One thing stands between you and a consulting career: the interview. But the consulting interview is not your run-of-the mill interview. It has the reputation for being a rigorous assessment that only the best and brightest will pass. Beyond the standard interview fare, intended to gauge your personality and potential fit within the firm, consulting recruiters are sure to throw you some case questions to test your analytical skills and business intuition. This Insider Guide will help you show recruiters that you're the highly motivated, resourceful, and poised candidate they seek.
Just 30 seconds. That's how long a consulting recruiter spends with your resume, on average, before deciding whether to grant you an interview. Even the best resume won't guarantee you a consulting job, but it's essential to getting your foot in the door of a top firm and putting your candidacy into serious consideration. That's why your resume must convincingly present your consulting skills and capabilities, even if you don't have any professional consulting experience. This Insider Guide will show you how to create a resume that will do just that.
Interviewing is the most important job-seeking skill and the one barrier that every job seeker must face before getting hired. But it doesn't have to be a harrowing experience. At its core, a job interview is really just a specific kind of conversation. For an accounting position, that conversation will focus on whether you have the right skills, how well you can manage multiple assignments, and your ability to balance individual tasks with team projects. This Insider Guide, complete with sample interview questions and scenarios, will help you make the preparations necessary to keep the conversation focused, productive, and pleasant-and ultimately land the job.
Whether the economy is up or down, accounting firms always need sharp, reliable people to do the work. So if you're looking for technical training, an opportunity to develop contacts at your dream company, or an in-depth exploration of either public or corporate accounting, an internship is a good bet. But because an accounting internship at one of the Big Four or another large accounting firm is practically a golden ticket for a job offer, the competition can be tough. This Insider Guide will show you how to find the internship that's right for you, get hired, and maximize your professional development.
As a consulting intern, be prepared to dive headfirst into an industry, quickly get your bearings, and find a solution to the questions at hand-just as consultants do with each new project. In the process, you'll apply coursework you never thought you'd use and see what it's like to manage the demands of clients. Plus, you'll be on the fast track to full-time employment: Most firms hope to extend full-time offers to interns that are up to snuff. This Insider Guide will show you how to navigate the recruitment process, get the internship, wow the higher-ups, and snag that full-time offer.
If you're driven by passion for an issue and don't mind sacrificing some compensation for a chance to change the world, a career in the nonprofit sector could be the right fit. A number of factors are conspiring to boost hiring in the sector, too. This Insider Guide covers everything you need to know to get a job at a nonprofit-from current hiring trends to advice from insiders. Profiles of real people working in the field offer an insider's view of opportunities at social service organizations, environmental nonprofits, foundations, and more.
In the fast-moving world of information technology, an internship is the quickest way to get up to speed. Internships provide hands-on experience and give you and your potential employer a chance to evaluate each other. Whether you're looking to develop a particular skill, build contacts at your dream company, or determine what area of IT is right for you, an internship is a good bet. Plus, many firms consider their internship programs the most effective way to recruit full-time employees. It's not surprising, then, that competition can be intense. This Insider Guide will show you how to find the internship that's right for you, get hired, and maximize your chances of getting an offer.
An internship is a rite of passage for any MBA candidate hoping to become a brand manager. This invaluable experience will help you learn the ropes and give you and your potential employer a chance to evaluate each other. Plus, most consumer products firms use their internship programs to recruit new employees for full-time brand management positions. As you can imagine, competition is fierce. This Insider Guide will show you how to network with recruiters on campus, get the internship, wow the higher-ups, and snag that full-time offer.
Interviewing is the most important job-seeking skill and the one barrier that every job seeker must face before getting hired. But it doesn't have to be a harrowing experience. At its core, a job interview is really just a specific kind of conversation. For information technology professionals, that conversation is all about connecting your technical and problem-solving skills with the company's needs. This Insider Guide, complete with sample interview questions and scenarios, will help you make the preparations necessary to keep that conversation focused, productive, and pleasant, so that you can keep your wits about you even when the stakes are high.
