The Michigan Ross Executive MBA is an investment that yields more than an advanced degree. Students and alumni continually tell us it's an investment that transforms careers.

Whether you are seeking to advance further within your organization or looking to make a change, our curriculum, student and alumni network, and extensive career management resources offer the right tools to propel your career for life. We're here to support you from the time you begin until long after you graduate.

Individualized Career Coaching
Specialized coaches help you develop a personal career strategy.

Your career coach will teach you skills to enhance your career trajectory in your current organization, or assist in developing job search strategies that will pay off throughout your career. Working together, you’ll develop a personalized career management strategy, and then your coach will support you as you begin networking and identifying opportunities, either with your current employer or your next one. Your coach is available to work with you during the EMBA Program and throughout your career.

Key elements of the process are:            


The first step is to determine where you are in the job search process; focus is essential. If you are still trying to figure out exactly what you want to do, you can explore self-assessments and resources to help you clarify your goals.

Smart strategy.

You’ll explore whether activities like networking techniques, leveraging LinkedIn, attending conferences, conducting informational interviews, participating in professional organizations, meeting with executive recruiters, and searching executive-level job posting sites are suitable for accomplishing your goals.

Resume and branding materials.

Next you’ll look at your resume, cover letters, LinkedIn profile, portfolio, and any other materials you may need. Your materials will be optimized both for a quick personal look and for an electronic scanning process.

Finding opportunities.

Your coach will help you find openings and make your approach. You’ll also be connected with job postings and resources in Ross Career Services.

Standout interviews.

Make sure you’re ready to shine, and be prepared for the interview in whatever format it might take place. Partner with your coach to develop your most strategic talking points, and convey the value you offer. Mock interviews can assist with feedback on your style.

Negotiating the offer.

Your coach will help you advocate for what you want in a job offer, and also assess whether a given opportunity is right for you.

Dedicated Executive Career Services Website
Customized executive website that provides the best career development information and the best company and industry research tools, available in the market.

Key elements of the website are:



Take a look at who you are today. We combine assessment with practical, real-world business insight. Our experienced career consultants are certified and/or trained to interpret personalized assessments using a variety of state-of-the-art assessment tools.


Create professional resumes and cover letters.

Whether you are writing a first-time resume or updating a previous one, use the Ross Career Services site for building an accomplishment-based resume and cover letter.


Prepare for interviews and beyond.

Review various types of interviews and interview questions with tips on answers; or record your own answers for review and feedback. 


Networking & social media. 

Learn how to leverage new approaches to job search by integrating networking and new technologies to penetrate a much more competitive job marketplace. The Networking and Social Media sections will describe a few of the sites that you should be engaging and tips on how to best utilize social media in your job search.


Research on millions of companies.

Obtain company research which covers over 60 million organizations in more than 170 countries; providing company overviews, key information and business intelligence. You’ll have access to 70 million Company contacts, many with biographies and contact information.


Connect with Ross alumni.

Link to the Ross alumni directory


Research on hundreds of industries.

Access to information such as recent developments, business challenges, trends and opportunities on hundreds of industry segments - get current financial information and insights as well.

Workshops and Resources
Gain new tools and insight to take your career to the next level.

We offer a series of workshops tailored to executive-level career advancement needs. Workshops are hands-on, focusing on tangible tools you can use right away.

Workshop topics include:

  • executive-level career management and job advancement strategies

  • figuring out what you truly want to do and defining your focus

  • executive-level resume writing

  • defining your brand

  • smart networking strategy

  • professional pitches and “elevator speeches”

  • interviewing to convey your value

  • negotiating offers and maximizing compensation

In addition, EMBA career management panel events and career development conference calls offer engaging forums to explore new interests, learn of success stories, and network with students and alumni.


Additional Resources:

Ross Career Services has extensive job search resources, including job posting databases, resume databases, resume development toolkits, online job search strategy training, and Kresge Company research tools, such as OneSource, Vault, and CareerSearch.

Recruiter's Guide
Access bright, energetic, creative business students and alumni who will be an immediate asset to your organization.

Employers from an impressive range of fields continue to find exceptional talent at Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  Examine our data on the top recruiting companies, the top hiring companies, employment data for domestic and foreign graduates and career paths across industry & salary. This is an invaluable recruiting resource that applies to all of our degree programs.

