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15 Tips for Creating the Perfect Tech Resume

The following was adapted from the new Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media.  "A powerful resume should leap off the page saying, 'Me! I'm the one you want to hire!'" advises software engineer Gayle Laakmann McDowell in her book The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company. She says that every line in these documents should have value and contribute to convincing the employer to hire you. Read More >

How to Jumpstart Your Post-Grad Job Search

Congratulations on your recent graduation! It's now time to make the transition from student to employee. All of that studying will now be put into practice. It can be strange to spend two to four years studying what you want to do for your career and now have to use that degree to finally get to work in your chosen field. Celebrate your graduation and get started right away on your job search. Here's a little help on jumpstarting your post grad job search. Read More >

A MOOC For Career Success

There are lots of online courses out there that could, theoretically, help you on your way to career success, especially if you're looking to pick up new skills (in fact, I wrote about one of them here). Typically, though, there's a drawback-the skills you acquire after a few weeks of online study tend to be fairly rudimentary, and require practice and use before you can confidently sell yourself on them in the job search process. Read More >

Should You Accept a Job that You Don’t Really Want?

The hunt for a new job, particularly an entry-level job, can be agonizing-endless hours of scrolling through LinkedIn, writing cover letters that, somehow, aren't just a restatement of your resume, faking that you have two to five years experience, sending applications into the black void of the internet, never to be seen or acknowledged again. Read More >

3 Ways to Tailor Your Resume For the Position

Tailoring your resume is vital for landing an interview, and ultimately, the job you're applying for. You can't simply write your resume and send that one out to every job opportunity that fits your career goals. You won't get the responses you need. You need to customize your resume to fit each individual job application, and you can do so in these three steps. It will become second nature once you get to know the process. Read More >

Which M.B.A. Programs Do Employers Really Want to See on Your Resume?

Much ado is often made over which business schools are the "best" or the "most prestigious," but status and self-importance won't pay those student loans. The U.S. News & World Report's data showed that having Harvard, Stanford or Penn emblazoned across the top of an M.B.A. did not necessarily lead to employment for 2013 graduates. In fact, no schools in U.S. Read More >

No Straight A's? No Worries

In order to create the next generation of "deeper, fuller human beings," NYT columnist David Brooks has some tips for employers. Hiring managers, Brooks argues, have the power to break the mold when it comes to candidate selection, thereby shaping the quality of the rising ranks of professional leaders. Read More >

A Cheaper Way to Add Harvard Business School to Your Resume

There's nothing like the name of a top business school to make your resume more appealing to employers-which is probably why so many people are tempted to lie about it. Even for those who have the acumen and ability to cope with the workload, there are a couple of major drawbacks to signing up for an MBA: namely the cost, and the time out of the workforce. Read More >

Slim Down (Your Job Search) in 2014

It's the time of year when all the commercials you see on TV seem to have magically shifted from hawking toys and luxury goods to encouraging you to have less in your life: whether it's weight, nicotine craving or stress, the resolution season all seems to be about reduction. With that in mind, then, here are a few tips for ways to slim down your job hunt for 2014:  STOP: Blind-submitting your resume Seriously. Read More >

Employer Strikes Back: When Companies Respond to Public Resignations

You've probably seen the viral video of Marina Schifrin, a video editor at Taiwan's Next Media Animation, interpretive dancing her way out of a job. Still at the office at 4:30am (!!), she made a movie of herself dancing around the office to Kanye West's "Gone" while subtitles documented her grievances. Among them? Read More >

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