Our resident golf pro and Senior MBA Career Advisor Paul Taylor sits down with us to chat about recruitment tips and how involvement in sport can translate into employable skills.
Ashton Paulitsch (AP): How long have you worked for the University of Alberta?
Paul Taylor (PT): I’ve worked here for 3.5 years. I started as an MBA Career Advisor and then 1.5 years ago I moved into the Senior MBA Career Advisor role.
AP: What attracted you to the MBA Career Advisor role?
PT: I was attracted to the opportunity to use my practical experience to help students be successful in the real world.
AP: What did you do previously before joining the Masters Programs Office?
PT: I was a recruiter for over six years with three different companies: two were external recruitment firms and another was working for an IT company in sales, business development and recruitment.
AP: How would you describe the culture in the Masters Programs Office in just three words?
PT: Fun, Collaborative, Work-Family
AP: What’s your most significant achievement?
PT: My kids and the amount of people I’ve been able to help.
AP: What’s the best part about being a Senior MBA Career Advisor?
PT: We get to see the impact we make every day. It’s rewarding to see the journey from when students come into the program, work hard and achieve the goals they set. I’ve been able to help students successfully navigate the recruitment processes of Nike, Amazon, SAP, City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta.
AP: What advice do you have for students when it comes to creating better resumes and cover letters?
PT: Tailor and target every resume and cover letter to the job posting you’re applying for. Always demonstrate hard skills, soft skills and achievements in your application materials.
AP: What are some interview “do’s” and “don’ts”?
PT: Don’t show up unprepared. Don’t start talking until the interviewer is done their question. Don’t think your MBA degree speaks for itself; you need to speak to your skills and demonstrate that you are the best person for the job.
AP: What are some recruitment trends you’re seeing?
PT: More employers are using social media like LinkedIn to recruit candidates. Having an active social media presence can differentiate you and can be just as important as making a good resume and cover letter.
AP: What opportunities exist for MBA Career Services in MBA programs?
PT: We have the opportunity to enhance our focus on personal brand development for MBA students by teaching them self-awareness and how to craft a narrative about themselves.
AP: Now I know you’re an avid golfer and love everything about the sport. Who is your favourite golfer?
PT: My favourite golfer of all time is Payne Stewart. However, my favourite golfers right now would be Rory McIlroy and Ricky Fowler.
AP: What can an involvement in sport teach you?
PT: Being involved in sport can teach you camaraderie, patience, teamwork and can expand your personal network too which are all important skills for the workplace.
AP: One last pressing question for you…what do you eat for breakfast?
PT: Eggo waffles, yogurt and coffee!
Interview conducted by Ashton Paulitsch