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/ Asked by Alyss R.
I believe that you are referring to how to navigate the fact that you were laid off from your previous role when discussing returning to another previous employer.  If this is the case, the best approach is always to be honest and up front about it.  Acknowledge it, and try to move past it...

/ Asked by Madeleine M.
When discussing this with the company that offered you the position, I would emphasize to them the importance of your education to you.  This will show them that you are someone who values your own personal and professional development and wants to invest in yourself to make you the best employ...

/ Asked by omer B.
The best thing to do to find internships is to work with the Career Placement office at your school.  They work directly with companies and will post such opportunities as they come available.  It is also important for your to participate in activities when companies come on campus.  ...

/ Asked by Sam B.
Facebook is challenging because most people use it more for personal purposes than professional purposes.  If you know someone personally, you can send a friend request to them on Facebook and correspond that way, but the better approach would be to leverage LinkedIn and Twitter.  On Linke...

/ Asked by David V.
Having such a web site certainly cannot hurt, but it should not be your only strategy.  If you have a skills set that is in demand and companies are looking for you, this site could be beneficial, but that is assuming that these companies have the tools and sourcing strategies that can rea...

/ Asked by David V.
The most effective way to use Twitter to find a job is to follow thought leaders and influencers from the companies and job fields in which you have the most interest.  Pay close attention to what these people are saying, what they are doing, and where they are going.  Hopefully, they will...

/ Asked by Pablo P.
There are a number of majors that are applicable for Human Resources.  Among them are Communications, Psychology, General Management, and Human Resource Management itself, of course.  I would strongly recommend that you pursue internships in HR while you are in school.  In addition, o...

/ Asked by Abhishek I.
Excellent question.  What I recommend here is to quickly mention and move past your personal details, like where you went to school, where you worked, etc.  They can get this from your resume, which they have already reviewed.  What they are really after is information about your char...

/ Asked by Collin B.
If a cover letter is not specifically asked for, then I would not worry about providing one.  In almost all cases, you are applying for positions electronically now and most of the time, the cover letter is merely an afterthought for a recruiter or hiring manager.   Most electronic applica...

/ Asked by chance a.
For the most part, employers are not formally checking personal social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as this can lead to legal slippery slope around invasion of privacy and discrimination.  They may check professional social media sites like LinkedIn, but that is more to verify that...

/ Asked by chance a.
More than anything, when these questions are asked, the interviewer is interested in how you react versus the content of your response.  Often times, it is easy to prepare and 'rehearse' for interviews.  Many interviewers will throw in these odd questions in an attempt to throw you off and...

/ Asked by chance a.
Having these memberships is important, but what will set you apart from other applicants is if you hold some type of leadership role in these organizations.  Most candidates will join these types of organizations so they can put it on their resume, so just being a member is not a differentiator...

/ Asked by piyush k.
The first thing that you should focus in is participating in the fall career events that are likely taking place on your campus right now.  There is likely a career fair for internships where a number of companies who are seeking candidates come on campus to speak with students. Companies ...

/ Asked by Nirmal G.
When answering this question, think about what the interviewer is trying to ascertain from it.  Specifically, they are wanting to see if you have been thoughtful about your future and have a vision/mission for yourself.  This will tell them how driven you are to get to a certain place in y...

/ Asked by roshini b.
There are two keys to answering this question.  One is to demonstrate that you are introspective and self-aware.  You must show that you are someone who will always take a step back and evaluate how you handled a situation versus focusing on what others did.  Second, and perhaps most ...

/ Asked by danielle o.
It is typical to place a statement on your resume that says "References Available Upon Request" versus listing the references on the resume.  This will save space on the resume for things that are more meaningful to the reader such as your leadership or volunteer experience.  Taking this a...

/ Asked by Nia M.
Human Resources can be a difficult field to break into, but there are a couple of different routes that you can pursue.  One is to seek out and apply to positions in HR rotational development programs.  There are programs designed for future leaders in HR.  A recent graduate is hired ...

/ Asked by Andrew H.
It is unfortunate, but sometimes this does happen.  The reasons boil down to the workload burden on the recruiter or hiring manager.  Most of us are being asked to do more with less today and it is often difficult for the recruiter or hiring manager to find time to respond to such calls be...

/ Asked by David V.
Great question as it will be critical to your career advancement to build your network.  There are a number of different ways to go about this.  One, many larger companies will have internal affinity groups, such as young professionals or groups focused on gender or ethnicity.  Join a...

/ Asked by Eric F.
Any such internship will be beneficial for you.  You will likely obtain some practical experience that will help you pursue your field of choice, but more importantly, it will help you to build your professional network, which will be critical in finding the career that you desire.  At you...

/ Asked by David V.
Congratulations!  Hopefully, the company will have a robust onboarding plan for you that will help to drive this process.  If not, there are a few things that I recommend you do to set yourself up for success in your new role.  First are the obvious things - learning everything you ca...

/ Asked by Connor P.
This is a tricky question that often will cross up an interviewee.  Many times the interviewee is overly fearful of giving an example that will make them look bad, so they respond with something innocuous that does not speak to who they really are, and interviewers can usually see right through...

/ Asked by Susan S.
This is a difficult position to be in.  Before taking any action, you should take time to thoroughly evaluate your options, and this will include taking a very introspective look at yourself.  First, are there other opportunities within your current company.  Also, is your set of skil...

/ Asked by Arya G.
No need to be embarrased.  It is important to ask these types of questions because it can only help you as your career develops.  When you hear the term soft skills, it is referring to those types of personal traits that are difficult to measure and can only be truly evaluated by someone w...

/ Asked by Omar A.
The first thing to think about is to pursue a degree in Human Resources.  Most 4 year colleges offer some kind of HR program which will give you exposure to all areas of the field, and there are many offered on-line.  Another action I would recommend is to pursue an HR certification. ...

/ Asked by Kevin P.
I assume that you mean you will be in the military reserves in some capacity and if that is the case, US based companies will be flexibile with you.  What you need to do is be up front about it and communicate very early on that this is your intention.  I don't feel like you need to m...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
This is a very interesting question and one that is probably not asked often enough.  First, it depends on the culture you live in.  Some things that are not acceptable in the US, are acceptable in other parts of the world.  I cannot speak to all cultures, so I will focus on what...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
The most effective references are ones who can speak directly to your performance.  These are typically past or current supervisors or teachers, and to a lesser degree, co-workers.  Someone who is a friend, for example, who has not actually observed you in a formal work or school envi...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
A behavioral interview is one in which you will be asked to provide specific examples of past behavior with the idea that it will be a good predictor of your future behavior.  You can expect questions that begin with 'Tell me about a time when...' or 'Can you please provide an example of w...

/ Asked by Connor P.
The most important thing to focus on in such an 'elevator speech' is to focus on those things that differentiate you from others trying to enter the same field as you.  For example, most candidates will have a degree similar to yours and a high GPA, so what about you is different.  In many...

/ Asked by Bree S.
I would say that yes, this should be listed on your resume.  You should always be looking for something to set you apart from others and this class could be that.  What I would suggest is to create a section on your resume called 'Other Activities'.  List this class with a brief expla...

