Give your resume a tune up. This week's Roundup will include life lessons from a Stanford professor, the most important thing to avoid in an interview, and being a workaholic in the right way. Also, learn how to make a good first impression and how the “confidence gap” is holding women back.
8 Things Recruiters Notice about Your Resume at First Glance (and 4 Things that Don’t Matter)
Is your resume worth reading? Recruiters focus on your most recent role, company recognition, and keywords. Education and fancy formatting aren’t main drivers. Show your personality, not (uncomfortably) personal details. Avoid exaggerating titles and responsibilities – you’re not fooling anyone.
I interviewed over 100 people at Goldman Sachs, and this was the biggest mistake job candidates made'
Keep your cool. Interviewers at Goldman Sachs have identified nervousness as a key factor that hinders candidates. Handling stress is a key performance indicator for Goldman employees, and the interview might be the only shot to prove yourself. Stay calm. Be yourself. And don’t try too hard.
Why being a workaholic might actually be a good thing
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. Being a workaholic has its negative connotations, but it also has its merits. They are perseverant and passionate on the job and often get promoted faster than their peers. However, burnout is a real risk and workaholics should schedule time off when they need to decompress.
A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have
Grow up! More 18-year-olds need to master basic life skills like talking to strangers, whether it be asking for directions or getting advice. They also need to know how to get around on their own and can’t always rely on their parents for rides. Lastly, young adults should learn to take risks. They’ll never grow if they don’t develop a thick skin for coping with failure.
Small Things People Use To Judge Your Personality
First impressions stick. Interviewers, co-workers, and even strangers are all picking up on subtle cues from your behavior. Be mindful of how you treat wait staff, how often you check your phone, and how well you make conversation. These little things can make a big difference in the impression you make.
“I had so many advantages, and I barely made it”: Pinterest engineer on Silicon Valley sexism
Meet Tracy: a Silicon Valley native, Stanford grad, and former Facebook and Google intern. She's got a winning combo for success yet gender politics held her back. From being the only female in the class to being told she can flirt her way to the top, Tracy felt inferior to her bragging male peers. It was only after being a TA did she realize that the “confidence gap” was holding females, like herself, back.
Here's what 20-somethings really want from their companies
Millennials acknowledge that money is important for success, but on its own, it’s insufficient. Top complaints among millennials include feeling underutilized and not being developed as leaders. Meanwhile, top requests include better work-life balance and more opportunities to progress. Millennials are the largest segment of the US workforce, therefore, employers need to identify, understand, and align with Millennial values to prevent talent from walking out their door.
Looking for a Green Job- Don't Overlook the Midwest
Green companies in the Midwest are hiring faster than the entire US job market. Workers are flocking to fields like renewable energy, advanced transportation (think electric cars), and clean fuels. Three-quarters of openings are being created by small companies –so no need to chase big name firms. These green jobs are also employing workers laid off by factory closures, a big win-win for the Midwest.