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 »
I have applied online to dozens of internships and full time positions for which I am qualified based on the posted job descriptions, necessary skills, and preferred skills. I have yet to even earn an interview from a position I applied to online. Are jobs that are posted online typically filled by online applicants? How can I improve an online application?
Not getting selected for an interview can be frustrating but don't let it discourage you. Some companies receive hundreds of qualified applicants for internship positions, so the application process can be…View all answers »
Are extra-curricular activities in college important to a potential employer?
I think any involvement outside of the classroom is appreciated by potential employers. By being involved in extra-curricular activities, it can show you are a well-rounded student and can juggle multiple priorities.…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 »
I had an internship that I had to leave so that I go back to school and I'm interested in interning there again. What are good ways to get my employers to consider me again?
I would agree with everything Jacob said. The first step would be to make contact with your former supervisor or recruiting contact. Prior to doing this though, I think it's important to ensure you are familiar…View all answers »
What is are some personal traits that interviewers are likely to favor? E.g. confidence, attitude, intelligence, etc.?
There are various traits interviewers look for but I think they really vary by company. It is first important to understand the company culture. Depending on the culture of the company, some interviewers may…View all answers »
Why do employers value study abroad programs so highly? Do they value them more highly than on the job experience/internships?
I wouldn't necessarily say this is true for all employers. While study abroad experiences provide great exposure to a new culture and can teach you how to interact with people of different backgrounds and cultures,…View all answers »
With all of the competition and expectations in the workforce now, how does one stand out to employers above the rest? And when meeting with someone for less than 5 minutes, how do you make a lasting impression?
Great question! Being a well-rounded candidate with your professional and extra-curricular experience is a great way to help you stand out in the entry-level job market. This helps demonstrate that you can…View all answers »
What are some tips you would recommend to recent college graduates when job hunting?
First, and most importantly, keep an open mind. There are several entry-level job opportunities available, some at great companies that would offer you a great opportunity to get your foot in the door. While…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 »