One thing stands between you and a coveted position as a brand manager: the job interview. Competition will be tough, but there's no need to worry. A job interview is really just a conversation that will help determine how you'd fare in a brand management position. Show that you've got potential to lead a cross-functional team, analyze market trends and data, and leverage the company's resources to create-or maintain-a successful product, and the offer could be yours. This Insider Guide will help you make the preparations necessary to keep that conversation focused, productive, and pleasant, so that you can keep your wits about you even when the stakes are high.
Interviewing is the most important job-seeking skill and the one barrier that every job seeker must face before getting hired. But it doesn't have to be a harrowing experience. At its core, a job interview is really just a specific kind of conversation. This Insider Guide, complete with sample interview questions and scenarios, will help you make the preparations necessary to keep that conversation focused, productive, and pleasant, so that you can keep your wits about you even when the stakes are high.
If your creative genius is matched by your analytical acumen, you may find that a career in marketing offers a worthy challenge. The uninitiated may equate marketing with peddling household products, but professional marketers know that their roles are far more complex and engaging than that. Marketing is the essential link between an organization and its target demographic, so it's the marketing professional's job to anticipate the public's needs and position the organization to satisfy those needs. Think you're up for the challenge? If so, read on.
If thinking about salary negotiations gets you nervous, relax: You don't have to be at the employer's mercy. Whether your next negotiation will be your first or your fifteenth, you'll fare much better if you go in prepared. In fact, almost every initial offer can be improved-in many cases, dramatically-with a little savvy negotiating know-how. This WetFeet Insider Guide will help you maximize your salary, title, responsibilities, perks, work flexibility, and more by teaching you how to negotiate the terms of your next position from the moment you start looking for it.
Your objective: Stand out from the pack. Thanks to the ease of submitting a resume online, recruiters today receive literally hundreds of applications for each job opening they post. How do they sift through these stacks of resumes, and what can you do to position yourself at the top of the heap? This WetFeet Insider Guide brings you the latest wisdom from recruiters and hiring managers to get your resume noticed. In addition, our career experts analyze a broad range of resume formats and real job seekers' resumes to help you determine the ideal focus and format for your resume.
Business operations cases test your practical ability to get things done. From logistics and human resources to distribution and financing, operations questions cover the core issues that make companies run. But just because they're practical doesn't mean they're easy. Fortunately, by studying up on the case process and honing your case interview skills, you'll be impressing interviewers with your answers to business operations questions in no time.
For most consultants, business strategy is the fun stuff: It's where you really get to show off your creativity along with your business savvy. But during the case interview, business strategy questions can also be the most challenging-make a bad recommendation and you could run a company into the ground. With stakes this high, you'd better start practicing. With the help of this guide, you'll be impressing interviewers with your elegant blend of creative and practical solutions in no time.
All consulting candidates will face some form of the market-sizing case. Designed to test your facility with logic and numbers, a market-sizing question may stand on its own or be part of a larger case. Either way, you'll need to juggle your skills in quantitative analysis and employ common sense. Fortunately, by studying up on the case process and honing your case interview skills through practice, you'll be crunching numbers with ease and impressing interviewers with your explanations in no time.
The case interview is analytical, quantitative, creative, and challenging. In short, it's just like real consulting work, which is why consulting recruiters use the case interview as a primary means of evaluating interviewees. This follow-up to WetFeet's popular Ace Your Case guide provides 15 more case questions that you can use to practice and sharpen your casecracking skills. With more detailed explanations of the different case types and recommended answers to help you assess your progress, this guide will get you one step closer to a job offer.
The career fair is the ultimate job bazaar: Dozens, or even hundreds, of employer booths set up. Mobs of job seekers milling around, handing out resumes and collecting company brochures, lured by the possibility of landing a quick job offer. While you shouldn't expect an on-the-spot job offer as a result of visiting an employer's table, you can significantly improve your chances of securing an interview, or at least identify some very promising networking contacts. This WetFeet Insider Guide will show you how. Performing well for the recruiters you meet is important, of course, but the keys to conquering the career fair are the things you do before and afterwards.
