What should I do to figure out what is best for me career wise?
There are many assessments and other tools that can help you understand the jobs for which you have the best aptitude. Although these can be helpful, the best career advice that I ever received was to…View all answers »
Is it a good idea to bold keywords on a resume to make them standout to recruiters?
I think that it is fine, but do not go overboard with it. Identify a few key words that you wish to highlight and do so in a subtle manner that does not come across as if you are shouting at the reader. …View all answers »
What should I not include on my resume?
This is a very interesting question and one that is probably not asked often enough. First, it depends on the culture you live in. Some things that are not acceptable in the US, are acceptable…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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »