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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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