How much do extracurriculars matter when applying for a job?

As we begin a new semester and a new recruiting season there are many of you wondering how to balance good grades/extracurriculars/family/friends. Should you strictly focus on academics? Joining a club will probably be fun, but it might be a lot of work, and the real question is: will it help you get a job

Over the next few weeks our team will review hundreds of candidates in search of new management consultants. This year I’ve been volun-told to head up our resume screening team and I have learned some very interesting things about what we look for in a candidate for management consulting and I’d like to share some of that information with you:

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Writing the perfect thank-you after your interview

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Every email, every report, every memo that you write is a presentation. One piece of writing that can really determine your future, is the ever challenging thank-you note: After you’ve written the perfect cover letter and resume, made a great first impression and aced the interview, you have one more chance to make it or break it!

Recently, I’ve been on the other side of the table, interviewing new grads for jobs as management consultants. And the other day I received the best follow up email, maybe in the history of thank-you notes! In fact it was so good, it turned an average candidate into an amazing one.

So what is the best way to send up a follow up note? Keep reading for some tips and tricks!

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Building Credibility

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Why do we all listen when someone like Jeff Bezos or Warren Buffet speaks? Why are you reading this blog right now? It’s because the speaker is credible.

Credibility is a powerful tool in life and in presentations — if people perceive you to be a credible authority on a topic, they will listen attentively, ask engaging questions, and overall make your job on stage much easier. In life, credibility gives you access to better jobs, higher pay, and generally more options.

Most new grads complain that it’s hard to get good jobs because they don’t have experience, but actually experience is interchangeable with credibility, and believe it or not, there are lots of ways to gain credibility: Continue reading

Negotiating a better offer

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Negotiating a job offer is the ultimate test for a presenter. You have to know your facts, think on your feet, and convince someone to give you more than they originally intended to! If you do it right, you’ll get what you want, and the company and the HR department will think they are still getting a steal of a deal. Do it wrong and you might have tarnished your reputation right from the get go.

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Interview Tips

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Interviews are the ultimate challenge in presenting. You are in essence presenting yourself, but you are not in control! It’s almost like a texas style presentation with no protected time. So how can you control the interview and present yourself in the best light?

Thanks to my cover letter, I’ve recently had the chance to go to a lot of interviews. And one thing I can say for sure is that there is no substitute for experience. I can honestly say every interview I did was better than the last. And although I may not be an expert on interviews, I have made some major blunders/discoveries which I would like to share with you.

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