Employers feel that college isn't preparing students for employment. Involvement in what types of clubs/organizations/activities would indicate to them that students are ready for a real word job?
Remember there is no absolute answer, but I would say that it is not as important what club, organization, or activity you choose, but rather what did you do while in the organization. Pick an organization…
What is a good way to get into behavior analysis?
Internships are a great way to get into the field you are most interested in. You can gain hands-on experience, while trying out the field you are interested in. Often times an internship can lead to a full…View all answers »
How (if at all) can a internship with an arm of the federal government translate to bringing a unique experience to private sector work?
Great question! Any type of internship is a great way to gain experience and knowledge in a number of areas. Internships offer a unique opportunity to learn many different functions from different…View all answers »
What are some things that employers hate to see interviewees do during an interview?
Not making eye contact and fidgeting are big ones. Come in with some confidence and a firm handshake and it goes alot further than no eye contact and playing with your hair.View all answers »
Is there a value to attending professional networking events? What should I do to make the most of these?
Yes! There is always value to attending networking events. Lots of times when I attend it is about meeting new people and trying to find some common ground with them. Most of the time it is easy conversations…View all answers »
I was just hired and was wondering if you have any advice on what I should expect on my first day? How should I prepare?
Congrats on your new position! During the first day, you will usually spend the morning meeting your team and finishing up any onboarding that needs completed. Usually the first day/week is when you also complete…View all answers »
Is the ability to think critically and solve problems more valuable to a potential employer than their education or work experience?
Critical thinking and problem solving are valuable skill sets to have but they are not excluded from your education and work experience. Think about times while getting your education that you had to work…View all answers »
I feel as if I'm straying away from the major I intend to graduate with. Experience with my internship has given me so many more opportunities and avenues to explore. When applying for a job that may be a little bit outside of your major concentration, how do you craft yourself in a way that would make them value your professional experience over credentials?
This is very normal. Many people end up in fields that do not typically fall within their major, so not to worry! When applying fo a job outside of this major concentration, make sure your resume reflects relevant…View all answers »
When employers are reviewing resumes for a new hire, is hands-on job experience or co-curricular activities valued more?
It really depends on what the hands-on-job experience was and how it relates to the job you are applying to. Holding a job while attending school or during the summer regardless of the…
How many "degrees of separation" is it appropriate to claim a connection, use someone as an employee reference, or ask for someone to hand in a resume in for you?
Great questions, but there is really no clear cut answer for any of them. Referencing a connection to establish a relationship is valuable, but make sure that they are aware that you will be referencing…