How To Find Your Career

Explore the menu below containing tools you can use to secure permanent employment, an internship, co-op, etc.  We've built the tools you need to do this, if you use them, you WILL succeed.




1 - Activate your Handshake Account through MyBGSU.
2 - Create/update your resume.
3 - Write/update your intro. message (letter or email) to the employer.  (This is your template.)
4 - Build list of companies to contact.  

STEP TWO:  EMPLOYER COMMUNICATION   (Continues until you find job, and you will find one.)

5 - Choose the next employer on your list to send to.
6 - Open your intro. message template, personalize it.
7 - Copy/paste message from template into email message, or print/mail.
     (Attach your resume as a PDF file if using email)
8 - Keep track of ALL companies you contact.  


FOLLOW-UP is the most important part of your search.  Simply sending your resume and waiting is not enough. 

When following-up, you don't only have to specifically ask about the job you've applied for.  Sometimes it's better to simply say "hello" to stay on an employer's radar, but avoid being to eager. Some approaches include:

  • Send an updated version of your resume.
  • Wish them well if the timing is near a holiday.
  • Share an article of interest. (best if you can both relate to the subject-matter)
  • Connect on LinkedIn if you have not already.
  • Share a recent news article involving the company, if available.
  • If you had previously connected on a specific subject matter (for example, a movie, sports, etc.) send an interesting message related to that content.
  • If you recently met another person who works for that same employer, mention your new connection.
  • If you both belong to the same organization, share related news, events, etc..

These approaches can keep the conversation going (and reminding them of you) without ONLY speaking about the potential job, which could annoy the employer, and decrease your chance of getting hired.


Be sure to keep track of whom you are communicating with.  We recommend using a spreadsheet, such as this example:



Shown here is an example:









Company Bee

Ms. Tina Jones


good conversation, both like hockey, she’s from Denver

Sent resume,

call on 3/31/16























  • START EARLY:  Plan at least 1 semester ahead.  Contact (and follow-up) at least 200 companies.
  • STEP 2:  Sending a résumé and letter of introduction is the FIRST step.  You MUST follow-up after.
  • FOLLOW-UP:  Follow-up with a phone call (or email) asking the employer if they have received your résumé, and if they have any questions you can answer. This builds a conversation that could lead to an interview.
  • DO NOT GIVE UP:  Many jobs are last-minute finds.  Keep your options open and do not give up easily.  
  • PLAN AHEAD:  Don’t get trapped in a lengthy apartment lease that limits your job locations.
  • NETWORK:  Stay in touch with employers who did not have a position available during a previous semester. This can lead to future co-ops or even full-time positions after graduation.
  • MORE THAN YOU KNOW:  Many employers are willing to train you on-the-job.  Don’t rule out an internship, co-op or other experience because you don’t think you’re qualified.  Chances are, you are.  
  • HALF DON’T ADVERTISE: An estimated 50% of employers don’t advertise openings.  Contact them directly.

What you might say when calling an employer...

  1. May I speak with whoever is responsible for hiring new employees (or Human Resources)?
  2. I’m calling to inquire if you are currently hiring.
    Ask only this at first to avoid overwhelming with too much information at one time.
  3. Once on the phone with the “decision-maker”, ask for more details about positions, how to apply, etc.
    You are building a rapport with the employer, letting them get to know you...
  4. Begin to speak with the employer more about your status as a student at BGSU, your major, etc.


Certified Public Accountants (CPA)

  • Licensed by the states and act as independent consultants.
  • Activities include review of corporate financial statements, management consulting services and taxation.
  • CPA certification is awarded only after the candidate has passed a four-part examination and has satisfied experience and educational requirements prescribed by the state.
  • Beginning January 1, 2000, candidates for the CPA examination in the state of Ohio and many other states will be required to complete 150 semester hours of university level education.


