Hi, I have 2 years working in sales but I'd like to switch to digital marketing. I'm taking online courses with certificates but they are non-credited (my time and salary don't allow me to participate in a full credited university program). I experiment with social tools and document my online learning on my blog. Would that affect my employment opportunities knowing this is a very hand-on field?
Hi there! Your situation sounds very familiar to mine just one year ago. I had been in sales for 2 years and was looking for a way to transition into human resources. Your blog is a great platform for displaying…View all answers »
How do recruiters view full-time service after college, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America? Will these experiences help or hurt my application for a corporate position?
Hi there! Long story short, these types of post collegiate programs should not hurt your chances of getting a corporate job. However, I would be very mindful of how you speak about these opportunities. You…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 a great question! As someone who works within a recruiting database very regularly, I can say there is certainly an advantage to being in an employers system. Often times there is a setting which allows…View all answers »
I have completed all rounds of my interview. After two weeks, I got an email from an HR manager that I am a finalist for the position. I followed up a couple days later with the same manager and he mentioned we will make a decision by the end of this week. Is this a normal timeline? And isn't it a good sign that they notified me I was a finalist? Thanks!
Congratulations! Getting to a final round interview is an incredible accomplishment and you should be so proud of that. It's an incredibly good sign for the Hiring Manager to reach out to you with this information.…View all answers »
Can personality tests help you in a job you're already in? I realize they have tremendous value when searching for a job, but can they help you if you're already in a role? If they can how?
Great question! Personality and career aptitude tests are a great way to continue learning about yourself. The more you can learn about yourself and figure out how that aligns well with your…
How do you find a new job with a limited network?
Great question! Certain areas might seem limited, but there are definitely lots of opportunity for anyone that is willing to put in the time and persistence it takes to find the right opportunity. Being patient…View all answers »
Hi all! Here's my problem: I went to graduate school right after I got my B.S. in Mechanical Eng. Now I've graduate with a M.S. in ME. I only have 2 intern experience few years ago. It's hard for me to get an entry-level engineer job. Can I now start with an intern? I noticed most interns are only offered to in-progress undergrad student. What job titles should I try to start from? Thank you!
Great question! I'm sorry to hear it's been challenging to find an entry-level position. I would try and really highlight your skills that meet the qualifications of the positions your applying…
When applying online for a job and they ask you to upload a cover letter, who do you address it to and how do you find the address?
Great question! Typically with online applications, this information is not necessarily always available. For addressing the individual, I would keep it general using "Hiring Manager"…
I need to find a paid internship. Any suggestions on how I can find paid internships?
It's great that you are seeking work experience and researching your options! As for internships, here are a couple of options to consider:
1.) Speak to your career services…
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