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/ Asked by Kristin H.
Your junior year is a great year to start narrowing in on your real world experience and continuing to build upon your resume. A lot of larger companies really look at juniors for their internship positions and use that to build a pipeline for full-time employment, so it's important that you seek ou...

/ Asked by Alyssa M.
It's great that you are starting your job search early! Your career center is going to be the best resource for you to start with. I don't think it's uncommon for companies to seek college graduates to fill their entry-level opportunities and offer to relocate candidates, or express interest in cand...

/ Asked by Duo W.
It's great that you are working toward securing an internship so early on in your college career. Your career center should have the best knowledge of which companies offer internships to freshmen. Your peers are also a great resource. However, several companies just don't offer internships to fresh...

/ Asked by Sarah E.
Great question! A cover letter does not need to be addressed to a specific person unless you know who the recruiter or hiring manager is. It is acceptable (and common) to address as "To Whom it May Concern". I have also seen candidates address to "Recruiter" or "Talent Acquisition" or "Hiring Manage...

/ Asked by Kassi R.
I would agree with Carrie, it's difficult to say without understanding exactly what you didn't enjoy about your internship. If you didn't enjoy the career/major field at all, it may be worth taking some additional coursework this year with a focus outside of your major. If you enjoy your career fiel...

/ Asked by Melanie W.
I would recommend checking the employment laws for your state and also your employer's policy on drug use. Depending on the industry and nature of your work, it may be against company policy regardless if you were partaking in a state that it was legal.

/ Asked by Melanie W.
If something looks or feels wrong, say something. If you have a good relationship with your boss and are comfortable talking to him about it, tell him. If you are unsure how he will react if you bring it up, your best option is to notify HR or the Business Conduct Line at your company. Most companie...

/ Asked by Maura W.
When in doubt, always use a formal greeting! It's better to be too formal than too casual. After you start working with a company, you will get a better feel for their culture and what is appropriate. Some companies have a more laid-back culture and no one uses formal greetings, regardless of the po...

/ Asked by Emily P.
It is first important to identify the right person to list as a reference. Make sure you are asking someone who knows your work ethic well enough to speak to it and someone who you have had positive interactions with. Once you have that person identified, I would recommend explaining that you are ap...

/ Asked by J.M. S.
Great question! Being able to demonstrate leadership experience on your resume looks great to potential employers. In my experience, it is very common for students to list their experience with a social fraternity, especially if they have held a leadership position. Most employers would not look at ...

/ Asked by Tommy P.
It's difficult to pick a specific question. However, the most impressive questions I have received are the ones that I can tell the candidate put a lot of thought in to. As a recruiter, I often receive very generic questions. This is okay because I'd rather a candidate have at least 2-3 qu...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
I would first recommend understanding your time off policy. Do you receive vacation time or paid time off (PTO) as soon as you start? Or, is there a waiting period before you begin accruing or earning time off? If you begin earning vacation time or PTO immediately, I don't think any time is too soon...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
The Career Center at your school is a great resource to help with your internship search. For most colleges and universities, the Career Center will know which companies recruit on campus and the types of positions they offer. Your school job board will often have these opportunities posted as well....

/ Asked by Tanya L.
The earlier the better! Depending on the company and your degree field, recruitment could start as early as fall or as late as spring for a summer internship. We begin recruiting for our summer internship positions as early as September of each year and typically have all positions filled by January...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
I personally don't think it matters which email account you use, as long as your email address is professional. Meaning, if it's a personal email account then it should be your name and not a nickname or anything inappropriate. You should also ensure the email you list on your resume or on an a...

/ Asked by Nathalie N.
I would agree with Natesa that the benefit of graduate school really depends on the company and career field. Some companies put a stronger emphasis on graduate school than others. It also depends on your career goals. Does the job you want require an advanced degree? I think it would be difficult t...

/ Asked by andy j.
I think honesty is always the best policy in situations like this. My first question would be, did your employer verify your education when they hired you? If you falsely provided a degree to your employer that you didn't actually receive, they may ask you to resign. But, if they never verified your...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
You are not alone! Many college students and recent grads run into similar issues. If you are able, I would recommend reaching out to the career center at your school. They would be a great place to start because they will be most familiar with companies who recruit at your school and the type ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Great question! I would agree with Stephanie....why is the interviewer asking? If you are asked this question in an interview, I would always try to steer the conversation back to the job and keep it professional and relevant to why you're there. If asked about your personal life or "tell me about y...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
You are not required to explain this to a potential employer. Your age shouldn't be factored into your consideration for a position so employers shouldn't even ask this question. Your skills and experience are most important to a potential employer. You could even utilize your service trip toward yo...

/ Asked by Abdulaziz H.
I think there is sometimes a benefit to filling a position internally, even if you may be able to find a more qualified candidate externally. However, I also think it's important that you aren't hiring internally for no reason. If you are promoting or transferring an employee to a new role that they...

/ Asked by Madeline P.
Based on your question, I am going to assume that you want to be a manager working in HR. If you want to work in a management position at some point in your career, I do not think your degree will make a difference. Your work experience is going to be more important in getting you to a manager level...

/ Asked by David V.
Absolutely! I think professional networking events are important to attend even if you aren't actively job searching. They are a great way to expand your professional network and learn about other jobs and industries. You never know when a professional connection or relationship may come in handy, w...

/ Asked by Maggie S.
Communication, flexibility, delegation, and dependability are all effective qualities of a strong leader. Emotional intelligence is also a quality of a great leader and equally, if not more important. This includes being able to manage and identify your emotions, as well as others emotions.&nbs...

