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With Resumes All the Ink is Relevant

On average, hiring managers and HR folks read a resume for 6 seconds. You’ve probably spent half of those six seconds reading these two sentences. Such a narrow window of opportunity is the consequence of decision makers having too little time and 100s of applications to filter through and filter out. For better or for

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Resume, The Legacy Career

What Katy Perry Did to the Bell Curve

New human performance research is out suggesting that the bell curve all of us associate with the distribution of human performance is wrong. (NPR article here: The study examined over six hundred thousand people in four broad performance categories (academics writing papers, athletes at the professional and collegiate levels, politicians and entertainers). The study

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For Organizations, Professional Identity

Irish Dancing and Chinese Calligraphy

No you can’t, you probably shouldn’t try, and it almost certainly won’t work. “I tried and therefore no one should criticize me.” Students who have gone through the University of Chicago probably wouldn’t risk such blasphemy. Nor have they enjoyed a criticism-free education. In reality, most of us have gotten to the point where, secretly,

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Context at Work

Context makes networking easier. With context, candidates have a plausible foundation on which to establish a relationship, however brief. That’s not to say it’s impossible to succeed without pre-established context, but the less you have upfront the more improvisation is required. Without context candidates have a greater burden to use other means of establishing rapport.

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Networking, Tools

LinkedIN | Follow the Yellow Brick Road

If you don’t have a LinkedIN account, sign up here (New User Guide also here) A LinkedIN account is essential to managing your lean career and job search. LinkedIN provides two main benefits. Digital Rolodex First, LinkedIN will function as your digital Rolodex from here on out. After each interaction—from a planned informational interview to

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For Organizations

Moneyball, Jeremy Lin and Hiring Dogma

Frank Deford’s opinion piece today on NPR connects Brad Pitt’s movie Moneyball with the feel good sports story of the moment—Jeremy Lin’s rise on the New York Knicks. The dynamic in each case unintentionally illustrates lessons for organizations looking to hire the best talent. In Lin’s case, the scouting oversight that created the context for

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Intro to the Lean Career, The Legacy Career

The Need for Speed: From Legacy to Lean

In the two previous introductory posts, I described a qualitative transition in the job market and the more prominent role that risk plays in getting a new position. Whereas the Legacy Career depended on a lifetime career investment, the Lean Career relies on speed. Origins Lean methods originated from Toyota’s management of manufacturing during the 1970s. By

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Intro to the Lean Career, Networking, The Legacy Career

The Value of Information: Risk All Around

During the Legacy Career candidates relied on an enduring network of connections for the information necessary to build a career. As the job market shifted and those connections were lost, new information asymmetry problems emerged. Candidates who directly engage them succeed. Information asymmetry exists when one person in an exchange has more information than another.

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Intro to the Lean Career, The Legacy Career

The Legacy Career

The first three posts here are meant to give context to the entire future of the blog. Here, I’ll lay out and distinguish some of the emerging trends in the present job market as I see them.___________________ Steve Jobs got his first real job in technology at Atari. Prior to starting, Jobs dropped out of

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