Monthly Archives: January 2015

How to Position Yourself for a Promotion

You’ve been stuck at a certain point in your career and feel that now is really time to get that next promotion. The recession is over, you’ve been doing everything expected of you, and you’ve polished up your self-brand credentials at LinkedIn and at your firm. So, what should you do next?

According to Alexia Vernon, writing for Careerealism, there are 6 things you can do:

1. “Under Promise And Over Deliver — With many companies leaner than they were several years ago, there are probably many internal voids. You want to identify and then fill them. I recommend looking at how you can informally be of service; for example, ask your supervisor or team members how you can step in and support them.”

2. “Be An Intrapreneur — An intrapreneur is someone who uses an entrepreneur’s mindset, relationships, skills, and behaviors within an organization’s four walls to develop new, innovative ways of working, new products, or new services. By launching a new venture within your company’s four walls, you may just create your new position. And when you succeed, you will have evidence of your leadership experience.”

3. “Get Your Internal Networking On — It’s important to develop mutually beneficial relationships throughout your company. To put yourself in line for such an opportunity, set the time to get to know all of your colleagues. Be curious about their work and opportunities they foresee on the horizon.”

4. “Balance Short and Long-Term Thinking — While it’s important to stay on top of your chief responsibilities and accountabilities, you also want to have an eye towards how your work plays into the bigger picture. Get clear on your department or organization’s one, two, and even five-year goals and work with your supervisor to make sure that how you are spending your time and energy is moving you — and the company — in the right direction.”

5. “Zap Negativity — People want to work with happy people. And let’s face it, right now too many workplaces are seas of persistent complaint. Senior leaders also want emerging talent who see opportunities rather than obstacles.”

6. “Ask — This might sound obvious, but I can’t tell you how many people know a position is open in their companies and fail to self-advocate for themselves or hope that a supervisor will read their minds and make them that offer they can’t refuse. This is particularly important for women. Men initiate these kinds of conversations about four times as often as women!”

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Wow, Were These Past Predictions WAY Off!!!

Last week, we posted about JWT Intelligence’s 100 best predictions for 2015.

But how about some past predictions by others that really turned out to be wrong? Take a look at this infographic.

Can You Pass the “8-Second Resume Test?”

Many times, resumes are processed by computer software looking for key words — or busy executives inundated with job applicants. So, we have to make sure that OUR resume is the one that is read and liked!

As Don Goodman writes for Careerealism:

“Skimming – that’s what hiring managers are doing when they are going through resumes. There’s no time to read word-for-word when there are hundreds of resumes coming in for that one position, so they skim for key information. In fact, studies show that they spend about eight seconds scanning your resume. If you want a positive response on your resume in the 8-second resume glance, here’s what you have to do.”

Click the image to read several suggestions from Goodman.


How Is the Zarb School Like a Ferrari?

Welcome to Spring 2015: A Message from Dean Socci

As we start the new semester, the Zarb School of Business takes a tip from the Ferrari racing team. We have removed the rear view mirrors and are keeping our pedal to the metal (by constantly looking forward and acting accordingly). Why? Because the business world is constantly changing, history does not give us as much in the way of effective guidance as it once did.

By doing this, over the past five years, we have accomplished a lot. The external media have responded in the following ways:

  • Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked our full-time MBA Program #79 in the nation.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked our part-time MBA Program #60 in the nation.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked our online MBA Program #41 in the nation.
  • The Financial Engineer has ranked our M.S. in Finance #43 in the nation.
  • has ranked our school #10 in the nation based on alumni mid-career salaries.

All of these accolades are a result of a team effort among faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni who are all committed to pursuing excellence. Our programs, our curricula, our research, and our student professional preparation are outstanding; and as we look to the future, we will continue to improve on each of them.

To the new students who have joined us this Spring, – W E L C O M E ! ! ! To our returning students, I wish you continued success in your studies and professional development. Get involved in clubs and other professional activities, work closely with your professors, and set objectives for yourself that will stretch your abilities.

To our alumni and those that employ our alumni, thank you!!

All the best,

Dean Patrick J.Socci, Ph.D.


First Meeting for Society for Advancement of Management

The Zarb School’s Society for Advancement of Management is having its first meeting for the Spring Semester on Thursday, January 29th at 6:30 p.m. in Student Center Room 219. The meeting will cover plans for the upcoming semester. If you have any questions or would like to become a member, but are unable to attend the meeting, please send an E-mail at
SAM Meeting Flyer 1-29-15