/ Asked by Kristen C.
Great question! Being a well-rounded candidate with your professional and extra-curricular experience is a great way to help you stand out in the entry-level job market. This helps demonstrate that you can juggle multiple priorities and can also show your ability to be a leader and work in a team. W...

/ Asked by Catherine D.
I would agree with everything Jacob said. The first step would be to make contact with your former supervisor or recruiting contact. Prior to doing this though, I think it's important to ensure you are familiar with the opportunities they have available. It is best to be direct in your message and y...

/ Asked by Madison T.
First, and most importantly, keep an open mind. There are several entry-level job opportunities available, some at great companies that would offer you a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. While it is ideal to get a position in your job field, this isn't always the case for everyone so ...

/ Asked by Karah K.
I think the answer to this could vary depending on your career goals. If you have an interest in international business or any sort of position that would view international experience as valuable, then yes, I think studying abroad is beneficial. However, I don't believe it is relevant to all future...

/ Asked by Abby P.
Great question! The type of degree you have is important for some positions, but not all. The company and/or indsutry can play into this as well. For specialized positions such as engineering, IT, finance or accounting, the degree typically does matter because you get more specialized coursewor...

/ Asked by Kaylie D.
Every company is different so it's difficult to say that this is important to all employers. In my experience, involvement and experience outside of the classroom is more important and is weighted heavier. Your GPA is important to an extent. Typically, I think employers want to see a GPA of at least...

/ Asked by Emma R.
Great question! It is never too early to begin planning for post-graduation. Your freshman and sophomore year are a great time to begin exploring career paths, industries and companies that align with your interests. Campus recruiting for internships and full-time opportunities is becoming increasin...

/ Asked by Emma R.
There are various traits interviewers look for but I think they really vary by company. It is first important to understand the company culture. Depending on the culture of the company, some interviewers may prefer a more aggressive candidate while others may prefer a candidate who is personable and...

/ Asked by Krysten B.
I wouldn't necessarily say this is true for all employers. While study abroad experiences provide great exposure to a new culture and can teach you how to interact with people of different backgrounds and cultures, I'm not sure it is valued more than hands on job experience. If you choose to partici...

/ Asked by Hayley R.
Outside experience is always important but if a job requires specific certifications in order to perform the job, I would have to say that obtaining the appropriate credentials is more important. If these certifications or credentials are required, it will likely be difficult to find a job without t...

/ Asked by KelliMae S.
I think any involvement outside of the classroom is appreciated by potential employers. By being involved in extra-curricular activities, it can show you are a well-rounded student and can juggle multiple priorities. It is important to be an active participant though. As you think about your extra-c...

/ Asked by Abbi S.
Not getting selected for an interview can be frustrating but don't let it discourage you. Some companies receive hundreds of qualified applicants for internship positions, so the application process can be very competitive. I would recommend that you first start with getting feedback on your resume....

/ Asked by Hayley R.
Great question! I think that the assumption that an advanced degree is essential in securing a job is not true for all fields of work. Many employers more strongly value experience and critical thinking over an advanced degree. Having hands on experience will help set you up for success more than ex...

/ Asked by Hayley R.
Having a plan or "checklist" of some variation is a great tool to ensure you achieve your goals for your career. However, I think it's also important to keep in mind that there is no one, clear defined path to success. Everyone is going to have a different career path, timeline and "checklist"....

/ Asked by Noah A.
Congratulations on your internship! Securing an internship abroad will be a rewarding and great experience. I think the most important and obvious skill you will gain is the international experience. Being able to understand and experience first-hand how a company operates internationally will be be...

/ Asked by David M.
I would recommend only including course descriptions on your resume if you are trying to fill space. Employers are going to care more about your degree, experience and skills than they will your coursework. Since you are looking for an entry-level IT position, I think it would be most beneficial to ...

/ Asked by Jaden T.
I don't think there is any right or wrong answer to this question. Determining the right time to leave a position depends on your personal and professional goals. I have worked with people who have stayed in the same position for several years because they enjoy the work, their team, company, etc. H...

/ Asked by h h.
You are definitely not the first person to pursue a career path different from your field of study. I think this is common among a lot of young professionals (and even mid-level career professionals) because who really knows what they want to do at that young of an age? It is fair for you to be...

/ Asked by Emily P.
Let me start by saying, you are not alone! And, this will likely not be the first boss you dislike or don't get along with. The most important thing is to focus on the positives. Try to stay engaged with your coworkers and foster relationships inside and outside of your team. At the same time, try y...

/ Asked by Sarah T.
I would recommend first trying to understand how many recommendations the application is requesting. In most cases, there should be clear instructions regarding the application process and what you are expected to submit. As with any job, the process and expectations for each department will likely ...

/ Asked by Karen C.
Having a mentor is a very valuable relationship no matter where you are at in your career. Personally, I think having a mentor in your first job or internship is beneficial because you can use them as a resource to help you navigate the waters. Your manager is a great resource as well but your mento...

/ Asked by Jonathan L.
I think the answer to this question depends on your personal and careers interests/preference. I don't think there is a right or wrong option here. There are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself. Do you want to spend another year, or potentially longer, abroad? If you spend the year abroad...

/ Asked by Albert S.
This could mean a few different things. The position could have been put on hold and the company is now recruiting for it again. Or, the posting could have expired and it was re-posted because they are still looking for applicants. It could also be a new position but similar to the one posted previo...

