Alumni Resources

While we encourage you to use the resources described in Your Career, we also provide the following tips and tools to support your specific needs as an experienced professional. Your public library may also be an excellent resource for job search and career transition information.

Career Assessment

CareerLeader® is a web-based comprehensive career assessment tool based on more than 20 years of scientific research and used by more than 400 leading business schools and corporations worldwide. Use CareerLeader to assess your business interests, abilities and motivators and how these qualities fit with various corporate cultures.
  • Preview CareerLeader
  • To register, type your email address and type the password olin-ALUMNI for the discounted alumni rate of $75
  • Questions? Contact the Weston Career Center at 314-935-5950 or email wcc@olin.wustl.edu.

Industry and Company Research

As an experienced professional, you know the key trends impacting your profession and industry. Take that knowledge a step further to differentiate yourself as the best candidate. Research company and professional organization postings and job boards such as Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com. Highlight the themes and key skills in 12 to 15 jobs that interest you.

Consider geographic location, type, size based on revenue and number of employees, products, services, mission, values, financial solvency, issues, work/life balance, culture, etc. Dig for “nuggets” that provide deeper insight and knowledge so you can relate your career assets to company needs.

Résumés and Cover Letters

Craft your résumé so it’s concise and relevant to the specific job you’re seeking. Best practices call for brevity – two pages maximum. Place contact information, career summary, skill sets and recent accomplishments on top. Don’t list references or personal information. Proofread carefully!

See Résumés for tips and templates, and take advantage of our alumni subscription for Optimal Résumé to easily create, configure and download your résumé in a variety of formats. Create your profile, and we’ll email you when your account is validated.

You’ll find additional résumé templates at Pongo Résumé, Quint Careers and TheLadders.com Resume Writing. A great cover letter will help your résumé get noticed. See the Cover Letters section of this website for guidelines.

Networking

Maintaining a vibrant network of professional contacts creates a resource you’ll rely on even after you successfully complete your job search. Review the Networking section of this website to reactivate your contacts and freshen your skills. Create and practice a 60-second self-introduction that summarizes your profession, expertise, work environments (large, small, finance, government, etc.) and unique strengths.

You’re already part of a worldwide network of 16,000-plus business professionals – Olin alumni. Join the Olin alumni group on LinkedIn. Tap into the Washington University network using the directory in the Alumni Association website.

Keep in mind that employers and recruiters surf the Internet too, so don’t forget to keep your social life separate from your professional identity.

Interviewing

One of the best ways to prepare for interviews is to speak with people who have interviewed with, or work for, the company in which you’re seeking employment. Review the Interviewing section of this website for details.

Contact alumni, recruiters and others to request informational interviews. Sharing your experiences and qualifications gives you access to information about hiring managers, company culture and the kinds of questions you should expect. And your knowledge and contacts are equally valuable to other professionals.

Show professionalism and attention to detail before, during and after each interaction: business attire and grooming, a positive phone demeanor, nonverbal messages and cues, and prompt thank-you letters.

Evaluating Offers

When you receive an offer, there are many aspects to consider in your decision-making process. It is critical to think about what factors are important to you in a job and work environment and to weigh each factor based on what you value most. Review the Evaluating Job Offers section of this website for more guidance on how to consider other factors beyond compensation.

Other Tips

Experience Network for Alumni is a free online career development resource. It offers a wide array of job postings and more:

  • Targeted Jobs: Search thousands of jobs by key word, category or city, and get job recommendations based on your career preferences profile.
  • Career Development: Access professional development and job search articles and special offers from career management partners.
  • Alumni Networking: Keep abreast of this hidden job market, make business connections, and give and receive professional development advice.
Suggested links are offered for your convenience. Olin does not supply or monitor content or provide endorsement of these websites.