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Job search going nowhere? Here are 10 ideas to try By Liz Ryan It’s beyond frustrating to sit in front of your computer pounding out job applications and then waiting for weeks to hear a word back from employers. After a few weeks of typing so much that your arms get sore without a single encouraging reply, you might start to think that your online job applications are going straight from your keyboard into the depths of nowhere!   You are right. You cannot conduct a 2020 job search by applying for jobs online and waiting for employers to respond. You have to take matters into your own hands! Here are 10 ideas to try when ...
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A message from the BGS CEO The protests in the United States over the past week are about expressing outrage for the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. They are about the killing of many more people before him in violence against black lives. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Michael Brown. Jamar Clark. And countless others. Beta Gamma Sigma supports all who work for justice in honor of George Floyd and those lost before him due to racism. We must stand up for each other. Empathy is not enough. We can read the articles and watch the news and try to understand, but it can’t begin to convey the feelings of people who are ...
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Creating Your Career: Owning Your Story By S. Alyssa Preston, Ph.D. “You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” --Brené Brown When Dr. Brené Brown gave her TED talk on “The Power of Vulnerability,” a steady rebellion ensued. People from all walks of life and professional backgrounds began to take stock. Investment portfolios and resumes were weighed. Authenticity buoyed to the surface as a pivotal evaluative measure of a person and their relationships. Priorities were challenged. Vulnerability became chic. People came unglued. The idea of being vulnerable ...
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How to master the virtual interview As technology has improved and more people are working remotely, virtual interviews are more prevalent than ever—and job hunters need to be prepared to complete them with the same level of professionalism and polish expected of any other job candidate in any other interview scenario. What is a virtual interview? There are two main types of virtual interviews: video calls and online prerecorded interviews. Video calls are live interviews done through conferencing programs like Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts. Prerecorded interviews are exactly what they sound like: they’re sessions where you’re given ...
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Networking: How to socialize when you’re stuck at home The world is experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), which is keeping millions of individuals from working, attending school, eating at restaurants, attending conferences, and attending networking events. It’s enough to make anyone feel isolated, like every method of human interaction is off the table. But we’re living in a unique age where technology can bring us closer than ever before. Whether you’re under quarantine, working/studying from home, or practicing social distancing, there are some great ways to keep networking and connect with friends, family ...
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Resume tips: A guide to getting past the ATS machines Recently, there was an interesting conversation on ConnectBGS about getting your resume through the online systems and software that HR departments typically use to narrow down the number of applications they manually review. BGS member Abbey called it “getting past the machines.” It’s a fitting term, to be sure: the process almost completely removes the human element of human resources. But in the HR industry, they call it an applicant tracking system (or ATS) . You’ve seen them before, even if you didn’t realize it at the time: you might recognize Taleo, Brassring, Bullhorn ...
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Looking for a summer internship? Start your search here. These days, every employer expects to see job experience on a resume—even if you’re fresh out of college. BGS has partnered with a variety of organizations offering unique and valuable internship opportunities for you. (Spoiler alert: ALL of them offer scholarships and/or discounts for BGS members!) Take a look at the internship programs below. But don’t take too long—most summer internship programs will stop taking applicants in just a few weeks. The Intern Group Claim to fame:  Provides customized international internship programs around the globe, ...
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8 signs it’s time for a career change Occupational burnout isn’t a new thing, but it’s been talked about a lot in recent years. In fact, the World Health Organization now recognizes it as a syndrome and calls it an “occupational phenomenon.” Everyone experiences burnout sometimes, but how can you tell if your job dissatisfaction is more than a phase? Read the list to find out. 1. You dread Mondays. In general, it’s certainly not out of the norm to dislike Mondays. But if you spend a large portion of every Sunday thinking about how you don’t want to go back to work the next morning, something is wrong. 2. You’re disengaged ...
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It’s no wonder we celebrate the start of a new year: it gives us the opportunity to become a better version of ourselves! Whether our goals are to lose weight, drink more water, exercise more, or read more books, we are all ultimately trying to improve some aspect of ourselves—and a new year is the perfect excuse to recommit to it. Beta Gamma Sigma’s CEO, Chris Carosella, is a successful businesswoman and leader—and she's also an avid reader. We sat down with Chris to talk about what career books helped her learn more about herself, improve her skills, climb the ladder at GE, and run a highly successful consulting business. If one of your ...
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The Future of Work panel at the 2019 Global Leadership Summit in Chicago, Illinois, USA On October 31, the nearly 400 students who fought through record-breaking cold (and a small snowstorm) to attend this year’s Global Leadership Summit in Chicago arrived with loads of energy and enthusiasm—and they were rewarded with a packed schedule of eye-opening presentations, and ultimately a whole new perspective on the future of work. Here at BGS HQ, we’ve been blown away by the responses to this years’ GLS on LinkedIn and on our chapter schools’ blogs (like Jennifer Carolan’s awesome post for Michigan Tech ), and we want all our members to learn ...
