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3 Steps to Making the Most of Networking Events

Aside from your actual abilities, the next most powerful professional tool is your professional network. Virtually all of your career goals are made possible in one way or another through your relationships. Therefore, the earlier you devote energy towards maintaining, expanding and utilizing your network, the more stability, mobility, security and prosperity you will have in your career. It really is about "who you know. Read More >

6 Tips for Writing Better Cover Letters

Once you have the cover letter basics down-you generally know what to include in a cover letter, what not to include, how long it should be, what it's used for, who reads it, how you should address it, how you should sign off-then you're ready for some specific writing advice that will make your cover letter the best it can be. To that end, here are six tips to get you started writing, through the rough patches, and across the cover letter finish line.  1. Read More >

The Golden Rule of Interviews

Interviews are stressful, fear-inducing, sweat-inducing, mostly unpleasant affairs. And so, when you're on the other side of the desk-in the interviewer's seat-you shouldn't forget this. That is, when interviewing someone, you should treat your interviewee like you'd want to be treated if you were the one being interviewed. Read More >

What to Expect on Your Consulting Internship

It's that time of year: you've either landed a summer internship or are deep into the application process. And, if you're anything like me, your thoughts are already starting to turn towards the day-to-day realities of what you'll be doing for the summer-and maybe panicking a little about what to expect. How many hours will you be working? What's the dress code like? Am I even cut out for this job? How will I possibly stand out enough to get a full-time offer? Read More >

Are Flexible Hours Helping or Hurting Us?

For better or worse, we can now work anywhere. We carry smartphones and tablets with us everywhere. There's nowhere our employers and clients can't reach us. And there's nowhere we can't reach our employers and clients. Some of us like this arrangement. We can get home in time to have dinner with our children. We can meet our significant others and Tinder dates for happy hour. We can attend our daughter's basketball games, our friends' engagement parties. Read More >

8 Steps for Getting an Internship

You are in college, you want an internship for this summer, and you do not yet have anything firmly lined up. So what should you do?  1. Keep Prospecting: Until you have an offer in writing, you must keep prospecting. Verbal conversations that say 'we are going to offer you a role,' or 'we are working on it,'don't count and are NOT binding. You only have one, 'this summer.' Keep hunting until you have a solid offer. 2. Read More >

7 Best Hobbies for Networking

To meet new people and broaden your network, it helps to set up scenarios that allow you to easily speak with people and get to know them. Just as you wouldn't schedule an intimate dinner date at a loud and boisterous restaurant, you'll want to conduct some of your hobby networking in groups where it's easy to have one-on-one or small-group conversations. It's even better if the groups encourage you to do so. Read More >

Answering the 'Failure' Interview Question

If you've been following the NCAA Basketball Tournament, you know that there are only four teams left. This means that 64 of the 68 teams selected to play in the tournament have lost, and thus, in some way, 64 teams have failed. Soon, three teams of the so-called Final Four will also lose and thus will also fail. Read More >

19 Economic Consulting Interview Questions

As I mentioned last week, I've been digging out some consulting interview questions by practice area, from the data in our annual consulting survey. (Last week's post featured 47 questions for would-be tech consultants.)  This week, I thought I'd bring you some of the questions that folks who work as economic consultants have faced (or ask), so if that's your field, read on. Read More >

How International Students Can Get Visas and Get Hired

Marcelo Barros is a University of Oregon graduate originally from Brazil. In the U.S., he's worked for Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems, among other firms, and as a career coach for international students. Drawing on two decades of experience, Barros recently wrote The International Advantage: Get Noticed. Get Hired!, which gives international students advice on how to navigate the U.S. work visa system and how to find the job they want. Read More >

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