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  • Confessions of a Former Recruiter

    Starting September 9 and continuing every other Wednesday through November 18, SixFigureStart will be hosting insider calls to share what works, what doesn’t work, and what recruiters wish job candidates knew about resumes, interviewing, LinkedIn, negotiation, getting through (the application system is not just a black hole!), and the pet peeves that drive recruiters crazy.
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  • How to be a Leader (And Stay True to Yourself)

    According to last quarter’s oft-cited CareerBuilder survey, only about one third of American workers aspire to leadership positions.

    Hispanics (35%), African Americans (39%), men (40%), and LGBT (44%) all aspired more than the national average. But a 2011 study by the Center for Talent Innovation found that a full 64% of Asians and Asian Americans surveyed aspired to “top jobs,” but their representation in Fortune 500 companies’ senior management was grim at around 2%.

    There’s lots of great advice out there about breaking the bamboo ceiling and leaning in. Most importantly, career advisors point out that Asians and Asian Americans in the United States will find they must adapt their approach as they move up the ranks, a process that is slower and more difficult than for their Caucasian peers. Cultural values like humility, deference to authority, and sacrifice, which may have helped you up to this point, won’t necessarily land you on the Board of Directors or in the C Suite. On the c

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    By Tracy Kawabata, Asian MBA Staff Editor. 

    NEW YORK - January 14, 2015.

    It’s been a little under a month since the Office of the Surgeon General re-opened with its new leader, Indian American M.D. and M.B.A. Dr. Vivek Murthy, at the helm. 

    The delay in the Senate following Murthy’s nomination by the President in 2013 left Americans without a strong voice on public health for over a year, notably following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the panic surrounding its spread this past autumn to American soil. 

    Widely applauded in public health and medical communities, Murthy graduated from Harvard magna cum laude in three years, going on to obtain an M.B.A. and an M.D. from Yale. At 37 years old, he is the youngest to occupy the post to date, and not unlike the bright, young community organizer-cum-politician who nominated him, he could be reasonably criticized as a contender due to his age and relative lack of experience. 

    But one thing that hasn’t been much discusse

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  • Here's how it all began...

    One of the most common questions that I receive is, “How did you conceive the idea of starting something like this?” So I thought I’d share a little about how this all began.
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  • I apologize for being lazy...

    Although I was committed to provide you with as much relevant and useful information as possible to you all, but I haven't done that for the past few months.  From here on, since many ends are now tied, I should be able to concentrate on doing that.  At the same time, I need help from all of you to be active as well.  When we start our dialogue and exchange ideas, we can all benefit from it.

    For now, everyone's focus is on our upcoming 6th annual Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Expo in October in NYC.  I am going to make sure I update the information on the website.  Not only the name of the companies that signs up from now until the event day, but I am also going to post as much details as possible on the job titles they will be coming to recruit for along with the job location, H!B sponsorship, and any other helpful information. 

    I would like to encourage you to participate at the Forum discussion on 2014 Conference.  Ask me any questions you might have or talk about anythin

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  • I just attended and spoke at the annual conference which is the largest gathering of MBA career services professionals and MBA recruiters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was a great conference and I learned a lot and I wanted to share with you my take away.  

    - Many schools are trying to help out Asian, especially international students, but they are very much frustrated with lack of options

    - Compared to their academic credentials and qualifications, they severely lack "soft skills" which are critical to securing best jobs possible.  Schools feel that not enough is done to improve their soft skills and looking for better ways to help them improve.

    - There are many other ways to secure offers in addition to speaking with HR (recruiters) at the companies.  Networking with those who work for the target companies is identified as the most important effort.  

    - I spoke at the session titled, "how to maximize the benefit of attending diversity conferences".  At the session, the most importan

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  • My very first Blog Entry!

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Jino Ahn and I am looking forward to getting to know you all and trying to help as many of you as I can through this blog.  I must confess that I’ve never blogged in my life, so I am a little nervous (actually a lot) about committing myself to writing here regularly.  However, I do believe I can help many of you to find jobs and develop your careers using my past experiences and connections at American companies as well as multinational corporations.

    To briefly introduce myself, 27 years ago, right after I graduated from college, I founded and ran a company called, Asian Diversity, whose mission is to help and empower Asian students and working professionals.   I was motivated to splash into unfamiliar water, largely due to what I personally experienced during my senior year in college.  I was clueless as to what I was supposed to be doing in terms of finding the right job. Particularly, I didn’t see how my Asian background played into the process of finding

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  • Finally! The 23 Unwritten Rules of Email

    How many of you have ever second guessed yourself before sending out an email? Do you ever wonder if it's the proper length or the appropriate tone? Here are 23 great tips provided by the Daily Muse
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  • 6 Great Jobs for MBA Grads

    Here's a very thorough article published by Jada A. Graves, the Careers editor at U.S. News, on March 27, 2013.
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