/ Asked by Jay G.
I would have to agree with the other responses to this question. You should always do your homework prior to responding so you are setting reasonable expectations for yourself and for the company. Glassdoor is a useful resource while doing your research. Also, if you are a recent grad then I would r...

/ Asked by Nathalie N.
Congratulations on securing your second internship! If you already have an agreed upon end date with your current manager then you are not obligated to tell him/her about your new internship (unless of course you signed any type of non-compete agreement that would cause a conflict). However, if you ...

/ Asked by Angela B.
Yes! This is very common. When you do reach out, I would be strategic and direct in who you contact and in your messaging. When reaching out, it is best to contact someone in recruiting. Be clear in what your job interests are. I often see candidates reach out and say they are interested in any posi...

/ Asked by Emily P.
Great question! I think all recruiters have a different opinion on cover letters. For me personally, I do not typically review cover letters and usually only look at the resume. If recruiters are receiving hundreds of applications for a position, they don't always have time to read through cover let...

/ Asked by Amel A.
Great question! I think this depends on the size of the company. For large companies, I do not think letters of recommendation are the norm. For smaller companies, they may use them more often. If you think a letter of recommendation would be personally beneficial to you, I don't think it hurts to a...

/ Asked by Anthony M.
This is a tough question to answer because every interview is going to be different. I would always be prepared to answer questions about your work experience and background in detail. You should also be able to articulate why you want the position and why you are interested in the company. You shou...

/ Asked by Nathalie N.
I would recommend a casual setting such as a coffee shop or café. I think a sit down restaurant would be too formal and it would be harder to come and go as you please. Pick a location that is quiet so you can easily hear each other and don't have distractions. As far as attire, I w...

/ Asked by Nathalie N.
Posture is very important during an interview so as difficult as it may be to sit still, I would strongly recommend focusing on this. If you have trouble sitting up in your chair, try using the table as a bit of a support. You could place your hands or forearms on the table to help keep you upright ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
If this is for a potential job or networking, I would recommend reaching out via email. A text is informal and unprofessional and a phone call may catch the person off guard. I would agree that it is best to allow the person to digest the information first and think through how they can best assist ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
I would echo Dan's comments. Your resume should be a snapshot of your professional experience, not your personal life. Keep any personal information limited to contact information. Your name, email address and phone number are the most important so a recruiter can contact you. Most resumes also incl...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Congratulations on your graduation! Job searching after college can be difficult so I don't think you're alone in having a gap in employment. Most employers will understand this and will not see this as a red flag. It is important to keep yourself busy while job searching though. Find a part-time jo...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
I would echo Beamer's feedback - there is nothing wrong with following up on the status of your application as long as it is done in the appropriate manner. For starters, do not reach out to the CEO, CHRO or executive leaders of the company. They are not going to be the appropriate contacts to check...

/ Asked by Nathalie N.
I think this is a completely fair question to ask your boss! If you communicate over the phone, I would recommend approaching the subject next time you are on a call with him/her. If not, I think an email is acceptable as well. Frame it up as you are enjoying your internship thus far and would be in...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
A phone interview is essentially your opportunity to make your first impression and for recruiters to weed out any candidates that may not be a fit for the position. It is hard to fully gauge someone's qualifications based on a resume so a phone interview is an opportunity to do this. Typi...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
I agree with Ashlyn that it is always best to stay away from mentioning this or name dropping. Some interviewers or hiring managers may take this the wrong way. If asked how you heard about the position, I think it is appropriate to say you heard through a friend that works at the company. During th...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
If you are interviewing for a corporate or office type of position, I would always encourage business professional dress attire unless the company tells you otherwise. Business professional is a business suit (pants and a suit jacket), blouse or button-down shirt/oxford, a tie for males or a knee-le...

/ Asked by Jisoo R.
Congratulations on being a high performer and on the great feedback! As Stuart and Dean mentioned, there are various factors that go into a merit increase. I would agree that 3% is very common for an annual merit increase and may also depend on how long you have been in your position. It is harder t...

/ Asked by Maura W.
I think this depends on your reason for taking time off and on your relationship with your supervisor. If you are comfortable sharing that information with your supervisor, that is up to you. You are not required to share details of your personal life so if you're uncomfortable sharing that informat...

/ Asked by Dr. S.
It is common practice for companies to keep a database of resumes from candidates that have applied to open positions. I think it is going to depend on the company and the recruiter but I don't think this is a way of brushing you off. Often times, recruiters will source through an existing resume da...

/ Asked by Kylie M.
Congratulations on graduating! This is a huge accomplishment. As with anything, networking is going to be key to helping you get your foot in the door. Since you are interested in nonprofit, I would strongly encourage you to start getting involved with local nonprofit organizations. This is a great ...

/ Asked by Tiffany Y.
You are not alone! This is an issue a lot of job seekers face. The most important thing to remember is always be yourself. You know your background and experience more than anyone else so know that you can't give the wrong answer when talking about yourself. I think it's also important to know that ...

/ Asked by Mufaddal G.
Congratulations on being close to earning your degree! I would agree with Sara's recommendations, your opportunities are endless. Engineering is a large field and several companies seek engineers for a wide range of positions. I have even seen mechanical engineer's in the supply chain and operations...

/ Asked by Alyss R.
I am not sure if you are referring to the same employer or two different employers in this situation. In either case, I would agree that honesty is always the best policy. Don't be afraid of saying the wrong thing during your interview. Remind yourself that your former boss sought you out to apply t...

