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  • Good Article: Best Places To Start Your Career - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    Bloomberg Businessweek came out with a list on where can you find the top undergraduate internship and graduation programs in the country This is BusinessWeek s third annual list of the Best Internships where the rankings are determined according to data such as pay and the percentage of interns who get full time jobs as well as feedback from career services directors across the U S This is not to say that these are the only places to get good training I personally didn t work for any of these companies upon graduation and neither did a lot of very successful people I know On the other hand though it is a solid list of companies that will ensure that you get a solid summer program and a substantive experience over the summer And that sounds like a good proposition to me especially in today s economic environment Take a look at the article and see what you think The article is titled Internships The Best Places To Start Click here to read the interactive rankings table Saturday June 26th 2010 Careers TAGS Careers Companies Recruiting 1 Comment to Good Article Best Places To Start Your Career Jeremy C Wilson July 5 2010 One things I ll note that I find it interesting that the typical powerhouse consulting firms did not make the list such as Mckinsey whose name speaks for itself and also BCG who lives at the top of the Best Places To Work list Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required Website Message Sign me up for the newsletter Join the conversation AskJeremy Jeremy C Wilson is a JD MBA alumni using his site to share information on education the social enterprise revolution entrepreneurship and doing things differently Feel free to send along

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  • Careers Question: How Important Is My Upcoming Phone Screen? - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    politeness demonstrate that you re both a leader and a team player and be sure you have the same level of preparedness and relaxation Here are a few reasons why 1 Phone Interviews May Give You More Time For one you never know an interviewer s schedule And unless the recruiter is scheduled back to back all day then there may not be a hard cut off in terms of time like there might be in person where you are in an unfamiliar environment and where the interviewer will have likely scheduled your interview around their other important meetings But on the phone you can often take more of a lead ask a few extra questions and as a result really collect and pass along good information As such the more prepared you are the better conversation you might be able to have 2 Interviews Are Often Holistic Second I think many candidates tend to over compartmentalize the interview process While on one hand an interview might be intended to be more of a screen to the next round and may have little bearing on how things progress afterward on the other hand it could instead lay the groundwork going forward And if the firm has discussions on the what the screener thought about you the conversation it could have serious impact on how people perceive you during the next round I think this is especially true if you do really well because then the recruiter will share all your information with those you ll meet next It s also especially true at companies like Goldman Sachs and Google where the firms keep intricate records of the people they interview even if that interview is done by phone 3 Good Leaders Are Always On Third my general belief is that you re always representing yourself and your organizations during every interaction That s especially true during interviews where the person across from you or on the other line has the task of assessing you as a candidate It s also especially true today where information travels at the speed of light speed and so the chances that what you say will be common knowledge at the firm are higher not to mention where the chances of running to someone again at a career related event or during another interview down the line are high And so you should try to think longer term about the interviews you go through especially if you intend to stay in the same industry Having conducted a large number of interviews and gone on a pretty large number of interviews myself I speak from experience with all three For many it may sound unreasonable to put so many hours into prepping for a phone talk especially older candidates who are not used to putting in so much time just to use the phone But from experience I would suggest that it s not After all interviews whether they seem difficult or not demand a great

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  • More On Mentors: GottaMentor.com - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    Perhaps more important than all of this though is that the GottaMentor leadership team is very highly accomplished And as such I suspect the company will be around for some time to come and it s also poised to really take off in the upcoming months and years To see some of the information you ll have to register with a user name and password But that s an easy process and I highly recommend signing up And the good news is that the site works well for almost everyone Not only is it relevant for students but it s also useful for professionals at all stages of their careers and also for those in both business and law Have a look when you get the chance Wednesday May 26th 2010 Careers Networking Other Blogs 4 Comments to More On Mentors GottaMentor com James May 27 2010 Jeremy I ve seen the GottaMentor website before a while back I didn t know you were a contributor I ll be sure to take a look at the site again Jeremy C Wilson May 27 2010 James Thanks so much for the note James JEREMYCWILSON COM Careers Question Should I Put The Word Leadership On My Resume May 27 2010 questions just like this one are asked and responded to every single day So as I mentioned in a recent post you might considering taking a look at GottaMentor when you get the chance For now though JEREMYCWILSON COM Careers Question How Important Is My Upcoming Phone Screen June 15 2010 PS As I ve mentioned in a few previous posts post on Gottamentor and post on resumes you might considering taking a look at GottaMentor com when you get the Leave a comment Name required Mail will not be published required

