Mobile app for My Career Dashboard

September 11, 2014 by Vic Menon

Mobile apps

Now you can access My Career Dashboard from any mobile device! Our new mobile app lets you:

  • Manage OCR
  • Make advising appointments
  • Search and apply to jobs listed on the job board
  • Reserve space at career workshops & events
  • View your career calendar
This is a new feature we are piloting so initially it is available to MBA2s only. We plan to make it available to MBA1 and MSx students. Because it is a pilot, we appreciate your feedback!
»  Instructions for mobile app

Submit Your Resume – MBA2 Resume Database

July 25, 2014 by Charlotte Carter

Each year over 150 employers use the Resume Database to target students for off-campus and on-campus recruiting events and interviews. You can begin uploading your resume to the Class of 2015 Resume Database on Tuesday, August 5th. The deadline to submit your resume is Monday, August 18th at 9am AM PDT. You can add your resume or make changes after you submit it, but after the deadline employers may have already accessed the resume database and therefore may miss your resume or changes you may have made. So be sure to submit by the deadline!

If you wish to be included in the Resume Database, log into My Career Dashboard. Then follow these steps:

  1. Select the menu under Account >> Resume Manager
  2. Click on the “Upload New” button
  3. Upload your updated resume (Word doc or PDF accepted, use the GSB template as a reference)
  4. Preview your resume
  5. Mark your resume as active by selecting the yellow star icon, the star indicates your default resume
  6. In the Profile section of the Dashboard, answer ‘Yes’ in the section labeled Permission – Employer Resume Database

Need resume guidance?

If you have any questions, please email Charlotte Carter.

115 Venture-Backed Private Companies with Corp Dev. Groups (CB Insights)

June 20, 2014 by Rebecca Chopra

corpdevGreat list of companies for MBAs interested in small high growth private companies.

CB Insights writes:

Corporate development or M&A isn’t limited to the Fortune 500 anymore. Increasingly, private startup companies are using corporate development teams to source, manage and close M&A deals.

From tech to life sciences to clean energy, here are some companies signaling they might be looking at inorganic growth.


See the full list:
115 Venture-Backed Private Companies With Corporate Development / M&A Groups

The CMC is Here to Support You after Graduation

June 1, 2014 by Rebecca Chopra

request_helpWe know that many of you are taking your time to find the right job, and may be wondering about what support you will receive from the CMC once you graduate.

Please rest assured that we are here over the summer and beyond, and will support you post-graduation with full student privileges until you secure your first job after the GSB.

  • Career Advising: We will give you our full support. You can continue to make in-person or over-the-phone appointments with the CMC advisors. To make an advising appointment, feel free to contact the advisor(s) who have been supporting you in your job search. In addition, we will assign every student who is job-searching a CMC liaison during the summer who will follow-up with you.
  • GSB Alumni Job Board: All MBA2s will continue to have access to second year jobs for 120 days following graduation. At that time, your status converts to alumni status and you will need to access the job board using your alumni username and password. You will have access to alumni jobs. However, many of the jobs available for MBA2s are available for alumni as well. Under a reciprocal partnership agreement you can also sign up to view postings from Harvard, Kellogg, and INSEAD for a small fee.
  • GSB Alumni Directory: As a GSB alum, don’t forget the directory as a networking tool.
  • Library Access: As an alum, you can access seven online databases for research. During the summer months, the library will close at 5 PM. To access the Library after hours, you can request on of a limited number of  keycards with a $20 deposit by filling out this form  by Friday, 6/20. Your student ID will be deactivated immediately after graduation.
  • Alumni Career ServicesPlease remember that the CMC is a lifelong resource to help you navigate your career.  To learn more, click here.

You may decide to take a break from your current job search during the remaining weeks before graduation and plan to resume your efforts during the summer. Please do not hesitate to meet with us to draft a plan on how to re-start after graduation.

We are here to support you.  Come see us, and if you have other ideas on how we can best support you, please let us know.

Investor, GSB Grad joins CMC as New Career Advisor

April 16, 2014 by Tom Sabel

Hello everyone, it’s good to be back! My name is Tom Sabel and I have the good fortune to be returning to the GSB as a Career Advisor. My goal in returning is simple: to help students and alums create meaningful, productive careers and lives. Easily said, perhaps difficult to achieve, but why not aim high? There has to be a good use for all this gray hair I’ve accumulated.

