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Entries Tagged as 'Recruiting & Job Hunting'

Exit interview

May 5th, 2010 · No Comments

I recently had an exit interview. I was leaving the company. As part of standard HR practice, the Human Resource Manager met with me for half an hour. She started the conversation by saying: "Before we talked about the details such as COBRA, your last check, vacation balance, etc, we want to find out why […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Career Transition · Recruiting & Job Hunting

Why head hunter is important for your job search

April 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I recently saw a job ad on Craigslist. I applied immediately because it looked really interesting and challenging to me. I didn’t hear anything back from the company. A few days later, I saw a job ad by a head hunter on Craigslist. It was the same job description, but the employer name was hidden. […]

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Career reflections #2: Work for big company or startup?

March 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

When I graduated from college in 1997, I had three job offers: Job offer #1 was from Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), a large professional service firm. Job offer #2 was from a medium sized, publicly traded enterprise software company. This company had about 600 employees, and just went public a few years earlier. It was […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · Recruiting & Job Hunting

Don’t try to get a job and make a career transition at the same time in bad economy

February 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Lately I have talked to several friends and acquaintances who are actively looking for jobs. They share one thing in common: they have been laid off by their previous employers. But, instead of feeling bitter about the experience, they’re using it as a turning point to find something better and more fulfilling. To certain extent, […]

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Tags: Career Transition · Recruiting & Job Hunting

Don’t work for the same company for too long

February 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Jimmy had been working for the same employer for almost a decade. His employer was a recently funded start-up when he joined the company as a contractor. He performed well, and was soon hired as a professional service consultant. Jimmy had great customer facing skills. Customers loved his work. He won an excellent employee award […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Recruiting & Job Hunting

Job Hopping is good for you: Career Lessons from Lane Kiffin

January 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments

I’m going against the conventional wisdom. Job hopping is good for you if you can plan your moves strategically, Since I’m neither a USC Trojan fan nor a Tennessee Volunteer fan, I’m fairly indifferent about Lane Kiffin’s move from Tennessee to USC. From an ethical standpoint, I didn’t like how Lane Kiffin made empty promises […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · Corporate Ladder · Recruiting & Job Hunting

It does NOT hurt to ASK

January 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I published How to Get A Job At Amazon.com premium report last July. If you search "most read, purchase only" documents in "Resume & CV" category in Scribd Store, you’ll see my document showing up among the top three in the search results. So, I have sold many copies. I wrote the report because I […]

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I’m going to retake the SAT

November 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Dear GeekMBA360, I’m 32 year old. I’m currently first-year student at a top MBA program. I got a 750 on GMAT. I’ve founded a non-profit organization.  I was promoted twice at work before I went back to school. I’m currently the president of a student club. But, I’m really depressed. As  you know, it’s really […]

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Tags: MBA · Recruiting & Job Hunting

Don’t get screwed! Stock option questions you should ask before you join a start-up

September 29th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Lately I keep hearing stories about how employees got screwed because start-up management were very secretive about the companies stock options. In this economy, a lot of start-up are struggling. VC firms have the upper hand in negotiation. In a lot of cases, the deal terms are very unfavorable to existing stock holders as well […]

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Tags: Recruiting & Job Hunting · Start-up Success

The good, the bad, and the ugly of management consulting

August 20th, 2009 · 6 Comments

After I published How My Friend Caleb Became A Legend Among Wall Street Junior Analysts, a reader asked me what my thoughts were on management consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company since these firms also have a "reverse pyramid" organizational structure that are similar to investment banks. Like many things in life, Management Consulting […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · MBA · Recruiting & Job Hunting