FUTURE BUSINESS EXECUTIVE

 

This event honors outstanding PBL members who have leadership qualities, participation in PBL, executive potential, and evidence of knowledge and skills essential for successful careers in business.

 

This event consists of three parts:  submission of a letter of application with a resume, an objective test, and an interview.

 

The one-hour objective test will contain questions on management; accounting; business law; economics; finance; marketing; technology concepts; organizational behavior and leadership; business strategy; communication techniques; and global business.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by February 15 of the current school year.

 

Participants may not be or have been enrolled in any graduate program prior to December 1 of the current school year.

 

State:            Each charter may enter one participant in this event.

 

National:     See publication:  Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

REGULATIONS

 

State:            When it has been determined that a student will represent the charter at state competition, the appropriate entry form must be sent to the state adviser postmarked first-class mail by the date specified in the SLC registration packet.

 

National:     See publication:  Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

• Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the state chapter and the national association.

 

• Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st or 2nd in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.

 

• Participants failing to report on time may be disqualified. 

 

• Participants must use their own No. 2 pencils, erasers, and pens. No reference materials or electronic devices are allowed.

 

• Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.

 

• The objective test score will be added into the preliminary interview rating sheet.
 

LETTER, RESUME, AND APPLICATION

• Each participant must submit three copies of the following items:
a. A one-page letter of application for a position for which the applicant is currently qualified addressed to a specific person and company.
b. A brief resume not to exceed two pages.  Photographs are not allowed.
 

 

• All copies of the above materials must be submitted in three (3) standard file folders. The tab of the folders must be labeled with the participant’s name, school, state, and event title. Include the participant’s name on all pages submitted.  The materials must be postmarked to the state office by the date specified in the State Leadership Conference registration packet. 

 

• A deduction of up to five (5) points will be made from the score of participants who submit materials by the stated deadline but do not adhere to the event guidelines for the submission of proper materials.

 

• Judges will be given copies of all participants’ application materials.  No other items may be brought to the interview or left with the judges.

 

• Participants failing to submit materials by the stated deadline may be disqualified.

 

• The letters of application and resumes must be prepared by student members, not advisers.  Local advisers should serve as consultants to ensure that the letters of application and resumes are well organized, contain substantiated statements, and are written in a business style.


• Participants will apply for a position at a company of their choice. 

 

• Resumes should include work/volunteer experience and acquired skills.

 

INTERVIEWS
 

Participants will be divided into groups and will be scheduled for a ten minute initial interview.  The interview times will be drawn at random by an impartial person in the event office.

 

Judges will be given copies of all participants’ application materials.  No other items may be brought to the interview or left with the judges.

 

In the event that fewer than 15 participants register for this event, the final round may be eliminated.

 

If required, finalists will be assigned times at random for their final performance.  Final interviews will be fifteen minutes in length.   In the final interview, application materials will only be used in case of a tie.
 

JUDGING
 

This event will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  The final interview scores will be used in determining the winners.  All decisions of the judges are final. 

 

AWARDS
 

State:            State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.
 

National:     The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.