- Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 5:30-7:30 pm Pre-Conference Dinner for All Students
- We highly recommend that all students arrive in Chicago by 12pm CST as select firms will be hosting candidate prep. sessions. To date – E&Y will be hosting a pre-conference Mock for 60 select students.
- Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 7:30-10:30 pm Pre-Conference Networking Event for Select Students
- Selection rate has historically been very high – 40% of attendees
- Friday, October 18, 2013 – All Day Conference
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
- Holiday-Inn Mart Plaza (River North)
- Full List
- Platinum Sponsors Start Searching Candidates in MBA Veterans Connect: August 25, 2013
- Gold & Silver Sponsors Start Searching Candidates in MBA Veterans Connect: September 1, 2013
- Bronze Sponsors Start Searching Candidates in MBA Veterans Connect: September 8, 2013
- Waiting until the last minute to register means that companies may overlook your profile/resume or you may not be invited to the pre-conference event. REGISTER EARLY!!!
STUDENT REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE: 325
When the slots are gone…they are gone. Registration will remain open until Friday, October 4th and then close for good – no onsite registration.
- 175 First-Year MBA
- 125 Second-Year MBA
- Yes, Part-Time and EMBA students are eligible to attend too
- Students Registration Opens August 25, 2103 Profiles will not be approved before this date. However, having your profile complete will ensure that yours is one of the first to be approved and able to register for the conference.
- The Early Registration Discount of 25% is available from August 25-August 28 ONLY
2013 MBA VETERANS CONFERENCE STUDENT REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
- All profile fields in the left column must be at 100%
- A professional-looking photo (high resolution) (See examples)
- Your One-Page resume (you can update resumes after your initial upload)
- ONLY ATTENDEES WITH COMPLETE PROFILES AND RESUMES THAT ADHERE TO GUIDELINES WILL BE APPROVED, ABLE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE, AND VIEWABLE BY EMPLOYERS
- Within 24 hours, we will review and approve all valid profiles. (We review each one as on occasion ineligible individuals do attempt to register).
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HELPFUL ADVICE FOR STUDENTS:
- I’m really busy, and I don’t have time to read the other FAQs. What is the simplest preparation checklist that I can follow?
- If I register, but can’t attend at the last minute – will I be able to get my money back?
- Which firms will be recruiting MBA Veterans at the Conference this year?
- How can I best position myself for success?
- Can you send me some sample resumes?
- Can I continue to edit my resume after I upload it in MBA Veterans Connect?
- Why am I completing a profile for MBA Veterans Connect that requires a photograph, resume, and all these details?
- Some of the Sponsors already recruit on my campus. Why should I register today?
- I am a Second-Year MBA student and received an offer from my summer internship. Why should I attend?
- What are key strategies to improve my chances of being pre-selected for the networking event?
- Can you please tell me which roles “Company X’ will specifically be recruiting for at the event?
- Can you please send me the contact details of the recruiters?
- I attend “MBA Program X” and while I’d like to attend the event, my MBA program doesn’t permit us to take Fridays off to attend Career Conferences. Can you change
the date or just send me the contact details of the recruiters?
- I served in the (State Dept, DIA, CIA, FBI, Defense Contractor) in Iraq or Afghanistan. May I attend?
- I served in a non-US military (IDF, British Army, Australian Navy, etc.). May I attend?
- I was an NCO/Enlisted. I’m worried that the recruiters are only going to look at officers.
- I heard that the Sponsors will be conducting on-site interviews. Is this true and how do I sign up?
- “Company X” was a sponsor last year, but I don’t see them on this list. Are they coming back in 2013?
Flawless Resume & MBA Veterans Connect Profile: This is the way that you make an impactful first impression. Throw your MBA program ranking out the window. Everyone who attends this event has a very similar background, so your resume is the key differentiator to make a first impression. Take the time to tighten it up with your Career Services team and peers. It’s worth the effort. Make sure the first 1/3 stands out and makes a recruiter want to read more. If your first 1/3 is not convincing than the rest doesn’t matter. We often have recruiters tell us that, unlike at other MBA Conferences, they have difficulty discarding resumes because everyone is extremely qualified. Add some personal flair to set yourself apart. If you are singly focused on a specific industry (or firm), make sure to add an objective statement. However, we don’t recommend it if you are open to a few different industries.