/ Asked by Abhishek V.
The challenge in the field of mechanical engineering is that there are many candidates with this degree and many positions.  Therefore, as a candidate, you need to identify things that will differentiate you from your talent competitors.  There are many strong candidates who have this degr...

/ Asked by Yapeng G.
Yes, it is perfectly fine to do this, but frame it so that you are seeking input from which you can learn for the next opportunity that arises.  A good recruiter and hiring manager will respect the fact that you are seeking to better yourself and should another opportunity present itself at tha...

/ Asked by suhaina s.
It is nearly impossible to create a 'perfect' anything, but there are definitely some things you can do to get you closer.  First, remember what the purpose of the resume is - to grab the reviewers attention and interest and make them want to bring you in for an interview to find out more about...

/ Asked by Supreeth K.
The key, in a highly competitive job market like engineering, is to find something that will differentiate you from others who are searching for a job.  It may be that staying in your current role and gaining experience that you can put on your resume could be that differentiator, but you will ...

/ Asked by Alma L.
More and more companies are becoming open to remote working arrangements.  There are a number of ways that you can search for jobs that allow someone to work remotely.  First, some companies, like Amazon, will have a separate link on their career web site for jobs that can be remote. ...

/ Asked by Tejas T.
There are multiple routes that you can go.  Seeking internships is always a good way to gain experience, which will help on your next job search.  Another good path is working with a number of employment agencies/placement firms who provide contingent workers to other companies.  Thes...

/ Asked by Barbara B.
It is absolutely OK to do so.  How you approach the situation will depend your level of comfort.  If you feel as if you have a strong enough relationship with the person that you can take them aside and without embarassing them, advise them of your concerns, then that should be your first ...

/ Asked by T G.
I think that it is fine, but do not go overboard with it.  Identify a few key words that you wish to highlight and do so in a subtle manner that does not come across as if you are shouting at the reader.  Having too many bolded words could have an opposite effect and turn off someone revie...

/ Asked by Carlotta P.
Cover letters are always tricky because some recruiters and hiring managers value them and others do not.  The cover letter, like your resume, should be written in a way that draws in the reader and makes them want to learn more.  There are generally three purposes of a cover letter - to f...

/ Asked by Yogita H.
In general, the second interview will be a little more intense than the first one.  The reason for this is that the interviewers like what they heard from you in the first interview and want to dig deeper into your skills and abilities.  It is often the case in second round that you w...

/ Asked by Deana R.
Congratulations on your move.  You should go ahead and advise your current employer as soon as possible.  Approach it from the standpoint of you want to be professional and give them as much notice as possible and help with any necessary transition.  They should appreciate y...

/ Asked by April G.
When constructing your resume, it is critical to think of it from a marketing point of view.  You have a personal brand and the resume is one piece of sales or marketing material that is used to sell your brand.  As with any marketing material, your first goal should be to draw in the read...

/ Asked by Quantika S.
While it may require some additional work on your part, yes, it is always a good idea to customize your resume for each different position you apply to.  The benefits of doing this are twofold.  One, it will show the company to which you are applying that you have gone above and beyond to ...

/ Asked by Laura C.
The goal of any hiring manager should be to hire the most qualified candidate, regardless of whether they are internal or external.  Some hiring managers do have positions where they want an internal candidate and if that is the case, they are generally encouraged not to post the position exter...

/ Asked by Laura C.
While most recruiters and hiring managers start a process with intentions of making a decision quickly, it is often the case that other circumstances and priorities cause this process to be slowed.  It is in no way a reflection on you if you do not hear back immediately.  It may be a sched...

/ Asked by Bobby S.
Of course it does depend on the individual reviewing the resume and their biases, conscious or unconscious.  In general, however, on-line degrees are beginning to be accepted as equal to a traditional degree.  As technology evolves, it is perfectly acceptable for one to leverage this techn...

/ Asked by Mark H.
First, it is terribly unfortunate that you have had to experience this.  Any company that does not take harassment seriously is unethical and perhaps in violation of the law.  The first question that you should ask yourself is how relevant is the position at which you were harassed to the ...

/ Asked by Kirby A.
Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to reach back out to the contacts that you spoke with at these companies.  One, to ask about any additional opportunities, but also to ask for any feedback on why you were not selected.  You must approach this conversation carefully and in a way that is clea...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
In general, you should not include this type of work experience unless it is relevant to the career you are pursuing.  Your first resume out of college is tricky.  You need to focus your resume not on your work experience, but on the other qualities that you possess that can differentiate ...

/ Asked by Laura C.
This is a very important part of the interview and you should view it as if you are trying to close a sales deal.  Showing the interviewer(s) that you are thoughtful, insightful, and have done your research on the company could push you over the top.  It is critical for you to do your home...

/ Asked by Laura C.
The key to sounding confident on a phone interview is the same as sounding confident in any setting - having a strong knowledge of your subject matter.  While there is uncertainty around what will be discussed in a phone interview, you can help to alleviate this by doing extensive prep work for...

/ Asked by vanessa a.
This is always difficult for a job candidate, but keep in mind that the recruiter is likely dealing with hundreds of candidates for dozens of different jobs.  It will be difficult for them to provide a personal touch for all candidates.  That being said, if you have been attempting to reac...

/ Asked by Abiy A.
This is a question that throws off many interviewees.  What I have found is effective with this question is to demonstrate two things about yourself - humility and resiliency.  Think about an experience that you had that really forced you to look within yourself and most importantly, focus...

/ Asked by Laura C.
LinkedIn is a very strong networking tool, as well as a job searching tool.  Therefore, it is possible to find a job from a LinkedIn posting, however, I would say that it is unlikely that a job offer itself would come directly through this tool.  That being said, LinkedIn is a powerful too...

/ Asked by frisco e.
This does not necessarily mean that you are no longer under consideration.  It is unusual for your status to be completely removed.  Normally, it would be changed, but not removed.  If you were not under consideration, that status would reflect this.  This leads me to believe tha...

/ Asked by Edward M.
The best approach to take when it comes to salary is to be a transparent as possible, as early as possible in the recruiting process.  It is perfectly fine to have a dialogue with the recruiter about your salary expectations and the salary range for the position.  The earlier you have this...

/ Asked by Sandipan B.
It can be difficult to identify those companies with positions that match a specific skills set like this, but fortunately, there are many tools that can help you.  The first thing that you should look to do is to build your network.  Go out to LinkedIn and create a profile, being sure to ...

/ Asked by Lourdes R.
Do not feel guilty requesting time off.  Almost all employers now see the tremendous value with their employees taking time away from work.  One, it helps to refresh the employee and keep them engaged at work when they return.  Second, time off helps with an employee's overall wellnes...

/ Asked by mary t.
It is acceptable to request that a potential employer not contact your current employer, but I would not recommend stating this in a cover letter.  There are a couple of other places in the process where it is more appropriate.  One, when you apply on line and are listing your previous emp...

/ Asked by Monica M.
It does not have to be one word answers.  Just list things like the software you have used (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and specific experiences or strength that you feel you possess.  For example, if you are pursuing a degree in HR, maybe list the HR related courses that you have ...