Jobs in information technology have advanced way past the help desk and the customer support hotline. The handling and storage of data impact the bottom lines of every kind of business, so today's IT professionals respond to problems far more complex than simple error messages. They construct the servers and systems to handle large amounts of data, monitor usage, improve efficiency, and-in some cases-write lots and lots of code. If you have a high-powered drive to innovate and technical skills to match, the IT field could be the place for you.
At the end of the last decade, the crash of the real estate market heralded the coming of the global economic crisis, and the industry hit never-before-seen lows. As the market recovers, job opportunities are emerging once again, and the industry still requires people who think big, act quickly, and aren't afraid to take a few risks. Moguls like Sam Zell and Donald Trump, who have made fantastic fortunes on real estate gambles, are still among the most admired in the profession. Even for nonbillionaires, the thrill of deal making, the promise of financial success, and the potential to have a lasting impact on cities and communities make real estate a rewarding profession.
Is it the risk, the potential for dizzying financial rewards, or the chance to play a role in funding the American dream that attracts people to a career in venture capital? Whatever lures them in, VCs enjoy a high degree of job satisfaction, and insiders tell us they have the privilege of working with bright, driven people. But if you aspire to sit on the board of the next Google or eBay, you have your work cut out for you: venture capital is a notoriously difficult field to break into. Not to worry-WetFeet's career experts have done the research to get you started.
Intensely competitive, action-oriented, and profit-hungry, investment banking is a larger-than-life world where deals-and fortunes-are made and lost by the day's closing bell. It's a great place to learn the ins and outs of corporate finance and develop analytical skills that will prove useful throughout any business career. But investment banking has a steep learning curve; chances are you'll start out in a job that involves more spreadsheets than swift stock trades. Wondering if you've got what it takes to thrive in I-banking? You've come to the right place.
From Milk-Bone to Cocoa Puffs to Colgate, there are more brands in the marketplace today than ever before, and all of them need individuals who can manage them and make them stand out from the rest. And though consumer products companies have traditionally been the natural habitat for brand managers, companies of all kinds have learned the importance of developing and sustaining strong brands. That means there are more brand management positions than ever before. If you're a marketing whiz hoping for a challenging, well-paid career that also allows you to have a life outside of work, brand management might just be for you.
"Because that's where the money is." Willy Sutton's immortal reply when asked why he robbed banks might also explain why people go into asset management and retail brokerage. Firms in these industries are in the business of using money to make more of it, and coincidentally, many who work in the field will bring quite a bit of it home, too. While the global economic crisis took a toll on the bottom line, the tools of the trade-and the hard work and knowledge required to succeed-remain the same. Wondering if you've got what it takes to thrive in asset management? You've come to the right place.
Maybe you're a struggling writer or artist who's tired of living on ramen and happy-hour buffets, and you've come to the conclusion that a cell phone and a steady paycheck don't necessarily make a person a sellout. Maybe you're an English major whose friends are receiving job offers from consulting firms and banks, and you're wondering what the business world has to offer you. Maybe you're a banker, but frustrated because your job doesn't encourage your creativity or make the most of your interest in popular culture and media. Then you turn on the television or pick up a newspaper or magazine, and suddenly it hits you: Why not pursue a career in advertising or PR?
Ready to ditch your business attire and drop out of the corporate rat race? Fantasize about choosing your own clients and projects and working whenever-and wherever-you want? Sounds like freelancing may be the right choice for you. Freelancing veteran Marcia Passos Duffy tells you what you need to know to start up and thrive in a freelance business, in any profession or industry. She'll also tell you what it's really like to work for yourself: from the freedom to direct your own career to the ebbs and flows of contract work to the client who hasn't paid up in three months. Freelancing is a mixed bag. And whether you survive, or go back to corporate life, depends on how well you tolerate the downside to working on your own-as well as how you manage those nice perks to being your own boss.
Investment banking interviews are some of the most challenging and competitive interviews you're likely to face. As such, they require extensive preparation. This companion to Beat the Street offers more detailed explanations of the types of questions you're likely to encounter, along with a list of recruiters' all-time favorite questions in each category. If you take the time to do your homework and prepare your responses, you'll be able respond more effectively to the barrage of tough questions that interviewers throw your way.
