Think negatively for positive results

Tips on motivation from an astronaut, the power of small talk, how food can make or break a job offer, and more in this week’s Roundup – a summary of the week’s best articles on jobs and recruiting. 

Astronaut Chris Hadfield On How Failing Can Motivate

Embrace the power of negative thinking. Chris Hadfield, maybe the best know astronaut since Neil Armstrong, explains why positive thinking and envisioning success are terrible ways to face your fears. If you're hoping for the best, it means you've lost control. If you instead visualize potential failings and work to mitigate them, you won't be helpless before your fate.

One of the keys to a great job interview has nothing to do with the job
Chit chat. Small talk. Pleasantries. Making conversation before an interview kicks off is a “rapport builder.” Candidates who succeed at this pave the way for greater ratings on job-related questions. Your first impression including physical appearance, voice, and body language could reveal qualities of extraversion and cultural fit.

Charles Schwab's CEO takes job candidates to breakfast and asks the restaurant to mess up their order — here's why
Oh, you wanted fries with that? Next time your order is wrong, don’t throw a fit, but don’t keep quiet. Meal interviews test your ability to deal with adversity and people. Keeping quiet reflects that you’re timid, pay little attention to detail, and not willing to right a wrong, while throwing a fit shows you can’t keep your cool in business settings.


Cover Letters are Dead- Do This Instead
Employers don’t read your cover letter. Period. Instead, personalize your resume to capture details from your cover letter. Add a quick summary of your career to the top. Highlight specific achievements at your previous roles. Mention extracurricular activities and provide your social media handles so that recruiters can get to know you better.

Provosts, business leaders disagree on graduates' career readiness
Ready or Not? 96% of Provosts think they're doing a good job of preparing students for success in the workforce. Only 14% of Americans and 11% of business leaders agree. Instead of pointing fingers, acknowledge that this is a shared responsibility and play your role.

The perks of interning at an emerging startup may surprise you
An internship at a startup is like a backstage pass. At startups, interns have the opportunity to gain more responsibilities, acquire marketable skills across business functions, and work closely with entrepreneurial minds, from the director of sales to the CEO. As a result, interns get to see firsthand what it’s like to run a company and absorb entrepreneurial training as a side-effect.  


The remarkably different answers men and women give when asked who’s the smartest in the class
Young men give each other more credit than their just-as-savvy female peers according to a study on gender bias in the classroom. For instance, if Johnny and Susie both had A's, they’d receive equal applause from female students — but Susie would register as a B student in the eyes of her male peers, and Johnny would look like a rock star. Researchers warn that this adversity won’t go away anytime soon for women.

Malcolm Gladwell: Tell People What It's Really Like To Be A Doctor
9 out of 10 physicians won’t recommend their profession. Even though becoming a doctor is a dream for thousands, it has become a nightmare for many. Pressure from big pharmaceutical companies and mountains of paperwork from insurance firms are dooming the brightest minds in medicine to clerical work. The medical profession needs to be reformed –doctors need to put medicine first.


The Firsthand Review demystifies the paths people take to land great jobs and have great careers. Join thousands of current and aspiring professionals and receive a weekly digest of the best career webinars, news roundups, and articles.

Subscribe to the Roundup