The Reason You Hate The Job Hunt & How To Solve It

 

If you “love data”, start by loving your own job hunt data

Are you interested in data and data analytics or doing investments and crunching numbers? If you are, you're interested in data, but one thing that people don't ever consider is the data that supports their own opinions and their own ideas about things. 

Just take a moment the next time you have a stressful thought about your job hunt and ask yourself: “do I have data that supports that opinion?” 

I’m going to be that you don’t. 

Let me give you a really simple example. 

There is a person who I think wouldn't want to talk to me. I reached out once to that person over LinkedIn and they never responded. I conclude, “people must not wanna talk to me”. 

This is one data point. How often does one data point reflect a population? (and how often do people get busy, miss messages, or prefer you to follow up over email?)

It’s interesting in the job hunt:...

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3 “Secrets” To Make Your Job Hunt Less Stressful

 

Dealing With Job Hunt Emotions Out Of Control

Emotions are the most tricky thing. They can even prevent someone from applying in the first place! I'm going to talk to you here about a couple of ways that you can avoid the emotional “ups and downs” of the job hunt, or avoid losing control of your emotions and going into a deep depression. 

There have been many times in my job where I have been depressed and just wanted the job search to be over. But, I've also had times where I've been really thrilled with my job hunt and, you know, that's when you get the interview, it's when you get the offer.

I want to talk to you about how to manage this whole process because I've seen it, I've just seen it so many times, and ultimately, it comes down to these three things:

-- Process

-- Brand

-- Focus

Having A Real Process

Applying and then just waiting to hear back it’s the extent of most people's job hunt process. Start seeing your job hunt as a process that YOU bring...

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Handshake Tips & Tricks You Must Know

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The Best Job Hunt App For Students

Handshake is an incredible tool for getting a job as a domestic or international student. And you want to make sure you use it.

I thought we could go through a brief run-through of what's in Handshake, how you can use it, and how you can take advantage of it because I think this might be a great way to save some time in your job hunt. 

There are three things that you can find on Handshake:

  • Jobs
  • Events
  • Employers

There are some important menu items there, and then “messages” and “career center.” 

If you have any messages - as you've successfully applied or been invited to an interview - you're going to get a message in the inbox and the career center link is right there. You can jump into your career center any time and use their resources.

Did you know that most people don't take advantage of this platform?

Use Your Interests To Find The Jobs You Want 

Now that you are at your university's Handshake center,...

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Hacks For Those Hard-To-Get Job Offers

 

A Blackstone Client Experience

I wanted to talk to you for a moment about how to get into those harder to get into firms, and one of those that comes to mind is Blackstone

Recently, I had a student go from zero prior finance experience into Blackstone, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about what that experience is like. If you are interested at some point in moving into one of those kinds of secretive or challenging firms you might find this useful. 

When exploring companies of interest, I always like to develop a target company list - a target list of companies. Ask yourself, where do you want to work? Having that focus is super important and will help you get into these harder to get into firms.

Researching a Company

Let’s look at Blackstone. What we always want to do when we first take a look at a company is going to their website, and when you jump into the website, you see across the top a number of different things that you could research. 

For...

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How To Always “Apply and Hear Back” with LinkedIn

 

Using LinkedIn To Find Your Future Boss

In my Career Accelerator Program, members always apply and “hear back” and network with the right people. Today, I thought it would be helpful to share how we use LinkedIn to achieve that. 

So let's just jump right in and talk about what it takes to see everybody and find everybody on LinkedIn.

What Is The Big Problem On LinkedIn? 

The first thing to address is: what is the problem? Why is there a problem with LinkedIn? 

It’s this: you just see your friends and friends of your friends. 

What's the chance that you're using LinkedIn now and it just so happens that your roommate knows the boss of your dream company or that your friends in your class know the hiring manager and will be the one reviewing your resume? 

Good one, Stuart!

 “What are the chances your roommate already knows your future boss?”

It's impossible, right? 

You need to be able to see beyond your friends and...

