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/ Asked by Arthur T.
What a great question.  It is a time for the two of you to see if this is a match, and that means both ways.  If you have applied with a company, and they have screened through candidates, and invited you for an interview,  the interview is giving you an opportunity to give more ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
This is a great question as phone interviews, even skype interviews, are becoming a starting place for many companies.  During these interviews utilize the time to elaborate on your experiences and background, keeping in mind it is a great time to demonstrate your communication skills, org...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
This is a great question, and I can absolutely see where it may leave some uncertainty with the candidate. A good fit often means that based on the skill set (both job skills and soft skills) needed for someone to be successful in that position.  The recruiter may have knowl...

/ Asked by Ngai K.
It's great you are searching now for next summer!  Don't let the qualifications of a specific degree stop you from applying for a summer internship.  When you are completing the application focus on the skills that the job description is asking for and look for those skills in your resume ...

/ Asked by PRANJALI R.
The great news is that you have found something that you are passionate about!  It sounds like you have a great opportunity within your current position as a Radio Jockey, to practice writing and finding relevant, interesting topics and stories.  Remember that hoping to make a change ...

/ Asked by piyush k.
It sounds like you are getting a jump start on planning, which is outstanding!  Start your search with utilizing job boards that are specific to biotechnology, to help you identify potential opportunities.   Once you have found some good opportunities, closely read the ...

/ Asked by roshini b.
This is a great question!  My favorite answers are always the most sincere and authentic ones where the last words are, "what I learned from this is...".  For example: I have always felt my best work comes when I procrastinate and therefore I have trained myself to put off projects un...

/ Asked by David V.
PRODUCTIVITY!  The goal we are all aiming to achieve, how to be the most effective and productive at work.   There are three things that have helped me become more productive:  "Eat the Frog" by Brian Tracy, setting goals with timeframes attached, and Calendar Reminders/Alarms.
...

/ Asked by Sam B.
This is a great question and today I am seeing more and more indivduals following a passion and making changes in careers, so it is definitely possible!  What I think is exciting about this is you have an opportunity to really express your passion and skills and grab the recruiters attention by...

/ Asked by dinah m.
Great question!  We all have limitations based on our past experiences and certainly with social media, there is a great understanding around privacy issues.  If you are ask, tell the truth, let them know you are extremely cautious due to a past experience and that you would be happy ...

/ Asked by Laura C.
This is going to be a fun and exciting day for you, Congratulations on the invitation.  Be sure that you are well prepared, sometimes on these days there has been an agenda, pre-work and perhaps a list of individuals from the company that may be speaking or that you may be meeting.&nb...

/ Asked by ari m.
It's always great to make as many connections as possible when interviewing and in this case I would make sure they were aware that you had previously applied for the role with the recruitier, however when seeing the role posted you wanted to ensure that you didn't let the opportunity pass to speak ...

/ Asked by Alicia S.
Looking for a job is one thing and looking for something you are interested in, passionate about and want to make a career is another.  Start by thinking about what you love to do.  Retail sales positions offer a great entry level position that also offer excellent long term career pa...

/ Asked by sabih f.
This is a great question in often we start a career because we "thought" it would be something we would love to do, or someone we know and respect does "that", and sometimes it isn't everything we think it's going to be.  First think about what exactly you don't like about what you are doing an...

/ Asked by mike c.
First be sure and download and review the Jobipedia e-book about putting together an awesome resume!  This is such an amazing resource and will guide you through step by step on showcasing your best self.  As for not having much work experience,  the most important thing is to utilize...

/ Asked by Joaquin R.
This is a great question, and you are not alone in this situation!  As you stated, "when I'm nervous", this occurs, my first piece of advice is to practice, practice, practice interviewing with different people.  The more you practice the less nervous you will be when it comes to the read ...

/ Asked by John F.
I applaud you for wanting to make a difference! There are so many options, however I would start with, what is your passion?  Let's say it's about the environment and you decide you want to build a greenhouse that grows sustainable food for the community, while bringing thousands of j...

/ Asked by christoph l.
There are a few answers for anyone that is looking to break into a particular field and get their first job with very little experience; 1. get you foot in the door, 2. network, 3. apply, apply and apply!  Get you foot in the door means taking a position that "may" lead to the position you are ...

/ Asked by Pam I.
Great question!  Internship and Apprenticeships are often for a specific audience, those looking to work and explore an industry and/or getting some work experience, therefore have traditionally been for students.  However, if you find an opportunity my suggestion would be to apply!&n...

/ Asked by Veronica C.
If the assessment centers are slotting you into a position you are not interested, perhaps stating very clearly on the cover letter, introduction or the application;  although you have extensive experience in this area, you are looking at specific positions that give you...and then state a few ...

/ Asked by D. K.
That is a great question. If you are viewing the position posted, definitely the company is accepting applications.  They may have identified a strong potential internal candidate however want to ensure they select the best, most qualified applicant, therefore every application will be rev...

/ Asked by Chris S.
What a terrific question, and one that will vary from company to company. Some companies institute a secret Santa gift exchange, where everyone draws a co-worker and brings one present, other companies choose to use this time of year to pull all employee resources and donate to suppor...

