If the application had one prompt

Students, imagine for a moment your college applications consisted of only one prompt: Submit letters of recommendation, as many as you’d like, from people who can tell us how you helped, supported, encouraged, or otherwise positively impacted them and their lives during your high school years. Bear in mind that when we read these letters, […]

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Tap into your team’s potential

I recently shared an experiment we were launching at Collegewise, the Talent Tour of Duty, an 8-week program for our colleagues to help our Talent Department find new and better ways to find, recruit, hire, train, and engage the very best employees. We’d originally envisioned 8-10 people participating, a number we picked largely based on how […]

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The human on each side

A friend of mine is searching for jobs right now, which can be a demoralizing experience made worse by events like the one he described to me this week. A recruiter scheduled an online interview for my friend with the manager making the hire. But the manager neither accepted nor declined the scheduling request. So […]

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When to ditch the strategy

For college applicants awaiting decisions (and their parents waiting in the respective wings), here are some behaviors that will result in admission guarantees: Worrying (or talking excessively) about the impending outcome Attempting to predict the result Second-guessing your essays or application approaches Reinforcing in your mind that only one school will make you happy Comparing […]

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Team success is your success

In the last decade, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has made ten straight Final Four appearances and taken home six titles (including an NCAA unprecedented four in a row). But head coach Geno Auriemma doesn’t look for or reward individual superstars. He evaluates the players based on their contributions to the team. No […]

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Don’t skip “How can I help?”

Counselors and parents, if a student presents you with a challenge or a situation they’re facing where they don’t know what to do, it’s tempting to jump in and offer solutions. “I want to take AP Chem and orchestra, but they’re offered in the same period.” “My parents want me to apply to their alma […]

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On praising by comparison

Too often in high school, the praise that kids receive is rooted in comparison. “You scored in the 97% percentile.” “You had the most points on the team.” “Your solo was the best one.” Comparison isn’t inherently bad, especially when it’s the standard of judging a performance. If you’re on the swim team, your performance in […]

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A token apology with the right token

Regular readers know that I’m a fan—and a customer—of the company Basecamp. In November, their software went down for the longest period of downtime in company history. And in this episode of their podcast (you can access other ways to listen at the podcast’s main site), their CTO, David Heinemeier Hansson, details how they responded, […]

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Negotiating a better financial aid package

Many families have heard that the financial aid package they receive from a college may not, in fact, be the school’s final offer–that they can appeal to the financial aid office for a more favorable package. But what’s a lot less clear is exactly how a family should go about making that appeal. What factors […]

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Open the door, or close it?

In the last 10 days, we’ve received over 300 applications for open positions we’re currently recruiting for at Collegewise. With that many applications, we have to turn away a lot more people than we can hire or even interview. And we think applicants who show an interest in us deserve to be treated with respect, […]

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