Students interested in employment opportunities for either internships and/or permanent employment must be registered with Career Management Services' Business Career Link Database. If you would like to attend any other FIU Career events, you also must be familiar with the procedures established by the centralized Career Services office.
Career Management Services can assist you in gaining the knowledge, skills and savvy to be a competitive force in today's challenging job market through a broad range of services, resources, and workshops to help you with career development, job searches, and reaching your short and long-term career goals. To take full advantage of our services, you must register first.
How to Register with CMS Career Management Services
Click on Business Career Link and use the following logon info:
Username = FIU MyAccount Username
Password = FIU MyAccount Password
If you do not know your Username or password, go to https://myaccounts.fiu.edu/.
If you are not able to log into Business Career Link using your MyAccount username and password, contact our office at 305-348-7396 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAREER MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Policies & Procedures
COMMITMENT TO CMS POLICIES & PROCEDURES
By registering for Business Career Link, you commit to adhere to the Career Management Services (CMS) Policies & Procedures listed below. These policies have been designed with the best interests of Business students and alumni in mind and to help you understand what is expected of you. Please observe the highest professional and ethical standards, and see yourself as we see you – as an ambassador to the business community, representing Florida International University’s College of Business.
ACCOUNT PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
Our services are for fully admitted students (BBA, BAcc, MBA, MS) in the College of Business and FIU Business alumni. We provide you with self-assessment tools, individual student advising, résumé referral, and on-campus interviews for internships and permanent employment opportunities. Our goal is to help you be an active participant in the continuing development, evaluation, and implementation of your personal career plans. Please note that students and alumni who have or are receiving minors in business are not eligible for our services. These students are eligible to use the services of the FIU Career Services Office, located in GC 230.
It is your responsibility to take care of your account by not sharing your password or access with others, and ensuring the accuracy of your profile information. Only documents belonging to you may be uploaded into your account and may not contain fraudulent information. If documents not belonging to you are found in your account, you will lose access to CMS for the remainder of the semester or 60 days, whichever is greater. A second offense will result in permanent loss of access.
When uploading your résumé and other documents in Business Career Link, you are responsible for ensuring that all content is true and accurate, including GPA, degrees earned or in progress, employer information, memberships, awards, etc. It is not appropriate to list degrees on your résumé unless you have actually begun taking classes towards its completion; the intent to begin or admittance into a program of study is not sufficient. Students submitting documents that are found to be fraudulent risk losing access to CMS permanently.
Resume Approval in Business Career Link
Your résumé is a reflection of who you are as a professional. It should be descriptive and well written, with NO grammatical or spelling errors. We ask that MBA/MS students and alumni please put MBA/MS in the title of your uploaded resume.
To ensure quality, resumes uploaded into Business Career Link database are reviewed and critiqued in the order they are received. This generally takes up to 3 business days, and longer during peak times. You may need to revise and resubmit your resume prior to final approval. Resumes should be uploaded into Business Career Link at least 2 weeks prior to any special event, which includes on campus interviews and career fairs.
Submitting your resume early allows for necessary revisions and avoids missing any deadlines. It is recommended that MBA/MS students have their resume reviewed prior to uploading in Business Career Link. Please email your MBA/MS career advisor directly to arrange a review.
Although there are a variety of résumé styles and formats, our office has specific parameters that we have developed based on years of feedback from the companies who partner with our office. Undergraduate students and alumni please see the Résumé Writing Guide on your Business Career Link homepage for further information. MBA/MS students and alumni should refer to their Professional Development Seminar (PDS) student workbook.
When viewing postings in Business Career Link, please make note of some important differences. Many jobs are posted by employers who are simply looking for qualified candidates to fill an opening with their organization. There are also positions posted by employers who have listed their opportunities with the specific intent of conducting interviews on campus, as discussed below. When applying for such positions, it is important to be mindful of the timeline of events. These dates will only appear for on-campus interview schedules. If it is a regular job posting, you will only see the deadline to apply on the right hand side.
ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS, R.I.S.E., AND ETIQUETTE DINNER
Initial impressions are important, so arriving early for an interview is critical. Missed appointments can damage long standing relationships with employers who have scheduled their time in order to meet with you.
How to Identify Companies Conducting On-Campus Interviews (OCR)
When viewing job postings, it is very important that you look at the list of dates on the right hand side of the full job description. Some of these dates include:
- Resume Submission Start: The first day that you may submit your application.
- Resume Submission End:The last date that your application will be accepted. This is set by the employer. CMS is not able to make exceptions for late applications.
- Employer Select Start: Employers begin selecting candidates they are interested in interviewing.
- Employer Select End: Employers must make final candidate selections.
- Preselect Sign-Up Start: Candidates who have been invited to interview will see the status of their pending interviews change to “invited.” Those who have been invited may start signing up for interview times on this date.
- Schedule Close: Interviews will be finalized. After this date no changes may be made to your interview time without violating CMS policy.
It is your responsibility to make note of these dates to ensure that you do not miss out on the opportunity to interview if you are selected. Students and alumni sign up for interview times on a first come, first served basis.
How do Employers Select
Companies identify specific criteria that potential candidates must meet in order to apply for positions posted in Business Career Link. Exceptions of any kind cannot be made by CMS staff.
Please confirm that your profile is updated and accurate at all times to ensure that you are able to apply for all job postings that you may be eligible for. If you feel there is an error with a posting, please contact CMS so that we may verify with the employer.
If Selected for an On-Campus Interview
When selecting an interview time, please ensure that it does not conflict with your other commitments, including class schedules, exams, presentations, etc. Late cancellations for reasons other than emergencies will be considered a no show. The schedule date and available times are determined by the recruiter and CMS cannot accommodate special requests. Selected students who are interested in interviewing but are not able to attend on the interview date may inform CMS in advance of the conflict. It is at the employer’s discretion to reschedule.
Once your Interview is Scheduled
Once you have been selected for an interview, please plan ahead by researching the company, position, and preparing several questions for your interviewer. You are required to come dressed in professional business attire. Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to allow time to sign in and complete any necessary documents. Bring extra copies of your résumé and transcripts, if required.
When you Need to Cancel
Cancellations are strongly discouraged and no shows are completely unacceptable. However, sometimes it may be necessary to cancel an interview. You can withdraw your interview as long as the sign-up deadline has not passed, which is usually 2 business days prior to your interview. After that time, it is considered a late cancellation. Late cancellations require you to call the office directly at 305-348-7396. Provide us with your name, your phone number, the company name and position title, and your reason for cancelling. Any calls received at or after the scheduled interview time will be considered a no show if the situation is not an emergency. In cases of emergencies, such as the death of a family member, you are still expected to contact Career Management Services so that we can alert the recruiter that you will not be able to attend the interview.
***It is your responsibility to keep track of each step in the on-campus recruiting process and any CMS event.
- Failure to attend (no show) a scheduled on-campus interview, R.I.S.E. appointment, or etiquette lunch/dinner will result in an official warning placed in your account records and your account being blocked in CBA Career Link. In order to reinstate your access, a typed apology letter must be written to the employer involved. You will be required to schedule an appointment with your career advisor and bring this letter for critique and approval, along with a stamped envelope.
- If you cancel an on-campus interview or R.I.S.E. appointment after the schedule closes but before the start of your appointment (late cancellation) an official warning will be placed on your account subjecting you to account restrictions for future violations.
- A second late cancellation or a first missed interview or R.I.S.E. appointment (no show) after a previous late cancellation will result in a loss of all CMS privileges through the end of the semester or 60 days, whichever is greater.
- If you do not attend a scheduled on-campus interview or R.I.S.E. event (no show) on more than one occasion (which may occur in the same day), your account will be blocked for 1 calendar year.
- Student with repeat offenses and serious violations will be required to schedule an appointment with the Director to discuss their behavior, and run the risk of losing their CMS privileges permanently.
- If you have signed up for and reserved a place for the etiquette lunch/dinner and do not attend, you will be responsible for paying the full cost of your attendance. In addition, it is at the discretion of CMS staff as to whether you will be allowed to attend a future etiquette lunch/dinner.
OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT
Carefully review any offers of employment, as a verbal or written acceptance on your part should be considered a commitment. It is never appropriate to accept a job offer, either verbal or written, and later renege. If you find you are having a difficult time making a decision, please meet with your career advisor for assistance. Once you have accepted a job offer, your job search should come to an end.
We do not condone reneging on employment acceptances. If it is determined that you have reneged on an acceptance, your account will be blocked until you meet with your career advisor to discuss.
WORKSHOPS & INFORMATION SESSIONS
Attending career workshops is a way for students and alumni to help develop skills to manage your career.
To see available workshops and which companies are conducting information sessions, sign into
Business Career Link and click on the Events Tab.
For both workshops and information sessions, space is limited, so it is required that you RSVP to save your space. If you RSVP and do not attend, it takes away the opportunity for other students. In order to cancel, you must remove your RSVP in Business Career Link at least 24 hours before the event begins. If it is a late cancellation (within 24 hours), please contact the office at 305-348-7396.
Company information sessions are a critical part of the research that you need to effectively prepare for your job search. In addition, it enables you to personally meet a representative from the company and ask questions. This is how you learn about career options, company culture and environment, and career trends so that you can make informed decisions. If you have scheduled an interview with an employer, you should always attend their presentation.
- Failure to attend a workshop or information session without providing cancellation notice at least 24 hours in advance will result in a first offense warning.
- If you repeat the offense, then your rights to sign up for workshops/events will be blocked for the following 30 days.
CAREER COACHING APPOINTMENTS
Appointments are scheduled directly with your assigned career advisor, who is assigned by major and degree level. If you have multiple majors, you will be assigned to the advisor who works with the field you would most like to pursue. If you do not know who your counselor is, please call our office for more information at 305-348-7396.
Timeliness and Cancellation
As with any scheduling commitment, it is expected that you will arrive on time. We understand that occasionally things happen to delay your arrival. Should you be running late for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to contact us prior to the start of your appointment. It will be up to the discretion of your career advisor to see you for the time remaining or to reschedule at their convenience.
It is important that you keep scheduled appointments. Should you need to cancel, we ask that you contact us 24 hours in advance as a courtesy to others who may be in need of assistance. If you do not cancel with appropriate notice you will have the opportunity to reschedule at your advisor’s convenience.
Walk-ins are for brief 15 minute résumé critiques and quick questions only. If you need more time with a counselor, please schedule an appointment. Check the announcements section on the homepage of your Business Career Link account for dates and times, or contact the CMS office directly. Scheduled walk-in hours are subject to change.
Please note walk-in hours are not available during the following:
- the first two weeks of each semester finals week
- university holidays and when classes are not in session the day of Career Fair (Fall and Spring)
All students completing a degree in the College of Business will be required to complete a Career Exit Placement Survey regarding their job search activities. This information will be compiled and reported to meet the accreditation requirements of the College and various publications that rank business programs nationally. As students approach graduation, their career services access will be blocked until their survey is received. Once the survey is completed, account access will be restored within 1 – 2 business days.
HOW TO REINSTATE A BLOCKED ACCOUNT
If you find that your account has been blocked, please contact your career advisor in order to determine the nature of the block. In some cases, you may need to schedule an appointment with your career advisor and/or complete certain requirements to regain access.
If you have violated one of the CMS policies and procedures and feel that your situation warrants exception, you have the opportunity to file an appeal. In order to begin this process, you will need to submit a detailed written explanation of the circumstances and provide any documentation that may help your case. Once submitted, the Director will make a recommendation on a final course of action.
Policies Revised August 2015
Best Practices for Employers Extending Offers for Internships or Permanent Employment.
We offer one-on-one career advising sessions to discuss your career goals and objectives and how to attain them. Our staff is available to review and assist you with your Résumé and to help you with your career development plan in order for you to be prepared and competitive in today’s job market.
Our office reserves the right to counsel you on your Résumé before posting it in the database system or sending it to an employer for interview consideration. This will ensure that you project a positive image competing with other College of Business students from other ranked business schools throughout the United States.
