All photos by Stacy Conradt
All photos by Stacy Conradt

11 Berkshire Hathaway Products Featuring Warren Buffett's Face

All photos by Stacy Conradt
All photos by Stacy Conradt

This past weekend was the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting in Omaha. Warren Buffett's bash is always a big deal, but this year's 50th anniversary meant commemorative items galore. If you didn't make it to "Woodstock for Capitalists," here are the souvenirs you missed out on.

1. Berky Boxers

Yours for the low price of $6.

2. Berky Bra

Don't worry, ladies—Berkshire Hathaway didn't forget you. You can also display your support for BRK for just $6. (Actually, unless you got there on the first day, you can't. These had sold out by day two.)

3. Warren and Charlie socks

Tastefully embroidered with the symbols for various international currencies, these socks are a great investment. 

4. "The Perfect Pair" condiments

Buffett would definitely approve of this frugal deal—just $2 for the collectors' set of Heinz condiments. (Wonder if he stocked up?)

5. See's Candies chocolates and dish

You may not be able to invest like Buffett and Munger, but you can snack like them. The pair famously munch on See's Candies throughout the entire six-hour-plus annual meeting. This year, Munger focused his attentions on the peanut brittle, while Buffett opted for fudge.

6. 50th Anniversary Justin Boots

I'd put this stylish footwear up there with the boots that are frequently gifted to presidents.

7. Running Shoes

If you'd rather go for a run than hit the rodeo, these Brooks shoes—featuring a familiar caricature on the back—are right up your alley. 

8. Charm Bracelet

The perfect accessory for the Charlie Munger fangirl in your life.

9. Berkshire Quirkle—and Travel Quirkle!

For your next family car trip. (It's better than 20 Questions.)

10. My First Berkshire ABC

Nearly every single letter in the alphabet is represented by a brand owned by Berkshire. ("Q" is "quality products.")

11. Rubber Duckies

This is probably the closest you'll be able to get to bath time with Warren and Charlie.

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The Only Way to Answer ‘What Is Your Greatest Weakness?’ In a Job Interview

Thanks in part to the influence of Silicon Valley and its focus on the psychological probing of job applicants, interview questions have been steadily getting more and more abstract. As part of the interview process, today's job seekers might be asked to describe a vending machine to someone who’s never seen one before, or plan a fantasy date with a famous historical figure.

Even if the company you’re approaching isn’t fully on board with prodding your brain, at some point you may still come up against one of the most common queries applicants face: "What is your greatest weakness?"

"Some 'experts' will tell you to try and turn a strength into a 'weakness,' to make yourself look good," writes Inc. contributor Justin Bariso. "That advice is garbage."

"Think about it," Bariso continues. "Interviewers are asking the same question to countless candidates. Just try and guess how many times they hear the answers 'being a perfectionist' or 'working too much.' (Hint: way too often.)"

While responding that you work too hard might seem like a reliable method of moving the conversation along, there’s a better way. And it involves being sincere.

"The fact is, it's not easy to identify one's own weaknesses," Bariso writes. "Doing so takes intense self-reflection, critical thinking, and the ability to accept negative feedback—qualities that have gone severely missing in a world that promotes instant gratification and demands quick (often thoughtless) replies to serious issues."

Bariso believes the question is an effective way to reveal an applicant’s self-awareness, which is why companies often use it in their vetting process. By being self-aware, people (and employees) can correct behavior that might be affecting job performance. So the key is to give this question some actual thought before it’s ever posed to you.

What is your actual greatest weakness? It could be that, in a desire to please everyone, you wind up making decisions based on the urge to avoid disappointing others. That’s a weakness that sounds authentic.

Pondering the question also has another benefit: It prompts you to think of areas in your life that could use some course-correcting. Even if you don’t land that job—or even if the question is never posed to you—you’ve still made time for self-reflection. The result could mean a more confident and capable presence for that next interview.

[h/t Inc.]

This Is the Most Commonly Misspelled Word on Job Resumes

by Reader's Digest Editors

Your resume is your first chance to make a good impression with hiring managers. One misspelled word might not seem like a huge deal, but it can mean the difference between looking competent and appearing lazy. A 2014 Accountemps survey of 300 senior managers found that 63 percent of employers would reject a job candidate who had just one or two typos on their resume.

Most misspellings on resumes slip through the cracks because spellcheck doesn’t catch them. The most common misspelling on resumes is a shockingly simple word—or so you’d think.

Career coach and resume writer Jared Redick of Resume Studio in San Francisco tells Business Insider that the most common misspelling he sees by far is confusing “lead” with “led.” If you’re talking about how you run meetings at your current job, the correct spelling is “lead,” which is in the present tense. If the bullet point is from a former position, use lead’s past tense: led. Yes, “lead” as in the metal can also be pronounced “led,” but most people have no need to discuss chemical elements on their job resumes.

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Other spelling mistakes Redick has seen pop up over and over again on resumes is spelling “definitely” as “definately” (which spellcheck thankfully should catch) and adding an e in “judgment” (“judgement” is the British spelling, but “judgment” is preferred in American English).

To avoid the cringe factor of noticing little typos after sending out your application—especially if your misspelling actually is a real word that spellcheck recognizes—always proofread your resume before submitting. Slowly reading it out loud will take just a few minutes, but it could mean the difference between an interview and a rejection.


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