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3 Leadership Lessons From Obama's Talk With Marc Maron

Although a lot of web, print, and air space has been devoted to a certain word beginning with the letter N that President Obama used while a guest on Marc Maron's WTF podcast last Friday, there was so much more in the interview worth highlighting and remembering. Read More >

Interview Skills: Narrating Your Career

After a few years in the professional world, you've most likely sat through your fair share of job interviews-but that doesn't necessarily make them any easier. In fact, as your resume gets longer and more detailed, it can be more difficult than ever to adequately articulate your career narrative within the time constraints of an interview-particularly if your career has spanned multiple industries. 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 >

Does Hiring Based on 'Cultural Fit' Encourage Discrimination?

My first job after graduating college was working as a financial analyst for an investment bank in New York. A couple weeks into that first job, one of the associates I worked with told me how the behind-the-scenes decision making process went in my hiring: The managing director of the group in which I worked wanted to hire another candidate with a higher GPA and better (more directly-related) internships. Read More >

Is Salary Negotiation on the Way Out?

Would you take a job with a company if they gave you a take-it-or-leave-it salary offer, with no negotiation? According to a Wall Street Journal article today, that's exactly the approach being taken by a number of Silicon Valley startups, including Reddit, Magoosh, and Jet.com. Read More >

9 Tips for Breaking Into Advertising

The final episode of the final season of AMC's Mad Men airs this Sunday night. Read More >

In Interviews, Heart and Brains Beats Experience

One of JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson's guiding principles when it comes to hiring has been looking for heart and brains, at the expense of work experience. Peterson, who is also a former CEO of real estate giant Trammell Crow and who has taught for several years at Stanford Business School, is the subject of the latest New York Times Corner Office column. 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 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 >

Employee Reviews: What Are They Good For?

When was the last time that you had an employee review? Now ask yourself the same question, but tack on the words "that served any purpose beyond paper-pushing" to the end. Do you still get the same answer? If not, you're not alone: according to a recent Wall Street Journal piece, many companies are finally coming to a realization that their employees had a long time ago: most employee review systems are terrible. Read More >

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