/ Asked by michele w.
This should not be a concern.  When someone takes the steps to reinvent themselves later in life, it is a great story and should be celebrated.  When you do get to a point when you are searching for employment, this should be at the forefront of your approach to market yourself.  The ...

/ Asked by Christine A.
Absolutely not.  The Age Discrimination Act makes it illegal for a company to deny employment to anyone because of their age.  If you feel that you have been discriminated against in this manner, I would suggest that you seek legal guidance.  The ultimate goal for any position is to h...

/ Asked by Saint S.
You probably have already done this, but I would talk with your leader and ask for more responsibilities.  If you have, and they have not done anything, I would speak with your human resources department and explain the situation to them.  If you do not feel as if they are helping, then ye...

/ Asked by Trish C.
Yes, I would go ahead and apply for all positions in which you have an interest.  Most companies will have an internal protocol on how to handle a situation where multiple hiring managers are interested in the same candidate.  Be aware, however, that it may come down to a situation where t...

/ Asked by Pam I.
In general, you do not have to be a student to obtain an internship, but some companies do prefer this.  This is in large part because their approach to recruiting for this positions is only focused on college campuses.  That being said, it is likley that the position will be posted f...

/ Asked by Saint S.
It is understandable to be frustrated in this situation, but be patient and be persistent.  It often happens that a hiring manager has other priorities thrust upon them and filling their open positions becomes secondary.  In this case, be diligent, but not overwhelming in your follow-up.&n...

/ Asked by Chris S.
As a rule, you should always be focusing on your professional and personal development.  It is important to build your professional network and seek exposure for yourself.  This can be done in a number of ways, but one of the most effective ways is to seek out opportunities to participate ...

/ Asked by Chris S.
This is a good question as it can be awkward if someone gives you a gift, but you don't have one for them.  I would first see if your company has a policy about exchanging gifts.  Typically, there are two scenarios for holiday gift giving at companies.  One is the manager gives small ...

/ Asked by marcia d.
When making such a move, I would recommend focusing on two things - networking and flexibility.  In today's environment, building your network is critical to your career development.  Go out to LinkedIn and seek out those who appear to be decision makers in your field at your targeted comp...

/ Asked by Barbara W.
In general, the saluation on the cover letter can be 'Dear Hiring Manager' or 'Dear Recruiter'.  There is no need to be more specific than that as nobody is expecting a candidate to know the names of the person(s) with which they will be interviewing.  Nor is it critial to include a specif...

/ Asked by Robin D.
There are multiple ways in which you can locate a piad internship.  First, participate in any on campus career fairs that your college conducts.  There are usually career fairs in both the fall and spring semesters.  At some schools, there are career fairs specifically dedicated to in...

/ Asked by T G.
Congratulations on your internship next summer as yes, most freshman are not top candidates for internships, although this is changing rapidly.  For the next couple of years it will definately put you ahead of other freshmen, but as I mentioned more and more companies are targeting students ear...

/ Asked by Derek S.
My first suggestion would be to approach your job search as if you had just graduated college.  Focus on entry level opportunities and try and attend the same type of campus recruiting events (i.e. career fairs, information nights, etc.) as would a current college student.  Reach out to th...

/ Asked by Adeyemi A.
It is always challenging to construct your resume when you are just starting your career and do not have significant on-the-job experience.  Therefore, you need to place less emphasis on your work experience and more emphasis on your education and specifically, the other intangibles that can se...

/ Asked by Madhanagopalsamy S.
Yes, you will definitely have to apply on their web site at some point, but there are some other things that you can do to help build your personal brand at a company.  First, is networking.  Go out to LinkedIn and for the companies that you are targeting, search for key leaders at those c...

/ Asked by Will C.
Congratulations on the promotion.  Each company operates differently in these situations, but the short answer is yes, there is nothing wrong with inquiring about a salary increase if you have clearly been promoted and have more responsibility.  What is key is to do so in a professional ma...

/ Asked by pradeep s.
When interviewees get these questions, the tendency is to over think them.  It is true that the interviewer is trying to dig deeper into your experience and your character, but do not over complicate your answer to the point where you really aren't saying anything meaningful.  For the ques...

/ Asked by L C.
Companies absolutely value internships, experience, and education from top schools.  What you have to keep in mind is that there is significant competition for jobs currently and most of the candidates also have internship experience and degrees from quality institutions.  It is not unusua...

/ Asked by grace g.
There are the typical soft skills that all employers expect such as communication skills, ability to work effectively in a team, and being proactive.  The one skill that can set you apart from other candidates and employees, however, is leadership ability.  The mistake people make is think...

/ Asked by Nathan H.
It will depend somewhat on what the charge was.  For example, if you were charged with DUI and the job for which you are applying requires you to drive, this could be frowned upon.  In most cases, however, if you are up front and disclose the charge, it should not be an issue.  There ...

/ Asked by Matthew M.
What is important to understand is that being up front and honest when applying for a position is always the best approach.  If you were dismissed from a position, in most cases the hiring company will discover this eventually through a background check.  That being said, you are under no ...

/ Asked by Chris S.
It will depend on the severity of the alcohol citation.  If it is something along the lines of a DUI and the job to which you are applying requires you to drive, this could be problematic.  If it is a more minor offense, it should not prevent you from obtaining a position if you are honest...

/ Asked by Pat C.
Many employers have a medical leave policy.  You need to speak with your human resources department to discuss the situation and the steps that you must take.  Keep in mind that HR must maintain confidentiality and will not disclose the reasons for your leave, unless absoultely required.&n...

/ Asked by Robert K.
I understand how this can be frustrating.  From the company's perspective, they receive hundreds of applicants and are not always able to get back to everyone.  What you need to do to overcome this is to focus on networking.  When companies who are looking for engineers come to your c...

/ Asked by andres m.
Congratulations.  The best thing to do is leverage the internet to find job postings and begin to build your professional network.  There are many web sites on which job opportunities are posted, but my recommendation would be to go to a site that pulls in job postings from all over the in...

/ Asked by Katherine E.
If all of these internships and jobs took place while you were still in college, I would not be concerned about gaps in employment.  I would instead take the approach of only listing those internship and positions that are relevant to the job for which you are applying.  In other words, ta...

/ Asked by James K.
Not at all.  Many people who have internships are non-traditional students, some of whom have families.  What is most important is that you take the necessary steps to pursue a career for which you are passionate.  When communicating with companies about your interest in an ...

/ Asked by Kumar A.
This is something that usually happens at the beginning of the interview.  What the interviewer is generally trying to to do here is to get into more detail about the information that was listed on your resume/CV.  For example, your resume will say that you worked at X during Y time a...

/ Asked by Ryan E.
The easiest and most effective way to accomplish this is to use the professional networking site, LinkedIn.  There are literally millions of users on LinkedIn and when a profile is created, the user's background is also listed.  I would suggest conducting a few key word searches on LinkedI...

/ Asked by Claudia J.
The most common errors or issues with resumes revolve around how the resume is structured.  Candidates will often list the sections of their background which are the weakest first on a resume.  For example, if one is a student and does not have extensive work experience, then this should n...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
What companies are looking for in collegiate candidates is something that will differentiate them from their peers.  There are plenty of students with the same major and good GPA's, but the one thing that will generally help someone to float to the top is demonstrated leadership experience.&nbs...

