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First Principles

Good Ideas Left Behind

Distilling your experience, skills, and accomplishments down to a one page resume isn’t always easy. Some stuff just won’t make the cut. But too many times, stand-out qualities get snubbed in favor of more generic ones – the ones that sounds like they belong on a resume, instead of the...

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Notes from the FIeld

Here in the land of fabulous company perks; 24/7 food service, gym access, laundry delivery, dog friendly offices… we thought it was worth looking at another scene on the work environment landscape. Recently, we spent the day with a local Bay area business owner. It’s a thriving, creative, intense place...

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The Ramblin’ Man

Fredward was anxious. He was en route to his ten year High School reunion. The Fred-ster was excited, but also nervous about impressing his peers. Word on the street was that two girls from his Homeroom had invented a stronger adhesive for Post-It notes and were the stars of the...

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High Sights, Low Results

Glinda had always set her sights high. Throughout high school and college she was involved in a multitude of clubs, projects, and activities, along with an ambitious academic agenda. And while her passion and dedication were obvious, she also had a tendency to bite off more than she could chew....

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Resumes

The Resume Slaughter

It was internship application season and Roger and Shirley, veteran employees at worldwide company TechyTech, were tasked with narrowing the applicant pool from 500 to 25. This was an annual ritual for them, meaning they were experts at slashing and trashing resumes. Of course they wanted to find the best...

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Interviewing

Video Killed the Interview Star

It was a red letter day for Lyle. Since graduating college, he’d been living at home and working at the local diner to save money. But he was finally ready to say goodbye to his parents’ couch and make his way to the big city. And today he had his...

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The Dreaded Dress Code

When you’re interviewing for a job, it can be hard to gauge company culture from afar. And if you earn the chance to interview in person, deducing the unofficial dress code can be a challenge. That’s why we think it’s best to always err on the side of formality. Think...

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A Bad Day at the Job Market

When you’re on the job hunt, it’s crucial to remember that the interview portion does not begin and end with the formal interview. Instead, think of every step along the way as part of one long extended interview. Your email exchanges, your phone conversations, your thank-you notes – these all...

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Networking

Roll out the Rolodex

Spud was distraught. He’d been looking for a job for months with no luck. He’d had a few interviews in the early stages of his search, but these days it felt like he was shouting into a void that wasn’t listening. But don’t feel too bad for Spud yet because...

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The Ramblin’ Man

Fredward was anxious. He was en route to his ten year High School reunion. The Fred-ster was excited, but also nervous about impressing his peers. Word on the street was that two girls from his Homeroom had invented a stronger adhesive for Post-It notes and were the stars of the...

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A Better Day at the Job Market (finally!)

Norbert was a young employee at a hot tech start-up. It was his first job out of college and he was working hard, learning a lot, and making a good wage with good people. All was going well… until it wasn’t. One morning, as he was scrolling through his news...

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When Less is More

Francine was in a tough spot. Next weekend she’d graduate Extra Cum Laude from Elite University, but she still didn’t have a job or a plan for the summer. Everyone knew Francine. She was always active on campus, president of the student government, and famous for convincing the Board to...

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Finding the Job

A Better Day at the Job Market (finally!)

Norbert was a young employee at a hot tech start-up. It was his first job out of college and he was working hard, learning a lot, and making a good wage with good people. All was going well… until it wasn’t. One morning, as he was scrolling through his news...

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When Less is More

Francine was in a tough spot. Next weekend she’d graduate Extra Cum Laude from Elite University, but she still didn’t have a job or a plan for the summer. Everyone knew Francine. She was always active on campus, president of the student government, and famous for convincing the Board to...

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So You’ve Landed an Internship…

Why should you care? What’s the point of this internship? It can be many things – job exposure, experience, money, connections, learning what you do and don’t want in a job, positioning yourself to secure a full time offer later. Internships can be impactful but vary widely and range from...

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We Have a Career Center?

Rodney and Bernadette, juniors at Small College, were walking to class having just returned from Spring Break. Rodney: I’m so glad we both got into Physiology of Mythical Creatures this quarter! Bernadette: Me too. I can’t wait to hear about how the Loch Ness theoretically uses its tail. Rodney: Agreed! Man but when...

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