Career News

Career Enhancement 2.0

This past year, Career Services has refined its online networking resources for alumni and students, making job searches more efficient and effective. Each of the web-based tools– which include GTS, RAPS, and the Career Services Blog–offers different ways for alumni to connect with potential employers. Below is a quick guide to navigating and getting the most out of each of the platforms.

Global Talent Solutions(GTS)
A vailable through the Booth Portal, GTS is designed for alumni, students, and recruiters. Best suited for graduates actively engaged in job searches, users can create a profile with their personal information, resume, and interests, or browse the database of more than 4,600 posted jobs, targeted to Booth graduates.

A particularly valuable component of GTS is the "Job Agent" feature, which allows alumni to customize their career interests–with the help of 17 criteria including their current and target industries, functions, locations, and job levels. Alumni can also sign up for career alerts, automatic emails flagging open positions aligned with their career goals. Publicly-accessible GTS alumni profiles are available to high-level executives and corporate recruiters. Through the RAPS feature, alumni also can use these profiles to further enhance their career development. To view opportunities and create a profile, log in to the Booth Portal and click on the GTS icon.

Launched this past winter, the Resume Database for Alumni and Part-time Students (RAPS) is a resource made available to a global network of top direct-hire recruiters and executive search professionals. The database gathers employment and contact information from the alumni and student profiles created in GTS in one cohesive database.

"RAPS will enable a broader range of firms, from boutiques to start-ups to multinational corporations, to search for talent among Chicago Booth alumni and students with significant full-time work experience," said Nima Merchant, associate director of employer development, Career Services.

Ideal for alumni considering career transitions, and those open to doing so in the future, it takes only moments to enroll in RAPS, and candidates can post resumes anonymously to ensure job search confidentiality. Ultimately, RAPS provides recruiters and business leaders with easier access to alumni, allowing them to browse through potential new hires and specifically target Booth graduates in their candidate searches. To enroll in RAPS, log in to GTS via the Booth Portal and click on "My Profile."

For nearly four years, the Career Services blog has provided valuable insights and perspectives on the business community based on in-depth conversations with recruiters, corporate executives, alumni, students, and colleagues.

Regularly updated by Booth Career Service staff, the blog serves as a comprehensive market guide and archive for alumni to catch up on industry news, hiring trends, and career opportunities around the world–all of which can be tailored and personalized to the reader's industry and geographic preferences. Readers can opt to sign up for an RSS feed to ensure automatic delivery of content applicable to their current roles and job searches. To join the conversation, log in with your Booth Email4Life user ID and password.–S.H.

Heard at Chicago Booth

"Our clients are constantly thinking about succession planning. They're looking for candidates who can not only do this role, but actually the next two roles above them. You need to be clear [with your employer] on exactly what your specialist subjects are, what you're good at, and where you want to head."

Jeremy Rickman, of Russell Reynolds Associaties, was a recent guest of CareerCast, the monthly podcast series that gives alumni and students the change to hear from industry experts. To hear more, visit

Workshops Guide Alumni Through Career Transitions

As markets continue to respond to the emerging global economy, many industries' hiring trends and career trajectories have evolved over the last few years. In response, this past March, Career Services hosted workshops in Chicago and New York City for alumni considering career transitions.

Targeted to graduates interested in taking on new roles, both within and outside their current organizations, the workshops drew approximately 50 alumni and covered a wide range of topics–from identifying transferable skills and accomplishments to perfecting the art of the job search.

"The workshops are a great way to connect with Booth grads," said Pamela Olson, '89, one of the attendees at the Chicago workshop. "I'd recommend for any Booth grad to attend these events, to meet others in our community, and to learn about the vast career resources available to alumni."

Leveraging the power of the Booth alumni network, the workshops offered extensive takeaways from each step of the career management process, as well as a chance to connect with other graduates, and expand their job search.

Doug Hecker, '88, called the New York event an "excellent opportunity to meet alumni who are interested in helping each other increase their network and obtain the right opportunity."–C.B.S.

Employer Outreach Strengthens Booth Network

As part of a growing employer outreach initiative, Career Services employer development partnered with Anil Harjani, '10, to strengthen Chicago Booth's relationship with hospitality giant Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Harjani, who serves as the director of internal audit for the hotelier, initially met with Career Services to discuss additional opportunities for his company to engage Booth's diverse pool of talent. As a result of those initial efforts, Hyatt's human resources department helped to facilitate a daylong event at its Chicago headquarters that provided current students with exceptional access to top-level executives in Hyatt's finance, marketing, and human resource groups.

As a follow-up to the event, Mark Hoplamazian, '89, CEO and president of Hyatt, partnered with Career Services to host an unprecedented breakfast roundtable for the students, where he discussed growth strategies for the Hyatt brand–particularly in international markets–and how that strategy evolved after he helped to take the company public in 2009.

"Hyatt is a great example of how our alumni continue to take active steps in partnering with us to strengthen the employer brand," explains Jessica Henry Rawson, director of employer development. "So many of our alumni, like Mark and Anil, continue to play a vital role in helping us to provide unparalleled opportunities for the Booth community. The fact that our initial conversations have led to such dynamic engagement with their company is incredibly ignificant."– S.H.

To read more about Booth's collaboration with Hyatt, visit and enter the keyword "hyatt."

By the Numbers

Chicago Conversations
Since its introduction in 2008, Chicago Conversations has honed in on a growing list of industries, bringing expert panelists together at the nexus of the debate. Designed to facilitate in-depth discussions among alumni, corporate partners, and innovators in the field, Chicago Conversations brings Booth-style thinking to important topics in the cities where their industries thrive.

This past year, Chicago Conversations hosted:

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Last Updated 9/16/11