The Cover Letter Refuses to Die

without-a-trace-purge-shreddingAuthor: Rebecca Greenfield
Source: Bloomburg

Depending on whom you ask, the cover letter is either an indispensable part of a job application or a total waste of time. We spoke to five hiring managers for a recent episode of the Game Plan podcast, and each had a different take on its relative importance–as if the hiring process weren’t stressful enough already.

“Cover letters are definitely dead,” said Rachel Bitte, the chief people officer at Jobvite, a recruiting startup. “Recruiters just do not pay attention to them,” said Bitte, who has worked in HR for more than a decade at Intuit and Apple.

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How to Narrow in on a Career Path When You Want To Try Everything

narrow-in-career-pathAuthor: Alison Cardy
Source: Undercover Recruiter

When you’re a kid and you constantly change what you want to be when you grow up, it’s pretty cute and kind of funny. One day you want to be a fireman, next you want to be a doctor and the next day you want to be an acrobat.

However, when you’re an adult, switching between career path ideas rapid-fire can become problematic. Your changing focus results in a lack of momentum and success in your career. So how do you pick a career path when you want to try everything?

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Technology Tuesday: October 18


Welcome to Technology Tuesday! Every week The Job Shop Blog will bring you our 5 top science and technology news stories from around the web.

This week: Giving touch back to the paralyzed, one step closer to true AI, biology by design, an anti-aging protein, and growing crops in the desert. Continue reading

3 Steps for Finding Your Perfect Job, Career, and Life

dream-jobAuthor: Louis Efron
Source: Forbes

Finding your perfect job, career and life may be easier said than done, but with strong commitment, focus and effort it is possible. Luckily, your return on investment should far outweigh the toil.

What would you give to have your perfect job, career, and life?

People who are happiest and most fulfilled live what is the perfect job, career and life for them. This does not mean living their life would be perfect for you. Like a snowflake, perfection is defined individually. It is achievable for anyone willing to put the effort into defining, discovering and pursuing it.

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Weekend Planner: October 14


Friday’s here again!  Welcome to Weekend Planner, your weekend update on fun.

Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

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The Top 5 Interview Questions You MUST Be Prepared For

during-interviewAuthor: Nelson Wang
Source: HuffPo

I used to be terrible at interviewing. I once had four managers in a row rate me second to last out of five candidates.

It was humbling. It was also incredibly motivating.

I spent the next few years studying how to deliver the best possible interview. During this time, I interviewed at great companies and organizations like UCLA, Universal, MTV, GE, Harrah’s, Cisco, Google, VMware, Optimizely, Box, and many more. I also wrote a #1-ranked resume book on Amazon called The Resume is Dead, and have done tons of interviewing as well. I’ve also coached people in their careers, and some of them are now the heads of their departments.

Through it all, I learned that one of the best ways to find interviewing success is through preparation. It’s as simple as that.

There’s a set of five questions you’ll commonly hear in interviews. You may not always hear all five, but you usually will get some of these questions.

If you have a really strong answer to these questions, it can dramatically boost your chances of doing well in the interview and landing the job.

Here are the top 5:

1. Why do you want this job?

Are you motivated by the company’s mission? Are you excited about their vision? Do you feel like you could help them grow exponentially?

Don’t give a fluff answer here. Show depth, thoughtfulness, and passion. Most importantly, be authentic. Here are some possibilities you can explore:

1. You believe in the mission.

2. You believe you can make a huge impact.

3. You believe you’ll be able to grow and learn in the role.

You get the idea. Understand your why.

2. What motivates you?

I ask this question to try to find out what people really care about. Are your motivations driven by…

1. …financial goals?

2. …career growth?

3. …personal development?

4. …work environment and culture?

The list goes on and on.

3. How would you make an impact at the company?

If you’ve done your research on the company, its product and services, and the role you’re interviewing for, you should be able to articulate how you’ll make an impact on the company. For example:

1. Sales: “Here’s my 90-day plan for how I’d help grow sales by 50%.”

2. Engineering: “Here’s a presentation on how I’d help deploy innovative new features. I came up with a new feature that we can implement in the app that could increase user acquisition by 25%.”

3. Marketing: “I’ve created a content-marketing strategy that could help increase inbound leads by 33%.”


Hangry vs. Happy: How Food Affects Mood

lec-nutritionAuthor: Laura Clark
Source: Undercover Recruiter

The clock change is imminent, we can’t remember summer and the lure of the duvet feels stronger than ever, leaving us with no choice but to search ‘mood boosters’ on Google!

Mood is a tricky commodity. A low mood is influenced by so much; often fickle by nature it can come and go or creep up on us unexpectedly as we drag our heels and struggle to get through the day. Interestingly, all the EU nutrition and health claims submitted for approval around ‘mood boosting foods’ have not been authorised. Maybe this is because it is hard to quantify improved mood or single out a specific nutrient or compound capable of such a tall order.

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