positions.
  • Research your market worth and identify position and salary range guidelines for your job search
  • Attend company information sessions and other networking events.
  • Participate in Mock Career Fair to polish career fair skills.
  • Complete Capstone and student consulting projects and add this to your resume.
  • Conduct company research to prepare for career fairs, cover letters and interviews.
  • Send thank you letters after each interview.
  • Review job search progress with Career Services. Contact companies to learn why positions of interest were not offered to you.
  • Contact professors and Graduate Programs to notify them of your job search status and new company contact information.
  • Sign up for a listserv in your field to learn current trends and industry issues.
Semester Before You Graduate:
  • Continue to apply for on-campus interviews.
  • Evaluate offers based on career goals, corporate culture fit, and values, interests, personality, and skills. Clarify details of offer before accepting or rejecting offer.  
  • Never accept offer on the spot and once you accept an offer, inform other organizations that you have accepted an offer and withdraw your candidacy. Never rescind on a job offer once accepted.
  • Inform Career Services that you were successful in your job search. Contact Career Services with questions about job offers or job search protocol. Complete Career Services’ Post-Graduation Survey.
  • Make sure your information is current with the Alumni Office to be included in Alumni Directory.
As a UT Alumnus:
  • Volunteer to become a Career Services Mentor to provide informational interviews, industry information, relocation information, or practice interviews/resume critiques related to your career field.
  • Regularly visit HIRE-UT for information about events, programs, job fairs and positions available.
  • Make an appointment to have your resume critiqued, plan your job search strategy, practice interview for a position of interest or meet with a career counselor based on your individual job search needs.
  • Keep your profile updated on the UT Alumni Association website and network for positions with other alumni.
  • Join a professional association in your field to network with others, including the MBAA Association if you’re an MBA Alum.
  • Attend at least one networking event monthly at UT including the Business Symposium Speaker Series.
  • Post positions on HIRE UT with Career Services or volunteer to be a workshop/class presenter. Contact
  • If you are considering a career or job change, information interview professionals with positions of interest. Check HIRE-UT for mentor’s contact information. Arrange an appointment with Career Services to learn more.
  • As you progress in your career, consider making a consulting project available to capstone classes. Contact: Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy, 813-258-7441, to learn more.