March Madness: Career Advice Edition

This week we look at Jack Welch's leadership advice, how to ace technical interviews, and the impact that diversity can have on interviews.

What the Best Mentors Do
Harvard Business Review
How can a mentor instill “goodness” into their mentee? Put the relationship first by establishing rapport and building your mentorship on common ground. Focus on shaping character rather than teaching competencies. Be loudly optimistic, and take the time to think about your mentees’ ideas before criticizing them. If you’re mentoring someone within your organization, be more loyal to your mentee than to your company. Read Article»

Women Working
The Simple Trick Women in the White House Use to Stop Getting Interrupted
The Muse
Dolly Parton spoke directly to women in "9 to 5" when she sang that "they just use your mind, and they never give you credit." Women in the White House related so much that they organized. They decided that the best way for them to rise was to amplify each other's voices. When they liked a female colleague's idea, they actively repeated it and gave the originator credit. This simple tactic has had a measurable impact on morale and achievement for the women working in our highest office, and it can help you too. Read Article»

Six Female Execs On The Early Career Advice They Wish They’d Gotten
Fast Company
“While planning for your future is great, the fact is, things change,” says GM CEO, Mary Barra. Leah Sweet, a VP at PayPal, wishes she had more confidence and embraced her unique perspective. Kris Miller at eBay urges young women to work abroad – it’s both personally fulfilling and gives you a professional edge. And Jessica Verrilli from Twitter says that you shouldn’t be scared to fall outside the boundaries of your job description. These and other female execs share their career experience to give insights to the next generation of young achievers. Read Article»

Women Helping
Gender in the Job Interview
Chronicle of Higher Education
Interviewing isn't always an equal playing field. Women are often perceived as interviewing poorly due to timid body language and use of qualifying statements. Luckily, women don't need to simply "act more like men." Instead, candidates should actively consider how they will be perceived: start strong; take credit; and show presence. Conversely, responsible hiring committees should remember their priorities: don't be too quick to judge and consider potential for double-standards. Read Article»

Women Helping
How to ace your next technical interview with Katie Thomas, self-taught Software Engineer at Google
medium
You don’t need a Computer Science degree to get a job as a software engineer. Practice makes perfect. Go online and try out hundreds of practice problems. After completing each, use your resources to improve upon your solution – focus on reducing complexity, operating time, and memory usage. When it comes to the interview itself, dictate your thought process to demonstrate your problem-solving skills. Read Article»

Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still
NPR
According to a new study Asian names — names of Indian, Pakistani or Chinese origin — were 28 percent less likely to get called for an interview compared to applicants with Anglo names, even when all the qualifications were the same. For many Asian-Americans, this kind of discrimination means that the pressure to change their names and shed the perpetual foreigner stereotype is strong. Read Article»

Charts
The Hard Truth About Lost Jobs: It's Not About Immigration
LinkedIn Pulse
Contrary to political claims on both sides, 88% of all US manufacturing jobs were lost to advancements in technology and automation. Research indicates that more and more jobs have automated out of the need for human intervention. Routine cognitive and manual work may be the first to go, but knowledge jobs are at the greatest risk of disappearing to job-seekers of tomorrow. Read Article»

Former GE CEO Jack Welch says leaders have 5 basic traits — and only 2 can be taught
Business Insider
Leaders are both born and made. Legendary GE CEO Jack Welch contends that leadership has five essential traits: positive energy, passion, edge, the ability to energize others, and talent to execute. Edge and execution are the only two that can be taught because they are largely a function of self-confidence. Decisiveness is admirable, and most impactful when combined with relevant experience. Read Article»

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