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Getting Started with ConnectBGS: Frequently Asked Questions You’ve probably heard us talk about ConnectBGS (CBGS)—and for good reason! It’s one of the newest perks of your lifetime membership to Beta Gamma Sigma, and it can help you make valuable connections (hence the name) with other high level business students and established leaders around the world. You can share stories and experiences, ask and offer advice, find a mentor or mentee, and even find your next job. Here’s everything you need to get started using ConnectBGS. Q. What is ConnectBGS? A. ConnectBGS is Beta Gamma Sigma’s forum-style web platform. It’s structured ...
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Last week, I attended the Mobilize Women Summit , an annual conference for women in business. The summit is run by The Ellevate Network , of which BGS CEO Chris Carosella and myself are members. The conference was a whirlwind of networking, panels and expert advice from thought leaders—much like our Global Leadership Summit . BGS member Sallie Krawcheck , CEO and co-founder of Ellevest (and chair of the Ellevate Network), ended the day with her closing keynote speech. Sallie knows what she’s talking about, too: she’s the former CEO of companies like Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C. Bernstein. She’s also ...
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Mentoring is key to our career growth as well as personal development. We all seek advice, guidance, and motivation to better ourselves both personally and professionally. To make this post more fun to read, pick one person that could be your ideal career mentor. This person could be alive or dead, and/or fictional or real. Allow me to pick one to start. As of lately, I dove into the work of Akira Kurosawa. A famed Japanese filmmaker well known for his elaborated films such as "Seven Samurai", "High and Low", "Yojimbo", and "The Hidden Fortress" (a personal favorite). Many of his interviews highlighted how to think as a filmmaker not from a style standpoint ...
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AI is everywhere and making an immense impact in industries like Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing and so many more. But have you ever associated AI with Talent Acquisition? Find out what our CEO Chris Carosella has to say about how AI is improving the search for highly qualified candidates and making the hiring process a win-win for both job seekers and companies. 3 Ways to Improve Efficiency and Curb Bias With AI By Chris Carosella Originally published on hr.com Screening applicants remains the biggest challenge in talent acquisition. At the same time that corporate recruiters are diversifying hiring pools, they are also being asked to do more ...
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Whether you're working on your resume, writing a report or sending an important email, proper grammar is incredibly important. I don't know about you, but when I read something with spelling and punctuation mistakes, it makes me doubt if the facts are correct. Attention to detail matters! As communications manager for Beta Gamma Sigma, I get lots of writing, editing and proofreading questions. (And as a former journalist and professional copywriter and editor, I almost always have an answer.) That said, there are some areas that still trip me up—and one of them is hyphenation . I have to google phrases like "hand picked hyphenated" to double-check. So ...
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I'm honored to share BGS CEO Chris Carosella's personal story of workplace harassment--and how she moved past it, learned from it and ultimately excelled in her career. Enjoy, and feel free to share your comments/reactions below! How I Turned Hostility Into Acceptance By Chris Carosella Originally published on TLNT.com After three successful positions in regional locations for a Fortune 10 company, I was promoted to a senior vice president role in the company headquarters. It was the biggest career move of my life, one I had worked hard to achieve. It also meant I was about to become the only woman on a senior executive team that included 13 men at ...
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Hello, BGS members! You've heard us talk about networking quite a bit here on ConnectBGS, and for good reason; it's one of the most important skills you need for a successful career. It's also a huge focus of our annual Global Leadership Summit (GLS), which brings students together from all over the world to develop real-world business skills, make connections and plan for their future. But there are awesome opportunities that many students don't even consider. The job opportunities through our sponsors. If you've attended a GLS before, you know we have dedicated conference space for sponsors; we always have booths with representatives from international ...
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Our global business landscape is shifting, and new technologies and emerging markets mean that the very  structures and identities  of organizations and their employees are in flux. Companies can survive these shifts if they have flexible structures, global mindsets, and the confidence to take on new arenas.  One crucial step for cultivating those organizational attributes is to hire employees who have international experience and have thus developed personal leadership characteristics that translate across borders.  Here are a few of the qualities I've found in candidates with international experience — and how those experiences translate into qualities ...
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By: Chris Carosella, CEO of Beta Gamma Sigma Original article found on TalentCulture.com If you’ve been following the news lately, you might have noticed a growing conversation in the tech and business worlds about a lack of diversity at major corporations. And when you look at the numbers, it isn’t pretty: Only 24 of Fortune 500 CEOs are female, while only three are African-American . Worse yet, only 3 percent of those companies are fully transparent about their diversity numbers. This isn’t just an unfortunate reality for women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community — it’s also a wasted opportunity for the organizations themselves. ...
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By: Chris Carosella, CEO of Beta Gamma Sigma Original article found on Recruiter.com With the unemployment rate falling to a new low of   3.9 percent in July , the job market is growing increasingly competitive. That’s good news for job hunters, but it has made it more difficult than ever for HR professionals and recruiters to attract the right employees. So instead of working harder, work smarter: Build a sturdy   talent pipeline   that keeps potential candidates ready and waiting. Your talent pipeline is your candidate pool — your collection of future employees on the bench, ready to work when your business has an opening. Talent pipelines are ...
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