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  • "Why don’t you tell me about yourself?"

This question, often the interview opener, has a crucial objective: to see how you handle yourself in unstructured situations. The recruiter wants to see how articulate you are, how confident you are, and generally what type of impression you would make on the people with whom you come into contact on the job. The recruiter also wants to learn about the trajectory of your career and to get a sense of what you think is important and what has caused you to perform well.

There are many ways to respond to this question correctly and just one wrong way: by asking, “What do you want to know?” You need to develop a good answer to this question, practice it, and be able to deliver it with poise and confidence.

The right response is twofold: focus on what interests the interviewer, and highlight your most important accomplishments.

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“I figured Fast Company received many standard resumes that they routinely read through. Then, they probably threw them out. I wanted to make something different, something exciting and colorful, something that showed them how much I admired them and who I really was. I put an infographic on the website mapping out why I was the perfect candidate—showing that I had something to add.
Two and half hours later, I received an email. I had a phone interview a week later. The rest is history. It turns out you can tweet your way to your dream job (or internship).”
How one industrious undergrad got our attention, and landed an internship.

I figured Fast Company received many standard resumes that they routinely read through. Then, they probably threw them out. I wanted to make something different, something exciting and colorful, something that showed them how much I admired them and who I really was. I put an infographic on the website mapping out why I was the perfect candidate—showing that I had something to add.

Two and half hours later, I received an email. I had a phone interview a week later. The rest is history. It turns out you can tweet your way to your dream job (or internship).”

How one industrious undergrad got our attention, and landed an internship.

Focus on the cover letter. It is not uncommon for me to get 100 applications for one spot, so I’m constantly looking for reasons not to advance a candidate to the interview round. Writing a good cover letter is your best shot at getting noticed. If I hate a cover letter, I won’t even look at the résumé.

Resumes tend to blur together after the seven thousandth or so—the cover letter is your best shot at being singular. Here’s how to write a great cover letter. 

If there’s a road that leads to perfect, the road that travels in the opposite direction leads to launching. Nothing will ever be perfect—not your product, service, messaging, etc. But the only real way to test it is by getting your work in front of people. Flaws can be adjusted, but the only way to find them is to get your work out there.

hyper-phobic entrepreneur Paul Jarvis on facing your fears in order to succeed
Here is a bit of wisdom from Park and Recreation’s Ron Swanson, plus a few tips to help you be more happy and productive today.
The simple 8-step process to make over your dream schedule-and transform your dream into goals
The 20-minute exercise to eradicate negative thinking
5 tips to stay productive all day long
Have a great day!
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Here is a bit of wisdom from Park and Recreation’s Ron Swanson, plus a few tips to help you be more happy and productive today.

Have a great day!

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Happy National Dog Day! Here are a few tips for a productive week that will hopefully have you feeling as happy as this guy! 
The 30-minute strategy for creating a successful path to your goals
5, like, totally awesome public speaking lessons from college admissions guides to use at work
6 simple rituals to reach your potential every day
Have a great week!

Happy National Dog DayHere are a few tips for a productive week that will hopefully have you feeling as happy as this guy! 

Have a great week!