/ Asked by Supreeth K.
Congratulations on making the decision to go back to school!
It is completely acceptable to connect with current colleagues and customers on LinkedIn. I would actually recommend it to ensure you keep those connections going and to build your network. However, I would encourage you to also look...

/ Asked by Ngai K.
Don't be discouraged by the qualifications on a job posting. There are certain positions within the corporate setting that do require a very specific degree and skillset but this is not true of all corporate positions. In fact, some hiring managers prefer a liberal arts degree because a liberal arts...

/ Asked by Sam B.
Congratulations! That is very exciting and a big step in your life and career. Moving to a new city on your own can be very intimidating. I think there are several ways you can become involved in your new city and meet new people. I would encourage you to seek out professional organizations to becom...

/ Asked by Pablo P.
I would have to agree with Sara, HR is a very rewarding career field. Congratulations on making such a huge decision for your future career! I think the most obvious degree to pursue is a Bachelor's in Human Resources. A degree in HR will allow you to benefit from the most targeted HR coursework to ...

/ Asked by Abhishek I.
Great question! This is a very common interview question. When asking this question, most interviewers are looking for something to draw them in and to see if your background and experience are a good fit for their company and the position. Be cautious to not turn it personal and stick to your profe...

/ Asked by Aaron B.
Both are great career paths! Depending on your school and course load, you could consider a double major in both fields. If you had to choose one, I would recommend a major in Finance. Finance is a field that gives you a solid understanding of a business and several successful business professionals...

/ Asked by chance a.
Questions such as this are typically asked to understand your thought process and/or problem solving. How you respond to this question can tell a lot about your personality, work style, etc. This is also an opportunity for the interviewer to throw you off with a non-traditional interview question. Y...

/ Asked by T G.
I would not recommend accepting the offer if you have intentions to continue seeking out other opportunities. Based on your internship experience, you have to decide if you would want to continue a full-time career at the company. If you have any doubts about returning to a full-time position, I wou...

/ Asked by chandrakant B.
As with anything, practice is going to be key in helping to perfect your communication. I would recommend searching for local classes through a college or community organization. There are also online tools available. Practicing in a real life setting is also beneficial. I would encourage you to joi...

/ Asked by Samir R.
From a recruiter and hiring manager perspective, I would have to advise you to not move forward with the other companies. Even though your start date isn't until August 2017, the company you accepted the offer with is counting on you. If you had any hesitations regarding the offer you already accept...

/ Asked by Nirmal G.
This is definitely a common interview question and can sometimes be very telling of a candidate. When asking this question, I think most interviewers are looking for an answer that shows you have goals and are ambitious. It is important to have a solid answer to this question and come across confide...

/ Asked by Reakisha C.
Every company has their own process and application statuses. This application status could mean a few different things. It may mean your application has been reviewed and you meet the qualifications to start work immediately, if given the opportunity. Or, if you have interviewed with the company al...

/ Asked by David V.
Working in a large corporate company can feel as large or as small as you make it. You are smart to want to meet other people and expand your network.
If your company has employee resource groups, joining one, or more, is going to be the easiest way to meet new people. Employee resource groups are ...

/ Asked by Jessica M.
Absolutely! With the unemployment rate declining, LinkedIn is a very useful tool for recruiters because they often times have to proactively seek candidates instead of waiting on applications. I know several recruiters who use LinkedIn to seek out applicants for full-time and internship positions th...

/ Asked by Sam B.
When thinking about advancing your career, I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that lateral moves are equally, if not more, beneficial than promotions. If you are early on in your career, lateral removes will be especially beneficial as it will help round out your overall experience ...

/ Asked by monica w.
Great question! I would have to agree with everyone else in saying this question does seem a bit vague. My assumption is this is a standard question the company asks applicants for all positions. I would recommend answering it in a short essay format, similar to a cover letter. Read through the job ...

/ Asked by Stephanie W.
You do not need to have a large network to find a job. Sure, it can sometimes help, but your experience and skills are equally as important. Knowing that your resume will be your first impression during your job search, I would focus on perfecting that. There are plenty of resources within Jobipedia...

/ Asked by Susan S.
Public speaking is a fear for a lot of people and is often a skill you have to develop. You are not alone in this. Your ability to effectively speak in public can advance or hinder your career, especially as you get further along and are seeking advancement opportunities. It is important to appear p...

/ Asked by dinah m.
Personally, I don't think it is a bad thing if you are not active on social media networks. If you are applying to jobs that have a strong focus on social media, and your field of interest requires a social media skillset, it may be more of a concern. In general, I don't see any reason why an employ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
I think the answer to this question depends on the type of job you are looking for. For most entry-level jobs, I think it is easy to find a job within your city that would not require you to relocate. This may vary based on your field of interest though. Some job fields are unique to specific geogra...

/ Asked by Celina O.
I think this depends on the type of position and the company. Some companies have a more relaxed policy on this while others may not. Also, if you are in a client facing position, some companies may not want you to have visible tattoo's. I think they are becoming more common though and as long as th...

/ Asked by Yapeng G.
Great question! I think the answer to this question depends on how far you were moved forward in the application process. If you receive a rejection email and were not previously contacted by a recruiter for an interview, I would not recommend a follow-up email asking for feedback. Mainly because at...

/ Asked by suhaina s.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to create a "perfect" resume. However, there are several things you can do to continuously improve your resume. First, keep in mind that your resume will always be a work in progress. Think of it as an ongoing project and take the time to review it every few month...

