Category: "Tips & Tricks"

New job? How to build credibility when you’re short on experience

The greatest oxymoron of the modern world of work? Easy. “We’re looking for a young graduate with Master’s degree and experience”.
How can it be possible to hit both requirements? Anyone who has gone through a top-level, full-time educational programme is unlikely to have been able to build up a wealth of professional experience.
Yet at the same time, when you’re going for a new job, turning up with a meagre-looking CV heightens your risk of being cast aside and viewed as an under-prepared professional.
So how do you go about convincing a recruiter that you’re somebody to rely on despite your lack of experience?

What Employers Want

While a famous movie was called “What women want”, I’m pretty sure that most of our students wonder “What Employers Want” instead. As the MBA jobs market is changing fast, it’s important for graduates to identify the skills that may turn their MBA in a golden ticket.
To shed light on the process, the Financial Times conducted an anonymous survey about the skills employers look for — or don’t — in MBA graduates.

How to answer those tough interview questions about your weaknesses

“…and what are your weaknesses?” Panic. You’re well prepared. You knew that this question was going to come up sooner or later. But you’re still unsure about what to do. Of course, as most of us know, you can’t just start reeling off a list of your shortcomings in case you come across as damaged goods and endanger your chances of getting the job. So what do you do?

GMAC research states that soft skills are learned at B-Schools

WANTED: empathetic leader, capable of working in a team, problem solver, flexible, enthusiast, highly respected, excellent communication skills.
What about the role? And the technical skills needed? They’re (almost) irrelevant, because the real drivers behind hiring decisions are soft skills.
These skills cannot be certified or guaranteed, but they’re increasingly crucial if you want to be a success in the current work market.
While they are partly linked to the innate personality and attitude of the person in question, soft skills can also be learned during educational and professional experiences.

How to write a knock-out cover letter

“It’s me! I’m the candidate you’ve been looking for!”
In order to convince a recruiter that you’re the perfect fit for their vacancy, you have to become a chameleon, morphing into the right candidate for the right position over and over again.
To achieve this, it’s vital that you take full advantage of every single second of contact you have with the recruiter, starting from the cover letter you send alongside your CV.

Keep calm and enjoy the application process!

I thought my university and professional background was not consistent with an MBA with quite a technical and engineering approach, such as the one at MIP (or at least that’s what I believed at that time).

3 essential resilience strategies for modern-day leaders

Disappointment, loss of motivation, anxiety, depression and capitulation are some of the most common reactions in those who find themselves faced with a major fiasco: when one has invested everything in an idea or a growth plan, it is particularly difficult to admit defeat. True leaders, on the other hand, display an ability to pick themselves up after a fall and keep going, even stronger than before.

How to impress during an internship (or at your new job)

The first week at a new job. Whether it’s an internship or the beginning of a new phase in your working life, all the attention is on you. Nobody is expecting you to be already perfectly in sync with the company or up to date with ongoing projects, but some aspects of your conduct are certain not to go unobserved.

Seven tips for launching your own start-up (part 2)

So where were we? Ah, yes! We were working through seven precious pearls of wisdom from Avid Larizadeh Duggan, a General Partner of Google Venture, no less. She’s put together a list of key advice for young talent looking to launch a start-up. We’re up to number four: are you ready to go again?

Seven tips for launching your own start-up (part 1)

Got an idea? Great – but you need more than that to become a successful entrepreneur. You need passion, dedication, a clear objective and a whole lot of expertise.