The Best Places to Launch a Career in 2009

This week's (Sept 14) cover story of BusinessWeek magazine highlights their results of the 2009 edition of "the Best Places to Launch a Career"...and $10 says you won't be able to guess who it is. I'll give you a hint. I know this company better than ANY other one in the world.

First, a caveat. This article is heavily biased towards the U.S. job market, and while most of the companies on the list are MNCs (multi-national corporations), some of the specifics that are mentioned in the article apply only to certain U.S. office locations, and not necessary to what is happening in all countries of the same company.

And the winner for 2009...

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Advice for Graduates (from Ken Morse – MIT)

Blogging has definitely become very mainstream today, not only in our social lives but in the corporate world as well. CEOs maintain blogs, companies may have a recruiting blog, even Business Schools have admissions-based blogs. Last week, I happened to find the blog of Steven Sinofsky, who used to be the SVP at Microsoft in charge of Microsoft Office, but several years ago was promoted to President of the entire Windows Division.

To try and stop some of the exodus of Microsoft employees to other up-and-coming technology firms (aka Google), Steven was asked to start a blog to reach out to potential Microsoft candidates and offer insights into what it's like to work at Microsoft, the different roles, and generally the valuable contribution new graduates can make at the company on Day 1.

As I was scrolling through, a short post from 2005 caught my attention that offered some advice I want to share with you today...

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How to Impress at Company Presentations

As campus recruiting season kicks off, companies are quickly lining up to come onto campus to tell you that they are hiring, they are looking for the best & brightest, and why you should come work for them.

Attending all these company presentations can be a tiring and time consuming process, but many students feel that if they don't go, it will lessen their chances in getting hired. Is that really the case?

Well, not necessarily. While making a good first impression can get you noticed and help you score some early points, the opposite can also happen. Being rude, too competitive, or asking the wrong type of questions can also get you noticed, but for the wrong reasons. In this post, I want to let you in on some of the secrets and the mindset from the company / recruiter's perspective

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Best Careers of 2009

As you enter your final year of school before graduation, whether it's at the high school, university or post-graduate level, you will inevitably have to make the choice of what you want to pursue as a possible career. One of the challenges when trying to determine what career to pursue is understanding what one actually does in a certain profession.

The U.S. News & World Report has recently been publishing a list of Best Careers which it updates each year. While I wouldn't put too much weight on what they consider "hot or not", the 1 page profile they include on each career mentioned is a great source of information.

Here are some of the professions that made the Best Careers in 2009 list...

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Special Career Fair for Students Studying in the UK

For those of you based in Singapore, and studying at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College or LSE, your Career Centres have put together what looks to be a can't miss event.

Singapore Careers Fair
Monday, September 7, 2009
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Suntec City, Singapore

You must register in advance, and submit a resume that will be sent to all employers ahead of time.

NOTE: The deadline to register is Friday, August 14th, 5:00pm

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JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair 2009

In a few weeks, JobsCentral is hosting one of the larger career fairs this year, with over 50,000 people expected to attend. The focus looks to be not only on jobs but also learning, with a host of educational providers sitting up booths. While not many MNCs (multinational corporations) are on the exhibitor list, there are definitely some large local companies, including almost all the different government ministries.

Click here for the full list of participants.

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