Research the Firms: Do your homework before showing up!
Network with Vets working at your Target firms: Use MBA Veterans Connect and/or your own resources to connect with vets working at your target firms. They’ll give you great insight into the organization, role, and culture.
Are you really interested in working for company X? Why not strike up a conversation with one of the panelists who is a veteran and likely in a senior role within your target firm.
Pitch: Unlike other career events, you will get ample time to sit down with company reps and pitch yourself. Your 30 second pitch needs to be more a like 4 minute pitch. Prepare your story ahead of time.
Since employers have access to your resume and profile as soon as your payment is processed, no refunds will be given.
The Sponsors listed on our website are the ONLY companies that will be recruiting at the event. While other MBA Conferences may allow non-Sponsor firms to
participate in the Career Fair portion of their events – we do not. This helps to ensure the integrity of the event and guarantees that all of the participating firms
are fully invested in recruiting MBA Veterans.
Unlike other Conferences, this event is small and elite. Everyone’s work history and educational background is essentially identical (companies actually have trouble pre-selecting
people at this event because everyone is so equally qualified). Many sponsors that they view the collective talent level is equivalent to what they’d find at a Top-5 ranked MBA program.
This means that candidates from a broad spectrum of universities are given serious consideration. In fact, many firms use it as a resource to recruit persons who do not attend this “core”
MBA schools. Take advantage of that. Make sure that your resume is tight. Also, if you are sure that you want to work for any of the technology companies make sure that this is called out on
your resume. You will likely never been in a room with this many veterans again so take advantage of the opportunity to network with your peers as well.
Yes, but you will need to follow the guidelines during registration and keep it to a one page PDF.
If we are feeling nice and have the time, we will contact you. However, you run the risk of having a partial representation of your experience with the second page removed on a 2 page resume.
Please keep it to one page so we don’t need to do this. The employers have a lot to review in a short time and 1-Page highlight of your professional experience and credentials is plenty.
Also, if you attach “Resume on request” type pages, your profile will be disable until you upload a sufficient resume.
We highly encourage you to work with your peers and MBA program staff – cram as much detail as possible that make you interesting and an
attractive hire. Check out the sample resumes. Not everyone is an ex-Navy Seal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make yourself out to be a “rock star” based off your own skills, passions, and
In short, we are satisfying your potential future employers need to have a more thorough review of the candidates before the conference – and enjoy the process at the same time. This is a
good thing because now you get a jump on all your MBA classmates who can’t attend or Veterans who choose not to (only paid participants will be viewable).
In lieu of you standing in front a prospective employer before the conference, this should be the next best thing. Therefore, as part of our guidelines, please update your photo and resume.
Less Competition with MBA Classmates for Jobs– In many cases, the people recruiting at your MBA program from these companies are full-time Campus recruiters or alumni who help recruit from your school. When you work through your campus recruiting teams, you end competing with all of your classmates for interviews and jobs and, in many respects, do not have an explicit advantage as a military veteran.
Distinct Recruiting Channel (Diversity vs. Campus) = Competitive Advantage – at the MBA Veterans Conference, the recruiting teams are generally Diversity recruiters and/or Military recruiting teams from the Sponsor firms. As such, you are categorized as a “Diversity” candidate and may receive preferential treatment in terms of the hiring process versus the general MBA population. Their job is to help you get to the “front of the line” so to speak. You’ll end up interviewing for the same roles that you would through Campus recruiting – you’ll just have a leg up because the Diversity recruiters now know that you exist and can advocate on your behalf from a different angle.
