Resumes that don’t get lost in the shuffle.
Soon-to-be and recent grads tend to have similar questions, many of which skirt around or lead up to a single question: What should I do to get a job? Besides knowing the right people, I always suggest resumes that reflect personality, creative thinking & thought leadership. Of course, according to some studies, HR professionals spend less than a minute on any given CV.
Here are some examples of resumes that, I’m wiling to bet, didn’t get lost in the shuffle. I’m a particularly big fan of the one where a creative team gets their parents to describe their campaigns. And the one above. But they’re all good.
Twinter Wonderland: Make it snow & donate to #Sandy relief.
[work life / holidays / creativity / inspiration]
I know I’m biased, but between our never ending dance move (a little something from our holiday party, coming soon) & our holiday card, 360i is killing it this December. You’re going to want to check it out: We’ve transformed a conference room into a snow globe & are livestreaming the meetings taking place ‘round the campfire. By tweeting #TwinterWonderland, you can make it snow on whoever is in there & we’ll donate $5 towards Sandy relief for each hashtag mention as well. Make it snow on us & feel good about yourself - how does it get any better than that?!
Why it’s better to hire the least qualified person for the job.
[work life / culture / inspiration]
A recent study from a few European academics showed that people who are under-qualified for jobs “feel indebted to the hiring manager” for choosing them… whereas the most qualified candidate can feel like they deserved the job and therefore approach it with a more relaxed attitude. The study found that while only 30% of principals choose the less qualified person, those that are under-qualified put in 50% more effort than the people who are more qualified. Maybe recent grads aren’t so bad after all ;)
The insourcing boom.
[culture / inspiration / work life]
It seems that design & production is starting to come back stateside. I’ve been spotting more and more Kickstarters that are touting products made completely in the US, but they often have a premium price tag attached. (Exhibit one: The soma water filter. A carafe that looks slightly better than Brita but is also nearly triple the cost.) But in this article from The Atlantic, Charles Fishman points out that making something in the US comes with a lot of advantages - and can lead to producing not just better products, but cheaper products.
I was a warehouse wage slave.
[shopping / culture / work life]
A peek into the sausage factory is sometimes even worse than you could imagine. Last holiday season, Mac McCelland signed up to be a temp at a warehouse that shipped goods that were purchased online. It sounds quite unpleasant and is a not-so-friendly reminder of how companies (even including Amazon!) keep their costs down in order to give you better prices (and make a better margin.)
Narquitectura: Inside the fortified palaces of Mexico’s drug lords.
[culture / drugs / work life]
Who knew that keeping exotic animals symbolized gangster status?! Shame on you, drug lords. Still, kinda cool (in a creepy sorta way) to have a sneak peek at the houses. Not nearly as cool as what I expected. I suppose Scarface & Blow made my hopes a bit higher.
Sapient Nitro’s Insights Report - Redefining Experience: Transforming global business through connected thinking.
[marketing / technology / inspiration / culture]
I’m a little late on this one, but some good stuff buried in here - from digital luxury 101 to the rise of the global consumer. It’s dense so take save it and come back to it when you need inspiration.
Jeff Bezos: The smartest people change their minds.
[culture / creativity / work life]
Why Jeff Bezos doesn’t consider consistency a particularly smart trait: “It’s better, even healthier in fact, to have an idea that contradicts one you had before.” As Walt Whitman said, “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Inside Starbucks’ $35MM mission to make brand evangelists of its front-line workers.
[marketing / culture / work life / inspiration]
I used to work at Starbucks in college as a barista. It was one of the best parts of my college experience. (I’m lookin’ at you, Rach!) And when I left school and started working in advertising in NYC, I couldn’t stop comparing these massive brands to Starbucks, thinking how much they could learn. This article shows how Starbucks values continuing education, collaboration and passion. And how that helps their company.
The case for telecommuting: a tool that calculates how much your company will save.
[tools / money / work life]
If you drive to work, this site will let you calculate the savings your company would have based on the time you spend commuting, how many days/week you telecommute and the type of car you drive. You can also calculate savings based on your team vs. an individual.
Business advice from experts just a phone call away with Clarity.fm.
[work life / culture / tools]
Admittedly, this article is from May of this year. But I just discovered Clarity.fm and it seems kind of awesome. There are always things you want detail on - more than what you could get from an email, and Clarity.fm solves this problem. And if you’re an expert? You could get paid. It sounds kind of like a customizable skillshare. The emphasis is on startups/entrepreneurs, but it looks like they’re expanding to other disciplines.
ResumUP: What you need to do to have your dream job.
[work life / data visualization / inspiration / tools]
Similarly to Vizualize.me, ResumUP connects with LinkedIn to beautifully build & display your resume. But the focus isn’t on the data visualization. Instead, ResumUP has a Career Plan feature that shows you both who and what you need to know to reach your dream job, including tasks and skills. So smart!
Negotiate like a car salesman: 5 tactics to help you win every time.
[work life / creativity / business]
It’s a stereotype that we’re all familiar with: the car salesman. While they can come across as aggressive and even slightly sleazy, it’s hard to argue that these guys are some of the best negotiators around. Whether you’re negotiating a raise, trying to keep your rent down or even trying to sell in some work, this article is insightful.
A critic’s manifesto.
[Art / Creativity / Inspiration]
I’ve gotta say - The New Yorker never fails to disappoint. Catching up on some reading over the weekend, I stumbled upon this gem on criticism. My favorite bit? The above quote.