What can we learn from his First Principles Thinking?

Let’s talk about First Principles Thinking. Yes, Elon Musk became the second richest person on the planet this week earning 17 million dollars per hour in 2020

He can actually buy a house every 45 seconds in North America but he is too busy

Elon didn’t invent the principle, it was used by other brilliant minds of all-time — Aristotle, Euclid, Thomas Edison, Richard Feynman and Nikola Tesla

How does it work? The idea of the principle is to break down complicated problems into basic elements and then reassemble them from the ground up

Sounds easy, right? Actually not. Boiling…

Here are common mistakes and how to fix them


Hey everyone, I hope your day is amazing. I’ve finished checking 800 resumes and here are 6 insights that may help you to upgrade your resume

I find these mistakes pretty often during reviews:

1. Lack of quantifiable achievements (85% of resumes had this issue)

2. Repetition of action verbs (72%)

3. Weak action verbs (56%)

4. Responsibilities are not accomplishments (32%)

5. Resume length is too short/long (17%)

6. Couldn’t parse data (2.5% will never be seen by recruiters)

Here’s how to fix them. Six easy rules will do it:

💡 Quantify each bullet…

Use your failures as a catalyst for growth

After college, I failed. I couldn’t find and land a meaningful job. It took me several months to learn, adopt best practices and become a consultant. I spent hours solving business cases and passed 8 rounds of interviews to join Boston Consulting Group

After BCG, I failed again. My career progress at the Knowledge team was slow and my friends from BCG offered me to join KPMG as a senior consultant. 2 years later the advisory team was restructured, and a partner from BCG left, so we followed him. It was the moment of truth

My long-term goal was/is Google…

This database has 1500+ records about university and campus recruiters who are hiring students to fill entry-level positions at top companies, such as Ernst&Young, Microsoft, Deloitte, Facebook, KPMG, Amazon, Accenture, Google, Bank of America, PwC and others (130+ companies in 327 cities and 39 states)

How to use it?

  1. Access Dashboard or Google Sheet (see below)
  2. Find university recruiters from a company that you like
  3. Click URL to find their LinkedIn profiles on Google (usually the first result is what you need)
  4. Verify that this is the right person
  5. Send a connection request, add a message explaining who you are and what is your…

This dashboard has 23,648 records from public sources for the last 3 years

Hey everyone, I’ve created one more exciting dashboard called Salary & Benefits. I used several sources: company data, Google search, Glassdoor, Indeed, LinkedIn, Levels.fyi and others

The purpose of this dashboard is to provide insights about base salary, stocks and bonuses in top tech and consulting firms across 56 countries, and 524 cities, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, LinkedIn and others

There are 9 professions: Software Engineer, Hardware Engineer, Data Science, Product Manager, Product Designer, Solution Architect, SWE Manager, Technical Program Manager and Management Consulting

As for levels, I used 12.5, 25, 50, 62.5, 75 and 87.5 percentiles…

Today I had an amazing session with students from The University of Texas at Dallas

We discussed job strategies and the Iceberg problem:
> 80% of job opportunities are not visible

Key insights:
Online applications won’t help you land your next job — instead, focus your efforts on building relationships with hiring managers and recruiters from your dream companies

Be strategic when looking for jobs, and target teams, not roles. Reach out to hiring managers and recruiters with a pitch about how your experiences can help them grow

Make your resume and LinkedIn profile shine with quantifiable achievements, keywords from job postings, and information from peers you admire and networked with

Actions and Next Steps:

Here’s how to get the most out of it — and my 5 most important tips to handle communication with recruiters from big companies like Google

  • Online applications won’t help you land your next job — instead, focus your efforts on building relationships with hiring managers and recruiters from your dream companies.
  • Eugene Hayden, who’s worked at Google, KPMG, and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), suggests using five tactics along with his “We’re Hiring!” database of 12,000 recruiters to get them to notice you on your next job search.
  • Take the time to build up a strong network online and personal brand. When recruiters or hiring managers visit your LinkedIn account, it’s critical to show your experience, achievements, and a strong following.
  • Be strategic when looking for…

587 resumes were reviewed in 10 days, here are common mistakes and best practice

Hey everyone,

First of all, thank you! This was an amazing opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other

We are all different, our experience is unique and we constantly learn how to make resumes better

Here is the list of common mistakes and my recommendations on how to make your resume shine:

  • Your contact details — phone, email, LinkedIn, location. Don’t use the full address or postal code, add only City, State. Don’t use images, icons or full URLs
  • Make a brief summary brief, describe your passion in 3 lines, no more. …

I’ve reviewed 200+ resumes by now and here is my advice on how to make your resume perfect

1. Well-organized header: Your name, targeted role or expertise, contacts (phone, email, 1–2 hyperlinks — LinkedIn, GitHub or Portfolio, location — city and state). Don’t use full URLs and full address. Don’t share personal data (e.g. date of birth, passport details)


2. Brief resume summary: A short paragraph of text 2–3 lines, don’t repeat achievements or information that is visible in your experience

I’ve reviewed 100s of resumes this week and found 3 common mistakes that you can avoid and make your resume shine

  • Contact information. Don’t use full URLs for LinkedIn, GitHub, Portfolio, etc. Instead, use hyperlinks. Make it short and simple. Don’t use icons or words such as “email“, “phone“, “address“. It’s obvious that @gmail.com is your email. Don’t share your full address or postal code, provide only “City, State”
  • Order and titles of sections on the resume. If you are a student, it makes sense to start with your Education. If you are looking for full-time opportunities, it’s better to show your Professional Experience. A recommended structure and section titles: Summary (optional), Education (for students — on top, for professionals —…

Eugene Hayden

Eugene is passionate about advanced analytics, business intelligence, strategy, and operations.

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