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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 >

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 >

Is it Cool to Work for the IRS?

According to the IRS it is. Thing is, the Internal Revenue Service is full of middle-aged employees nearing retirement age, and so the IRS needs some young blood to help it collect taxes and keep the country afloat. And to try to lure young folks into its ranks, the Service has unveiled a new campaign that makes it seem cool and hip to serve your country by making sure its citizens pay their fair share. Which does sound rather democratic. Read More >

5 Tips For Perfecting the Professional Humblebrag

Many people find it challenging to promote their own successes, worried that they'll be viewed as overly boastful. However, whether you've been promoted, won an award, or just achieved a major milestone, it's OK to occasionally toot your own horn - as long as you do it right! Here's how to "humblebrag" in a way that is genuine and relatable.    Watch Your Language  Sometimes the key to not sounding overly boastful is as simple as choosing the appropriate phrasing. Read More >

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