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Becoming a Master Communicator

Becoming a Master Communicator

Becoming a Master CommunicatorShould your resume talk about the strength of your communication skills? Do communication skills really matter? If so, why? Students working towards securing their first job and professionals looking for career advancement have contemplated this for many years.

The answer is yes! Communication skills form part of the assorted bouquet of soft skills. In an effort to make oneself job ready, we focus a tad too much on honing our core functional skills overlooking the development of soft skills. However, we painfully realize their significance when we are unable to, let`s say, articulate our functional skills during an interview or placement drive.

How clearly we express our educational qualifications, professional experience, skills set and interests in a resume determines the certainty of securing an interview call or a job offer. And it doesn`t end there, the confidence with which we approach a job interview, the alacrity with which we respond to the interviewer`s questions and the tenacity with which we handle conflicting views ensures our career escalation. (more…)

How to learn the Art of Hustling for your Career Goals

How to learn the art of hustling for your career goals

How to learn the art of hustling for your career goalsWhat do Ray Kroc, John D. Rockefeller, Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They are widely considered some of the greatest hustlers in the world. Another famous hustler from history? Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader who conquered more lands than anyone else in history. The word “hustle” sometimes implies negative connotations. To be called a “hustler” for example is to imply that someone is a trickster trying to pull a fast one. But any job seeker knows that a hustler is someone who has her eye on the prize and makes sure she isn’t dropping the ball when it comes to her professional goals. In this context, hustling is the art of constantly taking action to achieve the desired outcome. (more…)

Key Resume Tips for Veterans

Key Resume Tips for Veterans

Key Resume Tips for VeteransA resume is your first attempt at making an enduring connection with a prospective employer. It carries tremendous potential to be a true representation of who you are, to transform from being a statement of your qualifications into an extension of your strengths and brand. So, your resume needs to aim not just at catching the eye of recruiters but appeal to their requirements so as to result in an interview call. And that is just the beginning-during the interview process, it should serve as a substantive tool for you to guide the conversation and negotiate your terms.

With these inherent multi-fold goals, how do you craft a resume which is most effective and relevant to the job you really want? Coupled with that, if you are a veteran transitioning into the corporate sector, how do you communicate all that you achieved during your military service in civilian job market terms? (more…)

The magnitude of attitude

The magnitude of attitude

The magnitude of attitudeSuccess is often regarded as a product of uncompromising zeal and that innate quality to confront obstacles and convert them into opportunities. That innate quality generally referred to as attitude is what distinguishes the “extra” from the ordinary, valuable from the dispensable and leaders from the crowd.

Lou Holtz, American football coach and analyst had said: “Ability is what you`re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it”

Much of what we achieve in our career and life in general can be attributed more to who we are than what we know. For, it is our temperament of reacting to stimuli around us which determines how well we cope, perform and influence. Attitude is therefore, an intuitive emotion, one which cannot be instantly crafted to the demands of a job description or personal circumstance. It is, on the contrary, a cumulative representation of our values and outlook born as a response to continuously changing life situations. Our core repertoire of beliefs as manifested in our attitude, in fact, cannot be altered overnight. However, it has a strong impact on the way we act during transition. (more…)

Key Career Center resources that you should leverage

Key career center resources that you should leverage

Key career center resources that you should leverageCareer planning is a demanding exercise, one that requires continuous evaluation of career goals and interests as well as intermittent adjustment of professional priorities. When you begin your journey at college you may or may not have a clear view of what you want to do. Regardless, you should not go to college with a fixed mindset rather approach it as one of the most transformational aspects of your career journey. The key is to maximize the possibilities presented to you. The opportunity to do and be anything is truly possible while you are at school. Once you gather more professional experience, organizations begin factoring your previous experiences strongly.  B-schools present a unique avenue to students to switch careers and focus on functions and industries that they anticipate they can build a long- term career in. For many of you, the opportunity to work in certain organizations may only be possible via the conduit of the recruiting engine at your college.

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How to prepare for a Successful Stint at Business School

How to Prepare for a Successful Stint at Business School

How to Prepare for a Successful Stint at Business SchoolBusiness school, it turns out, is a classic conundrum. On the one hand, an MBA is a highly desirable degree and seemingly a ticket to future success in the business and corporate arena. Yet, on the other hand, the business school landscape is replete with stories of student angst, anxiety and high stress that can lead even the toughest amongst us to crack under the weight of high and unrealistic expectation. Why then is business school such a draw for the highly motivated? Because, prevailing wisdom suggests, business school teaches you the fundamental concepts and ideas that can help you become a successful executive. A stint at business school will arm you with the knowledge you need and prepare you to face many of the issues and challenges you will undoubtedly face as you navigate the business world while giving a boost to your resume, abilities, self-assurance and confidence. (more…)

5 essential elements of a perfect MBA resume

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5 essential elements of a perfect MBA resumeWhat does the best resume look like? While this article may not prove to be the magic spell that helps you create the best resume, it will definitely help you determine what to put on a resume, so that it definitely gets you that elusive interview call. A well-polished resume is a critical component of your B school kit. It takes time to build a good resume and starting early in the academic cycle helps as one can go through multiple reviews to get a resume- interview or career fair ready.

Here are the five essential elements, a perfect MBA resume should have (this is by no means a comprehensive list, so please make sure to check the career center resources for finer details on good resume writing) (more…)

Cover Letters-Outdated or Relevant?

Cover Letters-Outdated or Relevant?

Cover Letters-Outdated or Relevant?Cover letters – does anyone still write them? The answer to this question is yes, very much and even if you don`t write a formal separate document called cover letter for your job application, chances are you are still expected to write something in the e-mail you send, or in the form you fill out on the employer site. So in essence, anything you write that accompanies your resume that is part of a job application is a cover letter! So, yes the cover letter is very much alive!

The reason is simple-for someone to even open your resume, they should be enticed by your cover letter. In fact, most college career centers both at the undergrad and graduate level tell us that recruiters are still looking for a cover letter to accompany the resume that is sent to them. (more…)

The truth about an honest resume

The truth about an honest resume

The truth about an honest resume“If you tell the truth you don`t have to remember anything”-Mark Twain
One fact that is a constant in HR circles is that a dishonest resume is a straightforward No! It causes immediate disdain among hiring managers so much so that an otherwise valuable candidate lands in the reject pile. Jobseekers who have to anyway contend with thousands of other candidates vying for the same job should be extremely mindful of this. Of course, a resume is a powerful channel to convey your achievements in the most favorable light. It is the fact contained in the achievements, however, which cannot be compromised.

Operating in a cut-throat job market as a hopeful applicant can be quite daunting. It is not too difficult, actually, for candidates to succumb to the urge of pushing details beyond the realm of truth. In an effort to embellish some professional stints, they end up describing tasks which they never performed or skills they never actually possessed, or perhaps overstating the outcomes of their work.

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How to navigate a career change at B-School

How to navigate a career change at B School

How to navigate a career change at B SchoolChange! A word which is made up of six letters and is spoken with just one syllable. A word with four consonants and two vowels. How can such a small, innocuous word, cause such unease in our hearts is something that should be delved into deeply. However, if you are thinking of a career change, it is perhaps not the best time to understand the philosophy behind the word.

Today, on average, people tend to change jobs ten to fifteen times in their career, with two or three career changes. But how easy is switching careers without enough credentials to back you? Through this article, we would help you explore how exactly you can steer the proverbial ship through this hurricane, and how a B-School can help along. (more…)

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