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 »
I believe I'm about to be offered a job at a company I've been interviewing with. How should I evaluate the compensation package when they show it to me? Should I ask them how much things cost (i.e. health care, dental, time off, etc) and then add it to my salary?
Congratulations on the impending job offer! I want to start by reminding you that it’s okay, and expected, to take your time reviewing your offer. You’ll likely receive some form of verbal offer…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?
While I typically deal with more traditional resumes as a recruiter, I do think there is an advantage to anything, anywhere you are able to market yourself and your brand in an easy to find and organized fashion.…View all answers »
I just received a great job offer! They emailed me the total compensation package and I'm attempting to decipher it all. The salary portion is pretty straight forward, but what should I be looking for when it comes to healthcare, dental, time off, etc?
Congratulations on your offer! The great news is that you’ve cleared the hurdle that is the interview process and have crossed the finish line victorious (pardon my track and field reference), however,…View all answers »
I'm very confident I'm going to receive a job offer from a recent interview. What's the best way for me to negotiate my salary? I want the job, but I also want to be compensated fairly for my contribution to the company.
Congratulations! There is nothing quite like the feeling that you’ve just put your absolute best foot forward during an interview. My response to this, and the advice I would give to you accordingly,…View all answers »
I have the opportunity to go on an international assignment with my company. My dilemma is that I'm not sure that the role is relevant for my longer term career aspirations. Is it better to just go for it- experience cultural challenges, etc.- or forgo the international assignment but pursue a role that may be more directly applicable?
This is a tough one, and something I can provide advice on, but advice largely based on my own experiences and preferences. In the end, you’ll need to determine what is more important based on those things…View all answers »
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