Do you have what it takes to become an investment banker? If so, you've got to be prepared to compete with the best of them. In order to land a spot in any part of the industry-corporate finance, research, sales, trading, and more-you have to shine in your interviews, and show your potential employers that you've got the right stuff. We've talked to recruiters and senior bankers at the leading firms to find out what separates the winners from the also-rans.
Ready to be rich? This top-selling Insider Guide profiles twenty careers that have the highest income potential, from consulting to fashion. Million-Dollar Careers is based on extensive research and in-depth discussions with companies and job seekers-insiders who know what it takes to make it big.
Whether you're attracted by the big bucks, the intellectual rigor, the glamour, the work, or a combination of the above, you're not alone: Management consulting firms have traditionally been among the largest employers of top MBA and college graduates. Consulting is a high-paying, high-profile field that offers a ton of responsibility right out of school and a fast track to learning the inner workings of the business world. Lots of people want the chance to tell a CEO how to do his job better, so competition for jobs is tough. This Insider Guide is the perfect place to start on your path to landing a spot at a top firm.
A solitary bean counter hunched over a ledger, going over the books late into the night. If this is what you picture when you think of a career in accounting, you're not alone. "Exciting," "fast-paced," and "ever-changing" are not phrases that leap to mind when most people think about accounting. But in the past ten years, the industry has undergone several massive upheavals against a backdrop of constant consolidation and corporate scandal. Quite frankly, it can be exciting. Plus, there's never a bad time to be looking for an entry-level job in accounting. Clients need accountants whether business is up or down, and accounting firms always need sharp, reliable people to do the work.
The most dreaded part of the consulting interview: the case! Like it or not, if you're hoping to get a job in management consulting, you will have to learn how to handle the case interview. Although different firms and interviewers vary in their approaches to the case question, all of them use it as an important tool in selecting and screening job candidates. Indeed, you may have to clobber as many as ten or more cases on the way to landing a job with a major consulting firm. Fortunately, by studying up on the case process and honing your case interview skills through practice, you'll soon be able to impress interviewers with your explanations, frameworks, and graph-drawing skills.
The job market is as crowded as the supermarket shelves. With an overwhelming number of options for employers to choose from, it's easy to be overlooked. But a strong personal brand can help you rise above the cookie-cutter competition. By consistently emphasizing the value you offer an employer and what defines you as a person and professional-your unique strengths, skills, and interests-you can build a brand that resonates with recruiters. In this Insider Guide, we'll help you discover, define, and promote your personal brand. And since so much networking, job hunting, and socializing takes place online, we'll pay special attention to using social media, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and blogs, to shape your brand.
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Networking, interviewing, and negotiating are key to securing your ideal job-master these skills, and you'll have a foothold on a brilliant career. In this Insider Guide, WetFeet's career experts set out clear and easy-to-follow advice for landing the job you want, whether you're just starting out, or you're pursuing a midcareer change. Our discussions with recruiters, executives, and staff at major firms offer unprecedented insight into the process of seeking-and finding-the job that's right for you.
You've worked hard to earn that degree. Now it's time to put it to use. WetFeet's career experts take the pain out of the process by doing in-depth research and analysis of the top industries and careers, making your job search both pleasant and productive. This Insider Guide profiles a host of industries that hire recent graduates for a variety of jobs, giving you the inside scoop on top companies, cultures, and career paths. So whether you know exactly what you want to do or you're still sorting through your options, this guide is the place to start!
Ready to find out where you can maximize the return on your B-school investment? WetFeet's career experts take the pain out of the process by doing in-depth research and analysis of the top industries and careers, making your job search both pleasant and productive. This Insider Guide profiles a host of industries that hire new MBAs, giving you the inside scoop on top companies, cultures, and career paths. So whether you know exactly what you want to do with that precious new degree or you're still sorting through your options, this guide is the place to start your search!