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  • Careers Question: Should I Put The Word "Leadership" On My Resume? - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    site MY RESPONSE Dear Anonymous First off you hit the nail on the head that leadership is an important consideration in any career you pursue and as a result any application you submit As such you re right to think that a good company or firm will want to hear more about your past leadership experiences After all conventional wisdom suggests that past performance is indicative of future performance On one hand this means that during the recruiting process companies will want to know as much about your past leadership experiences as possible On the other hand though you may want to be careful about your strategy While showing leadership on your resume is important putting the word leadership on your resume calling out that you have been a leader may also come off as pretentious as you suggested Why Perhaps here are a few reasons 1 Because leadership is not a typical section that goes on a resume If it were then you would have seen it multiple times on the professional experience section 2 Also because the word leadership is completely overused and misused by just about everyone today It s often confused with titles and not sufficiently correlated to influence and results 3 Also because conventional wisdom suggests that leadership is not about taking credit for the work you ve done One of my favorite sayings in the world defines a leader as One who can motivate his colleagues and get things done without making his teammates feel that it was the leader who had actually got the work done So in my view the best approach to your resume is not to tell but to demonstrate that you ve led that you ve done some important things in the past and you have important specific plans for the future If you can do that in a way that s direct and avoids generalities then during your interview they ll probably ask you about it That will give you the real chance to provide them with the real details of your experience and as such prove that you had a leadership experience And so in the end I would encourage you to shift your thinking from describing what your titles were and telling what you ve done to describing who you are and what you bring to the table as evidenced by what you ve done Does this distinction make sense Ultimately it s your decision if you want to make a new title for the section It s quite possible that an employer wouldn t even notice the difference And in some circumstances an employer might be drawn in by the word and take a more close look at what you write But from my experience I suspect that most of the top employers wouldn t be impressed by the wording change not only because it s easy for anyone to put leadership on a resume but also because they probably interview a lot of people

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  • My First Day As A Summer Associate At Vedder Price - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    latter half of the day in computer training learning new things like our billing systems firm directory this is going to be extra useful this summer and our email server And in the end it was exactly the action packed training focused first day I originally envisioned But despite an action packed first day at work mostly schmoozing and learning our new systems I took off around 5 30pm that evening to hop on a flight to New York city for the second of my two conferences that week with MLT which lasted the rest of the week And six days later after hours and hours of networking fun and meeting new people and employers I headed back to Chicago for my second first day of work this past Monday I call it my second first day of work because despite meeting lots of attorneys and learning some of the systems the week before spending a week out of the office has a way of making you forget lots of things So I spent the past Monday figuring out some of the same things I learned the week before logging on to my computer tracking down passwords reading the instructions on how to use my phone meeting my secretary and firm mentors for the summer and last but not least reaching out to new people here at the firm including a couple of Northwestern Law alum and another Kellogg JD MBA alumni class of 2009 Monday definitely felt more chaotic than my original first day in part because I felt a bit behind after being gone for the week but also because I m making a point to meet lots of new people and take part in lunches with different attorneys at the firm in addition to everything else I m doing The good news is that I tend to enjoy reaching out and meeting others so despite being time consuming it s also been a lot of fun But even if I didn t enjoy reaching out so much everyone here at Vedder Price has made it pretty easy to get to know people at the firm so things would still be going well In fact on my first day here I not only met a number of partners and senior partners but I also had a good conversation with our firm s chairman Mr Bob Stucker In my case though I did reach out to many of them before ever stepping foot in the office including Mr Stucker so it was an easy introduction when I dropped by his office In sum my first day went well and my summer is definitely taking off Thanks to everyone at Vedder Price for ensuring my first few days have gone smoothly and for including me in pieces of their projects during my first week on the job And I m especially grateful for the latter considering that this summer will probably be a bit different from past ones when the

