What you’ll need to know about a prospective employer depends entirely on your experience, your skills, and the company in question. Remember, you’re looking for particulars that can inform your resume and cover letter, and eventually make you shine in an interview. Focus on items that are relevant to you, your skills, and the position to which you’re applying.

Start with the company’s website. Read their “About Us” page. If they have a blog, read it. Read their Twitter feed and Facebook page. Get to know their voice. Get to know what they value. Get to know who their audience is and how they connect with them.

Google them. Find any and all news from the past year or so and read it. Look for pivots, successes and failures, and new product launches. Look for shake-ups in the C-suite.

Identify their competitors. Figure out who else is doing what they’re doing, and take note of how they’re doing it. Identify at least three competitors, get a handle on each one’s value prop, and know how they differ from the company to which you’re applying.

Find them on Linkedin. It doesn’t get more straightforward than this. Search for them on Linkedin. Look at who they employ. Browse the employees’ profiles until you develop a sense of the kind of person they like to hire. Take note of pedigree (where they’ve worked before) and try to develop a sense of whether they’re a fairly relaxed culture or if they’re buttoned up. Additionally, find out if you’re connected to anyone who works there, either by a first or second degree connection. If so, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask specific questions. ATTEND A LINKEDIN SESSION AT THE CCD AT RICE!


The whole goal is to differentiate you from the rest of the pack and help the recruiter and hiring manager understand that you’re the right person for the job. Take what you’ve learned, look for ways that it dovetails with your skills and the position in question, and then deploy that information strategically throughout your application materials. Use your cover letter to demonstrate your knowledge of the company and show off how your skills can help the company solve its current problems. Then drive it home by speaking knowledgeably about the company during your interview.



You have decided to pursue Graduate School

Making this decision is the first step in achieving success for your preferred future. We understand the commitment is great financially but also time-wise. Thinking of graduate school as an investment in your future, will give you a perspective that will help you to move forward. Looking at the big picture will offer you the best vantage point for understanding the return on your graduate school investment.

Make sure to investigate all avenues available to you to finance your education. The key for success is to chose a payment plan that works for your budget.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median weekly earnings of bachelor’s degree holders in 2015 was $1,137/per week, where as Master’s degree holders earned $1,341 per week. That translates in an annual salary of $59,124 versus $69,732. (Websites like Glassdoor and Payscale record updated salary scales for a wide variety of backgrounds.)

There are grants available for graduate level students. As explained on the U.S. Dep. of Education website:  grants are need-based assistance, and scholarships are merit-based contributions to your academic investment.  It takes time and commitment to research the many opportunities available by federal government, state government and non-profit organizations. Many of our PSM students have successfully received grants and scholarships helping them to finance the tuition of our program, and have qualified for some corporate scholarships our program receives annually.


Still need to take the GRE?

We know that navigating all of the online and print resources for the GRE can be daunting, so we collected some helpful information for useful information, practice tests, and prep courses available to you. Will add more information over the next few day/weeks, make sure to follow our blog.

Here some info on the Analytical Writing Assessment:

In this section, you will be asked to write two essays: one is called the “Issue” and the other is the “Argument.” You will have 30 minutes to complete each essay.

In the “Issue” essay you will be asked to analyze or respond to a general statement, typically about politics, culture, or education, and take a position on said issue.

In the “Argument” essay, you will be asked to examine the logic of a text (typically no longer than a paragraph). This essay requires close reading and a firm grasp on the rules of logic. Samples can be found on the GRE web site

The essay graders only have 30 seconds to grade your essay, so it needs to

be clear and coherent.  Well-written essays take much less time to grade than poorly-written essays do; if your grader has to take the entire 30 seconds to read your first paragraph because it’s so unclear, that does not bode well for your score.


Speaking of scores: the total score for the essay portion of the GRE is the average of the two essay scores. A 0.0 means that you either didn’t do the essay at all, or

just decided to type a bunch of gibberish instead of answering the prompt. Thus, it is quite difficult to get a 0.0; most students fall between a 3.0 and 5.0. A 6.0

means that you knocked it out of the park with a well-written, insightful essay of 80 lines or more.

Introduction Letters

Incoming students are working on their summer assignments. Here are some steps on how to research companies for introduction letters. 1. Start with the company’s website and read their “About us” page to get to know their values and their voice. 2. Google news about the company looking for successes, failures etc 3. Identify their competitors and see how they differ from “your” company. 4. Look them up on LinkedIn and see who they employ, maybe you are already connected to someone who works there so you can reach out to them.