MBA Applications 101: What To Expect

If you’re thinking about applying to get your MBA, first of all, congratulations! This is a huge step in your life and career, and you should be very excited. But, you might also be feeling confused and lost when it comes to actually filling out applications. There’s so much information out there and so much to do that it might be hard to take that first step in filling out applications. 

Here’s what you can expect with your MBA applications.  

Essay

One of the most important parts of the MBA application, the essay is your time to shine! Typically this involves some sort of prompts that you will answer in essay form. Examples of questions include, “what was your biggest failure?” and “how would you describe your past business experience?”. While most applicants find this the most stressful part of the process, it doesn’t have to be. Take a deep breath before starting and know you go this. 

When writing your answers, make sure to include your personality, background, and let your intelligence shine through. Of course, it’s also vital to triple check for any errors. 

Interview 

Though this may not be a designated part of every MBA application, some schools do use interviews to help work through all their candidates. Brush up on your interview skills by reading this blog from our experts

Resume 

Just like with any job application, your resume is an important part of applying for an MBA program! Be sure you dedicate some time to refreshing and updating your resume to include your most recent educational and professional experience details. It’s also a great idea to include any work you’ve done for your community and any relevant awards you’ve received. 

Testing Scores 

Most MBA programs will want to see scores from the GMAT or the GRE from their applicants. Research which tests the school you’re applying for requires and then make sure you include those results in your application. 

Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

While not every program asks for these, some will. Be prepared for your application to require transcripts of classes and grades from your undergraduate program. Similarly, some MBA programs require letters of recommendation. Be thinking about past supervisors, colleagues, or professors that you have a strong relationship with that you could ask to provide this reference. 

Looking for more guidance on how to really rock your MBA applications? Click here to get six tips for acing your MBA Application straight from our experts

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and if you have any more questions about your MBA applications, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today. Want specific application tips for our program? Read those here! 

Identifying “Spam” Jobs When Searching Online

When you’re seeking out a new career opportunity, there’s nothing as frustrating as coming across the perfect job for you only to find out it’s actually too perfect. We call these inaccurate, misleading, or fake job postings, “spam job listings.” These are the listings that  look great at first,  but turn out to be some sort of pyramid scheme, more sales oriented than is represented, or maybe even non existent. 

So, how can you identify “spam” jobs when searching online? Read on learn!

Read the Job Description Carefully 

The best tip we can give you for sifting through spam job listings is to read every single word of the job description. Make sure you fully understand what your daily tasks will be and what the company is looking for in the candidate. If you do so, you’ll be able to understand if it’s a full-time position versus something commission based.

And, if there’s not enough in the job description to give you a good sense of what you’re applying for, you might want to skip it altogether. Lack of clear details is usually a red flag that the opportunity isn’t a good one.

Check Out Reviews for the Company 

Do some research before you take the time to apply to the position. Use programs like Glassdoor to check out what current and past employees are saying about the position and the company it comes from. Reviews will tell you a lot about management and other things that may not be expressed in the description. 

Reach Out to Other Employees 

If you’re comfortable with it or have an inside connection to the company, consider reaching out to other employees. You can ask them questions about what their role is like, how the company operates, and how satisfied they are with where they work.

Reaching out and asking these questions shouldn’t hurt your chances of getting a qualified job. In fact, most actual hiring managers should see this sign as you doing detailed research and homework for the job. 

Be Cautious About Email Offers You Didn’t Apply For 

If you receive an email from someone claiming to be a hiring manager who found your resume via another website or platform, be wary. Often the company posting these “spam job listings” also use sources like Indeed to gather contact information in bulk and  target individuals who are aggressively looking for jobs with their shady offers. Of course, if you’re not sure if an offer or outreach is safe or not, just proceed with caution and be sure to share any personal information until you’ve verified the company and opportunity are legitimate. 

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and help educate you on identifying “spam” jobs when searching online, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today

How the Logistics Industry is Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

* The below information was provided from an episode of Lenz on Business featuring Dr. Karl Manrodt, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and student Jeremiah Griffin, Senior Manager for Process Improvement and Supply Chain for Walmart. *

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has impacted millions of people around the world. So it’s no surprise that the logistics and shipping industries are feeling these effects as well. 

Changing Best Practices

Across the globe, logistics strategies and plans are being disrupted left and right. Existing plans and forecasts for product demand, pricing, and timing was all completely derailing. When coronavirus broke in the United States, it flipped all of this on its head.

Changes needed to be made quickly to keep up, leaving many businesses scrambling. Times for shipments increased, numbers of new products ordered increased, and the way these items were transported also shifted. 

