Keith Cowing

About me

Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University
Career Coach
Venture Partner at NextGenVP
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I have screened 5K+ resumes, performed 500+ interviews, negotiated offers and coached people through career decisions. This is where I share my learnings.

Resumes and Interview Skills


How to triple your LinkedIn profile views

I launched an experiment. Instead of adding ideas to a growing list of “future blog posts,” I would just write down the idea and share it on Twitter and LinkedIn (without the full post). My LinkedIn profile views went up exponentially.

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phone screen materials

Preparing for a phone screen

Phone screens can be short and casual, but they deserve a disciplined approach. I have seen too many candidates fail because they didn’t properly prepare…

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interview failure

6 ways to blow a job interview without realizing it

What you say and what hiring managers hear can be very different things. Avoid these common mistakes.

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Navigating Your Career


Stand for something greater than yourself

What legacy will we leave for generations after us? I am not asking you to quit your job and join the peace corps. But think about your impact.

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Startup environment

Should I be an employee at a top tier company or a leader at a startup?

It is a career choice you may need to make. Here are some key things to consider.

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rocket ship

How to join projects that get you promoted

Eric Schmidt famously told Sheryl Sandberg “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”

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Building Product Skills

Einstein and Oppenheimer

Does a product manager need domain expertise?

If you don’t understand your industry, you can’t be successful. If you have been in the industry too long, you get steeped in tradition and are less capable of innovation. So what’s the real deal with domain expertise?

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A product manager’s list of things to read, watch, and listen to

I have spent the past 15 years building products, teams, and companies. Along the way, I have read, watched, and listened to a LOT of content. Here are some of my favorites.

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What skills do you need to become a product manager?

To start with, you need a basic level of skill across a wide range of topics. Then, you need to build superstar skills in one or two areas.

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