If I have been given the contact information for someone I’ve never talked to before, how should I go about contacting them? Should I email, call or send a text? Both?
If this is for a potential job or networking, I would recommend reaching out via email. A text is informal and unprofessional and a phone call may catch the person off guard. I would agree that it is best to…View all answers »
What type of personal information should I include on my resume?
I would echo Dan's comments. Your resume should be a snapshot of your professional experience, not your personal life. Keep any personal information limited to contact information. Your name, email address…View all answers »
I graduated in January and still haven’t been able to find a job. How do I explain this period of time without employment on my resume?
Congratulations on your graduation! Job searching after college can be difficult so I don't think you're alone in having a gap in employment. Most employers will understand this and will not see this as a red…View all answers »
I applied for a job and haven’t heard anything, should I contact the company to ask about the status of my application?
I would echo Beamer's feedback - there is nothing wrong with following up on the status of your application as long as it is done in the appropriate manner. For starters, do not reach out to the CEO, CHRO or…View all answers »
I am currently a college student in an internship. One of my graduation requirements is to do an internship; however, my current internship is remote. I communicate through online messaging through a team application with my boss. I would like to ask my boss about possibility extending this internship and take it for college credit. Any suggestions on how I should approach this?
I think this is a completely fair question to ask your boss! If you communicate over the phone, I would recommend approaching the subject next time you are on a call with him/her. If not, I think an email is…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?
A phone interview is essentially your opportunity to make your first impression and for recruiters to weed out any candidates that may not be a fit for the position. It is hard to fully gauge someone's qualifications…View all answers »
If I got my interview through a family connection or though someone working at the company already, should I tell this to the interviewer or could that hurt my chances of getting hired?
I agree with Ashlyn that it is always best to stay away from mentioning this or name dropping. Some interviewers or hiring managers may take this the wrong way. If asked how you heard about the position, I…View all answers »
How should I dress for an interview? What does “business casual” mean?
If you are interviewing for a corporate or office type of position, I would always encourage business professional dress attire unless the company tells you otherwise. Business professional is a business suit…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”)?
It is common practice for companies to keep a database of resumes from candidates that have applied to open positions. I think it is going to depend on the company and the recruiter but I don't think this is…View all answers »
When asked random questions in a job interview such as, "if you could remove any state from the U.S., which state would it be and why?", what are employers looking for in a response?
Questions such as this are typically asked to understand your thought process and/or problem solving. How you respond to this question can tell a lot about your personality, work style, etc. This is also an…View all answers »
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