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The "Detial Oriented" Need Not Apply

All applicants say they're detail-oriented; I just make my employees prove it," says Kyle Wiens. As the CEO of a software company who hires "code monkeys" (programmers), it makes sense that he'd need conscientious workers. But Wiens has an unusual way of making sure new hires are competent: he gives them a grammar test. Seem unrelated to coding work? Wiens doesn't think so. He explains this practice in Harvard Business Review: "I hire people who care about those details. Read More >

Tighten Up: 6 Tips to Leaner, Meaner Resume

In today's social media age, you'd be better off taking resume cues from your Linked In page than your parents. Electronic submission and a tough economy means lots of resumes for HR people to sort through, and very little time and attention to devote to them. Your best bet for getting noticed? Getting to the point! A former human resources intern  and current Gen-Yer Sara Coppola offers advice on grabbing her attention: 1. Focus Trim the "experience" fat. Read More >

Risky Business: 3 Interview Gambles That Pay Off

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) posed a question to its members: "What types of things should job seekers include in their resumes if they're trying to get hired by a successful startup?" The invite-only nonprofit (made up of young entrepreneurs) got a lot of great answers from small business owners on what they'd like to see-but what about a big company? How can you be bold enough to be noticed without being offensive? Read More >

What It Takes to Join a Top Wall Street Bank

With the application process for full-time and summer investment banking internships now underway, you might be asking yourself: What makes a successful candidate? To join any line of business at a top Wall Street firm, it's perhaps most important to demonstrate a deep interest in the financial industry, personal drive, and the ability to learn quickly. It's also important to demonstrate your capability to be entrepreneurial and motivated. Read More >

Showing Communication Skills: The Proof is in the Details

--By Marnie Consky All MBA-level jobs require you to have strong communication skills. Aside from singing your praises in your resume and cover letter, it's even more important to demonstrate those communication skills in instances where recruiters and hiring managers are paying attention. Outside of the obvious networking sessions and interviews, here are some situations where small details count: Voice mail: ensure that your voice mail message sounds professional. Read More >

How to Write Your Own Recommendation Letter

So you've developed a great relationship with your professor, mentor or supervisor, and it's time to ask for a letter of recommendation. While the standard practice is for references to write their own recommendation letters, it's becoming increasingly common for time-strapped individuals to ask you to pen the first draft of a letter yourself. Read More >

Crafting the Perfect Resume… When You’ve Never Had a Job

There are plenty of resume-writing tips out there for those of us with experience in our fields-using action verbs, formatting in an attractive and easy to read manner, highlighting only relevant employment. But how do you go about creating a resume that doesn't look empty when you've been a full-time student your whole life? First, the bad news: even recent graduates are expected to fill up a page with relevant experience. 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 Become a Cover Letter Writing Machine (Part Two)

Last week, we reviewed how creating a cover letter template can save time and effort when sending out multiple job applications. However, even the best template needs to be customized before you send it out as a cover letter. Employers want to see evidence that you are specifically interested in the position you are applying for, and not just mass mailing every company with a job posting. Here, step by step, is a guide to personalizing your cover letters:   1. Read More >

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