/ Asked by Joseph D.
Great question! If you held a steady part-time job through college, I would recommend including this in your resume. It is a great way to highlight you have basic work skills and were able to effectively manage your school and workload. You learn a lot of great skills through part-time jobs in colle...

/ Asked by Julie B.
Great question! Effective communication is key for a successful working relationship. In order to effectively communication with your colleagues and boss, I think it's most important to first understand their communication style. Being able to understand this will set the groundwork for a successful...

/ Asked by T G.
While I have personally never seen this done before, I think it is okay as long as you are very limited in the words you bold. I would only recommend bolding words that are relevant to the position you are applying to. These bolded words may change based on the jobs you apply to so it's okay to alte...

/ Asked by Manuel V.
Great idea to have someone review your resume! It is always smart to have a second or third set of eyes look it over. I think the easy answer here is career services at your college or university. If you are not currently enrolled in school, there are plenty of other outlets you can use. I would fir...

/ Asked by April G.
I don't think there is a one size fits all answer to this question. It depends on the type of position you are applying to and your years of professional experience. For more experienced professionals, I would encourage including a professional summary/profile as opposed to an objective statement. F...

/ Asked by Quantika S.
I would echo everyone else and say yes, your career objective should change based on the position you are applying to. It is okay to update your objective every time you apply to a position. It is also okay, and encouraged, to have multiple versions of your resume so that it is tailored to the posit...

/ Asked by Lyra M.
I would recommend listing the secretarial skills on your resume within your job responsibilities for your current position. Even though your job description doesn't directly call this out, it would be classified as "additional responsibilities as assigned". By including this on your resume, it will ...

/ Asked by Shane T.
Congratulations on the job interview! Each company has their own process in place for moving candidates through the interview/application process so there is no definite answer to this question. I personally think it is a good sign that your status still reads "Under Review" because this indicates a...

/ Asked by Cindy S.
Congratulations! That's a huge accomplishment! When thinking about searching for an internship, there is no right or wrong time to look. Each company has their own timeline for recruitment and there are different times of the year that an internship may be offered. You will first want to think about...

/ Asked by Daryll M.
Congratulations on your co-op offer! It is very common for companies to look at their co-op and internship program as a pipeline for full-time employment, so I don't think you are being misled. Keep in mind, there will be a few factors that come into play when you are being considered for a full-tim...

/ Asked by Sayre K.
I would echo the previous two responses to this question. Every company and applicant tracking system is different. The fact that your status says "awaiting review" is more than likely a good sign. You are still being considered for the position based on this status. Don't be afraid to reach out to ...

/ Asked by julie w.
I would have to echo the below responses. Yes, you should include this job on your resume as long as the experience is relevant to the new position you are applying to. Depending on the position and company you are applying to, the recruiter may be more likely to question a gap in employment ra...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
I think the answer to this question can vary based on company and position. For some positions, a GPA is more important. For internships and our company leadership development program, we require a certain GPA. For non-rotational full-time positions, it can vary based on job field. Some job fields, ...

/ Asked by Claudia J.
I personally think it is acceptable to address the cover letter as "To Whom It May Concern" if you do not know the recruiter or hiring manager name. In my experience, I often see this on cover letters. I would not address it to a specific person unless you are 100% sure it is the correct person. In ...

/ Asked by Laura C.
LinkedIn is a great networking and job searching tool and often times, can lead to job offers. I'm not sure what context you are asking this question but if you receive a job offer via LinkedIn and haven't gone through a formal, in person interview process, I would be hesitant. LinkedIn can lead to ...

/ Asked by Claire O.
This question depends on what you want to do with your degree. Is there a specific career path you want? I would encourage you to think about this and start from there. If you're still in school, this is a perfect time to start securing an internship in your desired career field so you can gain the ...

/ Asked by Edward M.
Recruiters often use market data to determine what compensation is fair based on location, education, experience, etc. If you feel you should receive a higher salary, don't be afraid to counter the offer. Be sure you are fair in your counter offer though and have data to back it up. Understand what ...

/ Asked by Lourdes R.
If sending an email to request personal time off, I think it's best to keep it brief and to the point. I would recommend just letting your manager know (or whomever the email is addressed to) that you would like to request time off from X date to X date. If you feel it is necessary to provide a reas...

/ Asked by Don V.
Great questions! Unfortunately, I don't think there is one standard answer to these questions. You need to first ask yourself what is more important, annual salary increases or a promotion. Some companies guarantee their employee's an annual salary increase as long as the company is performing well ...

/ Asked by mary t.
I would echo the other feedback/comments and recommend that your cover letter highlight your skills and experiences only. Your cover letter should be an extension of your resume and highlight the skills you cannot elaborate further on in your resume. Most employers will not request your references u...

/ Asked by Jisoo R.
Congratulations on the new job! I think it's fair that you're concerned about being the first team member to leave every day because you don't want to look like you're doing less work than everyone else. I would encourage you to have a conversation with your manager if this consistently occurs....

/ Asked by Christine A.
A company cannot discriminate based on age and should only be looking at a candidates qualifications and ability to perform the job duties. Regardless of age, I would encourage you to apply to positions that interest you and fit your qualifications. Best of luck in your job search!

/ Asked by Saint S.
I am sorry to hear you are unhappy in your current position. I think there are more employee's in this scenario than you may think, but there are definitely steps you can take to try to make improvements. The first step I would recommend is to have a conversation with your boss. I imagine your compa...

/ Asked by Kumar A.
I do not think there is one answer to this question because all companies handle their recruiting differently and it can vary from position to position. For a position with a unique and hard to find skillset, companies are typically more willing to look at non-local candidates or candidates who requ...

