Nothing is more annoying to me than reading a job description where the company wants to hire someone who already has experience doing the exact same job. Now, I know where they are coming from. They don’t want to take a risk, they don’t have the time or capability to train someone, and they want the person to jump right in and add value on day one. But from a candidate’s perspective, how are you ever supposed to get […]
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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the folks in the HR department can have a significant impact on your career. From compensation to promotion decisions, many people underestimate the role of HR and what a difference it can make if they’re on your side. The next time you see the HR rep coming your way, don’t duck into the copy room or act distracted at the water cooler. Smile, say hello and keep these tips from an HR insider in mind.
You’re scanning the career sites online and come across your ultimate dream job. It’s perfect, and you want it. Bad. But wait—they’re looking for someone with 10+ years experience who’s managed a large team, and they prefer people with MBAs. And while you have great experience, you definitely don’t have those things. Should you apply, or would it just be a waste of everyone’s time when you don’t have what the position is really asking for?
From practical jokes with George Bush Sr. to asking Brad Pitt for ID, Payal’s found herself in some pretty funny situations over the course of her (very successful) career – spanning non-profits, marketing, banking, and government relations. She recently uprooted herself to London-town, but squeezed in time for an interview to dish the dirt on dropping names in DC, reneged job offers, and what not to do if she’s your mentor. Payal, you worked for President Clinton […]
Whenever I’ve hired someone fresh out of college, I’ve told them on day one that they’re going to mess up. I explain it’s inevitable and simply a matter of time. Now before you tell me how much I suck at motivating a team, this isn’t because I lack confidence in them. It’s because no one’s perfect and everyone makes mistakes. I remember the first big mistake I made (well, I thought it was big at the time). In retrospect, it […]
Sometimes, small things make a big difference – like forgetting to attach a speech to an important email that you sent before logging off for the weekend… Yep, I did that in my first few months of work. The CEO of the company in Singapore needed it for an event, and of course everything was perfect, except for how I forgot to attach the document! Well, luckily small positive things can also make a big difference. With that, here […]
Whether it’s an unpaid internship at an NGO or an Analyst gig at an investment bank, you have to make a good impression. Once someone has an opinion of you, research shows that they have to be proven wrong not once or twice, but 14 times before they’ll change their mind. So get it right the first time. Here are 5 must-do’s for your first week (drum roll….):
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Straight after doing my undergrad, I signed up for a one year Masters program (International Employment Relations and HR) in the UK. School there started at the very end of September, and in December, I came to the terrifying realization that I had missed a lot of the ‘milkrounds’ – what they call the job application process for new graduates!
At school, we’re constantly taught not to plagiarize, right? Don’t steal someone else’s ideas. Don’t copy words from another article or book. Only use original arguments. And so on… Well, years ago I kinda came to realize that work is different. In many roles, whether we realize it or not, writing is a big part of the job. You might not necessarily be drafting papers or major reports always, but almost everyone in a corporate job has to produce updates, […]
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