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  • Leading Matters: Stanford University At The Forefront Of Change - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    law school And I even ran into a Stanford grad that graduated from Northwestern Law in 2009 It was great seeing everyone again But more than the great connections that I made at the event the underlying purpose was to show that leadership matters and that Stanford is playing a leading role as the nation is facing real challenges ahead And in a series of panels speeches and seminar sessions President Hennessy deans and faculty shared their bold visions for Stanford in the 21st century They discussed the current financial crisis foreign policy issues clean energy Obama s appointment for the Supreme Court and how Stanford leaders were leading in all the fields It was pretty impressive The entire event blew me away I was inspired one of the guests said to me as the day concluded Another alumni commented that it was good to see everyone again in such an inspiring environment I agree with both of the comments And what I found most interesting about the event was that topic of money or donations never came up at least not to my knowledge Instead the focus of the event was on education and on leadership And in the end I re engaged with the idea that when we bring ourselves together around a common purpose and when we connect with others with ideas and with inspiring leaders then we can effect change on a broader scale Not only because we have more hands to help and minds to come up with ideas but also because you can connect with the hearts of the people and inspire them to do more than they could have ever imagined on their own And after being capped off by a 15 20 minute video during dinner the event did just that The message was compelling and well worth the time even in the middle of finals week In fact after the event I m now even considering heading to the one in Boston toward the end of the year I spent a few years in Boston before Chicago and maybe even to the one in the Bay next month depending on how my summer work schedule plays out The event in San Francisco already has nearly 900 registered attendees and could turn out to be a huge reunion type event Either way Bravo Stanford And best of luck the remaining events Monday April 19th 2010 Leadership TAGS Chicago Evanston Exams Finals Law School Leadership Management Teamwork 13 Comments to Leading Matters Stanford University At The Forefront Of Change JEREMYCWILSON COM Leading Matters Chicago Events April 19 2010 original here JEREMYCWILSON COM Leading Matters Share this on del icio usDigg this Share this on RedditStumble upon something good Share it on Marquis April 19 2010 This was a great blog entry Jeremy I was going to write one of my own but instead I ll just direct my readers to this one if you don t mind Jeremy C Wilson April 19 2010

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  • Good Article: College Majors of Top CEOs - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    more unconventional academics paths They studied philosophy medicine psychology medieval studies and English The article also suggests that philosophy might just give them the exact skill set they needed in order to lead at these big companies The article is titled Accidental Moguls College Majors of Top CEOs and I put a short blurb on the article below You can also click here to read the article now Thanks everyone for continuing to read my website And a special thanks to those of you who send in positive and useful feedback such as recommendations for posts Please keep reading And be well TITLE Accidental Moguls College Majors of Top CEOs AUTHOR Business Week Bloomberg Lavelle Louis BLURB See below for article blurb Not every corporate chieftain studies business in college Many of them major in history psychology or even philosophy It may be one reason why they succeed In this the graduation season the thoughts of college students naturally turn to the four years behind them the lifetime ahead of them and the connections between the two For business students especially those with the biggest of corporate ambitions this is a particularly introspective time Role models seem to be everywhere whether it s the rags to riches story the brilliant entrepreneur or the middle manager turned MBA turned corporate leader It will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that a lot of big company chief executive officers studied business in college After all click here to continue Tuesday May 18th 2010 Careers TAGS Careers Finance 2 Comments to Good Article College Majors of Top CEOs Anonymous May 19 2010 Hi Jeremy that s good timing for the article And perhaps even a bit serendipitous Keep up the good work Jeremy C Wilson May 20 2010 Anonymous Thanks so much

