LinkedIn is the de facto social platform for professionals and an undeniable avenue for job search, building relationships, knowledge sharing and much more. Within a span of few years, LinkedIn has rapidly evolved as an essential hub for our careers. The data proves its omnipresence. With 10 million active jobs, 9+ million companies and more than 100,000 articles published every week, LinkedIn is deftly reshaping how we view and build our professional realm. With every connection made, you effectively extend your reach to 400 new connections, 100 new companies and an average of 500+ jobs. These are compelling numbers and a testament to LinkedIn’s position not only as an aggregator of job openings and industry news but as a massive and an ongoing virtual networking event.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘Sales Pitch’? We usually picture an overeager Sales Rep giving a hyperbolic monologue about their product. Of course, that is not the impression you want to make when pitching yourself for a job. So, how does one pitch without sounding too ‘pitchy’? In the ‘golden days’ of Hollywood, aspiring writers flocked to LA and accosted producers wherever they could (including the elevator) to sell their ideas. With luck, they could hope for 60-90 seconds in front of their audience. The best could deliver a concise but exciting “pitch” in the brief moments between floors- that’s the origin of the “Elevator Pitch”.
Today, the elevator pitch is an impactful verbal endorsement of your personal brand that can supplement your resume and establish you as a deserving prospect for that dream job. (more…)
“Engagement has to be human, because people trust people more than brands.”- Ana Alonso (Global Marketing Head Recruitment, Shell)
In the midst of a global technological whirlpool, it should not come as a surprise that the job search process is changing rapidly. From job hunting and hiring to resume screening and interviews, recruiters and job seekers are eyeing prospects beyond geographical lines. Of the many online recruiting processes, a recent trend is gaining popularity: Virtual Career Fairs or VFairs. Similar to their analog counterpart, VFairs are interactive online platforms or events that bring job seekers and recruiters together via chat rooms, teleconferencing, webinars and much more. With the unlimited number of options thus available, how does one decide which job fairs to be a part of?
Read on to discover what sets VFairs apart from traditional job fairs and how you can leverage the opportunity to secure your dream job.
“The future of the economy is in STEM. That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.” -James Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington D.C.
A STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree can open up a plethora of career avenues in research and innovation. The vital problem solving and critical thinking skills developed through a STEM degree are highly prized in the Oil & Gas, Cybersecurity, Healthcare, and Medical Science industries. With rigorous training in Science, Mathematics or Statistics, STEM degree holders are naturally equipped to take up quantitative modeling and analysis to solve unique business problems. As our world becomes more technologically integrated and sophisticated, opportunities for STEM individuals are bound to grow by leaps and bounds.
Maya Angelou has rightly said “People will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The feeling after a relaxing vacation or a good meal, isn’t always just about the product or the food. It’s about how happy or excited it made you feel. The biggest asset that the hospitality industry has, is making the guests feel comfortable by catering to their specific demands and preferences. From connected rooms that can be controlled through the guests’ smartphones or virtual reality property tours, the industry is employing cutting-edge technologies to deliver a better experience. The services extend beyond the hotel property to include all aspects of guests’ experience from travel to recreation and entertainment. These changes are creating a diverse array of job opportunities for fresh hospitality graduates.
What started as an experiment by Chicago Booth in 1943 to impart busy executives with management education has now evolved into a standard program for most global business schools. An Executive MBA is structured to accelerate the careers of mid-level managers or senior executives by providing them with a platform to refresh their skill sets, learn about the developing industrial landscape and polish leadership skills. If a professional wishes to climb up the career ladder without giving up their job, or their current professional endeavors, then EMBA is surely the way to go!
Professionals can expect to be offered higher salaries or more important job roles once they complete their EMBAs.
“What we find, changes who we become” – Peter Morville
What Is Research Assistantship
According to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), undergraduate research entails “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” Undergraduate students passionate about enhancing their knowledge of a particular discipline can choose to volunteer as a graduate research assistant under a faculty member or senior graduate student. Sure, such experiences help to highlight your domain knowledge and practical research experience in your resume, but the bigger question is, how does your assistantship experience build your skill set and your overall career prospects? (more…)
Exams are round the corner and it’s time for stress to make its customary appearance. Time to burrow yourself deep in pages, highlighting every important line and fervently preparing notes in an attempt to soak in a semester’s worth of knowledge in just a few days. However, there are better alternatives to all nighters and cramming. The code to cracking your exams is utilising smart study hacks. Realistic, not idealistic goals will help you succeed.
We’ve prepared some hacks for beating indecision and maximizing productivity and learning.
Long workweeks and college schedules leave little time for professional development pursuits.
It can be hard to remember that everyone has the same number of hours in a day as overachievers such as Warren Buffet, Sundar Pichai and Umberto Eco.
Indeed, the great scholar Umberto Eco, who was a philosopher, university professor and bestselling novelist inspired great awe when he successfully juggled his passions and was often asked about his superior time management skills.
On his secret, he said, “Did you know what will happen if you eliminate the empty spaces from the universe, eliminate the empty spaces in all the atoms? (more…)
Networking can be vital to professional success, and some take to it like fish to water. These are the extroverts, whose brains are wired to feel pleasure from social activities, and who thrive on the energy gained from interacting with others.
Then there are others who have an inherent aversion to it and avoid the various networking opportunities at the college and professional level. People on the introverted side of the personality spectrum find engaging in groups quite daunting. (more…)