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Top 10 things hiring managers look for in candidates

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I recently attended the annual conference of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers in Chicago. One of the general sessions featured a panel discussion with members of The Career Advisory Board. As part of this panel, CAB member Kristin Leary, Vice President of Global Talent  at Quintiles, presented the top 10 things hiring managers look for in candidates, gleaned from the Career Advisory Board’s Job Preparedness Indicator Report. Here is that top 10 list (with my parenthetical commentary). Top 10 things hiring managers look for in candidates Positive Attitude (focus on the opportunities in your life, not the obstacles) Strong … / Read more »




Can’t find a job? Why not just go to grad school?

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“The economy is bad, I guess I’ll go to graduate school.”  Have you said this or heard someone say this recently?  I’ll bet you have. I have heard this statement countless times from students facing the completion of their undergraduate degrees. They don’t know what they want to do when they graduate, they hear news reports about high unemployment rates, and they figure that a graduate degree will allow them to wait out the recession, buy them more time to make up their minds and make them more marketable. Ready for the cold, hard slap of reality: A graduate degree – by … / Read more »








Are you really overqualified for that job?

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What does it mean to be overqualified for a job? Seriously, I hear a lot of college graduates (and their parents) say things like: I didn’t get a college degree to do that! I didn’t send my daughter to college so she could do that! With as much money as it cost to go to college, my job should pay more! You don’t need a college degree to do that! . . .  and other similar comments. There appears to be some overriding belief that a college degree – any college degree – should immediately qualify you for a certain … / Read more »