Is volunteer experience important for a potential employee to have?
Volunteer experience definitely stands out, especially for companies that value philanthropy and integrate that into their mission. That being said, how you speak to your experiences can be more important than…View all answers »
What are some practical things that impress an employer in an interview? i.e. firm handshake, key phrases, etc..
Even if you know who you’re going to be interviewing with (but likely most times will not – be prepared) there are some skills to work on in order to prepare. I am avoiding using the word “impress”…View all answers »
What are the benefits of an internship in one’s field of choice?
The benefit of an internship in any field, not only one’s field of choice, is gaining experience – plain and simple. I know, you’re most likely looking for something more profound than that,…View all answers »
Hello, Should academic and athletic accomplishments, extra curricular activities such as clubs, student government and community service be included on your college resume... starting junior year this fall? Does it speak to ones work ethic or, does it look like boasting? If you have long list how would you determine what's important to include? Thank you
Absolutely! Listing these things on a resume gives employers a great overview of who you are and what is important to you. These experiences show what you can bring to the table outside of work and school.…View all answers »
What are some tips you would recommend to recent college graduates when job hunting?
Keep an open mind when searching for jobs. Sometimes recent graduates limit their search and only consider opportunities that are directly related to their college major or previous experiences. While that…View all answers »
What are employers looking for in a LinkedIn summary?
A LinkedIn summary should offer something that the rest of your profile can’t. It is a way to show your personality and add some color to your work experience and education. Rather than simply listing…View all answers »
Many recruiters won’t set up a face-to-face until after a phone interview. What should I focus on in a phone interview? What are they looking for?
First and foremost, don’t take it personally! Many recruiters, especially those at larger firms with a Campus Recruitment arm, are managing a dizzying number of applicants, hiring managers, and ever-changing…View all answers »
I've read several articles about the value of emotional intelligence in the work place. How do employers measure soft skills (communication, decision making skills) before hiring?
Soft skills are SO very important and not often enough addressed in preparation for the full time of intern search process. Each employer may have a specific way to measure this, but in general, we measure…View all answers »
What co-curricular activities, other than internships, would be most effective in preparing college students for the workforce?
Great question! I don’t know that I would say that any co-curricular activities outrank or are better than others, but simply that one should be engaged outside of academia in some way. Recruiters are…View all answers »
Is it a good idea to bold keywords on a resume to make them standout to recruiters?
No. I know that doesn’t leave any room for the nuances of a specific job, applicant, or recruiter, but in general, no. A resume is a snapshot of all of your relevant experience and most, if not all, recruiters…View all answers »