/ Asked by T G.
This is an excellent question and an important one because the only way to show someone that your communications skills are strong is to demonstrate them.  The first is with written communication.  Ensure that any social media profiles that you have (i.e. LinkedIn profile, etc.) are well w...

/ Asked by Second T.
When making such a decision, keep in mind that the major you choose will, most likely, point you down a career path on which you will spend most of your life.  With this in mind, I highly recommend pursuing a major that could lead to a career in a field that you truly enjoy.  We ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
You are not obligated to advise your current employer that you are interviewing outside of your company.  Especially if you feel that it could cause awkwardness if you do not end up getting hired at that other employer.  You would hope that your leaders would be professional and not allow ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
There are usually multiple paths you can take to address this situation.  The first is to try to work through it directly with the co-worker.  There are resources that can help you have this conversation.  I would read a book called "Crucial Conversations' and investigate training tha...

/ Asked by Maura W.
Absolutely.  Interviews can be stressful enough, but not knowing what the next steps are in the process can add to this stress.  As the interview closes and you are in the phase of asking questions to the interviewer(s), pose the question of 'Can you let me know what the next steps are in ...

/ Asked by Maura W.
It depends on your personal financial situation, but in general, it is not a good idea to resign from a position without something else lined up.  If the concern is finding time to go to interviews, etc., most companies are pretty flexible about working around the schedules of their candidates....

/ Asked by Tanya L.
In general, personal and professional references are important, but not at the beginning of the process.  Your resume and networking efforts are most important to initially pique the interest of a potential employer.  Once you have their initial interest, your interviewing ability, and the...

/ Asked by Fernanda D.
I understand your desire to put this behind you.  Keep in mind, however, that when you are hired for a position, companies will then typically conduct a background check on you.  In this check, they will typically verify your identity, verity your education and work history, and run a crim...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Not at all.  Just be up front and explain that your current employer is not aware that you are searching for other employment and that you would appreciate it if they did not reach out to them at this time, as it may create some tension if would not receive an offer for the position for which y...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Unless the job is working for a political candidate or party, your views are absolutely not relevant and should not even be discussed.  Focus on your qualifications for the position and if such a subject comes up during the conversation, try to deflect and direct the conversation back to the jo...

/ Asked by Alex D.
I would say that it is important to have your resume reviewed by multiple professionals, however, I don't think that you need to pay for this service.  Many universities will offer resume review sessions in which recruiting professionals from many companies come in and students sit down with th...

/ Asked by Ted M.
In addition to listing your address in that state, you should clearly state your intentions in the first section of your resume.  This is usually an summary of you or an objective.  In this section, state something to the effect of 'recent college graduate seeking opportunities in XX ...

/ Asked by Christine C.
In this scenario, I would ask myself the question 'Do I truly enjoy my profession'?  If the answer is yes, then stick with it.  If the answer is no, then I would recommend strongly considering other options.  Today, whether we like it or not, we spend more and more time working or thi...

/ Asked by Agne L.
In general, on a resume at the bottom, you should just put 'References Available Upon Request'.  Then on a second page, list out those references and keep them handy so that you can quickly respond to any requests for them.  Some companies may require references to be listed as a part of t...

/ Asked by Kelly K.
Congratulations!  Much of what you can do to stand out will depend largely on the culture of the company to which you were hired.  In general, however, clearly displaying a willingness to learn is critical in your first few weeks.  Frequently ask questions to your boss ...

/ Asked by Donald G.
The labels that you use on a resume are not as important as the content and that first statement is one of the most important parts of the resume.  What you write here will depend on what you bring to the table at that point in your career.  If you are just starting your career, an objecti...

/ Asked by ankit p.
Congratulations.  You will be at somewhat of a disadvantage, but this is nothing that you cannot overcome.  Your major of computer science is still in high demand, so there will be opportunities for you.  What is important is to be flexible in terms of where geographically you are wil...

/ Asked by Vinesh M.
This is certainly a difficult decision, but one that will undoubtedly force you to be introspective and ask yourself what is most important to you.  I have seen many cases where someone moves away for a job that will provide them with great experience and then move back home once they have obta...

/ Asked by Paige M.
For your LinkedIn account, yes, I would recommend only including the school(s) from which you obtained your degree.  This will ultimately be what a recruiter is most interested in - what your degree was in and from where did you obtain it.  Remember that your LinkedIn account is an adverti...

/ Asked by Sheldon M.
It is perfectly acceptable after a reasonable amount of time to check on the status of your application.  There are three general things that you should try to convey in such a message.  Each should be done with one or two sentences.  The first is that you understand and appreciate th...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
You are correct that LinkedIn is the most prominent and effective way to build your network, but there are others.  Seek out professional organizations in the field in which you have interest.  It may be a small cost to join, but once you do, be sure to attend in person as many meetings as...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
The best advice that I can give on this subject is to focus on doing work that you truly love or working in an industry that you truly love.  You may not even know what this is for you at this point, so you may need to go through a couple of jobs before you figure it out.  In today's work ...

/ Asked by Kumar A.
The telephone interview is important, but in different ways than an in-person interview.  The general purpose of the telephone interview is for the recruiter or hiring manager to verify certain aspects of your background and experience, and see if there is something in your responses that pique...

/ Asked by Danny Y.
It is never too late to pursue something that will provide you with good experience.  Whether that is an official internship or a summer job, both will help you to gain experience that will be valuable when you are pursuing a full time position later on.  It may be difficult at this point ...

/ Asked by Brittani T.
This is a good tactical question.  Definitely attach the resume in a separate Word or PDF file.  As for the cover letter, it should be separate, but many company careers sites give you a space where you can free form type in a cover letter.  If this is offered, I would take advantage ...

/ Asked by Jackson T.
There are two keys to success in a group interview.  The first is to ensure that you do not appear to be intimidated or overwhelmed by having multiple people ask you questions.  In a work setting, you will likely be in a similar situation where you have a meeting about something on which y...

/ Asked by Vishnuprasad C.
Most likely, this interview will be behavioral based, meaning you will be asked questions about your past experiences in certain areas, with the idea that your past behavior will predict your future behavior.  Most of these questions will be around the topics of teamwork, dealing with uncertain...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
This is a very unfortunate situation, and I understand how it can be difficult for you.  I am not sure if you are comfortable addressing this directly with your boss, but if not, don't worry, there are other procedures that you can follow to address the situation.  And yes, you should take...

/ Asked by Erica B.
This sounds like a politician, but the answer is, it depends.  It will depend on the type of job in which you are interested, the companies in which you are interested and the business that each is in, and the geographic location(s) in which you have interest.  Technical fields such as IT ...

/ Asked by Wanda W.
Excellent question.  The answer is it really is up to you.  Please know that employers do not and cannot use this information when making hiring decisions.  In most cases, it is used after the fact for the employer to measure the diversity of their applicant pool and hires.  If t...

/ Asked by Brittani T.
I would recommend including those experiences in your profile.  Even though they may not be directly connected to the career that you are working to establish, it does speak to your work ethic.  It shows that you have been willing to be a full-time student and work part-time to help financ...

