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The Job Search's Most Underused Tool: Company Research

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 12 pm (Central)

Learn to out-research other candidates and stand out in the applicant pool.

job search researchThere are numerous factors that generate success in a job search – to secure an interview and then, to receive THE offer (or offers!). There is a great deal of attention given to the usual job search elements such as networking, resumes, LinkedIn, and interview preparation. Yet, when hiring managers share what was a gap with a candidate, several things are said which might be surprising:
“The candidate just did not seem to know a lot about our company.”
“It was not clear they really wanted this job compared to other candidates.”
“We needed someone with a different perspective about our challenges.”
These are not unsurmountable challenges, but to compete, whether in a robust or constrained hiring market, you can perform better RESEARCH than other candidates.
Pam’s advice will help you get focus on high value areas to research your target companies. This is beneficial at any stage in your job search, when looking at new roles in your existing organization, and especially when making transitions to a new function or industry.
This webinar will cover:
•    Why company knowledge differentiates you;
•    Topic areas of research/knowledge building;
•    Great research resources; and
•    How to apply company research to your job search and interviews.
Pam says, “In my own career, opportunities have come about both because of my qualifications and my preparation. I also received job offers over more experienced candidates because of my research depth. This is effort with incredibly high ROI on your time.”

About the Presenter:  Pam Schilling, MBA'00

Pam leverages 25 years of experience from strategy consulting and tech-co finance leadership roles to set the strategic direction for Arch Career Partners and working directly with clients. Her career mission is to bring talent to organizations and build talent within, aiming to advance business priorities and individual career goals. Pam’s expertise is 1. thinking strategically about career advancement, 2. drawing out insights about skills/capabilities/career path, 3. establishing creative and rigorous approaches for training, and 4. framing roadmaps to pursue roles and advance with high performing organizations.
Prior to Arch Career Partners, Pam’s roles included completing Sprint’s Finance Leadership Rotational Program, consultant with Diamond Technology Partners and Strategy& (now part of PwC), Chief of Staff for a practice leader with Huron Consulting Group, Director of Finance during the IPO of a tech-firm, and Career Coach with Chicago Booth’s Career Services team.
Pam has an MBA from Chicago Booth and a B.S.B. in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!), and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration at DePaul University.
Pam resides in Chicago with her husband and twin toddler boys. Her professional and personal interests include: Mentoring, travel and exploring, photography, podcasts, cooking and dining, sports.
Pam works with professionals who are making difficult career transitions and highly credentialed leaders who are seeking entry into elite organizations to craft resumes that get noticed.





Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 12pm (Central)

Cost: Complimentary
Location: Online


Event Contact

Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger
Assistant Director, Career Development
UChicago Alumni Association Contact