Career Resource Article Collection

CAREER RESEARCH PREP:
5 Ways You Need To Adapt To The Changing World Of Work
From artificial intelligence to virtual reality, technology has had an important effect on the jobs that are available, but it has also shaped how these jobs are done and what qualities professionals need to achieve success.
 
The New Hiring Practices At McKinsey And Goldman Sachs
When you’re young, there’s often a taboo around getting a job through a connection. But when you’re old(er), you’re foolish if you try to get a job without a connection. Companies don’t want to risk hiring someone bad; they would much rather hire someone who comes with a reference, a known quantity. This introduces all sorts of unconscious bias into the process and essentially makes an organization a vehicle for sourcing talent from a small pool of networks.  
 
9 Ways To Find Your Perfect Career Match
Knowing what you really want from your work is the first step in matching you with the ideal job. When people align how they make a living with who they are that’s when they find amazing success.  
 
Top Startups To Work For In 2019 According To LinkedIn
The 3rd annual LinkedIn list of the hottest startups to work for is determined by the billions of actions taken by LinkedIn’s 645+ million members. LinkedIn looked at four pillars in particular: employee growth; jobseeker interest; member engagement with the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from the flagship LinkedIn Top Companies list. 17 of the top 50 hottest U.S. startups to work for are from the software industry. 
 
How to Get Noticed by Your Dream Company
As you gear up to approach your dream company, it’s good to have a plan. Not only will this help you to focus upon your career search, but it will also give you the confidence and the information you’ll need to impress when you finally do land your interview. A staffing manager at Microsoft has provided some insight into how candidates can stand out. 
 
The One Thing That’s Likely Missing From Your Job Search Strategy
It is believed we spend too much time on all the job search stuff and leave out the very thing that gets us a job: our self. Self-care is essential to your job search strategy. Review suggestions that you can do to improve your job search strategy by incorporating self-care. 
 
These are the 8 Lists that You Need when Starting a Job Search
Instead of missing out on a good opportunity, think of your job search like an ongoing project where you’re the project manager. Strategic lists can help you focus your energy on the substance of your applications and interviews rather than getting mired down in distracting details.  
 
The Highest Paying Companies of 2019
While most companies aim to offer salaries that are, at the very least, competitive, others go above and beyond to reward their employees. Glassdoor’s economic research team recently dug into the millions of salary data points available on our site in order to identify the Highest Paying Companies of 2019. 
 
Too often there is a mismatch between what recruiters expect and what job seekers do. Recruiter’s mention things job seekers too easily forget. Review seven critical details that may seem small among all the other things you need to do for your job search, but that loom large in the hiring process. 
 
Everyone should have a good resume, and it should be clear, concise and easy to read. That’s it. No fluff. No branding. Your resume is not a “marketing piece.” It’s a document that fills in the blanks about you for a hiring manager you have already had substantive contact with. Don’t use your resume “to get in the door.” Ten million other resumes are ahead of yours. And almost nobody reads them.  
 
Receiving an InMail from a recruiter can make you feel special and in-demand, but like so many things in life, you only get one shot to make a great first impression. Whether you’re interested in the job or not, how you respond can speak volumes. 
The benefits of potentially getting your dream job far outweigh the potential disappointment you’ll feel when someone says no. When deciding whether or not to do something big to stand out to get a job, it does help to understand the culture of the company you’re applying to and the purpose of the job you’re applying for as much as you can.  

NETWORKING/CAREER FAIR PREP:

The Two Most Valuable Skills You Can Develop to Network Successfully
Networking is about relationship building, not making sales pitches where you force others to listen to you drone on about yourself. When building networks you must give something back. To sustain good personal and business relationships, both parties must benefit in some way. 
 

The Importance of Networking (and How to Do It Well)
There’s no denying the power a strong professional network can have over your career success. When it’s done well, networking will not only help you land a job faster, but it will give you a competitive edge throughout every stage of your career. Networking will help you develop and improve your skill set, stay on top of the latest trends in your industry, keep a pulse on the job market, meet prospective mentors, partners, and clients, and gain access to the necessary resources that will foster your career development.  

