After sending in your resume to a prospective company, you get called in for an interview. I cannot stress enough the importance of this stage in the application process. For many, this will be the make-or-break stage when getting hired.
Part of my job as a consultant is to sift through different applicant resumes for clients. In a given day, I can go through as little as 20 to as much as 100 resumes, depending on my work load.
I have been talking with hundreds of job applicants, both graduates and undergraduates, in the last month or so and I have encountered regularly committed mistakes. While some of them are merely annoyances, a few can be deal breakers if you are unlucky enough to be assigned someone strict.
I would like to congratulate those of you who recently graduated from college. It would have been a long four or five years for most, allowing you to finally put this stage of life behind you. The next chapter is to build a meaningful and, hopefully, long career by joining the workforce full time.
The rage now is practicing 10,000 hours to be a world class expert in some skill or talent. To get the idea, if you practiced 3 hours a day for 3,333 days you would accomplish 9,999 hours . . . very close! The man responsible for making the 10,000 hour rule known is writer Malcolm Gladwell, in 2008 in his book the Outliers. The man who did the study was psychologist K. Anders Erickson, in the early nineties. For further idea, if you read Outliers when it was first published and started practicing your favorite hobby - you would’ve been a world class expert by now.
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I met an interesting fellow over lunch today. After talking a bit about politics, he put forth an idea to help banish the specter of drought in the country by building multiple desalinization plants in the country. With 7,107 individual islands surrounded by a limitless supply of water, I'm surprised no one kicked around the idea publicly sooner.