Real Leaders Don’t Use the Word “Led”

Angela GuidoResume

Leader Verbs

Stop right now and look at your resume. Do you have one or more bullets that start with the word “Led”? You have to get rid of it. The word “led” is a surefire way to identify yourself as an amateur with no real demonstrated leadership potential. That goes double if you are using the word “Lead.” If the word “Lead” is on your resume it’s because … Read More

How to Be a Selfish A** in Job Interviews

Angela GuidoInterviews


One birthday, I had dinner at a restaurant with some friends. I did the inviting and reserving, and we were all still recovering from major MBA student debt, so when the check came, we shared an awkward moment. It was my birthday, but I had also chosen the restaurant and invited everyone. The appropriate payor was unclear, and everyone sort of subtly averted their gaze … Read More

You’re Doing Your MBA Applications Wrong

Angela GuidoMBA Applications

MBA Program Fit

In addition to running Career Protocol, for the past 8 years, I’ve been an MBA admissions consultant with mbaMission – the world’s premier MBA consultancy IMHO. I do that job because bschool apps are really about my two great life passions: self-awareness and communication. MBA program fit. Based on my years of experience helping bright, talented people on this journey, I’ve got some good news for you: You’re doing … Read More

Top 10 Tools for Your Creative MBA Essays

Angela GuidoMBA Applications

Creative MBA Essay

You are applying to business school and you are ready to tackle your MBA essays when suddenly, you realize that plugging through weeks or months of GMAT study, revising your resume to make it MBA-ready, corralling two or more recommenders, and crafting your life story in essay form aren’t enough. On top of all of that, some of the world’s most elite MBA programs want you to show them … Read More

Something really important the toilet taught me

Angela GuidoMake Confident Choices

toilet water

When I was 8, I drank toilet water. I was playing truth or dare with some friends, and even at that young age, I was never one to back down from a challenge. The fact that I actually followed through on the dare and lived to tell about it is not what makes this story interesting, though. What makes the story interesting was my rationale … Read More

3 Things to Do Before You Quit

Angela GuidoUpward Management

3 things Before quit

It’s that magical time of year when ambitious young professionals everywhere quit their hard-earned jobs and shuffle off to that hallowed realm we call “The MBA Program.” It’s a small-scale mass exodus all over the world. It’s always a relief for us humans when a long-awaited change finally happens, and you may be more than ready to leave this job behind. After all, you’re going … Read More

LinkedIn Profile Protocol for MBAs

Angela GuidoLinkedIn, Networking


Want to know why a great LinkedIn profile is essential, even if you plan to get your next job on campus? Follow this quick guide to looking good online! You probably already have a LinkedIn profile, but if you are like a lot of MBA students and graduates I talk to, you probably aren’t entirely sure why you should have one or why it’s worthwhile to … Read More

Career Bites #12: Interview People

Angela GuidoCareer Bites, Interviews

Interview people

The Career Bite: Interview 20 People You’re willing to work hard, you want to add value, but you also want to enjoy your work and be inspired. Right now, you probably have no idea how to do that. The key is to interview people. If you followed Our last two Career Bites: Be a Long Term Visionary and Be a Short Term Pragmatist, you have … Read More

Career Bites #11: Be a Short Term Pragmatist

Angela GuidoCareer Bites

Be a Pragmatist

The Career Bite: Be a Short Term Pragmatist Got a big vision for your future? Awesome!!! Now you’ve got to be patient. Anything you can dream up, you can achieve, but great accomplishments take time. So in addition to being a Long Term Visionary, you’ve got to be a Short Term Pragmatist. Recognize your vision for your career will take a few steps to achieve. … Read More

Career Bites #10: Be a Longterm Visionary

Angela GuidoCareer Bites

Be a longterm visionary

The Career Bite: Be a Longterm Visionary What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question I am still asking after more than 3 decades of consideration. And that’s as it should be. We are always becoming. It takes a lifetime to realize your full human potential; the journey never ends. So look ahead into the future: imagine, visualize, and design. … Read More