Résumés uploaded into Business Career Link are reviewed and critiqued in the order received by our Career Management Services staff. This may take up to 3 business days, and possibly longer during peak times. Résumés should be uploaded into Business Career Link at least 1 week prior to any special event, which includes on campus interviews and career fairs. Submit your Résumé early to allow for any necessary revisions and avoid missing your application deadline. If you fail to correct your Résumé, you may not have it posted in the database system and/or sent to employers from our office.
Make sure to attend a Résumé Development and Résumé Editing workshop, come to our Résumé Walk-In sessions for Undergraduates and F-1 students, or schedule an appointment with one of our advisors if you need assistance.
We offer career-related workshops to increase your knowledge of career planning and focus on the skills necessary to strengthen your marketability and competitiveness.
Our workshops and events develop your skills in areas such as interviewing, Résumé and cover letter writing, networking, and business etiquette. We also coordinate speakers to expand your knowledge about specific industries and functions.
Workshop RSVP Policy
Please be advised that an RSVP is required to attend our workshops. Walk-ins will not be admitted. If you fail to cancel your RSVP without giving 24 hours notice, your career services access will be blocked.
Career Fairs and career events are opportunities for students and companies to interact, giving students a chance to meet with company recruiters and talk about employment opportunities. The university annually hosts two career fairs and a number of career events in which companies can network informally with students.
Before you attend any career fair, make sure you are prepared. Our general tips for working a job fair will teach you
- how to prepare for the event
- how to dress professionally
- how to make a good impression
- what to “do” and “not do”
Career Resource Library is available to help you with your career planning and job search process. Here you will find magazines, industry guides, and books on such topics as interviewing skills, Résumés & cover letters, and choosing the right career path. Also in the library are pamphlets on specific companies to assist you with your research. Materials are not to be checked out; they are strictly for your use within the library.
There are two computers available for your career-related research on the internet. These computers are also equipped with webcams so that you can use Interview Stream, a software program that allows you to participate in a mock interview. You must first be registered in our Career Services database, and you will need your Panther ID or a valid Driver’s License to check out a headphone/microphone set from one of our staff as this is needed to use the program.
WetFeet profiles companies, careers, industries, and cities and has a vast library of career-advice articles providing you a unique perspective on how to find the right career, industry, company, and job.
The Vault offers information about industries, careers, employers and articles about important career topics such as work/life balance, industry advice, and job searches.
Going Global is the site for international online job and internship listings, career guides, and employer directories. This research tool contains more than 10,000 resources for finding employment at home and abroad.
Interview Stream take interviewing to the next level by stopping into the Career Management Services Library or sign up ahead of time to use this interactive online video-based practice interviewing tool. If you have a webcam, you can even conduct a mock interview right now! Career TV is also available.
The Riley Guide provides you with a link to dozens of the best general and specialty sites pertaining to job search topics and resources, such as how to prepare cover letters, Résumés, network, ace the interview and negotiate.
Careful management of your career is absolutely essential to reaching your career goals. There are five crucial steps you should take to explore your options, get focused, and move towards reaching these goals.
Step 1. Self assessment—establish decision-making criteria: skills, values, interests, and personality
Step 2. Exploration of options—Increase your knowledge about the career options
Step 3. Focusing and goal setting—identify your focus from your exploration exercise. Name your target industry and specific companies within that industry.
Step 4. Self-marketing for the job search—develop and implement a career plan and search strategy. Create a great Résumé. Sharpen your interviewing skills. Build a network of contacts. Follow up and follow through. Be creative and take initiative.
Step 5. Career management—Continue to build skills and experience that will prepare you for any seen or unforeseen changes in your career.
Resources & Information
*College of Business - Career Management Services makes no representations or guarantees about the positions listed in its database. It is the responsibility of the student/alum to take all necessary precautions when applying, interviewing for, or accepting positions and/or obtaining necessary information concerning the employer. This website contains links to other websites which are not under the control of the College of Business - Career Management Services, and we are not responsible for the content of any linked sites.