Grade Change Negotiations: Stay Strategic!

Grade Change Negotiations: Stay Strategi...

OK, so it happens:  You got a bad grade, or at least a grade that is lower than you anticipated.  It may be lower than you need to graduate, or lower than you need to get into medical school, or lower than you need to land the job with that consulting firm.  Or just lower than you…

Staying Quick on Your Feet–When It’s Time to Open Your Mouth

Staying Quick on Your Feet–When It...

Sometimes impromptu speaking tasks sneak up on you, quick-like:  Maybe your boss asks you to spend a few minutes providing a status report on your team’s project. Perhaps you’re in a training seminar or a graduate school classroom and have been asked to explain your views on a topic of interest. Or the informal chat followed by…

Cover Letter: How Does Yours Stack Up?

Cover Letter: How Does Yours Stack Up?

 On your journey to an excellent Cover Letter,  you have found a promising job post, done your interpersonal and online research of the company and its culture, brainstormed your key skills and experience that match this position, and started to construct stories that describe your accomplishments in interesting and memorable ways. In this final installment on…

Cover Letter: By S-T-A-R or C-A-R

Cover Letter: By S-T-A-R or C-A-R

For those of you who may have missed it, here’s the recap of Phase 1 of the cover letter tri-blogy, Creating your Cover Letter, Gently: Read the job description carefully.  (Very carefully.)  Contact people you know.  Contact people who know people you know.  Contact people you don’t know at all.  Find out more about life…

Creating a Cover Letter, Gently

Creating a Cover Letter, Gently

So…your resume is pretty solid, and you’ve found a job that seems like a potential match for your education and experience.  Few tasks can seem more daunting than the next one on your list:  writing the DREAD COVER LETTER (insert sounds of thunder, wolf howl, and possibly bone-chilling scream). Relax.  I am here to assure…

Networking Email:  Warm it UP!

Networking Email: Warm it UP!

  Business students on the job search know the drill on the networking email: Tell the reader where and what you’re studying. Mention your career focus. Express admiration for the reader’s accomplishments.  Ask for assistance, suggestions, connections.  Invite reader for coffee. Now think of this drill from the reader’s perspective: Meeting you will take time…

Charisma = The Opposite of “Phoning In”

Charisma = The Opposite of “Phonin...

You may have heard from people you admire that the secret to success is “showing up”. .  . On one level, showing up can mean just that: Make it to the inconveniently-timed meeting, let’s say, or the networking opportunity that happens even at the end of a long day. But “showing up” also means connecting,…

The Behavioral Interview “Story”:  Structure, Details, and a Hero (You)

The Behavioral Interview “Story...

A lot of talk in the business school classroom, the boardroom, and on the job search is about “telling your story”–making your ideas, your concerns, and your accomplishments a compelling narrative though the use of classic story-telling structure, rich in relevant detail. Focusing on such topics as leadership, overcoming obstacles, failure, teamwork, and communication, the behavioral interview…

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