Category:Important Skills

3 Simple Ways to Avoid the Hiring Black Hole & Differentiate Yourself to Employers

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By Sjoerd Gehring, Global VP of Talent Acquisition and Employee Experience at Johnson & Johnson Applying for a job is no easy task. When candidates submit a job application, it often feels as though it has disappeared into the hiring “black box.” Not only are candidates not given any information regarding their application, but they have to wait to hear back—often for a very long time. I recognize how incredibly frustrating this could be, but I assure you, you’re not alone. At Johnson & Johnson, we asked over 100,000 candidates what their biggest frustrations were. Over and over again, candidates … / Read more »

Why cross-functional learning shouldn’t end with a diploma

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By Davina Mazaroli & Alexis Unwalla, Anheuser-Busch Diversify your skillset – common advice given to students these days. But if cross functional learning & development is a no-brainer in the classroom, why should it end once you have your diploma? To reach your peak professional potential, it’s important to find a company that actively pushes you to learn through versatile opportunities and job experiences. The U.S. Department of Education has found an 85% increase in the number of college students earning multiple majors over the last 10 years. Students are interested in broadening their knowledge during college in order to optimize … / Read more »

Questions you should always ask in an interview

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An article by contributor Craig Scott. When you go on a job interview, your interviewer will ask you a lot of questions. That makes sense. They’re trying to see if you’re a good fit for the position and for their company. Typically, they’ll ask you if you have any questions toward the end of the interview. You might think it makes more sense, or makes you look better, to not ask questions. But you actually should ask several specific questions. Even if they don’t ask if you have any questions, make sure you always ask a couple of these questions: … / Read more »

How to Successfully Network before Graduation

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An article by contributor Dixie Somers. As graduation approaches, college students have a lot to do. You must prepare for finals, complete major projects like your undergraduate thesis and get ready to move on to the next phase of your life. Searching for your first job is a top priority. The reality is that many other people will be applying for each job that you are interested in. Building a network of professional contacts before you graduate will put you in a good position to land one of those jobs. With a good network in place, you may get hired even … / Read more »

Managing Your Money – Financial Literacy 103

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For many first-time full-time employees, getting that first real paycheck may be the most money you’ve held in your hands at one time. It can be overwhelming and exciting to think of all the things you can acquire now. Financial stability is more about managing the money you have rather than making more, and for the last segment on Financial Literacy, we’ll explore how to budget, save and make your money work for you! Budgeting It can be tempting to rush out and spend your whole paycheck on things you want, but you’d be stranded without money for 2 weeks … / Read more »