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 »
Hi, I have 2 years working in sales but I'd like to switch to digital marketing. I'm taking online courses with certificates but they are non-credited (my time and salary don't allow me to participate in a full credited university program). I experiment with social tools and document my online learning on my blog. Would that affect my employment opportunities knowing this is a very hand-on field?
Congratulations to you for looking for ways to achieve your goals! This shows grit and passion, and those are great qualities. Digital marketing skills are extremely important in the workforce today, and there…View all answers »
I applied for a job and haven’t heard anything, should I contact the company to ask about the status of my application?
The recruiting process can definitely feel long and drawn out for candidates waiting to hear back from a potential employer, and we understand! In most cases, recruiters review all applicants at the same time…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 »
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 »
I am looking for paid work experience in Chicago this summer, before I move overseas. Are there any defined time period jobs out there? Something maybe one step above an internship, as I am a grad student? Is this something I might try and negotiate with companies?
Hi! There are definitely options for you. As a grad student, you can absolutely still do a graduate level internship, those exist! That way its a step up from an undergraduate level internship, plus it looks…View all answers »
I'm fairly confident I'm going to be offered a job any day now from a company I've had a few interviews with. If the salary is less than desirable how do I go about negotiating it? I have limited experience, but I know your salary early on dictates how you scale up in the future.
Congrats! If the salary is less than you hoped, you are allowed to say that! But before saying so, I'd recommend asking them what the market value is for the role- the median salary for this role. Once you…View all answers »
In the last year I have had 5 interviews, no call backs. Not sure what i'm doing wrong, but it is a learning experience. My question is: I seem to start stuttering, or get tripped up in my words. I try to speak slowly, but I am so aware of it, i feel dumb. what can I do?
Hi there- I understand no call backs can be very frustrating. The best piece of advice I can give is to be sure during the interview that you gather your interviewers' names and email addresses. That way you…View all answers »
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