Professional societies recognize more than 25 engineering specialties, with new ones springing up along with advances in science and technology. And while most engineers refer to themselves by their degree or professional specialty, such as "mechanical engineer" or "civil engineer," crossover work is becoming increasingly common. Whether you choose a technical career path or you opt to apply your expertise in a less conventional area, the future looks bright. The WetFeet career experts have done a slew of research and interviewed recruiters and other staff insiders across a broad range of industries to help you find your niche. This Insider Guide is the perfect place to start your engineering career search.
You can get a job-or you can get a job that changes the world.Green Careers is the ultimate guide for job seekers hoping to enter the green sector of the economy: the rapidly growing area at the nexus of business and sustainability. Green jobs are popping up in virtually all industries and all types of organizations, from nonprofits to startups to government agencies to Fortune 1000 companies.Green Careersdelivers the lowdown on how the concept of "green" is reshaping the business world-and creating a wealth of job opportunities.
Ideal internships can lead to ideal jobs. Internships provide hands-on experience and give you and your potential employer a chance to evaluate each other. Whether you're looking for training in a given industry, an opportunity to develop contacts at your dream company, or simply a chance to determine if you'll enjoy working in a particular field, an internship could be your best bet. But competition for internships is intense, with many firms considering their internship programs the most effective way to recruit new employees for full-time positions. This Insider Guide will show you how to find the internship that's right for you, get hired, and maximize your professional development.
Consulting. It's not just for MBAs anymore. PhDs, JDs, and MDs also have a variety of employment opportunities in the consulting industry. In addition to jobs in the pure strategy and operations consulting firms, advanced degree holders with specialties in economics, human resources, information technology, psychology, statistics, and other areas may find lucrative work with consulting firms that focus on these areas; likewise, many attorneys, doctors, and others in the legal and health care professions now work for consultancies that specialize in their areas of expertise. WetFeet's career pros have done plenty of research to help you launch your consulting career.
Dread going to work everyday? Dispirited by the prospect of another year doing the same thing? Craving a career that energizes you? Sounds like it might be time to change your course. Fortunately, WetFeet can help you navigate the murky waters of career change. We provide dissatisfied professionals with the guidance they need to identify the career that best suits them, gather the courage to pursue their dreams, and develop a step-by-step plan for making those dreams a reality.
Make your job count. Careers with a Conscience is the ultimate guide for finding jobs that involve corporate social responsibility-CSR. Whether it's a new kind of attention to the environment, human rights, working conditions, fiscal responsibility, or corporate transparency, a lot of companies are looking beyond the bottom line. From entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 1000 giants, opportunities for those that want to make a positive impact in their career are popping up everywhere. This Insider Guide will give you the lowdown on what kinds of positions are out there-and where to find them.
Sales is where the rubber meets the road for any company that produces a good or a service. Without a highly skilled and motivated sales staff, businesses of all kinds would be writing their obituaries. Sales is a very competitive field that offers good communicators, self-starters, and product experts the opportunity to earn high incomes. But the pressure to produce, especially in a field where compensation is performance-based, can mean quick turnover and job instability. If you thrive under pressure, enjoy forging new working relationships daily, and can roll with the punches, a career in the vast field of sales could offer you opportunities across all industries.
Saving lives, making money, leaving work by 6 o'clock: How many industries can offer job seekers this combination of rewards and perks? Not many. If you want a career in a field with a promising future but you don't want to spend every waking hour at work, consider the pharmaceutical industry. Fueled by an aging population, demand for medications continues to grow both in the U.S. and international markets, and so does demand for skilled professionals in the field. We've sought out industry insiders and recruiters to find out what job seekers should know before they make their moves.
Washington, D.C. is synonymous with government in the United States, but you don't have to head to the Capitol to pursue a career in government. The public sector has long provided stable work in a wide range of fields, in nearly every corner of the nation. Civil servants are responsible for everything from testing vaccines to prevent pandemics to protecting the country from terrorism to creating better cities through urban planning. And despite spending cuts at the federal, state, and local levels, a number of trends suggest hiring will be strong in the coming years.
