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People Skills, Hacked: 3 Tricks from Apple Geniuses

Oh, Apple Geniuses. You just thought they were knowledgeable and helpful. Turns out, the warm, fuzzy feelings you have as you walk out--with your $600 in purchases-isn't just a product of their natural awesomeness: it's painstakingly studied customer-service skills. Gizmodo recently leaked parts of the Apple "Genius Training Manual"… which reads like a cross between a Pysch 101 textbook and Jedi Mind Tricks for Dummies. Read More >

4 Reasons Why "Graduate Academies" Might Trump MBAs

You've seen it in the headlines: companies are hiring, but not you. They need highly skilled engineers and technicians, not law students, consultants, or liberal arts majors. If you think this is frustrating for you, take solace in the fact that it's equally exasperating for the companies. Some can only afford to offer prospective (skilled) workers "lower pay than what they made 15 years ago," according the president of a manufacturing company. Read More >

How to End a Case Interview on a High Note

This is the fourth in a series of posts for Vault by Nick Waugh and Kenton Kivestu on preparing for the upcoming consulting recruitment cycle. Check in for a new interview-related post each Monday until August 27th, when we will be launching the 2013 edition of the Vault Consulting 50, which will feature insider information-including tips and sample interview question-from thousands of practicing consultants at the most prestigious consulting firms in the world. Read More >

Find Their Pain! How to "Neuromarket" for a Job

Christophe Morin, a researcher for the "world's first neuromarketing" agency has a job title that could also serve as a professional wrestling pseudonym: Chief Pain Officer. Except that his work at SalesBrain isn't about causing pain, it's about finding it-to sell the cure. In an interview with the New York Times, Morin references "the reptilian brain"--the place where baser emotions rule-and his techniques for appealing to those primal instincts during a sales pitch. Read More >

Tips for a Great LinkedIn Picture

Think it's safer to skip the photo on LinkedIn? According to Business Insider, you may be doing  more harm than good by going photo-free. While it's true that you'll avoid looks-based discrimination (no one will know how young, old, or attractive you are), you're allowing network's imaginations to run wild-and not in a good way. Read More >

How to Get in the Right Mindset for an Interview

OK, so you wrote a brilliant cover letter, remembered to attach your equally sterling resume (yes, I've screwed this part up), and had your suit/dress/pantsuit dry-cleaned by the best in the business. You're an excellent worker, an attractive hire, and perfectly suited for the position you've applied for. There's just one problem: interviews turn you into a stuttering puddle of sweat. Fear not. I used to be just like you. Read More >

Fear Factor: Networking Tools that Really Aren't Scary

Just graduated? You're probably overwhelmed by career advice. But according to Calling All Grads! Turn a Degree into a Job, by Marco Buscaglia, knowledge is power-and he's not just talking about your course work. Certain parts of searching for a job, like reaching out to strangers, or milling about with hundreds of other people at career fairs, can be intimidating. Read More >

Avoiding Cage-gate: Cover Letter Mishaps

Remember that really embarrassing typo in that cover letter you wrote one time? Get ready to feel better about it. In a serious case of a picture saying a thousand words about a person, "Vanessa" applied to an administrative assistant position at York University-and accidentally attached a crazy-eyed photo of the National Treasure star she'd saved instead of her resume. Frankly, if I were doing the hiring, Vanessa would have the job. Read More >

Attracting Recruiters: Lessons from Sun Tzu

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War. Okay, so Sun Tzu might be a little dramatic as inspiration for the average job search, but bear with me a little here. The longer a job search goes on, the more it becomes like an entrenched battle. Read More >

A Real Day In the Life?

You've heard of the informational interview-sitting down with a person whose career you admire, and asking questions about their career and trajectory. But what about experiencing their career? Or rather, a few days of it? That's what Jennifer Turliuk did. Read More >

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