/ Asked by Dan k.
A Communications degree with an emphasis in Public Relations seems to lend itself to many different options.  If you are interested in working for a large company you may consider looking into social media positions, communications, brand management or public relations. Chamber of Com...

/ Asked by Angel V.
Think about what specific topic you want to consult and then build a business plan around that which should include a list of prospective clients.  Then once you have your business plan and what expertise you can bring to the situation, review your client list and then ask yourself if what you ...

/ Asked by Tobi T.
If you are passionate about the analyst positions, and are willing to start in an entry level position you should find opportunities that are available without the certifications. Once in the position many employers will support you during your time studying for the certifications and may offer...

/ Asked by Duke F.
It's great you have a focused career objective and something you know you want to do!  Supply chain and logistics are two growing career fields.  Because most all management position require working with people and most likely in teams some of the skills needed are soft skil...

/ Asked by grace g.
There are so many soft skills that employers are looking for and so many resources available to help build those skills.  Here are just a few that employers are looking for:  excellent verbal and written communicators, individuals that have great time management skills; they show up on tim...

/ Asked by Cesar C.
I applaud you for making the commitment to trying to find work in the field in which you are considering a long term career.  By working in the industry that you are considering a career, you will most likely be more engaged and be bringing your very best self to work every day and building ver...

/ Asked by Yvonne A.
This is a great way to building a strong, versatile resume!  Take the task you are currently doing and break them down into versatile skills, communication (who, what, when, how), time management (planning, prioritizing, delegating), leadership, and any other skills you...

/ Asked by Kira Q.
This is such an important question. Some companies do employee satisfaction surveys and you can ask if they conduct that and if so, how often and what are the things on the survey that employees rate the highest and what are some of the things they are working on as a company.&nb...

/ Asked by Matthew M.
This is a good question, and there are several options to consider.  First, you may want to call and see from your previous employer what the policy is and what information they would be giving any potential employer that calls.Next is to explain very briefly the circumstances that surroun...

/ Asked by Derrick B.
When looking for an internship, a place to get some job insight and experience, it is important to look everywhere! Like Jobipedia, there are quite a few websites that post internships, and some do list specific majors, however do not let that deter you from applying for a position you are pass...

/ Asked by Sydney K.
That is great that you are thinking about getting a job during your time off from school that will directly impact your future career goal.  Look online for specific websites that are geared towards the health sciences.  Physical therapy, rehabilitation centers, retirement facilities and l...

/ Asked by Kevin P.
Linkediin is a great resource to connect wiith recruiters and let them know you are exploring your options in the New Jersey area.  It's a good idea to let them know you are fiinishiing your degree and are being proactiive in your job search so they are clear about your traveling limitations up...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
This is a great idea and you are going about it in the right way!  Find something you are passionate about and enjoy doing, helping children, cleaning up your city, building houses, or assisting the elderly, then find organizations that support your passion.  There are also causes that you...

/ Asked by Kasey G.
This is the million dollar question$!  Going everyday and doing something you are passionate about is never working a day in your life.  I have heard it and BELIEVE that is the answer to being successful!  Now getting to the answer, think about where your head is most of the time, wha...

/ Asked by Gavin K.
You are definitely doing the right thing by focusing on getting an internship that is directly related to what your passion and education are targeting. Try using intern blogs, or websites entering in the search field - "internship" and "Mandarin", "Bi-lingual", this will get you started and ma...

/ Asked by Natasha J.
Each company is a little different, and it may just be continuing your search to find the perfect fit.  One thing to consider is reviewing the qualifications for each position you are looking to apply to make sure you meet those prior to submitting your resume. It may also be importan...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
This is a really good question and sometimes the employer may be very specific as to what type of references they need.  My suggestion is to have two professional references and one personal reference ready to go at all times.  In order to have them on a moments notice it is best to a...

/ Asked by Robert Z.
Gaps in work history are nothing to hide, the most important thing is that you do exactly what you are talking about which is address it up front!  You can use the objective statement to speak to the change in careers, and when making a change in careers try and order your resume with the most ...

/ Asked by Claudia J.
Great question. Video resumes are still anomoly and can make you stand out as a candidate.  Start with ensuring your background is not distracting and that you are dressed for successl.  You want to make sure that you have it edited to be very professional and that it is attention gra...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Congratulations on graduating! The most important thing to remember when starting your job search process is you can only control the way in which you present yourself from the application/resume throughout the interview process.. From this point forward you will probably be competing...

/ Asked by Ryn K.
That's a really hard question to answer!  Think about it from an employers perspective and what would be the real reason they should hire you and reverse it... Because you don't want someone with my work ethic  learning agility and drive to work for your competition. Bring your greate...