Strategy consulting only represents one slice of the larger consulting pie. If you're technically inclined, love designing computer systems and applications, and want to explore the business problems behind your work, information technology consulting might be for you. It's a functional specialty that is relevant and valuable to virtually any organization, regardless of its sector, industry, geographic location, or competitive position. This guide will tell you what you need to know about the many rewarding and diverse career paths in IT consulting-and how to get started on them.
Insurance may not be the glitziest industry around, but it abounds in job possibilities. From actuarial, claims, and risk management to sales and information technology, there's a wide variety of berths for job seekers from all backgrounds. It's an industry that's changing and growing-and aggressively recruiting young talent. If you're looking for career that's stable, interesting, and lucrative, insurance may be the place for you.
In today's global marketplace, it's not easy to be the leader in a multi-billion dollar industry. It's important to have a strong corporate culture, dedication to continued innovation, world-class leadership, and to pay attention to both the big picture and the small details. It also takes some pretty deep pockets. The 25 companies profiled in this book are some of the most successful on the planet. Each company in this book leads its industry based on revenue. Along with a profile of each global leader comes an overview of its industry, providing interview-prep information that's instantly useful.
A.G. Edwards, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Charles Schwab, Vanguard. They're all respected names in financial services, but which of these or the other top financial conglomerates is the right place for you to launch or pursue your career? Most offer a wide range of career options-from trading to asset management to credit lending-under one big roof. But you must understand how these firms differ from one another-which is known for the quality of its deals, which is known for the quality of its hires, and which is known for the quality of life it affords its employees. This Insider Guide profiles 25 major players in the financial services field to give you the information you need to find your best fit.
Want to work for a top consulting firm? Welcome to the club: Consulting firms have traditionally been among the largest employers of the best and brightest MBA and college graduates. You'll need to work hard to land that plum position. And how will you know which firm is right for you? They're not all the same, so you'll have to do your due diligence. But you're in luck, because WetFeet's career experts have already done a lot of the legwork for you. We've interviewed insiders and recruiters at the industry's leading firms to bring you the skinny on 25 top consultancies.
You're in for an exciting ride: If you're a non-U.S. citizen who's just been accepted to or recently enrolled in a U.S. business school, you're holding the right guide in your hands. Many international MBA candidates offer in-demand qualities to potential employers, but they face particularly tough challenges both in getting through business school and in securing the jobs they want after graduation. With these hurdles in mind, WetFeet has assembled critical information, advice, and feedback from employers and alumni to help international MBAs make the most of their business school experience and succeed at finding a rewarding job in the U.S. upon graduation.
Long considered a support role, the field of human resources is taking on an increasingly strategic dimension in the business world as managers recognize employees as a source of competitive advantage. Indeed, companies of all kinds have learned that building strong corporate cultures and creating supportive work environments help their bottom lines. If you have a high emotional intelligence quotient, keep your cool when others lose theirs, and understand the link between human capital and business strategy, HR may be the field for you.
Not everyone can be a rock star, movie star, or NBA all-star, but not everyone wants to. Still, it's possible to bask in a bit of the limelight while working in positions that require traditional business expertise: finance, marketing, development, and more. But with the status of these jobs comes competition: It may feel like getting hired is as challenging as it is for the speaking, singing, and free-throwing gigs themselves. This Insider Guide will show you how to get your foot in the door.
Toothpaste, cereal, shoes, soap. From the time we wake up every morning to the time we go to sleep each night, most of us use a variety of consumer products throughout the day-they're an essential and inescapable part of our lives, and it's hard to imagine a world without them. But it's not hard to imagine that many professionals make their living in this industry, in fields from brand management and marketing to finance, human resources, IT, and logistics. If you yearn to make your mark in this industry, you've come to the right place.
Most vacancies are filled before the job description is posted. How do people know about these unannounced openings? In a word, networking! But don't worry: Networking isn't as mysterious as it seems. In fact, most of us engage in personal or social networking every day. Ever ask a friend to recommend a doctor or an auto mechanic, or chat with pals on Facebook or MySpace? That's networking. In Networking Works!, WetFeet's career experts will show you how to network effectively for professional development, even if you're starting from scratch, so when that perfect job opportunity comes along, you'll be way ahead of the pack.