Every day, I read news articles that make me laugh, cry, and reach for the tequila bottle. Usually at the same time. Pretty much the same as dealing with my nephew.

Today’s story that had me shaking my head (and googling “fall out shelters” because I fear a coming apocalypse) comes courtesy of the United Kingdom.

Do companies that only interview and hire the best students discriminate against graduates with lower marks? “Yes, yes, yes,” my nephew is screaming.  (more…)

CFA Exam Pass Rates

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is beneficial in many career paths. Not just for those interested in becoming financial analysts.

There are many other positions that benefit from a CFA charterholder.

Attaining the CFA designation is not a simple exercise. But this explains, in part, why the CFA designation is highly regarded around the world.

The current exam results reflect the challenge of achieving a CFA charter.  (more…)

Your Parents and Your Job Hunt

Sometimes you read something and pray it is satire. But you know it is not.

Today it is a story on how parents help their children in finding a job.

When I say “children”, I mean adults. Those in their 20s.

And when I say “help” with the job hunt, I mean …  (more…)

Creative Employee Work Spaces

Gone are corner offices and huge oak desks for employees in many innovative companies.

Instead, many companies – especially trendy, cutting edge firms – have gone in the polar opposite direction. No more staid and stuffy. Now it is fun and frivolous.

Why?  (more…)

In “Know of What You Speak”, we saw how you can improve your career success by understanding your business environment and properly using the terminology.

The more you know, the better your chance of success.

But the converse is also true.

For many – especially younger workers – this is a bigger problem. Here is why.  (more…)

Sounding like you are smart, does not mean that you are.

I think this is an underrated problem for many people.

Something that came to mind, yet again, while reading a Seth Godin post(more…)

Facebook – Friend or Big Brother?

Just read an interesting article on Facebook.

Facebook and Politico are working together to create sentiment analysis reports on political issues. Now that in itself is not overly interesting.

What is intriguing is this:  (more…)

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Goal Achievement – CFA Exams

In the post, New Year Resolutions?, we looked at how to find free time in life.

Free time to achieve a resolution, perhaps related to a career or personal objective.

Then making the most of that free time by developing a structured game plan for success and focussing on attaining the goal.

Today we will use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams as an example.  (more…)

Networking is a great way to develop business contacts. Something that is good for business development, finding competent suppliers and support, as well as helping to find a new job.

So the ability to properly network is definitely a skill worth strengthening.

What are the keys to good networking?  (more…)

Student Grades and Getting Hired

When hiring staff, I do not put much emphasis on student grades as a predictor of job success.

Sure I pay attention to the outliers. Those in the top and bottom 5%. But even then I do not make a large connection with their potential employment capabilities.

Having dealt with managers from around the globe, almost all my peers share this view when assessing job candidates.

But if we care little about grade point average, what is important?  (more…)

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