A little about my career

Since leaving the GSB my career has centered on investment management and strategy consulting. I consider my four years of consulting “post-graduate” work; it was an efficient way to study a lot of different industries and refine analytical frameworks. Those frameworks became essential in my primary career: investment management. I spent over 20 years investing in public and private enterprises as a partner at King and Associates. We were a small shop on Sand Hill, and I was lucky to work with other experienced and smart GSB grads. We ran a focused portfolio of companies in technology, media, healthcare, financial services and retail. I often told friends it was the perfect job for me – I got paid to read and think about the world. Of course there was that pesky requirement to make money for the investors, and we did well on that score.

In 2010 (after we had made our investors whole from the 2008/9 decline), I decided it was time to give back. Initially I advised local companies and nonprofits on an ad-hoc basis. More formally, in conjunction with Santa Clara University, I mentored social entrepreneurs and developed new investment vehicles for impact investors. It was a great opportunity to apply my investment expertise to an important new area.

What can I do for you?

As an ex consultant I can’t help but think in terms of matrices. On the skill axis I can help with career strategy, personal positioning, knowing your audience, and negotiation. On the industry axis I have deep expertise in the investment area, fairly good knowledge of consulting, and broad exposure to a wide variety of technology or technology-based industries through my investment focus. I’d like to think that together we can define career goals, develop tactics and address any job search issues.

A few personal notes

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. As a kid I used to bike to Pirates games, but of course the only sport that really matters in Pittsburgh is football, and so in the fall I bleed a little Steeler black and gold. I thought I would become an economist, but there was too much math, so I followed the yellow brick road out to Stanford. I have spent most of my career in the Bay Area and count my business school classmates as some of my closest friends. My wife Jill is a professor in the Stanford Medical School and she keeps me humble by being way smarter than I am.

I am incredibly excited to be back and look forward to working with everyone at the GSB!


If You Want a Favor, Ask and Ask Again

March 24, 2014 by Rebecca Chopra


Our CMC  team spends lots of time encouraging MBAs to grow their professional relationships. We call it networking. If you are currently conducting a job search, you are probably already reaching out to others to get help.

It is easy to think of this process as transactional – but if you want to be successful – you need to think in the long term. During all parts of your job search, you’ll want to reach out to alumni, connections, friends, and colleagues for advice, insights and information. A strong network of professionals will help you in your next career transitions as well.

This process can seem daunting. Asking for help can be hard. 

Keep this in mind: Most people expect that the likelihood of having the other person agree to meet or speak to be very low. The research done by Stanford GSB Professor Flynn points to much higher rates of “yes” to requests for help than people ever expect.

Think about broadening your pool of those that you ask for help! 

Professor Flynn presents about his team’s research on asking for help saying that they concluded:

Out in the real world, these divergent thought processes create a kind of paradox: “Help seekers may be the least likely to ask for help from those people who in fact are the most likely to help them.” And over time, that means we tend to go back to the same small pool of people who’ve helped us in the past. This can happen in organizations, Newark points out, where those who say yes early on during their tenure get lots of requests in the future. That leads group members to an unfortunate tendency to overburden the same set of helpers while underutilizing other group members, who, this research suggests, might say yes if you try them again.

>> See Video and Read Full Article

My Whirlwind SXSW Outreach Trip

March 13, 2014 by Becky Charvat

Last week I went to Dallasand Austin for a whirlwind outreach trip facilitated largely by your LINK submissions. Thank you for informing my/our outreach! Hopefully you’ll find the insight for the following companies to be helpful.

Cities Visited: Dallas & Austin

Companies Visited:, Neiman Marcus, Longhorn Capital, Whole Foods, HomeAway, RetailMeNot


Walking into the HQ felt like walking into a friend’s living room. There are funky couches, TVs, and flower arrangements decorating the entryway.  Two super friendly recruiters who lead the university relations program at greeted me. They walked me through the office to their large breakout/lunch room complete with more funky couches, other lounge-y furniture and foosball tables. has a large number of online dating properties, including Delightful, Tinder, and Ok Cupid to name a few.  They have other offices including small locations in SF, LA, and of course their HQ in Dallas. In total, is about 520 employees, 400 of which are located in Dallas. They talked about their focus on global mobility and Match’s huge internationalpresence; including the leading sites in France, Belgium, Brazil, Japan, and China. They are becoming a global leader and employees are benefitting.

As far as internships go, focuses internship hiring on Finance interns at the MBA level for now, but there is future potential for Strategy/Analytics internships. Also, for full time if you’re interested in Product Management roles, you don’t necessarily have to have a technical background, but all PM roles are located in the Dallas office.

Match’s culture is entrepreneurial, fun, and fast paced. It’s non-corporate and Match employees get a long runway to figure out products, solutions, and take on new projects. There’s little hierarchy and lots of collaboration. They are looking for people with strong communication skills, who aren’t afraid to take risks, and even fail from time to time.

