Many colleges preach study abroad as an invaluable experience that everyone possible should participate in. What is your view on study abroad? Is it as beneficial as it is led on to be by colleges?
I think the answer to this could vary depending on your career goals. If you have an interest in international business or any sort of position that would view international experience as valuable, then yes,…View all answers »
When reviewing resumes and employment applications of newly graduated college students, do employers value a higher GPA or a more rigorous class schedule?
Every company is different so it's difficult to say that this is important to all employers. In my experience, involvement and experience outside of the classroom is more important and is weighted heavier.…View all answers »
How early in one's college career should they start looking at post-graduate opportunities (such as jobs or graduate schools)?
Great question! It is never too early to begin planning for post-graduation. Your freshman and sophomore year are a great time to begin exploring career paths, industries and companies that align with your…View all answers »
I will have an internship abroad. How can I leverage this experience to make it stand out from a traditional domestic internship? What unique skills can I develop during this opportunity to make myself a more desirable future-employee?
Congratulations on your internship! Securing an internship abroad will be a rewarding and great experience. I think the most important and obvious skill you will gain is the international experience. Being…View all answers »
Do you recommend putting relevant course descriptions on an entry level information technology resume?
I would recommend only including course descriptions on your resume if you are trying to fill space. Employers are going to care more about your degree, experience and skills than they will your coursework.…View all answers »
When do you know its the right time to leave a job?
I don't think there is any right or wrong answer to this question. Determining the right time to leave a position depends on your personal and professional goals. I have worked with people who have stayed in…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 »
My manager tells me during my monthly meetings that my emails numbers are the best out of the team and that I have been doing a great job taking on new responsibilities. Many say that raises are only about 3%. I want to ask for more than 15% at my annual review. Would I look too much like an amateur asking more than the average raise? Of course I will list all the roles I took on and my reasons
Congratulations on being a high performer and on the great feedback! As Stuart and Dean mentioned, there are various factors that go into a merit increase. I would agree that 3% is very common for an annual…View all answers »
What are some tips to make sure I'm effectively communicating with my colleagues and bosses?
Great question! Effective communication is key for a successful working relationship. In order to effectively communication with your colleagues and boss, I think it's most important to first understand their…View all answers »
Is it a good idea to bold keywords on a resume to make them standout to recruiters?
While I have personally never seen this done before, I think it is okay as long as you are very limited in the words you bold. I would only recommend bolding words that are relevant to the position you are…View all answers »
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