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2013 Northwest MBA Consortium Career Conference

A benefit of being an MBA student at an AASCB accredited school such as Portland State is access to events like the annual Northwest MBA Consortium Career Conference.

The NW MBA Consortium, a partnership of the region’s accrediated business schools, brings together the area’s top employers and current graduate business students. And although it is called “MBA Career Conference,” it's open to students from all five graduate business programs at PSU (MBA, Healthcare MBA, MIM, MSFA, and MRED).

This year’s conference boasts an expanded format to include company info sessions, workshops and panels, and a keynote speech from Craig Wessel, Publisher of the Portland Business Journal. The company info sessions give students the opportunity to learn more about companies of interest, such as Target, Daimler, Hitachi Consulting and Rubicon International. Workshops and panels allow students to get professional tips on their elevator pitch, personal branding, and achieving long-term business success.

For students that will be attending the Conference this Friday, here are a few helpful hints so you can get the most out of the experience:

  • Dress is business professional. This means a matching suit for both men and women. Men should wear a tie.
  • Bring 10-15 copies of your resume to give to recruiters and several business cards, as well as a folder or briefcase to hold your resumes.
  • Before the event, review the list of employers, decide which ones you would like to speak with, and prepare some questions to ask. It’s a good idea to prioritize employers and start with the one you are least interested in first, in order to practice your elevator pitch and questions in a low-stress situation.
  • Check out the open positions on your target employer’s website. You can use this information to tailor your sales pitch and ask specific questions.
  • When talking to employers, introduce yourself succinctly and with confidence. You could open with a firm handshake and a statement like this: “Hello, I’m Mallory Miller and I’m a second year MBA student with PSU’s MBA program. I am seeking a position to grow my skills in product marketing management.” Then have some questions prepared that give insight into the company and provide an opportunity for you to sell yourself.
  • Be sure to get the recruiter’s business card and follow up with a thank-you letter within 48 hours.

Some of the employers attending this year's conference include:

Current students can RSVP to the event in PSUCareerForward.


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By Mallory Miller: Mallory has experience in marketing, management and sales. She plans to apply her experience, interests, and skills to a career in product marketing and business development. She will graduate from the Portland State full time MBA program in June 2013. You can connect with Mallory on LinkedIn.



Tags: Daimler Trucks, Hitachi Consulting, MBA career fair, MBA Students, Portland State Graduate Business Programs, Portland State on-campus recruiting

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