November 13, 2013
A new post by Lou Adler talks about “Working in Zone 1”. In essence, working in Zone 1 should be the goal. Unfortunately, too many work in Zone 3 or 4. Enjoy reading the post.
October 28, 2013
Finding a job is challenging job. Your career is like a chess game. One important factor in being a successful chess game player is knowing and anticipating the moves of your opponent. Same applies in getting hired and making the right career moves. Know your recruiter; know how he or she thinks and what’s important to them.
Lou Adler who I have quoted several times before just posted another interesting article on hiring from the point of view of a recruiter. In this article he still uses the analogy of Jim Collins’ book, getting the right people on the bus, once they are on the bus get them into the right seat. Here I would like to add my own spin for internships. As you are moving through your junior and senior years you have decided on a general direction – Business. So jump on any bus that has the label “Business” on it. See if the bus drives you into the right direction. If not, get off at the next stop and see if the next bus drives you towards were you wanted to go.
For Adler’s complete article “Use the 30% Solution to Turn Jobs into Careers” follow this link.
October 23, 2013
You may recognize the name Lou Adler, I have quoted him on previous posts. He wrote another interesting column. The column is not necessarily addressed to you as the job seeker, but to the recruiters and how recruiting should be done. Because this article is not addressed to the job seeker it does not mean you should ignore it. In fact, knowing how recruiters think will help you find the right job.
If some of you have taken Paul Collins class you might be familiar with Jim Collins book “Good to Great”. Adler uses the analogy of getting the right people on the bus in to the right seat and the wrong people off the bus with recruiting efforts. The complete article can be found here.
October 16, 2013
In a recent post on a site called The Ladders Amanda Augustine wrote an interesting article on “How to Play Nicely with Recruiters”. I think Augustine makes some valid points worth considering. One recommendation is to make it personal with the recruiter. This of course is much easier said than done. You can read the complete article and her advice on how to play nicely with recruiters here: The Ladders
October 10, 2013
I have recommended posts by Lou Adler before. I am doing it again. Why? Read the following:
- The unemployment rate is far below 4%
- If you’re unemployed or under-employed there are 3.6 million open jobs you won’t get by applying directly
- Quitting is a good thing if you’re employed
I know, how can Adler make those statements? Only one thing to do, read the post and judge for yourself.
October 8, 2013
You should take advantage of this! There is a Business Career Fair on the UW Seattle campus. It is open to all UW students and alumni.
- Date: Tomorrow, Wednesday October 9th
- Location: HUB Ballrooms, Seattle campus
- Time: 2 – 6 pm
- Here is a list of attending employers.
September 30, 2013
Tips on how to get hired; a search on Google claims that there are 148 million results found in just 0.39 seconds. Obviously not every recommendation will work for you but some of them are worthwhile considering. I just read a post from Lou Adler on LinkedIn. He is a CEO and author of several books, the most recent “The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired“. In this short post Adler has some useful tips that could help you with your next interview.
September 29, 2013
A recent planet money podcast titled “What’s Your Major?” explores how much money different majors earn after graduation. We all instinctively know that different majors have different earnings potential, but do you know which major is the big money maker? According to the podcast it’s not a finance major. Can you guess how big the difference between the lowest and highest paid major is? Check out this article, it will surprise you! Now let me make it clear: I do not advocate that you should choose your major based on how much money you will make. Lifestyle, job satisfaction and where you would like to be five years from now are more important than how much you can make after graduation. Listen to this podcast; it will be an eye opener.
September 26, 2013
Walt Bettinger, the CEO at Charles Schwab published an interesting article on LinkedIn. After the initial screening by the HR department he takes a prospect for lunch and observes how that prospect treats the wait staff and how much tip he or she leaves. Interesting! For the full article follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/mfmpbeb
September 25, 2013
In a previous post I pointed out that continued education is something that will set you aside from other job applicants. Reading has a similar effect. Now the question is what to read. Here are three recommendations from Jeff Bezos . Those recommendations come from an article published by CNBC tech correspondent Jon Fortt. The three books are:
- The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
- The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton Christensen
- The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt (I have that book on audio – I agree with Jeff)
Interested in reading the full article follow this link: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Had his Top Execs Read these Three Books
September 23, 2013
When applying for an internship or a job the applicant is always trying to find something that ad’s something unique to the resume. In this article published in the New York Times by Nelson D. Schwartz he suggests to use personal connection to get to the front of the line. For the complete article follow this link: In Hiring, a Friend in Need Is a Prospect, Indeed
September 22. 2013
As the title of the article “Beyond a Resume: What Tech Recruiters Want” indicates, Carrie McComb, the lead tech recruiter at Braintree, focuses on how to apply for a job at an IT company. Despite some obvious differences, she makes suggestions that are easily adaptable to job application in the business world. Carrie states in her article that she is paying less attention to the skills and roles on a resume, but looks for unique qualities of the applicant. She likes applicant who are motivated in taking online courses and continuous learning.
For the complete article, follow this link: blog.udacity.com/2013/09/beyond-resume-what-tech-recruiters-want.html?m=1