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  • #AskJeremy - Careers Question: Undergraduate Major and Path To CEO - JEREMYCWILSON.COM | JEREMYCWILSON.COM
    same thing That he wished he would have engaged in leadership in his role sooner And that HBS and other schools look for cross cultural leaders first before anything else And that includes technical skills The main lesson I take away is that anthropology and accounting culture and strategy are both important 1 Without culture you won t make people feel valued and enjoy their environment and they ll be naturally less productive and committed to their work 2 On the other hand without finance you won t always be able to understand the most important business issues and won t be able to execute a strategy that drives a company forward to operate in today s complex finance based business culture And perhaps without both companies will never be able to compete at the highest level But when a company does excel at both they position themselves not only to grow but also to beat the markets and have broader impact over time To that end maybe we shouldn t have to decide Maybe culture and strategy can and should work together to produce results After all isn t this what the CEO does focus on both Similarly doesn t the CEO work side by side with the CFO to understand the financial heath of the company and with HR to architect the organizational culture of the firm Further isn t HR tasked with the interest role of balancing quantitative finance and compensation studies alongside culture and change implementations To relate this back to your question for you this means there may not be a single major that makes or breaks your path to the C seat And in fact for some people major may not prove to be very important at all depending on what field they go into For some the answer may be more dependant on context than anything else The context of your current background the classes you ve already taken and will take what your classmates decide to study and what your target employers like and look for And all of that needs to be taken into account in the context of the current economy and your propensity for risk if you re not sure how some employers might look at your profile In the short run though sometimes the major you choose CAN be very important for recruiting especially in a sluggish economy and especially if you really want to go into certain industries where majors are prerequisites such as accounting computer engineering etc In these cases a major is not only a good way to show demonstrated interest but also a way to show you have what it takes to do the work On the other hand I personally think that passion and interest are also important because it s likely you ll study harder if you have a natural interest in the subject and in the end its also likely you ll do better see my recent post on passion One thing some people like to do is hedge their bets study both Majors today are more interdisciplinary than ever and most schools allow double and even triple majors So it might make sense to do something like that and get as much experience as possible On the other hand it s likely that hedging will take away time from you to pursue your passion and interests In the end it s a trade off only you can make and that only you should decide But also in the end my view is that Culture and Strategy Anthropology and Accounting are both important and make a good team I m looking forward to my next discussion Good luck PS By the way the Kim Clark exit interview from HBS former Dean of school above is a great interview on leadership I recommend that you make the time to watch it Especially the final few minutes on what good leaders do Monday May 17th 2010 AskJeremy Careers TAGS Careers 12 Comments to AskJeremy Careers Question Undergraduate Major and Path To CEO John S Wilson May 17 2010 Jeremy Great post I don t think colleges traditionally do a good enough assisting students with choosing a major from a holistic perspective As you ve pointed out here very well students themselves must ultimately make the decision and live with the consequences However at 17 and 18 years old students are far too young for society to expect them to take into account all the pros and cons of their choice of major But more to the point I think taking a pragmatic approach and learning what you enjoy as well what organizations and businesses respect e g finance and those other disciplines you pointed out is the safest bet And the most enjoyable long term as well Jeremy C Wilson May 18 2010 John S Wilson Thanks for the note John The process of college students figuring out how to pick classes and majors is both very difficult but also good for them And in my view the interdisciplinary majors available today are very good bets for students and gives them a chance to get more broad exposure On the other hand some of the highly technical subjects are useful for getting certain jobs I suspect you d get a lot of different answers depending on who you ask In the end it s an interesting debate theDreamChaser May 18 2010 great post Jeremy it actually raises a good question even for MBA folks whether one should focus more on soft or hard skills in bschool as for college students I don t think there is one single major that leads to a CEO route faster than others I like to think in terms of skills I think if one can get trained with strong analytical and critical thinking skills without losing perspectives of the big picture one is well prepared for a career in business In that sense engineering anthropology even literature

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