Shifting Perspectives on Where Products Come From 

With all of these changes rapidly affecting the United States economy, other important conversations around logistics bubbled up as well. Many people and companies have refocused on the high percentage of products coming to our consumers from outside of the United States. Could it be worth the time and effort to start developing more products within the U.S.? If this percentage were changed, would it make these processes more efficient and safer? These are all questions those in the U.S. logistics industry are asking themselves.

However, these conversations are just the start. A shift like that would take years of planning, producing, and millions of dollars spent. Right now, the pros and cons need to be weighed by both the political sphere and the public sphere before any changes are made. 

But coronavirus has certainly highlighted this conversation more than ever before. 

Highlighting Heros 

With all of this change and uncertainty, companies and individuals have had to step up to keep the world turning. In this time of fear and anxiety, people need to look towards those who are doing inspiring work. Companies that stare down the face of adversity and come out on the other side stronger remind everyone around them that good can still happen. 

Want to read a success story yourself? Click here to see how UPS stepped up to deliver life-saving technology

If you want to hear more about how the logistics industry is impacted by the COVID pandemic, click here to listen to an episode of Lenz on Business featuring Dr. Karl Manrodt, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and student Jeremiah Griffin, Senior Manager for Process Improvement and Supply Chain for Walmart. The two go into significant detail discussing how COVID-19 is impacting their industry. 

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and expand your leadership skills, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today

 

How Receiving your MBA Can Help Your Community

When you first decide to earn your master’s in business, your initial decision to do so may be entirely selfish. That’s totally okay! You want to do it for you, and you want to work hard to make yourself smarter while opening up more opportunities.

However, what you may not realize is that there are many ways how receiving your MBA can help your community. Not sure how? We’ve put together a list below.

What Your MBA Can Do For Your Community

  • Helps to Make Your Business/Other Businesses More Successful: If you’ve accomplished your MBA, you’re bringing the new talents you’ve learned directly into your business or a company you work for. That means more profits, more success, and more money flowing directly into your city and your community.
  • Adds Your Talents to Your City: In the same vein of thought, the more talented and multi-faceted you become, the more your community will have access to those very talents. Maybe your church could use your expertise at marketing, or maybe at the next city council meeting you can discuss the best business tactics you’ve learned. You’d be surprised how much your input can benefit the community around you!
  • Benefits Nonprofits When Volunteering: If you are an avid volunteer, then nonprofits can certainly take advantage of your new skills. Whether you’re helping animals get adopted or assisting with planting more trees in your neighborhood, the business skills you learn from your MBA will help these nonprofit organizations flourish.
  • Younger Generations Can Learn from You: When you have your MBA as an adult and you’re out in the community doing impressive things, those younger than you are certainly paying attention. You might not even know how much of an inspiration you are for others. You could potentially get involved with mentorship programs, where you teach the things you learned from your MBA.

Ready to benefit your community with an MBA? The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online graduate degree and expand what you can do for your community, click here to contact us today.

Small Ways to Boost Your Business

If you own a business, then you’re constantly thinking about ways to make it grow, be more successful, and flourish. But sometimes you’re limited to the amount of time and money you can invest towards improvements. In those cases, everything counts, no matter how small your actions may seem.

If you’re looking for small, inexpensive ways to boost your business, keep reading below.

Simple Steps to Improve Your Business

  • Start a Blog: Wanting a way to communicate your expert opinion to your followers? The best way to do that is to start a blog. Plus, every individual blog you upload is a way to get your name out there on engine searches through best SEO practices.
  • Create Social Media Accounts: Another fantastic way to start conversations with others about your company is to create social media accounts. Pick which ones makes the most sense for your audience and then get posting.
  • Deploy a Newsletter or Email Campaign: If you have the email addresses of your customers, employees, and other potential people interested in your company, consider creating a newsletter. Third-party services like MailChimp or Constant Contact make it extremely easy and they look fantastic.
  • Update Your Website: Does your website have outdated information? Could your ABOUT PAGE use some sprucing up? This is an easy task that, at most, may take a few hours. But fresh website copy does wonders for bringing in new clients and customers.
  • Attend Events: Want to get your business’s name out there while also networking with other people like you? Events or conferences are the perfect way to do so!
  • Throw a Staff Celebration / Training Event: The perfect way to boost your business? Boost the people who work for you! Whether you help to expand their skills or just spend some time treating them and giving them the recognition they deserve, both are easy and well-appreciated lifts for you.
  • Take a Break: If you or your employees are feeling burnt out with the daily grind of maintaining your business, it might be time to take a break. Whether that’s through spending the day at home or going on an actual vacation, don’t feel guilty for taking time for yourself and your hard-working staff.
  • Continue Your Education: This doesn’t have to mean going back to school for your master’s (though we always encourage you to do so). Simple, easy ways to keep yourself sharp and fresh is to pick up a business book, do some research to update yourself on best practices, or sign up for an online course.

