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#61 hamham3001

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 03:59 PM

I send out tons of resumes, I guess it helps finishing school with about a years worth of working experience under 3 different companies. Since for CS, school work is hardly the same as real work experience. (I have no idea what the finance is like)
It took me 4 months to get my first job(although i did have quite a few interviews), then after 7 months there, my friend referred me to this current job. I have heard of people with no experience having real trouble finding jobs.
my advice is just keep applying and dun let it get to you, i know i felt like crap two months in with no jobs where my friends all started to work.
btw. any friends that can recommend you? (this is super helpful)
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#62 gettoasty

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 04:29 PM

i did not socialize a lot with my group of peers. :o
and all my friends i am on speaking terms with are in the science field. lol

i was really gunning for a paying job but will be starting a finance intern position instead.

true i do not have real working experience under my belt. i have above average resume (school), but that real world exp. matters a lot i suppose especially in working with finance.
of all the companies i applied to, the internship is the most relative to my degree so it has high potential. other jobs are more corporate/office analysis positions.

during these time, i think one has to find the hustle to make things work. going to intern and try to find a part-time position for the weekend so i have some spending money.

just don't feel stumped is one thing i'll say. keep working to move forward.
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 08:43 PM

I need a kick ass cover letter. I'm starting to realize that mine isnt cutting it anymore. Would be much appreciated if anybody PMed me with a cover letter thats focused in the biotech sector or just a really good cover letter. Thanks ahead.
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 07:25 AM

had an interview today. soooooo not getting it LOL :(


soooooo got it! :D ;) hotshot exec leather boss chair, here i come!

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#65 kvc06

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 08:31 PM

Under interests, is it a good idea to put things relevant to my desired field?
Here is the excerpt from my resume as it is now:

Interests Biking, Music, Film, Furniture and Industrial Design

None of those are relevant to my field. Would the category be better labeled as "hobbies"?
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#66 frankie_four

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 08:43 PM

It's always a good a idea if you have interests relevant to your future work. It's also recommend to list only things relevant to your work. Everything else can be told at the job interview.

I wouldn't divide into interests and hobbies. (Not sure about it in US, but no one is doing this in Germany).
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 11:53 AM

Quick question,

My GPA is a bit low (but not terrible) due to a rough first semester. Is this something I should explain in my cover letter? After my first semester I've received no grade lower than B, but judging me by only my GPA it might seem like I'm a slacker in general.
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:00 PM

i never wrote anything about grades in cover letter
a cover letter is just suppose to explain why you are interested in the position and how you and your past experience will benefit your employer
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:44 PM

ok cool, thanks for the tip
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:05 PM

Never spoke about grades on my cover letters. Despite having a low GPA, a significant job history can speak for itself.
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:08 PM

Never spoke about grades on my cover letters. Despite having a low GPA, a significant job history can speak for itself.


depends on your field

before you get you get any internship or experience, your GPA is all you have
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 04:33 PM

Sent in my resume and CL for the internship. It's unpaid but works perfectly into my schedule and provides great experience. Wish me luck guise, will update if anything comes of it.

I can always mention what's up with the GPA if they ask in an interview.
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 06:38 PM

what internship did you apply to kvc?
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 06:58 PM

A small PR firm here in Chicago for January- April
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Posted 31 October 2011 - 02:34 PM

I have a phone interview this Wednesday with the Marketing Department of a corporate risk management firm #woop


edit: also: PM me your link if you wanna exchange connection on Linkedin. I figure the more connections the better you look amirite?
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#76 frankie_four

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:00 AM

they made an appointment for the phone interview?, then be well prepared(!) - everything related to the requirements/Department/Risk Management/and so on

maybe too much if it's unpaid, but they will recognize diligence
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Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:14 PM

I got to the next step for the internship I REALLY wanted (pr firm) , the original one I posted here about. I'm really looking forward to this one. I have to do some sort of writing test tomorrow, no advance notice on requirements. Should be fun :)

I'm not too sure the one I have a phone interview for is what I want to be doing, but it's a good back up.
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:53 PM

when it says cover letter optional, what does it really mean?
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:07 PM

in most cases it means they'll ignore the applications without or poorly written cover letters, unless the resume is really really good. it's just another way for employers to narrow down the field of candidates
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:29 PM

for future consultants / bankers / hedge funders etc

this website has been very useful for case prep www.caseinterview.com
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:43 PM

does anyone have any phone interview tips? i was applying for a job at Yelp, got through the first couple stages of the hiring process, then fucked up the phone interview. i use my hands and body language a lot when i talk, so i think being restricted to verbal communication makes phone interviews more difficult for me
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:24 PM

smile. you can hear it
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 03:37 AM

I had an interview on Friday with a small PR firm here. It went GREAT, I mean it couldn't have went better... Only thing I'm worried about is my lack of specific experience, but I felt like I really clicked with the employees I talked to. I really want this and I think they could tell... It's unpaid but the experience I'd be getting is really priceless. I'll let you guys know how it ends up, they said I'd find out early next week.

On another note I have 2 more interviews tomorrow.

Also: PM me for a linked in add!
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:29 AM

I had an interview with a fortune 50 company for a project manager position in their e-commerce division. I was interviewed by three people so that was pretty nerve-racking at first. But I felt the interview went pretty well. Answered every question pretty thoroughly, and had a list of tough questions for the interviewers as well. I went into it with kind of a "I don't give a fuck" mentality because I already have a job so I didn't have anything to lose. So that definitely helped me get through it. I hope I get it.

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:18 PM

My GPA is a bit low (but not terrible) due to a rough first semester. Is this something I should explain in my cover letter? After my first semester I've received no grade lower than B, but judging me by only my GPA it might seem like I'm a slacker in general.

what is a bit low GPA?
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#86 boy better know

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:31 PM

what is a bit low GPA?

i don't know but when i talk to lecturers who actually have work experience as executives in fortune 500 companies they all say they don't give a fuck about grades unless it's your very first job and when i talk to professors who never did anything but study 24/7 they'll tell you grades are the only thing that matters

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:42 PM

I've worked independently in a barbaric industry for longer than I care to think about...so I don't know how relevant my advice would be anymore. In the long-ago past, when I held the jobs of normal men, I would always request a letter of recommendation when leaving. As long as you haven't infinitely whored yourself from job-to-job, a modest stack of those from long-term employers could be a nice attachment.
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 10:05 PM

does anyone have any phone interview tips? i was applying for a job at Yelp, got through the first couple stages of the hiring process, then fucked up the phone interview. i use my hands and body language a lot when i talk, so i think being restricted to verbal communication makes phone interviews more difficult for me


You'll always be at a disadvantage compared to someone interviewed in person. My advice would be: try to set-up a video-conference (through skype, google +, etc), most HR are now used to that (i'm actually surprised Yelp didn't offer, usually tech businesses are on point with this). double extra points if you can "conveniently" be around the office and offer to stop-by for a in-person interview (even if it's in another city). having a fair share of recruiting, it's incredibly difficult to truly get a sense from a candidate during a phone interview
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 11:36 PM

what is a bit low GPA?

2.82 right now, it'll be over 3 by graduation or even the start of next semester possibly. My major GPA is 4.0 though so I also put that on my resume..
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 11:58 PM

i think thats more than a bit low no offense
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