how to prepare for a graduate school interview

Learning tips early on how to prepare for a graduate school interview will give you an advantage.  Applying to graduate school is a stressful and busy process. From choosing the programs you’re interested in to polishing your resume, securing references, and writing essays, there’s just a great deal to keep track of. But in the whole

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salary negotiations

In part 1 of our talk with Executive Author, Jane Lin, we discussed the Best Secret to Finding Your Dream Job.  Assuming you have a job offer, now what?  Should you negotiate? We will have on average seven jobs in our life time.  Knowing how to negotiate job offers and initial salary at each new job can means

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changing careers

 Changing careers is not easy for some. However, once you master effective interviewing when changing careers, the path to success becomes a lot clearer. I had a chance to interview one of our Executive Authors, Helena Light, who is a master at changing careers. In eight years at one bank, she had four different careers:

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candid-conversations

Being laid off is inevitable.  Almost everyone will experience it once in their career.  It is how you handle the layoff that will determine your career progression afterwards.  This is why it is so important to listen to this candid conversation I had with one of our Executive Authors, Nadia Drew. In this 15 minute

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Networking Framework

When I wrote about How to Network without Using Small Talk , I received a lot of email responses and interest.  I am not surprised to hear that most found networking uncomfortable.  I am glad to hear these networking articles are making it a little less intimidating.   I wanted to continue on this journey with you

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email

Since I have written a few networking emails in the last few months, I wanted to share these examples with you to help you with your networking efforts.   Below are two examples, each with a different networking purpose. Example 1: Existing contact – asking for help (scoop on a company X) Context: This person

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business networking tips

Business networking is essential to your job success as well as during any of your job search. For job seekers, we all know that the best job openings are those that we can find through our network before it hits the open market.  So the stronger your network the more likely you will come across

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networking playdate

Most people agree that networking is critical to business and career success.  You can find unadvertised job openings and business partners through your network.  Knowing networking is important is one thing, knowing how to do it is another.   This may be in part due to stereotypes about networking.  A recent conversation I had with a

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Question: I’m a 23-year-old somewhat recent graduate (2009) from U.C. Berkeley, majored in Cognitive Science. I have spent the last two years working in various jobs, but I wouldn’t say I have started a career yet. The longest I have had a job was for eight months, immediately after I graduated. This position was a

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complete linkedin profile

Completing your Linkedin profile is probably more important today than even updating your resume.   Even when you are not looking for a job, you should complete your Linkedin profile.   It is your online marketing tool to show off your skill sets and it can work for you 24/7 to attract attention in the

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case interviews

Consulting companies like McKinsey and BCG invented the case interview method.  Now pretty much all consulting firms as well as many hiring managers outside of consulting use the case interview to help them identify the best candidate for a business job opening. So what is an case interview?  Simply, it’s when the interviewer gives you

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Rejection concept.

  Interview rejection is always going to be difficult to hear.  Regardless whether you are a recent graduate or you have been working for years, it’s never nice when you get that phone call/email/letter telling you that you were just not right for the role and thus letting you know the interview did not go

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post-resume-online

The modern job search (for employee or employer) often begins and ends with posting resumes online. There are a number of options out there, of course, and each one has certain benefits and features that can help you target certain types of jobs or play to your networking strengths. For example, there are some sites

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job search strategy to stand out

Human resources departments are inundated with resumes. Moreover, resume screening software can easily reject your resume based on the omission of a key word. Even when your background is perfectly suited for the position, hiring managers may not always understand your unique ability to add value that facilitates the company’s mission. So, how do you

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