/ Asked by Sarah L.
Most larger companies will begin recruiting for spring 2016 graduates in the fall/late summer of 2015.  The fall campus recruiting season is the most active and therefore, it is important for you to be active during this time as well.  Of course you should begin applying for positions...

/ Asked by David V.
Social media is always tricky.  Whether we like it or not, we all have a digital profile and have to be conscious of that when we post things on these sites.  That being said, most recruiters will differentiate between professional social media (i.e. LinkedIn) and personal social media (i....

/ Asked by Ashley S.
Most companies will conduct background checks of some kind on their new hires.  These checks usually consist of verifying your identity (i.e. does your name match with your social security number), verifying your previously listed employment (only checking if you worked where you said you did, ...

/ Asked by Tomi H.
There are many assessments and other tools that can help you understand the jobs for which you have the best aptitude.  Although these can be helpful, the best career advice that I ever received was to do something that you enjoy or is associated with something that you enjoy.  In today's ...

/ Asked by Sean A.
Internships are important, but it is fully understandable that you need to earn some money to help pay for your education and other expenses.  I think it is fine to get a summer job now, but if you will still be an undergraduate next year, I would focus on obtaining an internship then.  In...

/ Asked by Jonathan L.
You are taking the correct approach, but it can take some time.  The key is the approach that you take when connecting with company contacts through LinkedIn.  You want to make it clear to them that their company is one that you have targeted as an employer of choice for you.  This le...

/ Asked by Stacy L.
What tends to set any employee apart from others is their leadership capability.  Demonstrating leadership can be tricky, though, as you do not want to come off as being too aggressive.  Strong leaders tend to rise to the top naturally.  You will no doubt in your internship be asked t...

/ Asked by Tony C.
It is great that you have found an internship at a company with which you would like to start a career.  It is a bit tricky about when to bring up a full-time job offer during an internship.  It does not always happen this way, but a best practice that many companies utilize is to make off...

/ Asked by Andrew H.
I would not be concerned with whether or not the interviewing company knows if you are currently employed.  In fact, it should be a positive thing for you as it shows the interviewing company that your skills are in demand.  Most companies will be flexible with when they schedule interview...

/ Asked by Grace W.
It is understandable to be apprehensive about job security when entering the job market.  Unfortunately, in an unstable global economy, nobody is immune to it.  Having been through several economic down turns in my career, there is one thing that is common among those who have had employme...

/ Asked by hope m.
First, it shows great courage on your part to take this step in your career.  Take comfort in that it should not be as daunting a task as you may think.  Many of the skills of being a teacher are transferable to the corporate world.  I am not sure what type of job that you are interes...

/ Asked by Tammy S.
It is important to remember that most companies will verify your degrees, past employment, etc.  As a result, it is critical for a job seeker to be 100% up front and honest about their background.  In your situation, just be careful about the wording.  List the school and certificate,...

/ Asked by Michael B.
There are a number of strategies that you can take to find an entry-level job, however, there are not any major web sites that I am aware of that focus only on entry level positions.  The most effective method of finding a job is through building your network.  The best place to start for ...

/ Asked by Karl R.
The HR field is strong, but it will require some paitience.  In can be difficult to obtain a job in HR without any practical experience.  The type of job that would be a fit for you would depend on what type of experience that you have gained over the last 10 years.  An example of HR ...

/ Asked by Cooper S.
It is not rude to attempt to negotiate a higher salary as long as you approach it in a professional manner.  In other words, do not act arrogant or insulted by the salary offer that is extended to you.  Instead, take the approach of being very appreciative of the job offer, but you would l...

/ Asked by nina m.
Any time that you are applying for a position for which you do not possess a great deal of on-the-job experience, it is critical for you to structure your resume in a way that emphasizes the other aspects of your background.  In your case, you would want to feature prominently your pursuit of y...

/ Asked by Sam B.
The culture at every employer is different.  In some cases, companies encourage employees to step away from their desks from time to time throughout the day because it can help those employees be more productive and creative.  Other cultures are more conservative and encourage a more rigid...

/ Asked by A D.
This is unorthodox, but I would make the assumption that it is one of two things.  One, the interviewer is unprepared and if this is the case, I would pass on this company anyway.  Secondly, it may be that interviewer's way to testing you to see how much you have prepared for the interview...

/ Asked by David V.
Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to take a vacation in the first six months on the job.  Almost all companies offer paid time off to their employees and most understand the importance of taking this time to refresh and recharge.  In the long run, it is in the best interest of the company to...

/ Asked by Rachel D.
It would depend on if they list this as a required skill or a desired skill.  If it is desired, I would still apply as there may be aspects or your education or other experience and activities that could off-set their desire for more on-the-job experience.  If it is a required skill, I wou...

/ Asked by Fauzan K.
One of most important aspects of a resume for someone just entering the job market is their non-work related activities.  In other words, things such as your community activity, your campus activity, church activity, or other volunteer activities.  Prominently listing these things on your ...

/ Asked by David V.
Definitely, LinkedIn is the probably the best tool you can use to build your professional network.  First, ensure that you have an idea of the companies you are targeting in the locations that you are targeting.  You can then use the advanced search function in LinkedIn to search for peopl...

/ Asked by Lyra M.
There are two ultimate goals an interviewer is wanting to gain from an interview - One, gaining a deeper understanding of your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular area and two, obtaining an understanding of how you will fit within the culture of their company.  As an interviewer, i...

/ Asked by Jessica L.
As long as you disclosed this job when you applied, you should not have anything to be concerned about.  One of the most common reasons for job offers being rescinded is if the new hire did not disclose something about their history when applying and it is later discovered on a background check...

/ Asked by Rachel E.
The most important thing about interviews is to dress and act professionally, but this does not necessarily mean that you have to cover up your tattoos.  How it is viewed will largely depend on the culture of the employer and the individual opinions of the interviewer(s).  My advice would ...

/ Asked by John S.
I think that you are perfectly fine to write your current education in the application.  All you should do is note in there somewhere that you are currently enrolled and still pursuing your degree.  As it relates to internships, most companies will want to know at what stage you are at in ...

/ Asked by Christian K.
It does depend on where you are at in pursuit of your degree.  If you still be will back for another year of school, then focus on an internship.  But if you are in your final year, go ahead and pursue both.  To answer your core question, yes, you can obtain a good entry level job wit...

/ Asked by Latricia C.
If you encounter employers who seem to be reluctant to hire someone with a disability, then that is probably not an employer that you want to be at anyway.  The best companies are those that value and pursue a diverse and inclusive culture.  This includes embracing employees and candidates...

/ Asked by Ridha P.
It is perfectly acceptable to take a semester off for personal or financial reasons.  Companies are well aware of the cost of  obtaining an advanced degree.  In fact, I would not see the need to note this on your resume, unless you are pursuing a job during the semester you are taking...

/ Asked by Eric L.
This is a difficult decision, because I fully understand the need and desire to begin paying down your education debt as soon as possible.  My recommendation here would be to pursue the unpaid internship that will give you experience in your preferred field.  The experience&...

/ Asked by Jason O.
This is definitely a tricky situation, but you can manuever through this professionally and in a way that will not negatively impact your new employer's impression of you.  First, do your homework.  Conduct research on the internet and work with your campus advisors to get an understanding...

