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…
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…
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 »
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 »
What do you recommend for people who do not have a high school diploma but are currently enrolled in an adult basic education program working toward their high school equivalency? Should they omit the education section on the resume completely or include it and list the ABE program they are in now?
Congratulations on your progress to complete your high school studies. You should be proud of your commitment! Remember to always be 100% honest on your resume and include the necessary details the company…View all answers »
I'm a college student, starting to look for my second internship. Currently, I have been working for my parent's business. As of now, that has been my only job. When I am on the internship hunt, during the interview process should I let the interviewer know that my bosses were my parents? Is that something that doesn't really matter or do interviewers frown upon that piece of knowledge?
What a great opportunity you have to learn from your parents directly by working in the family business! There is nothing wrong with letting the interviewers know that the company is a family…
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 »
What's something about the job or a career that most people would not know about?
Like Bret mentioned, it's difficult to really know team dynamics, and even sub-cultures of an organization until you join them. One part of the business may operate slightly different than another. You also…View all answers »
I don't have much on my resume, but I did a lot of extracurricular activities. How exactly do I talk about that in an interview? What should I emphasize when discussing my volunteer work. How can I show that I'm good with time management and working with at team? What exactly should I say?
The advice I give many candidates is to always take your experiences, no matter what they are, and look for ways that those experiences align with the job you want. Recruiters and hiring managers need to understand…View all answers »
If I've been fired from my last job-how do I handle this? What do I put on my application? Say yes or no to contacting my last employer? How should I handle this in an interview?
It’s very important to be honest during the recruiting and hiring process. Your application should be 100% accurate, and during the interview process you should explain why you were fired from your prior…View all answers »
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