Does participation and/or leadership in clubs and organizations have any impact on an employer when reviewing applications and resumes? If so, how much? Is it as important as major, GPA, internship experience, work, etc.?
Good question! Internship and work experience tend to be the most important, followed by GPA. GPA is not necessarily a determining factor, but a high GPA be a plus. When recruiters and/or hiring managers…View all answers »
When I graduated high school I went off to pursue a degree in fashion design. A professor I had lacked enthusiasm in teaching a class that was directly related to my major. I was discouraged. I came home and attended a community college for a semester but eventually dropped out for the same issue. It has been about three years and I am jumping back on the saddle taking classes once again and it seems to be going very well this time around. In this three year span I had a job that I would rather not put on a resume/application. Other than that I do not have any other type of work experience. I want to work in the fashion industry and retail, I believe, is a great start. I was wondering if you could recommend what else I can put on my resume when it comes to work experience. I was in theater, band, and a cheerleader in high school. Should I include this on my resume? What else could I include as I don't have much work experience?
I would say in your case, you'll want to list your work experience on your resume even though the work isn't directly related to the industry you want to get into. You'll still want to list it to show that…View all answers »
5 yrs after grad school, I have been climbing the latter with a promotion every year. I understand this is not the norm, but as a 29 yr old I am already sitting in a senior-level position where my role is completely handled with more room to grow. If I decide to look for other employment so I can keep learning and growing: how do you write this on a resume without sounding like I have a huge ego?
Congratulations on your success! I think just listing your work history on your resume will speak for itself. Recruiters and hiring managers will see the promotions and be impressed with your success. It…View all answers »
I am a senior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. I was wondering when I should be looking for job postings for positions to be filled after I graduate in May of 2018? I was also wondering what job title I should be searching for if I am looking to eventually move up to Engineering Manager.
I would suggest to start applying for jobs several months prior to graduating. You could even consider to start looking and applying in early 2018. Starting early gives you more time to practice and hone in…View all answers »
If employers are starting to look for more experience and critical thinking, why is it becoming essential to gain a master’s degree to secure a job?
Great question! Definitely a hard one to answer though because this ultimately depends on your desired career path and the company that is hiring. Specialized/niche jobs may require higher education, while…View all answers »
In an interview for a company, is what you wear a major factor in the interview or do interviewers even look at how you dress?
It is very important to dress appropriately. I would suggest asking the recruiter/hiring manager about the dress code. Depending on the position/work location there may be specific requirements (i.e. steel…View all answers »
Research indicates that companies want their recent grads to be good problem solvers. How can I show a company on my resume or in an interview that I am a good critical thinker and a good problem solver. How do companies evaluate these skills in a person they do not know very well.
Very good questions. I’ll do my best to answer each of them… The first part of your question (how you can show a company that you’re a critical thinker/good problem-solver) can be addressed…View all answers »
I've found that many employers believe college graduates lack oral and written communication skills. Outside of the required English courses and public speaking course, how can I improve my communication skills to be better prepared for my first job outside after graduation?
It’s great that you’ve taken the initiative to improve your communication skills! Depending on your major and/or professional goals, you may also want to think about a technical writing course.…View all answers »
I graduated with a master's in mechanical engineering, but aside from research work, I do not have formal industry experience in my field. It's been about a year since my graduation and I've had no luck finding a position so far; has the window passed for me to find a career opportunity within my field of study?
You have not missed your opportunity! Try to focus on entry-level positions, meaning they are open to new graduates. Keep an eye out for rotational programs also.
On your resume try to highlight…
I applied for a job two months ago. It's status says in progress. They also posted the job again. I applied again. It's still saying in progress. What does this mean?
I would reiterate what Ashley said. It can take some time for companies to fill roles. There may be something going on internally that would delay the progress. They may be considering internal candidates…View all answers »