  • Specialists in information systems - help design and build computer-based information systems
  • Internal auditing - involved in the determination of internal organizational compliance with management controls and procedures, record keeping requirements and government regulations
  • Tax accounting
  • General accounting in industry, government, and non-profit organizations - may be involved in the establishment and maintenance of adequate accounting systems, the preparation and interpretation of data for managers and tax management of the organization

Students with a degree in business analytics and
intelligence typically work as a business
analyst/data analyst/business intelligence analyst
within a corporation or a consulting firm. The role
of a business analyst in a corporation could be
supporting a specific business function, such as
marketing and sales, human resources, customer
relationships management, or company-wide
functions as an in-house business analytics
consultant. There are a wide variety of industries
that hire business analysts, ranging from
marketing, human resources, transportation,
logistics, manufacturing, retail, telecommunication,
banking, credit cards, risk management,
insurance to health care, health management
organizations, internet advertising, internet
search engines, social media, etc.
The application of business analytics is rapidly
becoming a key differentiator for companies and
organizations. Given the rapid growth of the
utilization of business analytics in enterprises,
corporate investment in this area will continue to
grow. Therefore, business analytics offers a great
field to enter for those who have the aptitude and
passion for analytics, and an exciting and
rewarding area for professionals who have this
specialized skill set.

  • ABC Paving Company
  • Auto-Owners Insurance Company
  • Citigroup Inc.-Saloman Smith Barney
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • First Bank of Richmond
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • HRC Manor Carel
  • Huntington National Bank
  • Huston Financial
  • KeyCorp
  • Madison Financial Advisors
  • Max & Erma's
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Co.
  • Northwestern Mutual Life
  • Owens Corning
  • Pittman/Dobina Insurance Agency
  • Questar Capital Corp.
  • Rainbow Printing
  • Scottrafe, Inc.
  • Strategic Resources Planning, Inc.
  • TNT Inc.
  • UBS Paine Webber Inc.
  • Unisys Corporation
  • University Painters

The Individualized Business (I-Business)
specialization in the BSBA program is designed
for students who want to obtain a broad
business background or who want a business
program tailored to their specific needs. The
Individualized Business specialization may be
chosen by a student who is interested in
general management, small business, family
business, entrepreneurial firms, or interested in
a particular industry or sector of the economy.
A wide range of study areas, courses, and
careers are possible.
Students are required to design the
Individualized Business specialization in
consultation with a College academic advisor.
The resources of BGSU’s Career Center are
available to students interested in job prospects
in business.
Students will be able to secure positions in
banking, sales, insurance, and
management training. Some companies that
have hired recent General Business graduates
include National City Corporation, Marathon
Ashland Petroleum, State Farm Insurance,
and Sherwin-Williams.

  • Opportunities for employment in the rapidly expanding area of computer assurance services are abundant.
  • As organizations expand their computer-based information systems internally and externally, the need for properly designed security systems and the need to audit those systems grows.
  • Career opportunities within organizations or as consultants providing computer audit assurance services are abundant.
  • While certification as a Certified Information Systems Auditor requires work experience, graduates from this program are expected to be well qualified to take the Certified Information Systems Auditor examination.

Employer interest in this program is extremely high as very few programs capable of producing graduates qualified to provide computer audit assurance services exist at present. Bowling Green expects to be a national leader in supplying entry-level information systems audit and control professionals with this program.

  • Abundant opportunities for employment in the rapidly expanding area of computer-based information systems.
  • Since the failure of most computer-based information systems is not technical in nature but arises from the inability of individuals to design and use the systems properly, continued high demand for graduates trained in information systems is expected.
  • The Department of Labor lists computer system analysts as the third fastest growing occupation for those requiring a bachelor's degree with a 92 percent growth in positions between 1994 and 2005.
  • The Department of Labor predicts that 445,000 new systems analyst positions will be added to the workforce between 1994 and 2005 ranking systems analysis as the number one growth area expected in terms of new positions.
  • Career Path (typical):
    • Begin as programmer/analysts
    • Move on to positions of responsibility in management.
  • Industry segments:
    • consulting
    • industry
    • government
    • education.