/ Asked by Supreeth K.
You are definitely not the only job seeker in this situation so don't be afraid to give an honest answer. It is important to show that you are taking the initiative to find a job and are not sitting around waiting for something to come to you. If you aren't doing this already, I would encourage you ...

/ Asked by Eloise S.
All employers have varying policies around drug testing but in my personal opinion, I don't think this is something you need to be concerned with. I don't know how much water you drank but I think it would have to be an excessive amount for the results to come back as inconclusive. I imagine you wil...

/ Asked by Merajul H.
This is a very common question for entry-level job seekers. The most important thing to consider when job searching is your resume. This is the first impression you will make on potential employers and you want to make it a good one. You should always tailor your resume to the job you want and it's ...

/ Asked by Chris S.
First, and most importantly, check your companies policy on gift giving. If your company does not have a policy against gift giving, then you're in the clear. Keep in mind that not everyone celebrates Christmas so be mindful of this when selecting your gifts. For your co-workers, keep the gift small...

/ Asked by T G.
Congratulations on securing an internship in your freshman year! Being able to gain experience so early on in college will definitely help you down the road, but don't assume you will more easily get a second internship over your fellow students for this reason alone. Make the most of your summer in...

/ Asked by Sara f.
Congratulations on your Master's degree! If you've already completed your degree, I would consider looking at entry-level jobs rather than an internship. An internship is often a great place to start if you're currently enrolled in school. Depending on the company, some companies only consider curre...

/ Asked by Christie Z.
These are both very desirable qualities in a job candidate but in full transparency, doesn't guarantee you a job. You want to ensure you are marketing yourself well in your resume and in your cover letter. The job market has become increasingly competitive so your specific work experience and job sk...

/ Asked by Dan k.
Always tailor your resume to the job you want. If you are interested in a job that doesn't align with your major or previous work experience, find transferable skills and responsibilities that align with the position. It's okay to have multiple versions of your resume.
Also, you should be open to t...

/ Asked by L C.
I wouldn't say companies don't value internship experience and an education from an ivy league school. It depends on the field you are trying to get in to. My question for you would be, is your internship and past experience relevant to the positions you are applying to? If your experience isn't rel...

/ Asked by Kira Q.
This is such an important factor when considering a company. First and foremast, I would be cautious of reviews you read on Glassdoor. Keep in mind that employees are more likely to post negative experiences than positive experiences so the website isn't a true glimpse into a company. During an inte...

/ Asked by Chris S.
Congratulations on your interview! When sending a thank you note following an interview, keep it short. A hand written note is always appreciated but an email is acceptable as well. In your note, I would recommend thanking the interviewer(s) for their time. Include a recap of the skills you have for...

/ Asked by Chris S.
As a recruiter, there are a few main points I look for on a resume. First, and most importantly, is your contact information. You want to be sure a potential employer can easily access your email and phone number to contact you. You should also include your concentration/major along with your degree...

/ Asked by Chris S.
It depends on the company, position and severity of the offense. If asked by a recruiter if you have ever been convicted of a crime, be sure you are upfront about the situation and your record. Not disclosing the offense and having it show up later on your background check could potentially result i...

/ Asked by Arina H.
The job market is competitive and you are not alone with this struggle. I think your best next step at this point is to take a step back and look at potential career paths to get you where you want to be. Having an advanced degree is great but often, employers also want to see you have relevant work...

/ Asked by Gavin K.
I think the answer to this question really depends on what your career goals are. What is it you want to do with your degree? I would recommend searching for an internship in the career path that most interests you. You could also network with other students in your area of study to gain insight on ...

/ Asked by Devin V.
It is always a good idea to showcase all of your work experience as it pertains to the position you are applying for. If you have limited work experience in your field of interest, I would recommend including a sesonal job on your resume. Employers want to not only see your relevant work experience ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
You can begin applying as early as fall semester of your senior year, depending on the position. Some companies are able to extend full-time employment offers almost a year in advance while others will advise you to wait until closer to graduation because their positions are posted on a need to fill...

/ Asked by T G.
You can never start networking and job searching too early! That’s great that you’re already thinking about these things as a freshman. I would encourage you to network and explore as many companies as possible in your freshman and sophomore years. A great start is by attending career fa...

/ Asked by T G.
As a freshman, I would be up front with employers when speaking to them at career fairs. A majority of companies do not offer internships to freshmen students, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have other opportunities for you to stay connected. When approaching an employer at a career fa...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
You are not obligated to tell your current employer if you are exploring other job opportunities. This is up to your discretion depending on the situation you’re in. If you are looking for advancement opportunities, I would encourage you to have that conversation with your current employer. If...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
In my opinion, this isn’t a major red flag especially if you received the offer from a smaller company. While receiving an official offer letter with a job offer is typically the norm, not all companies follow this procedure. It would be acceptable for you to ask your employer for the details ...

/ Asked by Gerda L.
Your experience in education has several transferrable skills you could utilize when changing career paths. Don’t assume a recruiter will know this though. I would recommend tailoring your resume to include job duties that more closely relate to a training and development position. You should ...

/ Asked by Erick H.
It is common for employers to seek local candidates for entry-level positions because there is often not a budget for relocation expenses. I would not let this discourage you from applying to non-local positions. If you are the most qualified applicant for the position, this may increase your chance...

/ Asked by Ted M.
To echo everyone else’s feedback, be sure to include your permanent address on your resume. If you no longer have a permanent address in your home state that you can use, I would suggest including an explanation in your cover letter that you attended school out of state but are looking to relo...