/ Asked by N M.
Not at all.  In fact, I would encourage you to follow multiple companies.  This will help to keep you abreast of what is happening at each of these companies (i.e. as they post updates to LinkedIn and other social media).  Going forward, this will help you to get a feel of those compa...

/ Asked by Manuel P.
This can be problematic, but should not be a reason that prevents you from finding the right job for you.  The most important thing is to be up front about it and own it.  When you are offered a job (no need to bring it up before then), give the recruiter a heads up that they will lik...

/ Asked by Latricia C.
For most employers, it is an issue of liability.  For example, if a company has a position open that requires someone to drive a vehicle, that company is likely not going to be interested in someone with a history of driving under the influence or reckless driving.  This would place that c...

/ Asked by Erica M.
Unfortunately, simply sending resumes out when jobs are posted, is not as effective a method as it once was.  What can set you apart in today's market is your network.  The good thing is there are many more tools that you can use to build your network today than in the past.  The most...

/ Asked by Byron B.
What has been, in my experience, the most challening thing to adjust to is the culture of the company at which you are employed.  You may be at a company, such as start up technolofy company, where decisions are made quickly with little bureaucracy.  Other companies are more conservative a...

/ Asked by Manasi D.
It does vary by company and whether or not that company is willing to take on the cost of sponsorship.  The bottom line for most companies, however, is hiring the most qualified candidate for the position. 

It is key, though, to determine if sponsorship is available very early in the proce
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/ Asked by Ed S.
This situation seems to be the exception versus the rule.  I am guessing that that interviewer already had a top candidate at that point and did not handle your interview in a professional manner.  Odd questions like this are typically not asked, but if they are, it is usually a gauge of e...

/ Asked by Rebecca D.
Most interviews now consist of behavioral based interview questions.  These are questions that ask you to provide specific examples of your past behavior in a particular situation with the assumption that your past behavior is good predictor of your future behavior.  These questions typica...

/ Asked by dustin g.
If your mental illness does not impact your ability to do your job, then you are not obligated to disclose it.  If, however, you will require a reasonable accomodation to perform your job, then yes you should disclose it, as your employer will be required under the Americas With Disab...

/ Asked by Matt L.
Do not feel guilty about following up on a job application.  Often times, hiring managers get side tracked with other priorities and cannot focus the time needed on hiring.   If a couple of weeks have passed, and you have received no notification of next steps, I would recommend follo...

/ Asked by eric a.
There are many places to search for jobs - job boards such as Monster and Careerbuilder, LinkedIn, and company web sites.  What is probably the most efficient way to search, however, is to use a site that is a job board aggregator.  This is a site that scrapes job postings from job boards,...

/ Asked by bra A.
The first thing that you should do is to reflect on the reasons for your dismissal, accept responsibility for your part in that process, and work to correct it.  What is past is past and you should not let that prevent you from moving forward.  Learn from any mistakes that you made and tak...

/ Asked by Mike M.
It is fully understandable to be nervous during interviews.  That being said, if your nervousness is clearly noticeable by the interviewer, this could work against you.  The most effective way to calm your nerves during interviews is to practice interviewing.  Informal informational i...

/ Asked by Nichole G.
Yes, two pages is a good guideline, unless have several years of experience to account for.  The most important thing about a resume is structuring it in a way that keeps the reader engaged  and reading through the entire document.  Formating is key.  Do not clutter the resume wi...

/ Asked by sandra a.
First congratulations for having the courage to pursue this change.  It will be key for you to identify and focus on two or three potential career paths that you wish to pursue and do some research on the internet into these career fields through sites such as Glassdoor.  This will help yo...

/ Asked by Andrew H.
I understand where you are coming from as I have received the same feedback at times.  Some interviewers will get caught up in the generalization that if somebody is quiet or not overly talkative, then they do not have good communication skills.  As you know very well, this is not the case...

/ Asked by Stefanie S.
I would say the answer depends on the rest of your experience, education, etc.  If you possess significant experience that is relavant to the position for which you are applying, then the positions that you mention above are less relevant, other than to explain any gaps in employment.  If ...

/ Asked by olamide j.
One of the best things that you can do is to pursue internships while you are in school or during the summer.  Most internships are paid now so this could help you gain experience, but also help to finance your education.  Having as much practical experience as you can is critical to obtai...

/ Asked by Kindra R.
Switching the career path you are on is not uncommon at all.  It is courageous and shows that you want to pursue a career in which you will not only be successful, but be passionate about as well.  Two key suggestions though.  One, be completely honest with you employers about your lo...

/ Asked by Howard S.
It is definitely OK to follow up.  I would first follow-up with an e-mail.  This note should thank them for meeting with you and express that you found their guidance very helpful and are ready to progress forward with your job search.  If after a couple of weeks they still do not res...

/ Asked by Amhad B.
Great question!  The easiest and simplest way to accomplish this is to get on professional networking web sites and dig around.  You will need to have an idea of what field you want to get into and in what locations.  LinkedIn and GlassDoor and great sites for this.  Both have ad...

/ Asked by Joshua T.
What I think is key to resume creation in your situation is telling the reader a little bit about your character.  This can be accomplished by listing your campus and community activities and the details around your involvement in these.  For example, if you were involved in a philanthropi...

/ Asked by rannu h.
I am sure that it is frustrating, but be paitient, and most importantly, continue to be persistent.  Sometimes you have to take a step back and evaluate the types of jobs that you are applying for and the job market in which the jobs to which you are applying reside.  All companies have di...

/ Asked by Mike M.
Yes, I definitely believe that it is a good idea to make this known to your manager.  I would approach it, though, by asking for coaching and guidance from them on what you need to do during your internship to be considered for full time employment.  This will not only show your interest i...

/ Asked by T R.
The most important thing to keep in mind about a resume is that in most mid to larger size companies, any paper resumes will be scanned into an applicant tracking system or database of some kind.  As such, the key is to ensure that you use a standard font that can be read well by an electronic ...

/ Asked by Lorena C.
If you do not have a great deal of work experience to place on your resume, then yes, it is OK to put other activities on there.  Keep in mind though that employers will be more interested in what you gained from participating in these activities versus simply that you did participate.  In...

/ Asked by O'Brian M.
It is always a good idea to do some research in advance of a potential interview.  I would recommend finding out as much as you can to answer the questions, but if you cannot, it is key to express to the potential employer that you have the desire to and are excited about learning the new proce...

/ Asked by Shenell D.
First, it is great that you are thinking about furthering your education.  Unfortunately, there is no perfect formula for finding the perfect job.  However, there are some things that you can do to hopefully put yourself in a position to do the things you mention.  First, underst...

/ Asked by Anusha R.
It depends on the company, but yes, there can be.  Some companies require a minimum GPA and that you have completed a certain number of hours in school.  What can set you apart from other candidates, however, is your leadership ability and community/campus activity.  These types of th...

/ Asked by Jimmy A.
The first, and easiest thing that you can do is to create a profile on the web site LinkedIn.  This is a site that will allow you to quickly build a professional network, plus give you exposure to companies who use the site to proactively search for job candidates.  When creating this prof...

