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Newsflash: Your Cover Letter Doesn't Matter

Is crafting the perfect cover letter worth the time and effort you put into it? Not according to research conducted by the Addison Group, which surveyed hiring managers about the factors that are most important to them when assessing candidates. According to that research, just 18%  rank cover letters-or their equally antiquated cousin the thank you note-as important parts in assessing potential candidates. Read More >

How to Land a Private Equity Job

Landing a private equity job might not be as difficult as running a four-minute mile or swimming across the English Channel, but it can be quite a formidable challenge. To many who love finance (and large paychecks), a private equity position is a dream job. And the majority of PE firms only hire when they're fundraising or otherwise expanding. Read More >

10 Keywords to Set Your Finance Resume Apart from the Crowd

At one time or another, every job-seeker seems to ask the same question: What makes a perfect resume? Over the years, I've learned that the answer is two-pronged: A perfect resume is customized to a specific position within an organization, and it should contain keywords found in the job description as well as key industry terms. Read More >

Are Summer Jobs On the Way Out?

Kids these days, with their new-fangled gadgets and their lewd pop music and their scandalous fashion sense and internet memes, amirite? The only thing that's worse: us "grownups," consumed with our bitter envy of their lifestyles and freedom and, well, general youth. If you're looking for more fuel for your "things were better back in my day" fire, check out the chart below, which shows that summer employment rates among teenagers are perilously low. Read More >

The Best Recommendation Letter Ever

John Nash was a Nobel prize-winning mathematician whose life was made all the more memorable through its portrayal in the movie A Beautiful Mind. Following the death of Nash and his wife, Alice, in a car crash last month, Princeton University has lifted the restriction on Nash's graduate school files. Read More >

Which Font Is the Best for Your Resume?

I'll give you a hint: it's not Comic Sans, it's not Times New Roman, and, as far as I know, it's the only font that's been the subject of a feature-length documentary film. Yes, Helvetica. Or should I say, Helvetica Yes! In any case, according to Bloomberg, "which asked three typography wonks which typefaces make a curriculum vitae look classiest," here's why the font is so well suited for your resume: "Helvetica is so no-fuss, it doesn't really lean in one direction or another. Read More >

How to Build a Social Resume

Traditional resumes will always be a critical part of the recruiting process, but they're not the only things hiring managers look at anymore-not even close. Thanks to our increasing participation in various social media sites, hiring managers can now quickly find a wealth of information about job candidates simply by typing their names into Google. Read More >

How to Build a Positive Online Presence

In today's competitive academic and job markets, you can't afford to waste any time when it comes to job and graduate school applications. First impressions take shape before you even physically meet someone. Just like the saying "Your reputation precedes you", your online reputation today often precedes in-person meetings and interviews. Read More >

6 Interview Tips From Tech Recruiters

There's no way around it: interviewing can be stressful. However, with a lot of preparation and, more important, the right kind of preparation, interview stress can be mitigated. To that end, below you'll find six interview tips from recruiters in the tech industry. These tips will help you prepare for an interview in this highly competitive field and should also help to alleviate a lot of your interview stress. Read More >

Does Your Resume Have a Perfect Sales Pitch?

No matter your field, there's plenty of selling in the job search, with prospective employers as buyers for the products, which are the applicants themselves. As a result, sales skills matter, and they get a lot of attention. But they're mostly thought of as the skills you need to bring to the interview, a place where your performance is akin to a sales pitch. That perspective is far too limited, however, because knowing how to sell is critical to many other parts of the search. Read More >


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