Download Recruiters' Guide

The Ross Network
No matter where your career takes you, the Ross community will support you.

Michigan Ross alumni are some of the most accomplished, influential, and innovative business leaders in the world.


At Michigan Ross, our alumni network is a vibrant and dynamic community of leaders who provide support, advice, and career advancement opportunities to one another. We continually hear stories from students and alumni about fellow EMBAs hiring classmates, making job referrals, and consulting with one another on career development pursuits.


As an EMBA student, there are four levels of the network to leverage: Your EMBA classmates, EMBA alumni, Michigan Ross alumni, and University of Michigan alumni.


Every year, we are struck by the loyalty, friendships, and connections forged among classmates during the 21-month journey. We often see students discovering new opportunities and changing jobs through their connections with classmates.


The senior-level leaders who constitute the Michigan Ross EMBA student and alumni community are also a close-knit community for job development support.  Our alumni stay in touch through events around the country, our active LinkedIn group, and informal social gatherings.


In addition, the expansive alumni networks of Michigan Ross and the University of Michigan offer a wealth of resources to pursue your interests. We’ll help you navigate these networks and find connections that can have a lasting impact on your career.

Career FAQs
Learn more from a Ross Executive MBA Career Coach.

Questions and answers from Lisa Morgan, a Ross Executive MBA career coach who has counseled more than 1,000 executives and professionals in the job search process over the past 10 years.


What do you see on the executive job search horizon?

The job market has really improved for mid- to senior-level job-seekers. As the economy turns around, companies are looking for leadership talent, and recruiters are increasingly contacting me once again with job leads and for candidate referrals. Executive-level salaries are also beginning to rise again after a few years of downward pressures.


With what types of employers do your clients land positions?

I coach clients seeking mid- to senior-level management positions, directorships, and VP-level and above positions. There’s often a perception that business school career resources are geared for people looking to enter large companies, but I coach clients in successfully landing positions with large and small employers, including private, public, and nonprofit organizations.

I’ve worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, auto, aerospace, consumer electronics, finance, marketing, and manufacturing and operations, to name a few.


Do you work more with people looking to change employers or those interested in advancing within their organization?

I’d say 80-90 percent of the clients I work with come to me looking to conduct an external search and change employers. But there are many advantages to pursuing your career goals within your organization, and I often counsel clients on those advantages before launching a comprehensive external search. The people you work with already know and trust you, and the body of knowledge you have developed within that organization can often best be leveraged by staying in-house.


What do you recommend to clients looking to make a career change right now?

You have to be more creative and do more to develop credible, relevant experience in a new field. EMBA’s ExecMAP is a great opportunity to develop experience you can leverage in your job search. In addition, joining professional organizations, speaking at conferences, and doing pro-bono consulting can be great ways to build a narrative around a new professional brand.

If you’re looking to change functions, again, the wisest strategy is often to do this first within your current organization. The leadership in your organization already knows you and what you’re capable of. In addition, they see the commitment and opportunity inherent in your MBA experience. If you feel there are barriers to moving within the organization, we can discuss individualized strategies for working through those perceived blocks. Often it comes down to developing an effective strategy for helping your organization see your potential. I’ve seen many EMBAs successfully re-brand themselves within their current organizations.


What’s different about what you do versus what a recruiter or headhunter does?

As your counselor and adviser, I help you identify and achieve your unique goals. Executive recruiters work for companies and are looking to find talent to fill a company’s next big opportunity. As your career coach, I’ll help you develop a customized, comprehensive job search strategy and leverage your network to great effect. Working with a headhunter may be an important part of your strategy. And if you do get an offer through a recruiter, I’ll help you assess whether it’s the right opportunity for you.

I always counsel clients that while many sought-after positions are managed by recruiters, relying on recruiters should not be your only career search strategy. Headhunters are always seeking candidates whose experience is a direct match with the position they’re looking to fill; therefore, if your goal is to change function or industry, it can be hard to make your pitch to a recruiter. The best approach is to seek to build relationships with multiple headhunters who recruit for your industry, function, and geographic area. This increases the odds that when the right opportunity opens up, the recruiter retained to staff that position will think of you.

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