I'm a recent electrical engineering graduate and I'm looking for my first job. There are so many titles and locations. How can I figure out the best job to apply for, and my chances of landing a good job?
Hi there! You have received some great information from previous responders, but I wanted to add a little extra info around networking. You are going to find that there are different titles used…View all answers »
I am a Paralegal by trade, and want to apply for a job opening. This employer has asked to include a creative writing sample with my resume. What is this employer looking for? I've never had anyone ask for this, so I'm not sure what they want.
That is a great question! There are many different jobs that ask for a writing sample, even if writing may not be a key component of the job. What does the employer want to know about you? They…View all answers »
I am very shy and uncomfortable with networking. I feel rude when I ask people for favors or if they can help me find a job. Any advice?
Hi there! You are definitely not the first person who has felt this way about networking and putting yourself out there as a job seeker. I have heard a similar lament from people who don't think…View all answers »
I am graduating this summer with my Bachelor's in Sociology with a 3.9 GPA. I am currently the Social Media Coordinator for my university and the position goes away with my student status. So, I am hunting for jobs and I am finding I don't meet the 3-6 year minimum experience for the positions I am applying to. I am looking for positions in Human resources and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out?
Congrats on completing your degree! Experience is something that can come in a lot of packages. Though you may not have held a paid position in your area of interest, have you accumulated skills and experiences…View all answers »
What time is too late to email an boss? I usually send emails between 6am-5pm but have found myself emailing sometimes between 5:30-6pm. I know never to send emails over the weekend but I was just wondering what time is too late to send emails?
HI there! This is not a one size fits all question. The answer depends on your job, the immediacy of the question/response and other factors that would impact the decision to respond.
I have an internship interview and the hiring manager has told me dress is casual. What does that mean for women? Should I just go in my regular jeans, t-shirt and gym shoes? It's for a marketing internship.
Dress for success! For future reference, it is always a good idea to ask the recruiter/hiring manager what is specifically meant as casual for their particular environment. We are all looking to…View all answers »
What do I do if a background check shows a fraud charge but was never convicted and charge was dropped? It was a charge that had no merit but still appears on background records. I'm applying for a financial services jobs.
Always respond to questions on an application truthfully. One of the worst moments I had as a recruiter was having to turn someone down for a fraudulent application who was otherwise awesome. If…View all answers »
I transferred universities a couple times over the course of my college career, and I'm wondering if I should include those two previous schools on my resume? I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted when I got to college, and I'm worried employers will see it on my resume and think I'm flaky or unprofessional (even though I eventually ended up at a school I really love). Would I get in trouble for not having those others listed?
You should not have to list all the universities/colleges you transferred from or briefly attended. What is important is listing the school you are currently attending or graduated from. This is where your…View all answers »
I am a college student and my school offers a mentoring program. I need to interview someone in my field for a class and I am in contact with an alumni. She told me she is able to meet after 5:30pm. I was wondering what places are appropriate to meet? Restaurants? Cafe? Starbucks? Also, should I dress formally or casual?
That’s great that your school offers a mentoring program! As far as a location to meet, all those you listed are appropriate. I would consider the length of time it might take to conduct your interview…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 »
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