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 »
Good afternoon. I'm a current fourth year student at the University of Vermont. I'm looking for employment for when I graduate this spring. I'm a public communications major and a food systems minor. I'm hoping to move out West (particularly some place such as Oregon, Colorado, or Utah), and I was just wondering how I go about applying for a job on the other side of the country?
It's great that you are starting your job search early! Your career center is going to be the best resource for you to start with. I don't think it's uncommon for companies to seek college graduates to fill…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 »
Who should a cover letter be addressed to if you are unsure who the hiring manager is?
Great question! A cover letter does not need to be addressed to a specific person unless you know who the recruiter or hiring manager is. It is acceptable (and common) to address as "To Whom it May Concern".…View all answers »
I recently went on vacation in Colorado, where smoking marijuana is legal. Now, I've returned to my home state where it is not legal. I just found out that my company is drug testing all employees this week. If THC shows up in my sample, am I in the clear since I was smoking it legally?
I would recommend checking the employment laws for your state and also your employer's policy on drug use. Depending on the industry and nature of your work, it may be against company policy regardless if you…View all answers »
Hello, I am starting my senior year in college and did an internship this past summer. During my internship, I did not hate but I also did not love the job I was doing. Would you suggest doing a post grad internship and try something different or jump right into the work force?
I would agree with Carrie, it's difficult to say without understanding exactly what you didn't enjoy about your internship. If you didn't enjoy the career/major field at all, it may be worth taking some additional…View all answers »
I've noticed a few things in the office that seem to be in an ethical grey area. Without going into specifics, I am worried that my boss might be doing something illegal. What do I do? Do I confront him?
If something looks or feels wrong, say something. If you have a good relationship with your boss and are comfortable talking to him about it, tell him. If you are unsure how he will react if you bring it up,…View all answers »
How should I answer questions about my personal life? For example, where I grew up, if I’m married, etc.
Great question! I would agree with Stephanie....why is the interviewer asking? If you are asked this question in an interview, I would always try to steer the conversation back to the job and keep it professional…View all answers »
I am having trouble finding a job directly related to my major in college. Are there resources you would recommend I look at to figure out what other industries my skills may apply to?
You are not alone! Many college students and recent grads run into similar issues. If you are able, I would recommend reaching out to the career center at your school. They would be a great place to start…View all answers »
I'm the Treasurer of my fraternity. Would that look good on my resume? Not sure if putting a fraternity on a resume is a smart thing. The only reason I'm considering it is because it might show leadership, but obviously it's still a frat house. What would you think if you saw that on a resume?
Great question! Being able to demonstrate leadership experience on your resume looks great to potential employers. In my experience, it is very common for students to list their experience with a social fraternity,…View all answers »