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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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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The Perfect Cover Letter

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A cover letter is the ultimate presentation. It needs to be a stand alone piece of work: introducing yourself and why you fit the job your are apply for perfectly. And it also needs to fit well with your résumé: providing a proper introduction to it.

Most importantly though, it needs to spark interest in the reader. Interest enough that they want to read your résumé and hopefully, talk to you.

Some hiring managers go straight for the résumé, rendering your cover letter useless. But many do the opposite: opting to read ONLY your cover letter.

I’ve been working on cover letters pretty diligently for the last few weeks, and have got some good feedback on it! I got interviews with both Scotia Bank and BMO Investment Banking and both sets of interviewers complimented me on my cover letter! So today I want to share with you some tips and tricks along with links of where I stole them from!

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