Optimism came easily and naturally to some of those successful job seekers, but others chose to cultivate it because being negative, they realized, was an indulgence they simply could not afford.
When delivering a job talk in industry, you need to remember why you are there and focus on the expectations of the audience.
There are great opportunities in industry, as well as situations in which your career could languish.
Think about what it was like when you were 16 or 17 years old, and you were learning to drive your parents' car.
In academia, he says, you are rewarded by the development of the knowledge base. The difference in industry is that you are paid for the judgment.
It's tempting to hang with the tried and true, but sometimes going against the crowd can pay off.
Perhaps the best advice is that because there's nothing you can do about it anyway, you might as well be yourself. There's something liberating about the idea that you don't really have to perform, to pretend to be something you're not.
Most of us have no idea how those on the receiving end make their decisions about our believability.
Are you following the path of least resistance?
"Our first few hires were people who could do a wide variety of tasks. It is invaluable to have team members who can roll up their sleeves and dig in to any task to get it done." --Jennie Mather
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