We All Need Somebody to Lean On

May 9, 2017

Firsthand Staff

This week we look at the types of people from whom to seek career advice, how to look at a job interview like an audition, and things that new grads should know before joining a startup.

The Thing Employers Look For When Hiring Recent Graduates
It’s experience that counts. GPA, college reputation, and course history are all factors when hiring, but the most important one just might be internship experience. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, internships were ranked more highly than all other factors, including GPA and college major. Remeber, academics alone won’t get you to your goal. Read Article»

6 Things New Grads Should Know Before Joining a Startup
Harvard Business Review
So, you want to work for a startup? According to an Accenture survey, nearly 50% of U.S. graduates want to work for a startup or a small business. Startups may have plenty of perks, but you may face just as many challenges. Startups are often unable to offer benefits like dental insurance or a 401(k) plan. High turnover can also lead to rapid fluctuations in corporate culture. Other obstacles you might encounter include pressure to always work, lack of structure and resources, and financial uncertainty. Know what you’re getting yourself into. Read Article»

To Ace Your Job Interview, Get into Character and Rehearse
Harvard Business Review
Get into character. A job interview is like an audition. For this kind of scene, you’ll need to exude confidence, competence, likability, flexibility, and more. How to do this in a high-stakes situation? Tap into your natural ability to imagine and pretend — and craft your character. Make a list of the qualities the successful candidate should convey, and embody them. Read Article»

The Importance of Attitude in a Technical Field
Firsthand Blog
Getting career advice doesn’t simply mean doing mock interviews or networking. When Central Queensland University advisee Jeevan (’16) connected with Lami (’03, ’04), he was able to get the confidence he needed to succeed. Read Article»

The No. 1 Way to Nail a Job Intervew
Use compelling stories to stand out in an interview. Most interviewees come in qualified and prepared, but using stories to demonstrate your value makes you unique. To tell your story, use the SOAR framework – Situation, Obstacles, Action, and Results. And, Practice, practice, practice! Read Article»

4 People You Should Turn to When You Need Career Advice
I get by with a little help from my friends. While it’s easy to rely on friends and family for advice, they might not be the best resource for your career. By having former bosses, those in your industry, recruiters, and colleagues in your advisory board, you can leverage your professional network better and get to where you want to be. Read Article»

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