Do you take enough "fika" breaks? In this week's Roundup, learn how to impress top tech companies, optimize your chances at getting an interview, and start on the path to becoming a CEO. Also, master popular questions that test your emotional intelligence, and gain a fresh perspective on your first job.
Tips for Getting a Job at Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and more
Thousands apply, only a select few fit the unique culture. Facebook wants to know if you'll fall in love with your job. Google is looking for intellectual humility –or what it calls "Googlyness." SoulCycle is recruiting naturally positive people who want to make a difference. Snapchat is looking for proactive and driven candidates. Know exactly what the company looks for to stand out.
Why employers hate your resume – before they’ve even opened it
John_Doe_FullStackEngineer_Updated_2016_Resume.doc. Can't stand that resume title? Neither can recruiters. With the overwhelming amount of applicants for some jobs, your resume title needs to be descriptive but concise. Leave out words like "updated," and don't bother including the year. All these details are unnecessary and reveal that you're applying for multiple jobs. Stick to your name and the position you're applying for. Employers will appreciate it.
How to Get the Interview and Get Hired By Sending a Cold Email
Be proactive. Research the best person to cold email. Then, take time to craft the perfect subject line. Next, find a connection like a shared interest to make your email warmer. Begin with an elevator pitch to keep your email concise, and focus on selling your strengths. If you haven't heard back in a week, send a brief follow-up email.
Do These 4 Things if You Want to be a CEO Some Day
Got a corner office on your mind? Start crafting your management story today. Your references should speak to how well you manage people. Keep a record of wins over time –measurable results for your company that can be attributed to you. Maintain momentum. Consistently improve your title and your level of responsibility. Lastly, develop vision. Know exactly where you want to take your company.
A Job Isn't a Wall. It's a Window.
Your first job isn't just something to list on your resume. It's an opportunity to discover strengths and interests that will define the rest of your career. World famous chef Mario Batali built his solid work ethic cleaning the deep fryer at a restaurant while in college. So no matter how boring, redundant, or unglamorous your first job may seem, it could be setting you up for an exciting career.
7 interview questions that determine emotional intelligence
"Who inspires you and why?" This common emotional intelligence question is telling because we often have a lot in common with our role-models, or at least aspire to. "What skills or expertise do you feel you're missing?" This question tests your level of curiosity and desire to learn. "What are the top factors you attribute to your success?" Make sure you credit your team so you don't come off selfish.
Why More MBAs Should Buy Small Businesses
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Consulting = short-term happiness, long-term angst. Meanwhile, small business CEO = short-term angst, long-term happiness. More MBAs are starting search funds to find small businesses to buy and run. Although becoming a CEO overnight is hard, this role is a better long-term fit for MBA skills. Meanwhile, well-worn paths like consulting require you to become a salesperson and rainmaker to climb to the top.
This four-letter word is the Swedish key to happiness at work
"Fika"- the Swedish word for coffee. In Sweden, a coffee break is an opportunity to pause your day. It's not a tool for multi-tasking or staying alert during a meeting, but instead a chance to relax with colleagues. Fika breaks two to three times a day can make you more productive, efficient, and creative. You get a chance to clear your mind and fill it with inspiration from others.