When Nisarg Shah first began looking for jobs, he wasn’t sure whether his background would land him the career that he wanted. Nisarg knew that his undergraduate degree in engineering  and banking experience in India gave him a unique, analytical edge, but he wasn’t sure if he could easily break into consulting and business strategy in Canada. After some initial unsuccessful efforts to land a job, Nisarg found his confidence waning, and thought perhaps his engineering background—and status as an international exchange student—might be to blame.

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Hybrid jobs, networking like a successful person, and what you can learn from working in food service. This week we are exploring what we can all do to interview and succeed in the modern workplace. If you like what you read, please forward it to a friend or colleague.

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For the better part of an hour, you’ve done your best to answer questions about your strengths, your weaknesses, and your five-year plan. It’s been awkward. By the time the interviewer asks “So, any questions for me,” you’re spent. But it’s not over yet. There’s ample opportunity for failure and redemption in how you answer this last critical job interview question.

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A couple of years ago, Bozhidar Draganov found himself in a quandary: after applying to graduate MBA programs in the U.S., he received an acceptance and full scholarship thanks to his innovative entrepreneurial ventures—but those same ventures prevented him from obtaining the visa necessary to stay and attend school.

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Considering your next steps? This week's Roundup helps you network for your future.

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“So, tell me about yourself.” “Tell me your story.” “Walk me through your resume.” Virtually every job interview opens with a version of the same one-liner. It’s a softball, but it’s also a trap. Answer it poorly, and spend the rest of your interview trying to undo a bad impression. Answer it well, and the job is yours to lose.

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How to make moves and influence people. This week's Roundup asks you what kind of job you want, talks to you about who has influence on your career’s advancement, and how to interview in the 21 st century economy.
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It’s not about the classes you take, but the hands you shake. This mantra burned into Robert Roloff’s memory as a freshman and stuck with him all throughout his years at the University of Central Missouri. It helped him land a long-term internship on campus with Sodexo, the dining services company, by networking with Tau Kappa Epsilon alumni. When it was time for the 2016 graduate to further explore career options, the UCM Alumni Advisor Network was a natural first step.

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Choosing a career path may be stressful, but fret not. Whether you’re still in college or just starting your first job, you have your entire professional life ahead of you. Congratulations! The possibilities are endless. However, the first few years of your career will likely dictate your career path, income potential, as well as your personal life. A little frightening, but I don’t mean to scare you! I’m only trying to tell you the truth.

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This week we’re doing job-seekers on our platforms two big favors. First, we’re making feedback from advisors more structured and more consistent. Next and more significantly, we’re letting advisors personally vouch for candidates. These changes are part of our new advisee feedback feature which goes live for advisees and advisors on AMPs and CAPs this week and on Evisors.com this fall. No action is required on the part of admins, advisors, or advisees other than for advisors to formally submit the feedback they’ve probably already been sharing informally.

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