Jon Cermak

CHRLS Alumni Association Board Member


  • Master of Arts 2006
    Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management


Jon Cermak, ’06, is currently talent connection manager at Salo, LLC; prior to that he worked at Sleep Number, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Target Corporation. He says he decided to attend the full time MA-HRIR program because “the MA-HRIR program is clearly one of the most reputable programs in the country. As I considered my career at the time, I felt I could gain invaluable knowledge, connections, and opportunities by completing my degree at the Carlson School.”  And he wasn’t disappointed. “I learned a ton during my time in the program. Information I still use in my work today,” he says. “Some specific knowledge and real life project work in the areas of compensation, OD, and talent assessment have been very helpful in my work.”  Because of the great experience he had at the Carlson School, he decided to join the Alumni Board. “I am at a point in my life when I want to give back and become more involved,” he says. “I want to use some of the knowledge I have gained to connect with alumni and current students to make a difference.” And what would say to current students? “Seize your opportunities. Take advantage of the wealth of resources and events that the Carlson School offers. Be bold and curious. Ask questions, look for newer, better ways to do things,” he says. “Love this experience and network like crazy – build that up, and opportunities will flow your way.”