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a short talk with a GE HR

 
#1 a short talk with a GE HR
09/11/2003 00:00

lucinda

Yesterday I had a chance to have a short talk with an advanced HR manager in GE. He said one should not be a consultant if he had no experience in a real corporation becuase the backgroud was not so solid. And he would like to hire a person in big 4 rather than in a consulting firm.

What he said really puzzled me. Because now I'm a graduate student in MATH. and will get my Master degree in next April. I plan to begin my career in consulting immediately. But if what the HR said is true, getting some experience in some coporations will be good for my long-term career.

What is your opinion? What should my first job focus on?

Thanks!

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#2 Re: a short talk with a GE HR
12/11/2003 00:00

Richard

Your GE man was in my opinion correct. Get a grounding. Preferably with GE! You might find it difficult to get out of consulting later without it. However, consider a couple of things. Firstly, take as many opinions as you can, none of them (including this one) is entirely correct, and secondly, get a job that makes you happy and then change it when it doesn't - life is too short to worry about anything like this, frankly. Oh, and one last thing. Keep in touch with your GE HR whatever you do - you won't regret it.

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#3 Re: a short talk with a GE HR
13/11/2003 00:00

lucinda

Thank you very much Richard!

I'm really worrying about my first job-- it in some sense determins my future career. It's a exhausting procedure to investigate your goal company and write the specific coverletter and CV. I haven't so much time to do so to every company I'm interested in, so I have to reduce the scope. Can you give me some advice?

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#4 Re: a short talk with a GE HR
13/11/2003 00:00

Philip de Jong

I think the HR was right. Earlier this year I met a graduate who was looking to start in a large firm in Indonesia. I have run up the bullet wounds in some large corporates at senior international level over the years. What the graduate was planning was not practical and cam from his books. Your idea to get some hand-on experience will be invaluable to you.

Best regards, Philip

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#5 Re: a short talk with a GE HR
15/11/2003 00:00

lucida

Thank you, Philip.

You advice is valuable! Thanks!

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#6 Re: a short talk with a GE HR
21/11/2003 00:00

Richard

Who do you want to work for? or what do you want to do for a living. And it is OK not to know the latter if you have several ideas about the former (say you know someone who works at a particular place, or you think a companies' adverts are cool, or whatever, really). Your CV should be two pages maximum (preferably one page), should have a two line summary of you at the top (e.g. "diligent self starter with x interests and y skills"), your experience although limited should highlight a couple of things you have achieved personally that make you stand out from the rest, and to save time/effort your covering letter could have a standard framework with one paragraph altered to reflect your particular interest in the company/job, and a second paragraph stating which of your skills/experiences means you are the ideal match for the position. Other than that, the short answer is that you actually should spend alot of time and effort on your applications! (How else are you spending your time, anyway?!!)

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#7 Re: a short talk with a GE HR
21/11/2003 00:00

Richard

Who do you want to work for? or what do you want to do for a living. And it is OK not to know the latter if you have several ideas about the former (say you know someone who works at a particular place, or you think a companies' adverts are cool, or whatever, really). Your CV should be two pages maximum (preferably one page), should have a two line summary of you at the top (e.g. "diligent self starter with x interests and y skills"), your experience although limited should highlight a couple of things you have achieved personally that make you stand out from the rest, and to save time/effort your covering letter could have a standard framework with one paragraph altered to reflect your particular interest in the company/job, and a second paragraph stating which of your skills/experiences means you are the ideal match for the position. Other than that, the short answer is that you actually should spend alot of time and effort on your applications! (How else are you spending your time, anyway?!!)

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