Whenever an interviewer asks me: tell me about yourself, I find myself blanking. What are some tips or tricks I can use to develop my answer?
When asked this question, I always share a little about my background. This is a great opportunity to highlight anything you are proud of or want an interviewer to know about you. Keep it simple, unless they…View all answers »
I have been employed with a city (first responder) for 10+ years. A public safety director was recently hired, and ordered that ALL employees submit a current resume. Can I refuse? On what basis?
There could be several reasons that the new public safety directory is requesting a resume. One reason may be that he/she wants it for talent planning or succession planning. I would personally not recommend…View all answers »
What is the difference between a HSA and a traditional benefits plan?
An HSA is useful to have to help save up money over time for medical expenses. Your balance rolls over from year to year so it's a great idea to start contributing to it now, even if you don't go to the doctor…View all answers »
As a junior in college, what is the most important aspect of planning my career that I can start implementing now?
Your junior year is a great year to start narrowing in on your real world experience and continuing to build upon your resume. A lot of larger companies really look at juniors for their internship positions…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?
Passion and confidence are key. It's important to be confident, but not too confident when networking with potential employers. This can help demonstrate your leadership qualities. You should also demonstrate…View all answers »
Hi! I am a senior in college. I was wondering if it is important that include where I went to high school on my resume?
Great question! Now that you are a senior, I would recommend removing anything related to high school from your resume. It's common for freshmen and sophomores with limited experience to include their high…View all answers »
Hi! I am a senior in college and I had an internship this semester. I've learned a lot from this internship but I do not want to continue working here next semester. How do I find an internship in the same field (health care) in order to gain more experience? And what is a respectful way to stay in touch with my current internship employer as I look for opportunities at other companies as they could be a good reference for me?
Great question! It's very common for students to want to get different experiences while still in school. Don't be afraid to have an open and honest conversation with your current employer about this. Let your…View all answers »
I'm a college freshman, and I'm eager to have an intern in summer 2019. I can do anything, be anywhere, as long as a company accepts me. I've visited my career center, went to every career fair, and have applied accordingly. Still, I don't think I have a decent chance of getting an internship. What is the best way for me to earn an internship?
It's great that you are working toward securing an internship so early on in your college career. Your career center should have the best knowledge of which companies offer internships to freshmen. Your peers…View all answers »
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?
It's difficult to say for sure without seeing your resume and knowing the types of jobs you are applying to. If they are positions not related to your vet tech background, a potential employer may be wondering…View all answers »
Is there a benefit to filing vacancies through internal promotions and job transfers, even if the personnel are less qualified?
I think there is sometimes a benefit to filling a position internally, even if you may be able to find a more qualified candidate externally. However, I also think it's important that you aren't hiring internally…View all answers »