Neiman Marcus

Going from new tech to traditional retail, I met with Neiman Marcus’ Director of Store Operations, Diana Swope, GSB’06. Diana arrived at our meeting directly after an offsite where she and her team were working to creatively improve customers’ experience in stores. At the offsite they had a full brainstorming session where they came up with ideas such as bringing customers their favorite coffee beverage when they walk into the store and have onsite child care available while they shop.

Neiman Marcus has 41 “Neiman” branded stores domestically and also has Bergdorf Goodman and Last Call in their portfolio. Their online presence is probably one of their biggest areas for development.

Good areas for MBAs include Corporate Strategy, Store Operations, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Customer Care. Diana talked about how it was a good idea for incoming employees to learn about and get exposed to a variety of areas and functions.

Full time hiring at Neiman Marcus is done on a more just in time basisand interested candidates must really be committed to living in Dallas, but if this sounds like you, Diana is happy to be a point of contact and answer questions. She also said the work/life balance is great and as a non-Dallas native herself, she’s has actually found that she really likes the city.

Longhorn Capital

This hedge fund is tiny but savvy, and operates with a non-traditional short-only strategy. The analyst I met with got his job after pitching ideas to one of the Partners nearly every other week for several months. While there aren’t opportunities per se at the moment, but my conversation with my contact at Longhorn was incredibly informative in regards to learning to stay persistent if you’re truly committed to working for a hedge fund. His advice: you never know when your opportunity may arise.


Whole Foods


As you’d expect when you walk into Whole Foods, there’s a poster talking about Whole Foods’ classes like yoga, meditation, and marshal arts – all are free to employees.

I met with a Whole Foods Global Recruiter who gave me a brief tour, showing their many training and conference rooms as well as their fun furniture and a giant “poster” of WillieNelson made entirely out of toast. Check out the pics!

We talked a little bit about the path to working at Whole Foods and the rigor of their interview process, but we spent the bulk of our time discussing culture, the Whole Foods lifestyle, and the importance of happy employees. The recruiter said that Whole Foods isn’t about work/life balance, it’s about life. He also said this type of environment isn’t for everyone but if you’re someone that wants to be a part of something that is bigger than you, with a very clear mission to help people – this could be the place for you. He encouraged interested candidates to check out Whole Foods’ values and ensure they resonate with you.

If you’re seriously interested about Whole Foods and Austin (and we haven’t discussed this already!) let me know.

HomeAway and RetailMeNot

After Whole Foods I joined the High Tech Club for the SXSW trek and was able to visit these two companies with them.

Trek attendees can definitely give you more insight, but if you’re interested in working for either let me know. Both are hiring for full time and RMN does have internships available, although the Manager of University Relations did say candidates must be extremely committed to working in Austin to apply. But Finance, Marketing, and Operations internships are available at this cool company.  Check out pics here too!20140307_15260020140307_152540

National Sports Forum Overview

March 8, 2014 by Jana Cain

The National Sports Forum took place February 9-11, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Touted as the largest annual gathering of team sports executives in North America, the NSF was a valuable opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about sports business as well as to network with nearly 1,000 industry professionals.

Over the course of the three day conference I attended breakout sessions on career and professional development (take advantage of opportunities to build your network, including executive recruiters) as well as strategy sessions on marketing and sponsorship. Strategy session topics covered consumer engagement for brands (it’s not about Facebook likes), fan engagement for teams (the importance of sustainable messaging), and how to strategize brand-team partnerships (know the space). Below is a sampling of the organizations I was able to connect with:

  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Gatorade
  • IMG
  • Legends
  • Marquee Search (sports focused search firm)
  • NCAA
  • New York Yankees
  • NFL
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Octagon
  • St. Louis Rams
  • The Marketing Arm
  • (sports focused job board)

If you’re interested in hearing more about the conference and/or the other attendees, just let me know!

For Smaller Projects, Try Renting an M.B.A. (WSJ article)

February 9, 2014 by Vic Menon

Looking for a summer opportunity? This WSJ article points to some interesting consulting project possibilities! Below is an excerpt:consulting-questions

Got a small project and a small budget? For some companies nowadays, the solution is simple: Rent an M.B.A. to do the work.

A new breed of job sites has cropped up to match M.B.A.s and business-school students with companies seeking short-term help and project work. The companies get trained talent to help with marketing, financial modeling and investor pitches for a fraction of what they would have to pay big firms like McKinsey & Co. or Boston Consulting Group Inc. For the M.B.A.s, the weeks- or months-long freelance projects can sharpen their skills before they start a full-time job, provide some extra cash on the side or, for a few, offer a flexible alternative to a corporate career.

