I'm a college student, starting to look for my second internship. Currently, I have been working for my parent's business. As of now, that has been my only job. When I am on the internship hunt, during the interview process should I let the interviewer know that my bosses were my parents? Is that something that doesn't really matter or do interviewers frown upon that piece of knowledge?
If you had real responsibilities, as you would have in any other job, you should definitely add the job to your resume. You gained valuable work experience that should be counted for and represented on your…View all answers »
What is the proper etiquette when doing an informational interview with someone I don’t know? Should I pay for our coffee/lunch?
Absolutely! You’re asking someone to help you out, so start off on the right foot by inviting them to coffee or lunch and picking up the tab. It’s the least you can do in exchange for sharing their…View all answers »
I feel like my networking and “informational interviews” are just creating more work without accomplishing anything. What am I doing wrong?
You’re not the first person to think networking is a waste of time, but the fact is that professional connections are consistently one of the best ways to land a career. Consider if you’re doing…View all answers »
I am a recent Ohio State grad with a B.A in communications. I am wanting to get into the nonprofit world, or special event planning, maybe both. I know I naturally possess the skills necessary along with my education to be an excellent candidate. I just don't know how to get my foot in the door. Any suggestions?
Congratulations on graduating! It is great to recognize how your natural proclivities and education come together for their best impact. It can take people a long time to figure out what is going…View all answers »
Is it better to include a street address in the contact info on a resume or leave it off? Or is either way OK? Thanks in advance for your advice on this!
Good question! Have you noticed that many companies have moved to an online application based system for applying? So they will be collecting your address information when you apply anyway. …View all answers »
I'm fairly confident I'm going to be offered a job any day now from a company I've had a few interviews with. If the salary is less than desirable how do I go about negotiating it? I have limited experience, but I know your salary early on dictates how you scale up in the future.
First off, you are thinking smart and that is a good place to kick off salary negotiations. Do your research and find out what the market rate for the job is. Be prepared with that information and…View all answers »
I have a number of friends who have created resume websites and seen some success doing it. What should I include in a resume website? Is there an advantage in having a traditional resume AND a non-traditional resume to accompany it?
Hi there! There are a lot of things you can create as part of the creation of your personal brand. A resume website, a video resume, a traditional resume, a carefully complete LinkedIn Profile,…View all answers »
I had been working at my entry level position for a little over a year. Last week due to the company downsizing and changing roles, I was laid off. Yesterday, my former boss contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in coming back. I'd have to go through the steps of an applicant. Just looking for some advise on how to proceed. If I were to get an interview, I'm nervous I might say the wrong thing.
Honesty is always the best policy. This is a cliche for a reason, because it's true. In this day and age our world has become small in terms of who may know who and the flow of information so just…View all answers »
I'm currently a sophomore at a liberal arts college with an International Studies major. I am currently searching for a summer internship in the corporate field, but it seems like most intern positions prefer business, marketing, or econ majors. Am I looking at the wrong places? What can I do to improve my prospects of being qualified (besides taking an econ class or two at college)?
Hi there! You are not wrong that there can be a pretty specific list of things that recruiter look for in internship candidates. But what you might be missing on this one is that the degree is just one…View all answers »
When searching through potential candidate's social media sites, what are employers specifically looking for? Other than the obvious negatives (pictures/comments/posts of excessive drinking and immaturity), what are some positives and negatives an employer looks for through these searches?
Hi there! Great question! AT&T recruiters do not actively search out and review candidates social media pages. However, there may be some employers who do, so having a reputable social presence is…View all answers »
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