/ Asked by Aubrey T.
You are correct to think about career development from the standpoint of your personal brand.  Everyone who is working or seeking a job has one, good or bad.  Your on-line profile is the first step in establsihing and enhancing your brand.  Set up a profile on LinkedIn or other sites ...

/ Asked by Ken S.
Although I would not include it in the Thank You correspondence, it is perfectly acceptable for you to inquire about pay if you have been formally offered the internship.  You should approach the topic in a separate conversation, preferably by phone, but do so in a way that does not sound like ...

/ Asked by Michaela M.
The hot majors do change from time to time, but right now the areas that are most competitve are the technical type of majors (ex. Engineering, Computer Science, IT, etc.), majors related to the health care industry, and accounting/finance majors.  That being said, there are other factors to co...

/ Asked by Becca K.
It does vary depending on the hiring manager, but on average 6-8 candidates are phone screened and 3-4 are brought in for face-to-face interviews.  From this the top 1-2 candidates may be brought back for additional face-to-face interviews.  If from this, a consensus on a top candidate can...

/ Asked by Mike M.
There are many variables that play into this such as when the person currently occupying the position (assuming it is a replacement) is leaving or if there is a new manager or decision maker coming in to the process, but the most common factor is the bandwidth, or simply how busy the hiring manager ...

/ Asked by Zainab O.
With multiple career paths you can pursue, it is important to figure out which one will provide you with the best combination of things you want from a career (ex. compensation, flexibility, happiness, etc.).  The best way to figure this out is to talk to people who either are currently in that...

/ Asked by patricia s.
As the type of job that you are looking for is not as common, it is important for your to be very flexible.  If this is truly the type of job you desire, you may have to go to where these jobs are more prevalent.  I first recommend going on line and researching the areas of the US with the...

/ Asked by Stephan T.
One of the keys to a successful interview is preparation.  I suggest going on-line and searching on typical interview questions.  Once you get an idea of the type of questions that may be asked, think about how they apply to you and practice your answers.  Most interview questions wil...

/ Asked by Mary M.
Not at all.  It is human nature to be anxious to hear about the results of an interview and a reasonable amount of follow-up is perfectly acceptable.  If you have not done so already, roll in a thank you to your interview(s) with your work sample.  In a nut shell, 1.) thank them for t...

/ Asked by iva w.
I would recommend placing both on your resume, but be prepared to discuss why you did not finish college.  There is good experience that can be gained in college even if you do not finish, plus you will want to be able to explain what you did in that time frame.  I would, however, place mo...

/ Asked by Michael G.
While having an extenmsive web presence is not necessary, I would recommend having a moderate web presence, particularly on sites such as LinkedIn.  Many employers now use LinkedIn to search for potential candidates, therefore, having a good profile there could be very beneficial for you. ...

/ Asked by Donald G.
I would recommend using a Summary as the way to begin your resume.  This summary would provide a brief, high-level overview of what you bring to the table for the recruiter or hiring manager to review.  An example of one could be, 'mobile computer science graduate with experience in Java, ...

/ Asked by jerome n.
You cannot change your work history, but you can work to turn this negative impression by employers into a positive one.  First, own up to your work history.  Explain that you know that you have bounced around between several jobs, but the reason is that you have yet to find a situati...

/ Asked by Ajita S.
It is never to early to start building your network, although I would start this by researching potential employers on LinkedIn and attempting to connect to their decision makers on the site.  Through these connections you can begin to request informational interviews to learn more about those ...

/ Asked by Bernardo S.
Companies will take into consideration the rankings of a particular school when deciding from what schools to recruit, but it is not the only factor.  The other factors that companies tend to look at are diversity potential of the school, the success (i.e. promotability) of past hires from that...

/ Asked by Alexander K.
The first step would be to de-emphasize on your resume your lack of on the job experience and bring to the forefront the other qualities that your bring to the table.  List your degree first and emphasize the global aspect of it.  Next talk about project work in school, your community and ...

/ Asked by janine a.
There are a few web sites out there that can help you.  FlexJobs.com is one that focuses on jobs where you can telecommute.  Another option is to go to a job board aggregator site such as indeed.com or simplyhired.com and do searches on words like 'remote' or 'telecommute', etc.  I wo...

/ Asked by Geoff F.
It is often the case when a recruiter or hiring manager has several candidates who are similar in the level of education and experience.  What factors become differentiating at this point are those that determine a candidate's cultural fit for the company and the work group.  It is here wh...

/ Asked by Lyra M.
Yes, you can still apply, but you should provide clarification, either through a cover letter or direct conversation, on what hours that you can work.  In addition, it is also important to do this early on the application process.  It could damage your future employment opportunities with ...

/ Asked by Linda W.
This is a common concern for a college applicant.  When companies are recruiting on-campus, they go in knowing that many candidates will not have a great deal of practical work or intern experience.  On your resume, it will be important to emphasize the other factors of your qualifications...

/ Asked by Patrick K.
It is absolutely acceptable for you to attend the career fair.  A key element of you job search will be networking.  Be up front with anyone that you speak with and let them know you already have an internship, but are looking for a full time position upon graduation, but have those conver...

/ Asked by Dorothy S.
It is a fine line as you want to explore as many avenues as you can, but at the same time you do not want to appear to a company that you are applying to any position just to get your foot in the door.  I would recommend identifying those positions that have a common theme that fits your career...

/ Asked by Travis S.
To eventually move into an executive role, having an MBA would be a huge advantage for you.  It is not, however, necessary for you to obtain it before you enter the workforce.  In many cases, people work for a few years and then pursue their MBA.  This practical work experience will b...

/ Asked by Paul D.
If you have an e-mail address from the company to which you applied, it is perfectly acceptable to follow-up on the status of your application.  I would wait two weeks, however, from your application date to follow-up, as recruiters and hiring managers can be pulled in multiple directions. ...

/ Asked by Rakshya K.
Yes, I would recommend always disclosing this type of information.  If it has been expunged, it may not appear on a background check, but if for some reason it does and you have not disclosed it, your job offer may be rescinded.  Being up front with this type of information is much better ...

/ Asked by Jonathan L.
It does depend on the selection process at that company, but in general, interview questions from a HR person are going to be behavioral based and directed at determining your cultural fit for the company and if your professional values align with those of the company.  Interview questions from...

/ Asked by Jonathan L.
No, I would encourage you to interview in as many places as you can, if for no other reason, it will help you to sharpen your interview skills.  In addition, you will begin to have a feel about what questions may be asked of you, which obviously, will help you to be prepared with a strong respo...

/ Asked by venkata v.
I would recommend a couple of things.  First, be sure to participate in internship recruiting events/career fairs at your college.  When you do so, identify those companies in which you have the most interest, research them ahead and time, and be prepared to have an engaged conversati...

/ Asked by Jonathan L.
One thing that is very helpful to prepare for interviews is to research or think of likely interview questions and prepare or even rehearse your response to those questions.  It will help your anxiety if you have thought about answers in advance and have a general idea of how you will respond.&...

/ Asked by Jonathan L.
Yes, I would encourage you to still apply, however, it is important to structure your resume such that the recruiter focuses on something other than your GPA.  If you have any applicable experience, either through internships on in school, emphasize this on your resume and on your cover letter....