/ Asked by Ana R.
Great question - You want to use your resume to tell a story about your educational history and accomplishments without you being there in person.  It is a good idea not to exclude any details that an employer or admissions office may see, which may seem as though you are not paying attention t...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
This is a great question and today there are so many activities to put on one's resume you may have to whittle down your list of activities.  Think about showing a variety of activities, including community service, leadership and ones that you have been recognized or awarded for excellence, as...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
All the answers are great, and there are many articles that have been written on the skills that are most often lacking in an entry-level employee.  A few additional skills to consider are: Learning Agility, entering the workforce with an open mind to learning new things quickly, taki...

/ Asked by Maura W.
Good Question. Yes it is OK to ask, however be prepared to get an estimate as to when they hope to have the hiring decision made, there are many factors that go into this process, so they may not give you a definite date.  You may get the response that it could "take a while", and thi...

/ Asked by Maura W.
Most often just the university that you obtained your degree is what employers are looking for, however if you list the universities attended you may open yourself up to an alumni from that school and that becomes a good ice breaker.

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Clean is a great objective when it comes to social media, you also want to ensure it paints a very robust picture of your education, extracurricular activities and experiences.  Most importantly make sure you have a complete profile, don't leave anything out that you can take advantage of to ex...

/ Asked by Mia M.
Companies will absolutely take into consideration your dedication and commitment to your employer, and may find many other transferable skills.  By taking accountability to help pay for your tuition can also demonstrate the importance you have put on your education and this is noticed by e...

/ Asked by Gerard P.
Congratulations on getting the degree, that is a great accomplishment!  One suggestion is to ensure that if you are completing an online application you are not leaving any blank spaces.  Sometimes when candidates attach a resume to an online application they may leave spaces blank th...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
Setting yourself up for success does sometimes require a strategic plan!  Most important is to ensure that you are bringing your very best self to work everyday, giving your all and setting a role model for other employees.  This will lead to you doing your job consistently which...

/ Asked by Freda M.
Congratulations on obtaining the degree! One suggestion on getting an interview within this particular field is ensuring you attach a portfolio of your work with every job application.  Sometimes this may not be requested/required however my belief is that the application/resume is yo...

/ Asked by Kim C.
You are definitely on the right track, with following a passion, and something you love to do!  Getting a job in retail will definitely put you into an environment where you are surrounded by the things you love and you will build a network of clients that will identify with you as their style ...

/ Asked by Joe W.
It's great you are thinking ahead and trying to set yourself up for success when you graduate. Looking for a career in somehting you are passionate about and identifying skills that will make you the most desirable candidate is a good plan. As a starting place, look for soci...

/ Asked by Poornima B.
Good for you, following your passion and making a difference in your community.  Social responsibility is taken seriously in many companies and is often part of the company culture.  When you begin exploring employers ensure you look at the company website and see what their stan...

/ Asked by Kayla G.
If you love retail, hang in there!  That is the goal of each of us, to get up every day and go to a job that we love, and you are doing that, so let's plan a way to keep you doing what you love.  The retail industry is unique in that it is fast paced, creative and a career where you get re...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
It's great you see the benefits of expanding your professional network.  Using LinkedIn consider looking into the professional networks/groups and if they have any events coming up and be sure and attend.  You can also contact someone you know from the industry and get their insight i...

/ Asked by Joseph G.
Congratulations on being with the same company for 14 years that shows a great deal of loyalty and no doubt you have gained some great experience. It is important to remember that you have built your resume by adding skills learned, practiced and have become very proficient.  Mos...

/ Asked by Cindy N.
Congratulations on earning your undergraduate degree! Remember your resume is meant to intrigue a company into wanting to get to know you and wanting more information about your experience.  On the flip side it is important to include as much as possible on your resume for two re...

/ Asked by Mike M.
This is a great question, and a hard one to answer across the board.  Some internships are part time as well and were designed this way to allow students to continue classes while getting experience.  Others are full time internships and are structured schedules, however even with these st...

/ Asked by Brittani T.
Congratulations on earning your degree!  You absolutely have a chance of obtaining a position.  The most important thing is interview preparation. First take the positions you have had and think about the many transferable skills you have perfected: time management, communication skills, p...

/ Asked by Kathryn W.
That's fantastic that you have landed an internship!  here are a few thoughts that may help you prepare.
1.  Bring your very best self everyday.  Give yourself time to get there early, and show up prepared with all the things you will need.  The first day you may need to...

/ Asked by Tesha I.
Congratulations on getting a job for the summer!  There are a few things that you will be practicing and developing that will absolutely translate into any position after graduation.  One skill to consider is verbal and written communication skills.  Are you w...

/ Asked by Jackson S.
Great you ask this question!  More and more companies are doing assessments at all levels, prior to extending candidates offers. Companies have found that these assessments are helping them retain employees longer.  The assessment is trying to ensure the position/company you...

/ Asked by Sean A.
This is always a tough decision to make,  whichever option you decide the key is to make the most of the situation.   If you decide and have the luxury of taking the unpaid internship, networking within a company and industry you are considering for a long-term career is  ve...

/ Asked by Jack D.
You have built a great foundation over the last three years,  you are a star performer and it sounds as though your supervisor is trying to support your growth.  One suggestion is to set aside time with your supervisor and talk about a very detailed career path.  Althou...

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