Want another way to boost your business? Head back to school! The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online graduate degree and expand your business, click here to contact us today.

Stress Comes with the Job: Stress Management Tips

Balancing a full-time workload, being healthy, exploring other passions, and spending time with your loved ones is hard enough. What do you do when stress comes knocking, which it will inevitably do? Aside from stress being, well, stressful, if you harbor onto it long enough it can have serious physical and mental consequences.

That’s why it’s vital to manage your stress so it doesn’t take over your life. But that is easier said than done. We’re breaking down the best stress management tips so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Stress Management Tips

Here are our favorite stress management tips to choose from. Keep in mind that some of these may not work for you, but there are thousands of more strategies out there. Keep exploring until you find what works perfectly for you!

  • Work out. Doing so can help release the adrenaline and cortisol you’re holding onto in your body when you’re stressed. Working out physically makes you relax and escape the “fight-or-flight” mode.
  • Sleep more. This gives your brain the desperate break it needs.
  • Take a long, hot bath. It’s the perfect way to spend time on you while relaxing.
  • Writing down what is stressing you out can help give you new perspective and release any emotions you’re holding onto.
  • Speak with your peers, a medical professional, or your family. All of these are great options to help get feedback on what to do and can make you feel more at ease.
  • Practice saying no. Limit yourself to what you sign up for to help reduce stress now and in the future.
  • Write down a to-do list. This will help to make your tasks seem more manageable.
  • Make time to rest to help counter any stress. Aside from sleeping more, make sure to schedule in time to just be lazy. It could be as easy as sitting on the couch and watching TV, or maybe spending more time on hobbies you love.
  • Indulge in self-care practices. Taking time for yourself is the best thing to do when facing a lot on your plate. Go on a calming walk, treat yourself to a spa day — do anything to help slow your mind down and increase endorphins.
  • Manage your responsibilities. Asking your boss to help take things off your list should help you manage your stress levels.
  • Eat healthily, especially when you are stressed. It may be tempting to reach for your favorite junk food, but it will make you feel worse.
  • Avoid over-drinking. Similar to the above list, getting hungover will just make you feel worse.
  • Practice gratitude. Pointing out to yourself what makes you happy and grateful during a time of great stress will reduce the negative emotions swirling around.

Once you have things under control, do something for yourself! For instance, making progress on your own professional development is extremely satisfying. The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and expand your skills, click here to contact us today.

Ways to Ensure Your Employees’ Happiness

One of the keys to running a successful business is the satisfaction and happiness of your employees. But ensuring their emotions can be a tricky thing for any manager or boss. How can you provide that for your team, or what does it mean for your company?

Remember, above all, that actions speak louder than words. Rather than just saying you care about your employees’ opinions, take actions to show that you take their feedback seriously. If you want to keep your employees’ happiness at the forefront of all your business decisions, read the blog below to learn the best techniques to do so.

How to Make Your Employees Happy

All of the below techniques are proven ways to improve your employees’ satisfaction, boost work-productivity, encourage high-quality work, and make your company more successful overall. Include several of these in your company plans and see how they make a difference.