/ Asked by Michael H.
The time frame in which you should follow-up depends on what, if anything, the interviewer told you during the interview.  If they said that they hope to have a decision in two weeks, for example, then follow-up with them shortly after two weeks has passed.  If they did not specify a time ...

/ Asked by Kendall M.
It is a good idea to discuss this with the recruiter at this company.  I would not apply until you have had this conversation.  Explain that you intend to honor your commitment to the internship, but that your ultimate goal is for a long-term employment situation at that company.  Thi...

/ Asked by Michaela P.
You should disclose your need for sponsorship upon applying for the position, either in a cover letter or if there is a question asking as much in that company's application process.  You do not want to get into a situation where a potential employer does not find out about your need for sponso...

/ Asked by B N.
Yes, I would recommend putting this job on your resume.  Most companies will conduct some kind of verification of employment and it is easier to explain why you left a job versus having to explain why you did not disclose a portion of your employment history.  If asked why you left that po...

/ Asked by Patrick H.
The top job boards that most companies post to, in addition to their own web sites, are Monster, Careerbuilder, and LinkedIn.  The most effective way to search for job postings, however, is to use Indeed.com or SimplyHired.com.  These sites 'scrape' job postings from all of the m...

/ Asked by Kal T.
The most important thing you need when going into an interview is confidence.  If shaving your head increases your self-esteem and makes you have a more positive outlook, then by all means, do so.  If you feel that a potential employer is making a judgement about your age based on your app...

/ Asked by aley w.
The thing to keep in mind when interviewers ask you such questions is that they are not focused so much on the situation, but rather how you handled the situation.  We all have had jobs we did not like or co-workers with whom we did not work well, so don't be fearful of acknowledging this. ...

/ Asked by Jonathan L.
It is fine to apply to multiple positions at the same company.  Depending on the size of the company, there may be several different recruiters and hiring managers, so do not assume that when you apply to one position, that all decision makers will see your information.  Recruiters work ha...

/ Asked by Jonathan L.
I would recommend that you always provide some information in this area.  I don't feel that it is necessary to write a long, detailed cover letter, however, a short and concise note is appropriate and shows that you have a legitimate interest in the job.  In this note be sure to express yo...

/ Asked by Kahla S.
There are a number of on-line resources that may be helpful in determining this information.  Web sites such as monster.salary.com, salaryexpert.com, and glassdoor.com can provide tools that help you to understand average salaries for job titles, in particular companies, in particular geographi...

/ Asked by Charlotte R.
Typically, companies do not check your social media profiles when hiring someone.  It is a gray area legally, but mostly because companies simply do not have the time to do this.  Most companies do work with third parties to conduct pre-employment background checks in which a U.S. candidat...

/ Asked by Jill W.
Phone interviews are tricky as the interviewers cannot read your body language or facial expressions.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon you to really hit a home run with your answers.  As with any interview, make sure you do your research on the company and what is happening at that company...

/ Asked by Jordan P.
It is true that many companies slow their hiring in the 4th quarter of the year as they work to meet their annual budget requirements.  The flip side to that is that hiring will often pick up significantly in the 1st quarter of the year.  Therefore, I would not let this deter you.  Gr...

/ Asked by Leah D.
You must go into your job search with reasonable expectations.  If you have a skill set that is high demand, then yes, you have a little more leverage and can be more paitient in your job search.  If, however, you are in a highly competitive job market, it may not be prudent to turn down i...

/ Asked by Chad S.
There are a number of ways to make your resume stand out.  First, take the time to customize your resume to the position for which you are applying.  Review the job description and ensure that those job requirements for which you are a match are emphasized on your resume.  Another sug...

/ Asked by Sarah L.
Some employers do ask for transcripts, but the purpose is to verify overall GPA and major(s), not to make a judgement on how a candidate's grades progressed throughout their time in college.  Therefore, as long as your overall GPA is acceptable by the company to which you are applying, a mis-st...

/ Asked by D D.
I think that you are fine to follow-up via e-mail at this time.  In that e-mail, be both casual in your inquiry (i.e. 'I was just curious about my status'), but direct in describing your level of interest in the position (i.e. Please let me reiterate my strong level of interest in this pos...

/ Asked by Stephanie M.
Companies will typically have systems that can handle both types of documents, however, when in doubt, a PDF tends to look a touch more professional.

/ Asked by Stephanie M.
I believe that 'Dear Hiring Manager' is a good salutation for a cover letter, however, I would not too caught up in that level of detail about a cover letter.  What is most important about a cover letter is to first, write it in a way that clearly demonstrates your level of interest in the comp...

/ Asked by Jackeline F.
It does vary by company, but in the case of Caterpillar, we begin to recruit for interns in the fall of year prior to the internship.  For example, right now we are recruiting for spring, summer, and fall 2014 internships.  Therefore, my recommendation is to begin preparing up to a year in...

/ Asked by Steph B.
Although it is different for everyone, you should probably inform your employer around the same time that you inform family and friends.  This will allow your employer to begin to prepare for your absence and allow you to take advantage of any resources that your employer may have for expectant...

/ Asked by Maz J.
More and more companies are open to flexible working arrangements.  Of course, your role has to be one in which working from home is seamless for your customers and/or business partners.  It is likely though, that a certain level of trust has to be in place between your manager and yoursel...

/ Asked by Tyler T.
It is typical to begin searching for internships during or after your sophomore year in college.  This would give you two internships to place on your resume when you begin your search for full-time employment, assuming you do not go on to grad school.  When searching for internships,...

/ Asked by Suzanna F.
The basics are still important for such a course (resume writing, interviewing skills, communication skills, etc.), however, but what could set the course apart is teaching the students what to expect after they start a job.  For example, it is key for any new employee to learn the corporate cu...

/ Asked by Arnie B.
I would say that it depends on the individual.  Some prefer to follow a rigid plan, where others prefer to let the chips fall where they may.  The key is figure out what it is that you enjoy doing.  Think about your hobbies and things you enjoy doing when you are not at work and resea...

/ Asked by Niove T.
I would advise any employee that it is healthy to always be thinking about your next role, be it within your current company or outside.  The first thing to consider is networking.  Research and put together a plan of what individuals have knowledge or influence in the areas in which you h...

/ Asked by Larsa Y.
Informational interviews are a valuable tool for the job seeker and the key to obtaining them is networking.  As you stated, simply calling a company in which you have interest will not get you far.  Instead, you should utilize professional networking tools such as LinkedIn,...

/ Asked by Larsa Y.
Yes, large corporations are very open to formal informational interviews, however, it is key that you identify the appropriate person with whom to have that interview.  I suggest a person who is a leader in or who holds a position similar to your targeted position in the function in which you h...

/ Asked by Darrick C.
Most companies today do not have policies around tattoos and/or piercings, other than their impact on safety in the workplace (i.e. piercings would generally not be allowed in a production environment).  Regarding other aspects of an employment search, as long as you present yourself in a ...

/ Asked by shelby c.
One approach that may be effective is to tailor your resume to each position to which you apply.  Take a close look at the qualifications and make sure that your resume and cover letter is focused on those qualificiation.  In additon, companies are very interested in leadership skills.&nbs...

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