Fledgling startups were the first to use these services, but big companies—among themAmerican Apparel Inc. APP +5.00% and Ogilvy & Mather—have become customers, too.

“If you can bring in external expertise affordably, why would you not avail yourself of that?” asks Ryan Holiday, the marketing director at American Apparel. Last fall, his team used HourlyNerd Inc. to streamline a weekly marketing spending report. They offered $1,400 for about 20 hours of work and got a Harvard Business School grad to do it.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly. Alumni Feedback…

February 8, 2014 by Rebecca Chopra

The CMC Team occasionally gets feedback on current students. A few recent comments from Alumni on good and bad etiquette by topic:

Be Prepared and Focused in Interviews.

Alum Interviewer provides feedback on candidate: “As a GSB alum & someone who wants to make sure that Stanford students show up well with all recruiters, I did want to share some feedback with you…I was surprised that quite a few students seemed less prepared for the interview than I would have expected – specifically, I received a few surprisingly lukewarm answers to the question of “why marketing” (for instance, one student’s response was that they know that they don’t want to do operations / finance / strategy, and so they arrived at marketing by process of elimination).  The question of “why are you interested in marketing” is a pretty obvious one when you’re applying for a marketing internship, and unfortunately, the types of answers that we received from ~4 out of the 12 students didn’t reflect really well on the GSB.”

Be Professional. Don’t TXT. 

Alum feedback: “Generally speaking, the incoming emails and phone calls have been very professional and courteous.  There have been a few times, however, in which I have been somewhat disturbed by an overly familiar and unprofessional tone and style.  For example, the email I received this morning contained phrases such as “referred u” and “we cld schedule a call”.  …my sense is that a business school student should be aware that, in professional communications, one should not use text style shorthand.  I cannot imagine the reaction if this email had been sent to an alumni who graduated in ’89…”

What they love. Alumni like candidates that make the extra effort:

Alum email to an MBA: “Just wanted to say – you wrote a particularly good, personal, detailed, thoughtful letter, and that is why I responded so quickly and positively. I’m going to pass this along as an example to one of the CMC advisors as a model on how to reach out to alumni. Great work.”

Letter that she liked. “I saw your profile on the GSB alumni directory and wanted to reach out when I noticed your previous work at XYZ Company (I’ve gotten to know XYZ’s chair, Jane Smith…) and current work at Hot Tech.  Over the past four months, I have met with people from five teams at Hot Tech and have been researching the company (reading books, blogs , buying ads, brainstormed ideas for improvement, etc).  I am gripped by what the Operations team is doing, and I would love to chat with you and hear about your experience.  It seems like you’re working on massive people leadership, technology, and policy challenges, and I would love to hear what you think of the role.
To tell you a little about myself, before coming to Stanford, I led a team of engineers and policy analysts at ABC Consulting, setting goals for my team, managing our budget, and helping clients develop policies (privacy, information use, etc) and execute cyber security strategies.  At Stanford I’ve maintained my focus on technology and policy, founding a group of grad students that meets with Hoover scholars on economic and security issues.  I feel particularly blessed to have gotten to meet with Dr. Condi Rice and Dr. William Perry and hear their views on technology and US interests.  Last summer, I interned with an entrepreneur, helping him launch a business based on a new smartphone technology.
Are you available to meet in the next week or so?
Many thanks,”

Networking Etiquette Matters. Contacts Want You to Follow-up.

The Alum writes: “I am all for helping GSB students but one thing that drives me crazy is when I don’t hear back from them. I made three introductions for the MBA to some senior executives.  Needless to say the student would not have been able to “access” them on her own. I reached out to follow up with her after I had heard back from the executives but not the MBA.  I have no incentive to help when I don’t hear back after making introductions.

I pound away at my employees to be polite. It is embarrassing when senior people respond immediately and offer to help and students don’t. It makes you feel like they think they are entitled and I have heard that regarding GSB students before.”

Sometimes alumni are busy too. One had every intention in getting back to the current MBA….An alum comment about getting behind:

Alum letter to CMC Advisor: “Thanks for reaching out. Upon reading your email I searched my inbox and did indeed find his email, lost beneath a few hundred. I just sent him an email to apologize – really no excuse, except it was an incredibly crazy time for me at work the entire months of june and july and I completely fell behind on personal emails. I told him I would be happy to chat with him this weekend and I will keep you posted.”

>> BAD: MBA Networking No-Nos
>> GOOD: MBA Job Hunt: Networking

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