Are there certain characteristics you look for in interns that allow them to more easily transition into full-time positions?
Absolutely…but this varies by industry, company, project, and the list goes on. In general, most firms are looking for an intern to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the intern experience,…View all answers »
How can I build my resume based around a particular job description? I know you're supposed to tailor your resume to each position, so how do I do that?
I often tell potential candidates that it’s a great idea to have a few versions of their resume saved for use in various industries, so my advice to you is the same, but a word of caution as well. Do…View all answers »
Do people really find jobs at industry conferences? Is it worth paying a fee to go to an industry conference in hopes of meeting someone from a company that is hiring?
Yes, they do! If you’re looking I don’t think it’s ever a bad idea to put yourself out there and network with as many people as possible. Let’s face it, your skills may get you the job,…View all answers »
When should I include/exclude my GPA on my resume? How about class rank?
I guarantee you that if you ask 5 different recruiters or hiring managers this question, you are likely to receive 5 different answers. Each recruiter or hiring manager is looking for a number of things and…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 »
How should I dress for an interview? What does “business casual” mean?
Great question! In general, if the dress code hasn’t been touched upon in any conversations and isn’t included on any of your paperwork, assume business professional. Trust me, putting your best…View all answers »
When I research a company before an interview, what sort of information should I be looking for?
This answer could be pages long, but I’ll do my best to give you some of the most common things to look for. First and foremost, do a little research on the industry in which the company falls into. Is…View all answers »
I started interning at a company where I would really like to work full-time. How long is an acceptable amount of time to intern before I approach my supervisor about possible job opportunities?
Congrats on the internship! I don’t really know that there is an official acceptable amount of time to wait to ask about full time opportunities, but I do agree that if you have found this company to…View all answers »
How can I find out about salary levels in different industries?
This information is all over the internet, but as with most data, it’s pretty scattered and varies widely. If you’re a currently college student, I suggest you first visit your on-campus Career…View all answers »
A number of the companies I have applied to have a notice somewhere during online application process that says even if I’m not accepted, they will keep my resume on file and consider me for future positions. Is there some advantage to being in a company’s system already (even if the application was for a different position), rather than just being a new applicant? Or am I just being brushed off in corporate speak (i.e. “don’t call us, we’ll call you”)?
This is very much an answer that is dependent upon each individual company. For some, and I won’t sugar coat it, this is simply a warm and fuzzy nicety. While they certainly will keep you in their system,…View all answers »
Networking For A Job While You're Still In College
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Coffee Fiends In The Workplace
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The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time
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How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike
The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...View this post »