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How To Convert Job Fairs Into Interviews

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5 Points of “Job Fair Philosophy” & What To Do Before/During/After a Job Fair


[Author’s photograph of a job fair in Shanghai.]

Let’s talk about job fair strategy and converting job fairs to interviews. *A lot* of this content is what any job seeker should try to shoot for domestic and international students alike. 

So let’s jump into what to do and you may find that if you do these things you’ll be getting interviews through the job fair right away. 

The Five Points of Job Fair Philosophy

So in terms of job fair philosophy, there are five items.
The first thing is to treat the recruiter as a person. Make the recruiter feel like you're talking to THEM - not treating them just as a “stepping stone” to a job.

Second, recruiters hire to solve their problem, not your problem. Companies want to grow and be more profitable. 

Their problem or challenge is the thing “in the middle” between here and there, and...

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Why We Should Talk About Grad School

 

Ever considered attending Grad school? Ever wondered whether that is a good move for you now?

I went to grad school. I went to probably too much grad school!

I did a grad degree when I was doing a startup (just to kind of hedge my bets) - and it kind of worked out: Company, worked out, we listed it publicly - and I ended up getting a master's degree.

Then some years later after work, I went to a dual degree MBA program. 

“I probably have too many masters! As a result, I'm qualified to talk about the subject - having three of them.” 

Now here is what I see as the three top reasons to attend grad school.

Reason #1: Going deeper in a field where you already have some experience 

The first reason is that you have worked for a couple of years and now you want to go deeper into that subject. Do you love finance or do you love electrical engineering? You've done it?  Do you want to go deeper?

All right. You actually have some experience and grad school is...

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Why You Need One-On-One Career Coaching

 

Learn The In and Out's of Career Coaching

What Is One-On-One Coaching?

One-on-one coaching is focused on you. It’s about helping you achieve clarity in your job hunt and then helping you stick with a plan - both identifying what the career goal is - and then working with you step-by-step to achieve it.

A simple example: how best to organize your time? Recently I worked with Harry to help him figure this out, and what a well-organized morning looks for him now: 

Here’s what we solved for:  How to get the most out of each day? What if you’ve got BOTH classes AND a job hunt to attend to? 

Since job hunting is a sustained daily effort, now he knows when and where in his Monday and Tuesday mornings to work on things. 

It doesn’t matter if you are an aspiring data scientist with the Big Four, or you want to work with a nonprofit organization in marketing OR if you want to work in an investment bank: you can get those great jobs and it...

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How Can Online Courses Help Your Job Hunt

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Successful Fall Recruiting Requires The Right Kind of Online Course

You might be thinking right now, “do we need training about online courses? I know, I know! How much more Zoom University do we need?

Good online courses help you implement your job hunt. That’s the difference. It means nothing to your job hunt to work “exercises”. The value of courses is in actually getting the email sent, actually getting the interview, actually networking.

And when job hunting, we want access to training that gets us in touch with people, helps us develop relationships.

“How Can Online Courses Help Us ’Get There’?”

There are different modalities whereby you can learn something, and online courses have their place. Here, let’s talk about what I think online courses should deliver.

The Repeatability Factor is Critical

The first thing I think online courses should offer is repeatability. If something is said amazingly well and really makes its...

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How To Use LinkedIn In Your Job Hunt

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Ever Felt LinkedIn Failed Your Expectations? Here’s How to Fix That

Delighted to have a moment here to talk about LinkedIn with you and how to use it properly so that you get what you came here for - you get to where you want to go in your job hunt! 

When I look out on the international student space I don't see LinkedIn receiving its highest value. And as a result, people are not empowered in their job hunts. 

Within The Career Accelerator Program -  my flagship training for getting great work experience and getting paid for it - we are all about using tools in the right way to empower our job hunts. 

LinkedIn comes down to this one question: 

“Are you using LinkedIn proactively or as a passive recipient of messages?”

Are you mostly just getting sales pitches?

Ever hesitated to check someone’s LinkedIn page or messaging someone in your dream company? 

That’s what's going on in a lot of the lives of job...

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