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Cover Letters-Outdated Or Relevant?

Cover Letters-Outdated or Relevant?

Cover Letters-Outdated or Relevant?Cover letters – does anyone still write them?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…)

How To Excel In Career Fairs

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How to excel in Career FairsWith a student`s academic calendar already packed with numerous class projects, seminars and career treks, you may wonder if attending a career fair is really useful. But come to think of it, who would like to pass up on the opportunity to meet a large number of recruiters from diverse industries and regions at a single location in a short span of time? Of course, no one! Career fairs are great platforms for career guidance and to familiarize yourself with the prevalent industry trends, career growth, career development, the kind of job roles that are in demand, the expected skill sets and positions available. But the most critical benefit of attending career fairs is to really master your networking skills and make valuable contacts. Talking with industry leaders, company executives and alumni in-person can grant you practical, first-hand knowledge about the various career paths suitable for your interests, values and competence. Various career fairs equal various career opportunities.

When it comes to career fairs, you really are spoilt for choice. Other than your school facilitating at least two fairs in an academic year (one usually in spring and another in the fall), you also have the option of attending various national/regional fairs organized by certain professional associations and communities. You can target specific companies and industry experts belonging to a particular demographic or academic discipline. These are usually organized by national associations and are conducted on a much larger scale. (more…)

Making the most of Networking Nights

Making the Most of Networking Nights

Making the Most of Networking NightsGrad students nowadays see “networking” as one of the prime reasons to pursue their graduate degrees. While the main reason for doing so remains moving up the career ladder and a better prospect at the next career junction, having a good network and building the right contacts in school can lead to a plethora of professional networking opportunities that might have been impossible pre-grad school. Whether that is the next shot at the $100K job offer or funding for your next startup idea – the possibilities are seemingly endless.

So, what does it take to make the most of that “famed” networking night on campus that students look forward to? With these simple and effective networking tips, you can rest assured that you are making the most of your time and deriving maximum value from these events. (more…)

6 Amazing TED Talks For MBA Students

6 amazing TED talks for MBA studentsIn the ever growing business world, any firm, big or small, needs leaders. Not just the ones who are running the firm but emerging leaders from various facets that can take the business forward. And for B-School students, it becomes even more crucial to embody some of the most important traits that translate to leadership success. With that in mind, here is a list of 6 of the best and most inspiring TED talk videos that an MBA student must watch. (more…)

Maximizing A Latent Resource – Your Alumni Network

Maximizing a latent resource-your Alumni Network

Maximizing a latent resource-your Alumni NetworkSeveral studies in the recent past strongly point towards the criticality of networking in a job search. Some experts opine as close to 80% of jobs today are obtained through referrals of some kind. With such trends, students would do well to leverage all the job search resources at their disposal. One such extremely valuable resource is the alumni community of your college. They are treasure troves of industry knowledge and career advice which in turn finds credence from their vast and practical work experience.

However, before you start the process of identifying and reaching out to alumni, it is important to understand what your goals are for connecting with your alumni. Alumni usually have limited time and they can very quickly see through genuine connect vs. a candidate who is just trying to get shortlisted for the company they work for. You may have a few reasons to reach out: (more…)

5 Important Undergraduate Resume Pointers

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5 Important Undergraduate Resume PointersNobody can discount the importance of a first impression. And when it comes to landing an interview, or converting one, much rests on your resume. According to various statistical sources, most recruiters spend only a few seconds to go over a resume. Hence, it is imperative that it creates a good first impression. With that said, we have few important points that we believe you should bear in mind, once you start drafting your resume. 

  1. Format your resume to make it easy to read: Imagine a recruiter holding two resumes in his hands. In one, he has a resume with endless text, no defined sections, three or possibly four different font sizes and styles, and inconsistent or virtually no spacing among paragraphs. In the other, he holds a resume which is in chronological order, has clear and consistent sections with defined headings, font size and style. Which one would he prefer to read first? It is the same as walking into an interview. No matter how technically strong or confident you are, if you walk into the interview wearing an outfit which is too jarring or unprofessional, it would fail to create a good first impression. So, suit up your resume format, and see how it creates an advantage for you.

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5 Key Ways To Prepare For An Interview

5 Key Ways to Prepare for an Interview

5 Key Ways to Prepare for an InterviewInterview preparation is like Math! Practice, practice and more practice! However, don’t become a robot, your goal should be to communicate the best version of yourself during an interview and make sure you move to the next round (or get the offer if this is the final round).

Interview preparation at college particularly B-Schools is not something you start doing when you get the interview call. Any successful candidate will tell you that they started their interview preparation months before they even knew which companies had shortlisted them. Just like you start preparing for GMAT months before you actually take the exam. (more…)

How Important Is Emotional Intelligence In A Workplace

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How important is Emotional Intelligence in a workplaceLet us first understand – What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

Imagine if you couldn’t understand when your co-worker was angry or when your friend was sad. This ability is referred as Emotional Intelligence. In the simplest terms, emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. There are several schools of thought regarding the origin of EQ. While some give EQ importance over IQ and suggest emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, others claim it is an inborn characteristic.

Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer have been the leading researchers on emotional intelligence since 1990. In their influential article “Emotional Intelligence,” they defined emotional intelligence as the subset of social intelligence. Later Daniel Goleman’s book on Emotional Intelligence described that to be successful EQ is more important than traditional IQ measures. (more…)

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