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Monday, Dec 10, 2018

Top Interview Tips to Help You Land Your Dream Job

Another reason people choose to obtain college degrees is that it often puts them in a better position to land their dream job. While getting the right education is a great start, it generally takes more than a degree to achieve this goal. It also takes acing the interview so that you’re the only candidate on the employer’s radar. Here are four key tips that can help you do just that.

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018

20 Questions To Ask Before Joining A Startup

When I first joined a startup in 2012 I did my best to ask the right questions when interviewing. My engineering background prepared me for engineering tasks and helped me write a resume, but it didn’t prepare me well for how to evaluate a startup offer. While this might be obvious to some, this is what I wish I knew when trying to break into the startup scene.

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

The Science of the Job Search, Part VII: You Only Need 50% of Job “Requirements”

We were curious about how many job requirements are actually required, so we analyzed job postings and resumes for 6,000+ applications across 118 industries from our database of users. We found that while matching requirements is important, you don’t necessarily need to match all of them.

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018

Helsinki to Begin Anonymous Recruiting – Job Applications to be Processed Without Name, Gender and Other Personal Info

Anonymous recruiting entails that the name, date of birth, address, mother’s tongue, gender and any other personal information that could consciously or unconsciously affect the choices of the recruiting manager are not included in the job application.

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018

The Art of Job Interviewing

If you Google ‘job interview’, lots of tips for candidates will appear, but not so many for the people on the other side of the table. So where do you find all you need to know to nail a job interview from an employer’s perspective? Right here, that’s where.

Monday, Nov 26, 2018

Your salary is not a big secret

Go grab a coffee or beer with someone who you are comfortable with at your company and talk about your salaries. And if you are underpaid, start thinking/talking about how you could approach asking for a raise. It could be the most profitable drink you’ve ever had.

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018

How to get strangers to help you.

Here’s how to write great cold messages asking for advice.

Monday, Nov 19, 2018

5 Ways Smart People Sabotage Their Success

Mark was always one of the smartest kids in his class. He’s done well in his career, but when he checks Facebook, he sees people he outperformed at school who have now achieved more. Likewise, there are colleagues at his firm who have leapfrogged him. Sometimes he wonders, “What am I doing wrong?”

Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Impostor syndrome strikes men just as hard as women… and other findings from thousands of technical interviews

What does this mean for the industry as a whole? First off, impostor syndrome appears to be the bleary-eyed monster that attacks across gender ability, and how good you are, or where you are, or how famous you are isn’t that important.

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

What I say to people who are looking for a job

I took a turn in my career, not a complete 180°, but around 60°. After I got my new role, I did a video explaining my process on how to get a job. Today, a lot of people have questions about their journey as they try and navigate a new career for themselves. Most questions follow the same format. Here are my responses to the most common.

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018

State of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Job Market in 2018

Following the one year anniversary of Cryptocurrency Jobs, I put together a thread on Twitter about the state of the blockchain and cryptocurrency job market. This post is a modified version of that thread.

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018

Going back to 9-5, how to word 2 years traveling and hardly working in resume?

I miss working with people and want to go back to having office friends (at least for a while), but I am not sure on how to word my effective hiatus from the tech grind. I want to get across that I was progressing, just in different ways. Has anyone else had this problem? I feel like just attaching a picture of me on top of a mountain or something and being like “This is what I did for 2 years”.

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018

Career narratives.

What I’ve slowly but increasingly come to believe is that there is much more opportunity outside career ladders than within them, and by including those opportunities you’ll make and feel more progress. Better yet, you’ll find far more opportunities to partner with your peers, no longer competing for limited promotion slots.

Friday, Oct 5, 2018

What was the best decision you made in your career?

Emotionally detaching.

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018

Hire people who aren't proven

Hiring is broken on so many different levels, and it starts right there, at the job offer description. It then continues all the way down to the actual interview process. I’d like to unfold here some prescriptions about how I think startups should hire.

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018

Randomised experiment: If you’re genuinely unsure whether to quit your job or break up, then you probably should

People who made a change on an important question gained 2.2 points of happiness out of 10, while those who made a change on a unimportant question were no more or less happy.

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018

When You’re Hot, You’re Hot: Career Successes Come in Clusters

Looking at the career histories of thousands of scientists, artists, and film directors, the team found evidence that hot streaks are both real and ubiquitous, with virtually everyone experiencing one at some point in their career. While the timing of an individual’s greatest successes is indeed random, their top hits are highly likely to appear in close proximity.

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018

How to Negotiate for a Better Salary When You’re Switching Careers

When making a big professional change, you may not feel you’re entitled to ask for more money. Do it anyway.

Friday, Jul 6, 2018

Don't Provide your References to a Recruiter Until After your Last Interview

There are three reasons you should refuse to provide your references until after the interviews are over.