Hi! I am currently a college senior who is looking for a full-time job. I understand that most recruiting occur in the fall semester; however, I missed the fall career fair due to an internship, and now the spring career fair has much less opportunities. What can I do to increase my chances of landing an offer with my companies of interest?
Thanks for the questions. Spring is definitely a lighter time for recruitment, but there are still plenty of opportunities, so I wouldn't get discouraged. Some companies often times…
As a junior in college, what is the most important aspect of planning my career that I can start implementing now?
This is a great question. I would suggest that you focus strongly on your studies and keep your GPA up, also if there are any leadership activities you can get involved with on campus do so. Those…View all answers »
I'm a business college student and the advice everyone gives is network, network, network; however, as a college student this can be very hard or intimidating because lots of the time these networking opportunities are at career fairs or industry association meetings. What are some tips to help stand out and what are some of the qualities or skills employers are mainly looking for in a candidate?
Let's talk about networking first. Do you have a LinkedIn page? That is the best way to get start networking. Start with your contacts, then your contact's connections. If you met someone at a job fair or industry…View all answers »
What is the best way to answer a salary question in an interview? How can I build self-confidence? How do I identify strengths and weaknesses? I'm interested in working for an eco-friendly textile company in the Southeast. Where can I start besides retail, or marketing as a pattern maker/dyer?
Thanks for the questions. Here's a few of my thoughts:
Do insurance companies and banks offer jobs to people with simple misdemeanors (like traffic tickets) during the pre-employment screening and background check?
Thanks for the question!
To be honest, it depends. The nature of the conviction has to be job-related for a company to withdraw an offer of employment. I shouldn't imagine that fairly…
I used to be a veterinary technician and before that I was in mostly administrative work. I'm looking for a part time, minimum wage job but nowhere I am applying to is calling me back. Do I appear overqualified? Also I bounced around a lot as a veterinary technician (common among many vet techs until they find the right practice) so, on paper, I'm worried it looks bad. What can I do?
Without seeing your resume it would be tough to say if your resume looks bad. What I would recommend doing is following up with the places of employment a few days after submitting your resume. Many times places…View all answers »
I started working after my final exams, but my university held my degree because of my low GPA. I have been working for about a year now, and I don't know how tell my employer that I basically didn't yet graduate. The University is asking me to comeback for a semester and do some extra credits to raise my GPA. Should I resign from my job? Or should I tell my employer and then resign so I can go back and receive my degree?
That's a tough situation - I'm glad your looking for guidance on this one.
I think before resigning or speaking to your employer, I would recommend first digging in deeper…
I am applying for part time jobs and had a bunch of interviews this week. I had 2 interviews yesterday and this morning one already offered me the position. However, I like the other job that I applied for, a little more. The other job told me that they will let me know by next week. What do I do? I don't want to burn any bridges as I need a job.
Congrats on your offer! That's exciting news, but a challenging situation. Having been on both sides of that situation (employer and candidate), I could definitely relate.
I was charged with driving without a license and had charges dropped for obstructing an officer 5 years ago. Both were misdemeanors. I am now trying to get into a medical program and I am nervous because of these charges! I have asked my advisor and she said I should be fine because that’s not what they look for. Is this accurate? Any advice on how I can check this?
Thanks for your question. While I cannot speak on behalf of a medical program, I can only speak from the corporate side.
Typically, charges won't impact a hiring decision unless…
Hello, I went to university later in life, at age 26, and graduated in three years. I had some good work experience before university, but not in the role I am looking for now. I was a sales coordinator and I am looking to move into a full sales role. A recruiter recommended that I differentiate my work pre-university experience from my post-university experience. Can you suggest how to do this?
Thanks for your question. I'm actually going to differ a bit from the advice you received previously. I don't think you should highlight your experience pre-university any different than…