How are employers able to test interpersonal skills in an interview?
In my previous experiences, I've asked situational questions. One of my favorites is, "Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with someone at work. How did you work to resolve it?" …View all answers »
Instead of focusing on educational/occupational background, what personal traits do employers look for in the "perfect candidate?"
I think there are two traits that are always highly desired. The first is a positive attitude. Having that "can-do" perspective on things builds your personal brand as someone who has skin…View all answers »
What do I need to AVOID doing on my social media accounts? Also, what SHOULD I be doing on my social media accounts to help my career? I want to make sure they're helping me and not hurting me.
Great question and one that is becoming more and more important with the addition of more social media channels. If you are in a job search mode, it is best to evaluate all of your social media accounts to…View all answers »
I just accepted an internship but realized I have a scheduled trip the first week of work. Is is ok to ask for time off since it was previously planned?
You should reach out to your recruiter and/or new manager as quickly as possible to discuss options. Some positions require training that do not allow for any time off until training is complete, while other…View all answers »
What is the proper etiquette when doing an informational interview with someone I don’t know? Should I pay for our coffee/lunch?
Hi, great question! There really is no standard around who pays for this, as many companies have guidelines in place related to whether candidates can pay for meals or other items for a recruiter or hiring…View all answers »
I transferred universities a couple times over the course of my college career, and I'm wondering if I should include those two previous schools on my resume? I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted when I got to college, and I'm worried employers will see it on my resume and think I'm flaky or unprofessional (even though I eventually ended up at a school I really love). Would I get in trouble for not having those others listed?
We see many candidates who have attended multiple schools over the course of their academic journey, so don't be overly concerned about this. While companies may have different preferences, I would recommend…View all answers »
I realized that I really enjoy being a Radio Jockey rather than electrical engineer. I am also interested in journalism, but don't know how to move forward. Any suggestion on how I could pursue some newfound passions, and a career?
The first step to having a fulfilling career is to figure out what you enjoy doing. The good news is that it sounds like you have done that. It sounds like you may have a radio jockey position? If not, research…View all answers »
I am graduating this summer with my Bachelor's in Sociology with a 3.9 GPA. I am currently the Social Media Coordinator for my university and the position goes away with my student status. So, I am hunting for jobs and I am finding I don't meet the 3-6 year minimum experience for the positions I am applying to. I am looking for positions in Human resources and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out?
Hi, Congratulations are your stellar academic performance!
First, make sure that you are translating in your resume and cover letter what you learned from your degree program that relates to Human…
My job application status said applications under review next step interviews. Now, a few days later the status column is blank. Any idea what this means? Should I call the company?
Yes, if you are concerned or just want an update on your progress, you should reach out to the recruiter via email or phone. Most recruiters are happy to chat and let you know where you are in the process,…View all answers »
I'm currently applying for jobs, and I want to know if I should be including a cover letter with my resume if the company doesn't specifically ask for one? If so, what should I say in the cover letter?
Yes, you should always include a cover letter. Unlike your resume, your cover letter rounds out who you are, what you're passionate about and why you are the best person…