How to Make the Most of Your Next Networking Event
If you really want to make connections that will boost your career and help you become a part of your profession’s community, you need to get out to a few networking events. The more people you know, the more likely it is that you’ll know the right person at the right time that could lead to bigger things for you down the road. Networking events are a great way to promote your personal brand and make a few new friends, but only if you get the most out it while you’re there.  

Career fairs offer an unparalleled opportunity to network with a variety of businesses and can help you get your foot in the doors of top companies in your industry. With so many other students and professionals working the fair, it is not always easy to stand out and make a lasting impression.

How to Introduce Yourself at a Job Fair
Remember, the people you meet with are interested in recruiting, and may be your future employer. They’ll do their best to make you feel comfortable. Take some time to prepare, and you’ll be able to present your credentials effectively to everyone you meet.   

Best Questions to Ask at Job Fairs
At job and career fairs, you have a brief window of time to impress each recruiter. One way to quickly stand out from the competition is to ask the right questions. By asking informed questions that subtly convey your skills and experience, you will increase your chances of impressing the recruiter and landing an interview.  

How To Build Real Relationships In The Virtual World 
You can greatly expand your network through social media and online communities. However, it’s harder to connect on a human level with people when they exist in two dimensions on your computer screen or mobile device. You need to work extra hard to make sure you’re interacting in a way that allows you to build genuine, meaningful relationships. 

Being able to build and maintain relationships is vital for a successful career in any industry. A recent study found that 46% of job opportunities are still found through traditional face-to-face networking. By taking a genuine interest in your connections, and keeping up with their professional life, a stronger, more fruitful relationship can be formed. In today’s interconnected world, it’s easy to look someone up via their company page or LinkedIn profile. 
 
Taking Your Professional Network from 0 to 60 in Record Time
Research shows that 70 percent or more of positions are filled through networking. Those who choose to skip it clearly put themselves at a disadvantage. Whether you relish in meeting new people or dread networking events, growing your professional network is a critical piece of your career puzzle. From alumni events and conferences to professional associations and informational interviews, try a variety of approaches until you settle on a mix that’s both comfortable and effective. 
 
 
INTERVIEW PREP:   
This Personality Trait is an Interview Killer
According to a recent study, 70% of employers consider a candidate’s personality to be among the top three factors in deciding whether to extend a job offer. Employers reported that “overconfidence” was the most offensive.  If you want to land the job, you must balance sounding confident, without being perceived as overly confident during the interview. Review ways you can avoid crossing the line from confident to cocky during your next interview.
Why Longer Responses to “So, Tell Me About Yourself” are Better
You can treat this question as an ice-breaker and settle with a short one-minute response, but you also have the opportunity to stand out. That requires you to opt for a longer but more thoughtful response. Experienced hiring managers assess your communication skills, hear your narrative about the highlights of your career, and lay the foundation for follow-up questions. Your answers will ultimately shape their judgment on whether or not they will hire you. 
 
4 Interview Mistakes You Probably Didn’t Realize You Were Making
Most people feel vulnerable when they walk into a job interview. Whether it’s the recruiter, the HR leader, your potential boss, or a board member, they get to decide whether or not they want you to go through to the next stage. The feeling of being judged is just part of the job interview process. 
 

The job interview is always a high-stakes conversation, impacting your lifestyle and your paycheck if you get it right. Focusing on a simple phrase can help you to navigate a complicated conversation. Especially if that phrase always leads you towards the outcomes you seek. Sharing your story is a vital part of the interview process, but phrasing your results in terms of your next employer is what high achievers do.  

14 Things Your Candidates Should Never Say in a Job Interview
Recruitment candidates are making the same mistakes over and over again because human nature (and the clichés we see in the media) tells them that certain strategies or phrases will serve them well in the interview room. Candidates should be able to identify the key daily roles they’ll be expected to play in the position, and should express that this is the exact job they’re looking for – as long as that’s more or less true.

How To Close An Interview To Land The Job
When the interview is at its end, and you’ve asked your questions, and they have explained what will be next, most people say goodbye. You then conclude with your verbal business card. It is most effective because once you are done saying it, you leave and the employer takes notes and evaluates you as an applicant.  

