I had been working at my entry level position for a little over a year. Last week due to the company downsizing and changing roles, I was laid off. Yesterday, my former boss contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in coming back. I'd have to go through the steps of an applicant. Just looking for some advise on how to proceed. If I were to get an interview, I'm nervous I might say the wrong thing.
I believe that you are referring to how to navigate the fact that you were laid off from your previous role when discussing returning to another previous employer. If this is the case, the best approach…View all answers »
Is there any benefit to building a resume website, instead of a traditional website? If there is a benefit where should I start?
Having such a web site certainly cannot hurt, but it should not be your only strategy. If you have a skills set that is in demand and companies are looking for you, this site could be beneficial,…View all answers »
How would I use Twitter to obtain a job interview/offer? I'm fairly active on Twitter and have a following of over 1000.
The most effective way to use Twitter to find a job is to follow thought leaders and influencers from the companies and job fields in which you have the most interest. Pay close attention to what these…View all answers »
I am a 1st year student currently attending Houston Community College Central and was looking to transfer to a 4 year university for my bachelors after my prerequisites at HCC. I was wondering what degree program would you recommend that I get into if I wanted to pursue a career in Human Resources? What type of entry level HR experience should I try and get while I am obtaining my degree that would be valuable to a company once I graduate?
There are a number of majors that are applicable for Human Resources. Among them are Communications, Psychology, General Management, and Human Resource Management itself, of course. I would strongly…View all answers »
Is it necessary to include a cover letter with a resume when applying for a job, if the job doesn't explicitly ask for one?
If a cover letter is not specifically asked for, then I would not worry about providing one. In almost all cases, you are applying for positions electronically now and most of the time, the cover letter…View all answers »
When searching through potential candidate's social media sites, what are employers specifically looking for? Other than the obvious negatives (pictures/comments/posts of excessive drinking and immaturity), what are some positives and negatives an employer looks for through these searches?
For the most part, employers are not formally checking personal social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as this can lead to legal slippery slope around invasion of privacy and discrimination. …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?
More than anything, when these questions are asked, the interviewer is interested in how you react versus the content of your response. Often times, it is easy to prepare and 'rehearse' for interviews. …View all answers »
I'm an undergrad student majoring in Business Marketing. I'm also a member of the American Marketing Association and the PR for marketing club at the University of West Georgia. Would being an AMA member hold much value to employers at companies I wish to pursue for future employment opportunities?
Having these memberships is important, but what will set you apart from other applicants is if you hold some type of leadership role in these organizations. Most candidates will join these types of organizations…View all answers »
I am an undergrad student majoring in biotechnology. I need to apply for an internship or a summer project. How should I approach a person regarding this? Thank you!
The first thing that you should focus in is participating in the fall career events that are likely taking place on your campus right now. There is likely a career fair for internships where a number…View all answers »
Every now and then I will submit myself to a position and wait a few days or a week. I then call the company to see where they're at only to get an answering machine of the person I hope to speak with. I'll leave a message asking for an update and send a follow up email to the contact listed with the opportunity. I never seem to hear anything back. Is it normal to just not respond to these applications, calls and emails?
It is unfortunate, but sometimes this does happen. The reasons boil down to the workload burden on the recruiter or hiring manager. Most of us are being asked to do more with less today and it is…View all answers »
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