/ Asked by Jacqui L.
You’re looking for advancement opportunities; that’s exciting! It’s not surprising that you’re receiving contradicting feedback from companies of different sizes. I imagine a mid-size company is looking for someone with additional experience because you will have to perform t...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
This is a question that is probably on a lot of people’s mind. To echo the feedback already provided, a majority of larger companies only offer annual raises so it’s difficult to receive a raise midyear without receiving a promotion. If you want to receive a raise, you need to ensure you...

/ Asked by David V.
There are several different factors that go into determining a salary range for a position and I presume all companies handle this differently. There are third party companies that will often assist with this. A lot of factors come into play including geographic location, skills required for the pos...

/ Asked by Agne L.
It is not necessary to include references on your resume. Most companies do not utilize references until the end of the hiring process, if at all. A recruiter will assume you can provide references if asked so I would recommend utilizing this space on your resume to highlight your education and work...

/ Asked by Margot S.
The job market is tough so don’t be discouraged that you haven’t found a job yet. When a recruiter is looking over your resume, it may not be understood that you’ve been looking for employment since graduation and this is the reason for the gap in employment. I would recommend expl...

/ Asked by Poornima B.
I imagine it is difficult to find a job with your education that your day to day responsibilities tie in directly to your passion. When job searching, I would recommend researching companies who have a commitment to community involvement. A lot of companies encourage their employee’s to dedica...

/ Asked by Sheldon M.
If you’re following up, you want to be sure to keep your message brief and to the point. I would try to stick to one paragraph max. Your recruiter is more than likely busy and will appreciate a short message. I would recommend including the job title or job number that you are following up on,...

/ Asked by Danny Y.
It’s never too late to start searching for a job, internship or other resume building opportunities. I would recommend checking local job postings to determine if companies are still hiring for summer interns. If not, a lot of companies will hire interns throughout the school year and this wou...

/ Asked by Ashley S.
I wouldn’t assume you are immediately disqualified if you haven’t heard back yet. Organizations can sometimes run into unforeseen setbacks that could cause a delay with the hiring process. A candidate may have needed to reschedule their interview or someone may be out of the office and i...

/ Asked by Brittani T.
I think you could go either way on this. I’ve seen cover letters and resumes sent in both formats and I don’t think either format comes across badly or would hinder your chance of being selected for an interview. It really depends on your personal preference. If you are attaching both do...

/ Asked by Ashley S.
In my personal opinion, I don’t think it’s a bad sign that they wanted to see the other finalists prior to making a decision. I would assume they are trying to be fair to all candidates and allow enough time for them to complete the interview process since their schedule may not have all...

/ Asked by Christian K.
This will vary from company to company and position to position. I would encourage you to apply as early as possible because you will never know how long a position will be posted. Depending how quickly the position needs to be filled, person A could have an advantage. Some recruiters may review app...

/ Asked by Christian K.
Although customer service may not seem like a skill that directly relates to your profession, it is still a very beneficial skill to have in any position. In my opinion, it is important to include this on your resume and highlight the soft skills you have obtained in your role. Even if you didn&rsqu...

/ Asked by Kathryn W.
Congratulations on your internship! Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door with a company and open opportunities for full-time employment so it’s important to get a head start on putting your best foot forward. Prior to starting your internship, I would recommend brushing up ...

/ Asked by Tesha I.
While an internship would be ideal, it’s great that you have secured a job and have something to include on your resume. You can learn valuable skills through a part-time job that can translate well into a full-time career. Some of the skills you can develop and highlight on your resume could ...

/ Asked by Mohsin I.
It’s great that you’re considering furthering your education. The answer to this question depends on the career path you want to take. Do you want to pursue a job in chemical engineering or are you more interested in computer science? A prospective employer will look at your relevant wor...

/ Asked by Sean A.
Depending on the type of summer job you take, it could be equal to an internship. If you have to take a job over an internship, I would recommend trying to find something within your field of study. Also, companies that offer unpaid internships may be more flexible with your work schedule. If possib...

/ Asked by Stacy L.
In my experience, the most successful interns I have seen are the ones who take initiative. Ensure you are always busy and completing your work on time. If you have down time, use it as an opportunity to speak with your manager about other projects you can take on. There may even be an opportunity t...

/ Asked by Tony C.
Congratulations on securing a summer internship! This is a great step toward getting your foot in the door at the organization. Some companies will tell you up front if they convert interns to full-time employment upon successful completion of the program. If it wasn’t mentioned to you up fron...

/ Asked by Charity B.
This is a very common breakdown of how a resume is laid out, especially for entry level positions. In my experience, the first thing a recruiter will look for on your resume is your level of education, if a degree is required for the position. For an entry-level position, I would recommend your resu...

/ Asked by Grace W.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to guarantee job security and it’s unfortunate when someone gets laid off. However, the job market is starting to become more of a job seekers market again so you can begin being more selective on the positions you apply to. You’ll want to do your rese...

/ Asked by Peter T.
Excellent communication skills could mean a couple of different things. This could be referring to verbal or written communication so I wouldn’t automatically disqualify yourself. When talking about excellent verbal communication skills, the position description could be referring more so to t...

/ Asked by Cooper S.
It never hurts to negotiate your offer but you should also be prepared to be told there is no flexibility. Several Career Services offices have trained students to negotiate so this isn’t an uncommon practice. You will want to do your research in the job market prior to negotiating and underst...