  • Schedule Team-Building Activities Outside of Work. Anyone can do trust exercises while in the office. Oftentimes, taking time to schedule after-work activities is much more effective. Not only are they more fun, especially if you choose options like bowling or going out for drinks, but it also doesn’t cut into valuable work time. Having to stop what they are doing to go do trust exercises can be frustrating for many employees.
  • Say Thank You. The simple act of saying thank you can go a long way. Show appreciation for all your employees do daily through small ways, such as writing thank-you emails or popping by their desk. It can become an easy daily ritual for yourself that has plenty of benefits.
  • Whether your employees knock their jobs out of the park or if they have major lifestyle milestones, take the time to plan a celebration. It could be as easy as bringing in their favorite treat to the office or it might mean dinner after work. Spread the love.
  • Recognize Progress. It’s also vital to celebrate the small steps. Maybe your employees haven’t accomplished a major task, but they have grown in their skills and made a significant effort towards the project on hand. That is certainly also worth rewarding.
  • Include Them in Bigger Discussions. All employees like to be included when it comes to major decisions of the company. Pulling in their voices when you have to make choices for things that will also affect them tells your employees you care about them and their opinions, which you should.
  • Discuss All Projects. Instead of just assigning projects based on your preference, also include your employees in the discussions. Ask them if they wouldn’t mind signing up to work on a particular project. Giving them the option lets them find the work they will be the most passionate about. Their answers just might surprise you.
  • Understand Their Preferences. Does a certain employee need a window with bright light to be happy? Does another prefer a way to separate themselves from their co-workers if they need to focus? Take the time to learn your employee preferences so that you can provide it for them.
  • Encourage Life and Work Balance. Your employees need time to rest, be with loved ones, and do their favorite things in order to produce the best work for your company. While you may want to do the opposite, encouraging a healthy work and life balance will be best for the long run for your employees’ happiness, work-quality, and success.
  • Consider Perks. In a highly competitive job market, having good perks will not only bring in more employee options, but it’ll also bring in the best ones. After all, if you treat your workers right, they will provide high-quality work for you. The best way to do that? Give them what they need. Good healthcare, a livable salary, flexible work hours, and PTO are just a few things to consider. Give what you can, and you will see the rewards flow in.
  • Have Open-Ended Evaluations. Just like you need to regularly evaluate your employees to ensure they are still on track, they should be able to do the same for you. Allow your employees to also give their thoughts on the company, their role, and how everything could be improved for them. It gives employees a valuable outlet to voice their opinions.

The best way to learn more about employee management techniques and leadership skills is by continuing your education. The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and expand your leadership skills, click here to contact us today.

Georgia Web MBA Programs Rank Nationally

Recently, two Georgia College online graduate programs have been ranked as top online programs by both U.S. World & News Report and MBA Central. We are proud to hold these accolades for 2020.

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, has recently announced its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings. The J. Whitney Bunting College of Business is proud to be included for both the Georgia WebMBA and the Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

The Georgia WebMBA at Georgia College has been ranked a Top-50 National MBA program at #40 in Best Online MBA Programs. We are proud to rank as the top online MBA among Georgia Universities, ranking ahead of online MBA programs such as Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Baylor.

The Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management program has been ranked as a Top-20 program nationally at #17 in Best Online Master’s Business Programs. This ranking includes non-MBA programs across disciplines including accounting, finance, and logistics. We’re proud to rank second in the state.

MBA Central

MBA Central, an editorially unique business-school ranking and resource site, has recently announced its 2020 list of the 15 Best Georgia Online MBA Degree Programs. Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business is proud to top the list at #1. Programs were assessed and ranked on their affordability, quality of classes, and online support services.

Learn more about Georgia College’s WebMBA, Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Masters of Management Information Systems to make your next move today.

Job Opportunities After Completing your MLSCM

If you’ve just completed your Logistics and Supply Chain Management Business degree from Georgia College & State University, first of all, huge congratulations! That is a fantastic accomplishment that requires a lot of hard work and effort.

But at this time in the process, you are surely wondering about what your next steps are. We’re breaking down job opportunities after completing your MLSCM to help make your professional journey just a bit easier.

Careers You Can Have with Your Logistics and Supply Chain Management Degree

While there is a wide range of career opportunities for you if you’ve recently completed your MLSCM degree, here are some of the most popular options:

  • Industry Analyst: A specialist that analyzes many factors of a business, such as inventory, logistics, warehousing, and manufacturing.
  • Supply Chain Consultant: Working to build connections between your business and foreign companies that aid the mission.
  • Transportation Director: Overseeing all aspects of transportation for the company.
  • Logistic Analyst: Studying the logistics of a company to find ways to improve.
  • Storage and Distribution Manager: Managing a company’s storage and distribution processes.
  • Project Manager: Working with employees to manage client relations and handle any upcoming projects.
  • Operations Manager: Supervising all of the operations of a company.
  • Global Logistics Manager: Managing the various aspects of a company’s operations, such as planning, logistics information systems, purchasing, customer service, and distribution.
  • Supply Chain Sales: In charge of selling the company’s product.
  • Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerk: Organizing all of the production and planning that happens at the company, including production, delivery, and assembly.
  • Procurement Analyst or Purchasing Manager: In charge of all purchasing operations.
  • Purchasing Agent: Purchases necessary equipment and products for the company to do their work.
  • Logistician: Studies the logistics of a company and works with clients of the company to ensure satisfaction.

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online graduate degree and to help provide many job opportunities after completing your MLSCM, click here to contact us today.