Internationalists in business must be generally
familiar with politics, economics, law, culture,
religion, value systems, geography, history, and
language. Job options relate to the individual
curriculum selected. Few students studying
International business are initially employed in an
international division of a company or an international
organization. Most graduates accept jobs
within the domestic division of an international
company, performing a basic business function
such as marketing, accounting, public or labor
relations, law, personnel, finance, or production.
Within 3-5 years, opportunities to work directly
with international business operations may occur
at 3 levels:

  1. Work in the United States with an international
    division on international problems or activities;
  2. Work with an international activity which
    requires occasional or frequent trips to different countries;
  3. Accept an assignment in a foreign country
    for a period of years. Opportunities also
    exist in foreign companies that have subsidiaries
    in the United States.

Prepares students for careers involving management
and leadership of people in a wide
variety of business organizations. Students
learn how to effectively communicate, lead
collaborative teams, develop and motivate
talent, value diversity, manage organizational
change, and make ethical business decisions.
Important elements of this curriculum
may include experiential learning activities,
internships, service learning and co-curricular
professional development activities.

Career opportunities in management are
available in a wide-range of businesses as
well as social and government services.
Students can focus on areas such as human
resource management through selection of
elective courses.

Careers in marketing are extensive and diverse.
Most entry-level jobs involve working with and
providing products and supporting services to

Position titles include sales associate, account
executive, product manager, marketing analyst,
and customer service representative or manager.

Increasingly, these jobs are with service
companies; but they cut across a wide variety
of industries, such as:

  • Retailing
  • Advertising/Promotion
  • Marketing Research
  • Consumer Goods
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance/Finance
  • Logistics/Distribution
  • Non-Profit

Success factors in these careers include:
communication skills (i.e., talking, writing and
especially listening), work ethic, enthusiasm,
persistence and self-motivation. These jobs may
or may not require extensive quantitative skills.

The United States has seen a dramatic shift to a service-based economy vs. one centered on product manufacturing. Today, nearly half of the Fortune 500 companies are considered service-based. In keeping with this dynamic shift in our economy, BGSU’s Department of Marketing has addressed this change and created a unique specialization focused on sales and services marketing to enhance the marketability of our students.

The service industry is the fastest growing U.S.
job market. As the U.S. continues to shift from a
manufacturing-based economy to a service-based
economy, service firms like ADP, ABF Freight
System, Cintas, Google, Marriott, UPS are looking
for graduates who understand how to market and
sell services. Careers in sales and services marketing
are extensive and diverse.

Entry-level job titles include sales representative, account
executive, product manager, marketing analyst,
and customer service representative/manager.
Entry-level salaries in many positions start at
around $50,000.

Service companies cut across a wide variety of industries, such as:

  • Retailing Advertising/Promotion
  • Marketing Research
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance/Finance
  • Health Care
  • Logistics/Distribution
  • Non-Profit

Success factors in these careers include: good communication skills , strong work ethic, enthusiasm, persistence, and self-motivation.

Supply chain management is primarily concerned
with the planning, acquisition, conversion, flow,
and distribution of goods from raw materials to
finished goods. The purchasing department in a
typical organization is responsible for securing all
necessary raw materials, supplies, capital goods,
and services at the best value possible.

The supply chain management function coordinates
the major activities contributing to materials
costs and availability including purchasing,
production control, warehousing, and distribution.
Approximately 50% of all sales dollars are spent
on purchased items or services, and the
importance of the purchasing and supply chain
management function in an organization cannot
be overemphasized. Graduates of the program
usually start as buyers, supply chain analysts,
buyer/planners, inventory supervisors, or in
contract administrator trainee positions. They
then move up to a position of:

  • Senior Buyer
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Top Executive Positions

Updated: 09/08/2022 02:00PM