Direct Access to Sponsor Veteran Networks: In addition, the Sponsor firms will be bringing reps from their internal Veterans Networks and those people can play a very, very important role in helping you obtain a position with their firm. If you don’t attend, you risk losing this advocacy and networking opportunity and put all your faith in the Campus recruiting system (which, admittedly may work out for you). These relationships are CRITICAL for veterans seeking career changes.
Saves You Time & Reduces Stress of the Job Search: We are bringing many of the Top MBA employers to this event and they all want to hire. By attending, you may be able to connect with more recruiters in 8 hours than you can in 8 months on Campus. Why not cover your bases now, make some connections, see if you can get some interviews, and breathe a little easier so you can focus on academics or your Fantasy Football league?
As a second year, you also have fantastic opportunities to connect with these employers. If you’re not crazy about the company you interned with or just want to see if you can
score a competitive offer – why not check it out? It’s only one day and a few hundred dollars out of your pocket. Who knows, you might just end up working for your dream company or making
more than your internship firm offered you. Additionally, it’s a great chance to build your network and listen to some aspirational veteran speakers who you may never get a private audience
with again. Also, Chicago is a great town. It’s always a tremendous place to spend the weekend.
1.) CREATE AN MBA VETERANS CONNECT ACCOUNT EARLY: Firms will be reviewing profiles in advance of the event and selecting candidates based on the quality of their profiles and resumes.
2.) FLAWLESS RESUME: The best way to get invited to this reception is to have a flawless resume (view samples) and indicate that you are interested
in their industry when you register. The companies review the resume book and preselect people based on this criterion. Keep in mind that they were very liberal
with invites last year so by registering for the event – you automatically stand a really good chance of being invited to it by at least one of the Silver, Gold or Platinum Sponsors.
By no means, of course, is attending the Pre-Conference Reception essential to your success at the event. All of the companies are very enthusiastic about this event and the candidates in general. You will have countless opportunities to connect directly with the
company reps and pitch your interest to them. The odds are in your favor.
We cannot provide you with this information because most of the Sponsors are finalizing their opportunities and have not shared these details with us. Please do not email us
asking about specific opportunities with any specific firm. It’s not that we don’t want to give you the information; it’s simply that we do not have it to share. You should assume
that the firms are recruiting for typical post-MBA roles and are encouraged to research their companies prior to attending the event.
Due to privacy concerns, we have a strict policy of not sharing the contact details of any recruiters with any registrants. This is true regardless of whether or not you physically
attended the Conference.
We attended B-School ourselves and are empathetic to the rigid nature of the academic workload and prohibitive administrative policies. However, we host this event on Friday because
that is that day of the week that an overwhelming majority of MBA programs do not have classes. We’re sorry that the event doesn’t match with your school’s calendar, but you’ll have to
choose for yourself whether missing one day of class is worth the possibility of landing a job through our Conference. We will not send you recruiter contact details.
No. Not unless you are a military veteran and meet the eligibility requirements
While around 75% of the attendees are former officers, it is by no means a requirement to be taken seriously by the employers. The Sponsors are ultimately looking to diversify their
talent pool by recruiting “MBA Veterans,” not “MBA Officer Veterans.” The key to anyone’s success is to demonstrate a strong work history and leadership potential. As long as you can reveal
that in your background – your military rank won’t matter.
While we offer interview space to all Sponsors and have been told by several firms that they plan to conduct interviews on-site, we DO NOT GUARANTEE that
any of them will ultimately take advantage of this benefit. The Sponsors choose the persons that they want to interview after receiving the resume book a
week prior to the event. The best way to secure an interview is to invest time into polishing up your resume and select the industries that you are most interested in
pursuing a post-MBA career when registering. This will help the recruiters to best match attendee career interests with opportunities at their firm. They will contact you directly if
they are interested in your resume.
We have about an 80% repeat rate of firms, but not all will return. Some of the reasons for not returning include a.) reduced MBA hiring b.) budget constraints c.)
personnel changes and d.) a focus more on hiring veterans with industry experience (not fresh MBA’s).