/ Asked by Adam B.
This is a difficult situation but one that should be addressed. The HR department within her company should be able to handle this in a confidential manner. No employee should be retaliated against for raising concerns like this so the HR department should open an investigation to gain more informat...

/ Asked by A D.
This is not the norm for interviews but everyone has a different method for conducting interviews and getting to know a person better. I have heard of hiring managers taking this approach before. It’s best to come prepared with a list of questions to show you have done your research on the com...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
This is sometimes a loose requirement dependent upon the position. If you feel that you meet the rest of the recommended qualifications then I would encourage you to apply. A requirement of 5 years would be pushing it if you only have 1 year of experience but I think there would be more flexibility ...

/ Asked by Lyra M.
While it’s important to do well in an interview, it’s also equally as important that a candidate have the needed skills and proficiencies. It’s important that you can speak well to your skills in an interview to demonstrate your competency. You should be able to speak in depth abou...

/ Asked by Rachel E.
It’s always smart to err on the side of caution and cover your tattoos for a first round interview. You want to dress in a professional manner and showing your tattoos may not convey that message. Depending on the company and type of work environment, dress codes are always different. If it&rs...

/ Asked by Jack H.
I would recommend highlighting your major GPA on your resume to show you are successful in your major classes. Some companies have strict guidelines around GPA requirements but other companies may have more flexibility. In my experience, the paid internships will be the most competitive. Although it...

/ Asked by Ridha P.
There is nothing wrong with taking a semester off school for financial reasons. I believe most employers will understand and it will still look good that you went back to school the following semester. When listing the gap on your resume, you’ll want to list your dates of attendance for your c...

/ Asked by Andrew F.
I would recommend including your full name along with your phone number and email address as a default. I have also seen students include their school and degree information in addition to any leadership positions held in student organizations or groups. This is a great way to point out any leadersh...

/ Asked by Booker P.
In my opinion, I would not follow-up more than three times. The recruiter may be overwhelmed with work and appreciates your persistence but it can also sometimes come off as pushy and some recruiters may see that as an unwelcome trait for a potential candidate. It will show the recruiter that you ar...

/ Asked by Kristine O.
There are several jobs you can do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish; it all depends on your field of interest and previous experience. Several companies are seeking bilingual employees so this is definitely an added skill you have over other applicants. I have personally seen people take job...

/ Asked by Alberto D.
In my experience, video interviews are becoming more common among companies considering candidates that live out of state. It is a more cost effective way to conduct interviews and more effective than a phone interview. There are several non-verbal cues interviewers can’t pick up on with phone...

/ Asked by eric a.
This does not necessarily mean they are not interested. Some recruiters will set a date for the position to expire and the position will be un-posted automatically on the predetermined date. It could also mean they have received enough qualified applicants and don’t have the need to accept add...

/ Asked by Carla M.
When preparing to interview for a job you have not done before, think about the skills and knowledge you have gained through coursework or other positions of employment. Read through the position’s job description, noting specific skillsets an employer is seeking. Think of ways and examples in...

/ Asked by Manasi D.
All companies handle this differently and some can be done on a case by case basis. You would need to ask the company what their policy around this is. Companies will sometimes post this information in a job description as well. I would encourage you to speak with a recruiter or representative withi...

/ Asked by Rebecca D.
Questions can vary based on the company and type/level of position you are interviewing for. I would come prepared to provide examples from previous positions you have held, class examples, and club/organization involvement. Interviewers typically like to include situation based questions such as, &...

/ Asked by ali s.
It’s important for your resume to reflect skills and previous work experience that can relate to the job you want. It is more difficult to be selected for a position if you do not have any relevant work experience in that field. I wouldn’t encourage you to lie on your resume but I would ...

/ Asked by Jason V.
Don’t panic, you still have a few months to get on top of your job search and secure something upon graduation. If you have family friends that work within an industry you are interested in, you can ask them to pass your resume along to the appropriate recruiters or hiring managers. The best w...

/ Asked by Aaron W.
You may want to weigh your options prior to accepting a part-time or full-time position in your field of interest. If you are set on going back to school for a Bachelor’s degree then you may want to consider an internship so you can focus on school full-time and complete your degree faster. Yo...

/ Asked by olamide j.
There are a few things you can do to help build a strong resume while in college to help make securing a full-time job easier upon graduation. It is important to gain as much real world work experience as possible. During your junior year, I would encourage you to begin looking for internships. If p...

/ Asked by Kindra R.
I do not believe it would negatively impact you to switch career paths. This happens more often than you would expect. However, I would strongly encourage you to gain some experience in your new field of interest prior to applying for full-time positions. It won’t reflect badly on you to switc...

/ Asked by Valerie G.
It’s a great idea to keep your resume updated to remain competitive! It’s important to keep your resume in a clean format and to the point. You should list your contact information at the top of your resume (including phone number and email address). If the positions you are considering ...

/ Asked by Amhad B.
It is definitely important to begin networking early! I would recommend reaching out to your Career Services office at school for guidance. If you aren’t in any student organizations, I would recommend finding organizations that relate to your field that you can join. Most student organization...

/ Asked by rannu h.
It’s great that you’re getting yourself out there and getting that face to face interaction at career fairs and using all of your outlets. I would recommend brushing up your resume and find areas you can highlight with your previous work experience and community involvement. It might be ...

/ Asked by Mike M.
I would absolutely recommend making it known to your current manager that you are interested in a full-time position upon graduation. Companies handle their intern programs differently and depending on the size of your company, they may not have enough full-time slots available for recent college gr...

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