This week, we learned all about the unspoken rules of the workplace that new grads need to tune into, what catches recruiters’ eyes during hours spent poring over resumes, and why quitting things earlier might be the best productivity habit you haven’t tried.
These are the stories you loved in Leadership for the week of May 15:
1. New Graduates: These Are The Unspoken Rules Of The Workplace No One Tells You
The transition from college to the workplace can be confusing. Gone are the days of advance notice about assignments, due dates that don’t tend to change, and regular feedback. Suddenly, you’re expected to pick up things that nobody taught you, and you might not have any idea whether that last assignment was a disaster or a masterpiece. Welcome to the real world, college grads! Here are some common norms of the workplace that no one’s probably going to clue you in on.
2. I Review Thousands Of Resumes–Here’s What I’m Really Looking For
Just what catches a recruiter’s eye when they’re sifting through thousands and thousands of resumes? A former investment banking recruiter admits there’s no hard and fast rule, but there are a few key things she always keeps on her checklist. Some tips are pretty simple, like keeping your resume to one page. Others you might not have thought of, like only including work experience that you can really talk about in-depth.
3. The Counterintuitive Reason You Need To Quit More Things Earlier
Many successful people chalk up their achievements to grit and perseverance–the idea that you need to keep pushing through no matter what. But what’s often missing from those narrative is what they don’t do anymore–the projects they’ve abandoned, the goals they’ve stopped chasing, and the books they’ve put down. Often, knowing which things to quit that aren’t crucial to our goals–and when to quit them–is just as important as enduring the things that are.
4. Three Job Interview Mistakes You Think You Avoided But Actually Didn’t
Ever been in a job interview that you were extremely sure had gone well, only to never hear back from the hiring manager? It might’ve been thanks to the steep competition, or it could’ve been some small slip-ups you didn’t think were a big deal–or didn’t notice at all. This week we learned how to avoid the most common late-in-the-game errors, from taking too long to organize your references to sounding unintentionally lukewarm in your thank-you note.
5. Exactly What To Put In Your LinkedIn Profile To Get A Promotion
You’re a star in your organization, and everyone tells you that you’re management material. But for some reason, you still haven’t landed that promotion and now you’re starting to look elsewhere. It’s time to update your LinkedIn profile to catch recruiters’ attention, and maybe even to remind your current employer to consider you for that manager role. When you’re aiming for a higher position, here’s what to tweak, what language to use, and the key achievements you’ll want to highlight.