 
Top 5 Reasons Why LinkedIn Profiles Are Superior to Resumes 
From the recruiter perspective, LinkedIn profiles are superior at the  initial candidate screening stage because they are more likely to be updated, accurate, and their uniform format makes side-by-side comparisons easier.
 
10 Résumé Tips to Impress a Recruiter in 7 Seconds
Figuring out how to make your resume fully representative of your experience and also stand out is easier said than done. Hiring managers and recruiters generally only spend about 7 seconds reading your resume before deciding whether to move forward or not.  Keep your skills section short, and only include impactful skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying to. 
 
What Is the Difference Between a Resume and a Cover Letter?
There are clear distinctions between the structure and intent of the two documents. A resume is a general summary of your work experience and your cover letter should be a summary of your work experience as it relates to the job at hand. A resume states the facts – who, what, when, and how. In contrast, a cover letter provides an opportunity to explain why you are qualified for the job.  
 

There are so many good, highly-skilled candidates for every job that interviewers are looking for any way to distinguish between future high and low performers.  The words that candidates use when answering interview questions are one big source of differentiation. Just as our words can damage our interview performance, they can also enhance our performance.   

How To Stop Selling Yourself and Start Being Yourself In An Interview

It is only by being you, and not selling you, that you will ultimately find yourself in exactly the right professional seat, no matter if you are starting your career or have already established one. This is also the most powerful way to differentiate yourself from all the other capable people with whom you are competing. Our words are so powerful, and the ones we choose in an interview setting to demonstrate who we truly are deserve the time and introspection it takes to find them. 
 
34 Brilliant Questions to Ask at the End of Every Job Interview
In every interview you should be assessing the employer just as much as they’re assessing you, because you both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great fit. If you don’t ask at least two questions, you will appear disinterested, or worse, less intelligent and engaged than a prospective employer would like. You should have at least four questions prepared in case your original two are answered through the course of the interview. 
 

Case Interview: Complete Prep Guide
You can do everything else perfectly during consulting recruiting, but ultimately, it is your case interview performance that will be the difference between you remaining a candidate or becoming a consultant. A case interview may be based on a project that the consulting firm has actually worked on. So the consulting cases are a reasonably good way to test and see who will be the best potential consultants.  

Having a desire to work in a place that will share and support your values isn’t going away. The challenge remains in figuring out how to test and evaluate a company’s often unspoken work-life beliefs during the interview process. You don’t want to end up in a place that is mismatched to the work-life dynamics you need to thrive.
 
An interviewer wants to get past superficial reasons like pay, benefits and location. When faced with a decision between multiple talented candidates, companies will choose someone genuinely interested in the company’s mission, operating philosophy and approach. If you can’t clearly explain what interests you about the company, save yourself and your interviewer time and cancel the interview.
 
Your story has to focus on your listener – because it’s not just about your past history. It’s what your history, performance and purpose might mean to your interviewer. Find meaning for your prospective employer, and you bring real value to the career conversation. 

NEGOTIATION and OFFER PREP:  

The Advice Half of Working Women need to Hear 
Self-advocacy is difficult for many people, but for women in the workplace, it’s particularly complicated. A host of cultural biases affect how women are perceived and perceive themselves. Women are also equally more likely to undervalue themselves and to see and celebrate the value in others over themselves. Recent data shows that women with a network of other professional women are more successful.

Employers first offer typically is not their best offer and is significantly lower than the amount the employer is often willing to pay. No matter what your situation is, you will increase your take-home pay if you negotiate. The Society of Human Resources Management released survey results noting that over the course of a person’s career, anyone who did not negotiate for a higher salary every time they started a new job would earn $500,000 to $1,000,000 less in lifetime income than an individual who was savvy when handling their salary compensation package.

 

It is easy to get distracted by the excitement of unusual perks. Nonetheless, it’s essential to pay close attention to three important, seemingly obvious employer offerings — the ones that translate into a strong personal brand built on true stability, not fads that may end up giving you the jitters. Sure, glamorous benefits are nice, but so is setting yourself up for a financially secure future — and a personal brand that exudes security too.