How to not get nervous during an interview? Also, how can I present confidently during an interview?
You are not alone! Interviews are everything from exciting all the way to spine chilling for everyone, even the most experienced interviewee. The very best things you can do are research, be prepared…View all answers »
From the perspective of an employer looking to hire recent graduates, what would be your opinion on 3-year accelerated college programs?
Typically a job description will reference expectations in that area. If a company is looking specifically for a 4 year accredited University Bachelors or Masters, they are probably going to be that specific. …View all answers »
How should I answer questions about my personal life? For example, where I grew up, if I’m married, etc.
And here's the thing...why is your interviewer asking? I have found one of the best ways to answer questions I don't feel compelled to answer is with a smile and this question…
What jobs should I be thinking of applying to with an associate of arts degree in General Studies?
Hi there! Congratulations on getting your associates degree. Education of all kinds is valuable and will help you in pursuit of your future. When you get a general studies degree you have…View all answers »
How often do employers rely on keyword searches when looking at resumes? Should I pad my resume with key words at the top?
Hi there - you are smart to think about what your resume is saying to a potential future employer. Of course keyword searches are one of the things a savvy recruiter is going to use when sourcing talented…View all answers »
Hello, I am a senior at Kean University and I’m majoring in Public Relations. I don’t know what type of career I want be in after I graduate and relocate to Charlotte, NC. When I first enter college my major was Marketing because I enjoy researching but I changed it to PR because my math skills were not the best. All my part-time jobs always dealt with customer service since I enjoy helping other, but I wouldn’t consider myself an extroverted person. I’m considering starting a career in HR, Banking, Marketing, or health care. I’m not sure which one I would be more suited towards. Any suggestions?
Wow! You are casting a wide net! It is time to do some information interviewing. That may require a little temporary extroversion on your part. Talk to people - parents, neighbors, friends,…View all answers »
Does it look bad to potential employers for me to be following a lot of different companies, interests, and organizations in LinkedIn? I follow many different, but they are all about things that I am personally passionate about and companies and organizations that I care about. Does this come across bad or is there good in doing this?
Hi there! I would consider your LinkedIn profile (and for that matter all your public social properties) to be part of your personal brand. What does that information say about you to a potential…View all answers »
How many letters of recommendation should one normally submit?
Hello! I agree with the previous posters, but wanted to add one more piece of information. If you haven't already, I encourage you to build your person brand on LinkedIn and other easily utilized…View all answers »
In this current job market would I be better off going straight from a Bachelors degree to an MBA program instead of entering the work force right away?
Great question! The age old question of what matters most…experience or education? I can tell you from personal experience that going back to college full time after you start making money is a tough…View all answers »
Is it appropriate to refer to hiring staff and/or a person with a more senior position by their first name if that is how they sign emails?
Well now, that's just a question for Emily Post (manners maven, look it up if you're interested in all things etiquette). During the hiring process, it is appropriate to use Mr./Ms. when speaking to someone…View all answers »