CDO DJ: It Takes Two

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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It Takes Two” by New York hip house artists Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock was released August 2, 1988, became a top 40 single and is considered one of the top 50 greatest hip hop songs of all time ranked at number 24.

The chorus of the song is simple:

It takes two to make a thing go right

It takes two to make it outta sight

Hit it!

We all know how important relationships are and how essential relationships are when conducting a job search. Sometimes job seekers forget that it really takes two to make a job search go right (and if the “two” really connect, it can be outta sight). What does this mean?

  • CDO Coach/Job Seeker: Career coaches are there to guide students and alumni for the global marketplace. Coaches provide personalized assistance with career exploration, developing goals and competencies, professional branding, strategizing a job or internship search, and managing career change and transition. Career coaches don’t write your cover letters, draft your pitch, or conduct the industry research for you. Both parties have to participate to make the coaching relationship right/outta sight.
  • Employer (Recruiter)/Job Seeker: Job seekers often forget that they are not the only ones looking for a job and this is magnified when a job seeker is stressed. Employers and especially recruiters are working with numerous job seekers, job openings, and hiring managers at any one time. To make it right, try putting yourself in the shoes of a recruiter. Is your correspondence with the recruiter easy to follow? Are you providing timely responses to employers’ follow-up questions? Did you arrive to the interview on time and prepared?
  • Alumni Contact/Job Seeker: No job search is complete without networking and more often than not, job seekers tap into their school’s alumni network to learn more about a particular industry, job posting, or employer. Want to make this relationship outta sight? Be grateful. Thank your alumni contact for his/her time.  Show up having done your research. When sending a LinkedIn request don’t just click the “connect” button; instead, write a personalized request highlighting what you and the alumni contact share in common.

Rob Base knew it took two to make it right and outta sight. How do we know? He sang so in his song, giving his partner, EZ, a shout-out:

‘Cause Rob is in the front, E-Z Rock is on the back up

We’re not soft, so you better just slack up

‘Cause I’m cool, calm just like a breeze

Rock the mike with the help of E-Z


This is the first entry for a new category on Carey the Torch: CDO DJ. DJ is short for disc jockey. DJs come in all shapes and sizes: some introduce and play music on radio or Internet stations, others serve as master of ceremonies at events, while others select and mix music at bars, nightclubs, or parties. We invite you to write for Carey the Torch and serve as a CDO DJ. Choose a song and comment on how it reflects career, personal, or academic advice; emulates one of the CDO Core Competencies; or inspires you to do your best work.

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