In order to create the next generation of “deeper, fuller human beings,” NYT columnist David Brooks has some tips for employers. Hiring managers, Brooks argues, have the power to break the mold when it comes to candidate selection, thereby shaping the quality of the rising ranks of professional leaders. I am tempted to say “don’t try this at home” because until recruiters actually start following these practices, rewriting your cover letters into a stream-of-consciousness rant is probably not your best bet. Extra special disclaimer if you are in the legal profession, where we all know that convention rules the day. Still, taking these tips with a grain of salt, candidates can be inspired to go beyond the typical dry cover letter to establish a personal brand that makes them stand out. For example:
Anyone applying for jobs, or thinking of doing so soon, should add the full “Employer ‘s Creed” to their list of inspirational prep reading. Don’t assume employers want you to be a carbon copy of everyone who already works at the company, and don’t focus on what you think you lack. Instead, think about the assets that make you unique—the “Deeply Unfashionable Thing” in your past may actually be the interview topic that ends up landing you the job.
The so-called brain drain continues at beleaguered JPMorgan Chase.
A few days ago, a man named Fang Fang, the chief of JPMorgan’s Chinese investment banking unit, quit amid an investigation into the bank’s alleged practices of hiring people in Asia so their relatives in the government would send business the bank’s way.
There's nothing like the name of a top business school to make your resume more appealing to employers—which is probably why so many people are tempted to lie about it. Even for those who have the acumen and ability to cope with the workload, there are a couple of major drawbacks to signing up for an MBA: namely the cost, and the time out of the workforce.
It’s another frigid day here on the East Coast, an uninspiring 31 degrees at the present moment, at what will hopefully be the tail end of a seemingly endless winter. But a hint of warm weather this past weekend plus the briefly heralded first day of spring last week has put summer on my brain.
“New hire’s remorse”—at least under this name—is a recent phenomenon that we broached last week. Also called “shift shock,” it arises when an employee regrets taking a job because it isn’t the right fit or is completely different from what was expected.