Because of health reasons that I've dealt with for the majority of my college career, I unfortunately still haven't gotten to do an internship, but would love to. For which I have two questions: 1) What can I do that can help me get an internship? And 2) what skills, experiences, and accomplishments can I acquire or are recommended that can make me stand out against others who have had an internship experience already? Any information would seriously be appreciated!
I’m sorry to hear about your health issues. Hopefully you feel well now.
My biggest recommendation is to attend career fairs. Companies tend to recruit co-ops and interns directly from these events.…
Should I list all of my internship experience even if it is not directly related to the position for which I am applying?
Absolutely! Internships can provide valuable skills (communication, leadership, teamwork, etc.) that are relevant to any job. A hiring manager or recruiter reviewing your resume will likely look positively…View all answers »
During college I spent most of my summers taking extra courses and conducting field research either individually or with a couple different professors, but it was never paid work or an internship per say. I got course credits for it, but will my lack of formal internship experience hurt my chances of landing a job?
Hello and great question! What I typically suggest in this case is to list that time on your resume as "Volunteer." It does help to have formal internship experience but as long as you list your field research…View all answers »
I went to college for a few years and terribly disliked it. At 20 I had to move out and live on my own for a while. I was basically homeless and on government assistance to escape my severely dysfunctional family. Over the past few years I've worked many minimum wage jobs with no future. I have been feeling stuck and frustrated. Do you have any suggestions that would help me get on track to get a job I like and has the chance for advancement.
Hello there! This is a tough one to answer as there are so many factors that affect getting a job and advancing (for example, your resume, your interview skills, your job performance, etc.). I would start with…View all answers »
I was just turned down for a position after being advised they had promoted internally. The director (who conducted the interview) urged me to keep an eye out for the next position (probably the recently promoted’s old position) as she sees my passion for the field and believes I would be an asset to her department. Was this just “smoke” so to speak or do you believe it was genuine?
Hi there - I'd turn this question around and ask you, how do you feel the director's response was? If you felt it was genuine, then it probably was! From my own personal experience, I don't tell candidates…View all answers »
How many letters of recommendation should one normally submit?
Hello! Larger companies are moving away from checking references for various reasons. With that being said, I think a letter of recommendation is a good idea. It gives the recruiter and/or hiring manager…View all answers »
How do second or third round interviews generally differ from first round interviews? Will I meet with more senior-level people or be asked different types of questions, or should I just expect more of the same?
This may vary from organization to organization and may also vary between hiring groups with a particular organization. Typically I see second or third interviews as more of a meet-and-greet with other members…View all answers »
What does a typical performance review entail for entry-level positions? Are these common at this level in large companies, and if so how often do they occur? Should I be trying to build support among my colleagues for a good review, or will it just be between me and my boss?
Most large companies conduct performance reviews with all employees. Typically, this entails a process of setting goals with your manager and tracking progress throughout the year. Performance programs differ…View all answers »
Because video has been on the rise & a great way of storytelling, I want to try presenting my resume in a 5-min video, in which I would talk about my work experience, skills & competency... Would that be a good idea (I'm a Digital Marketer, not an Artist/Designer)? What bothers me is how to deliver so it's interesting & not a 5-min of me bragging about myself. Any suggestion would be appreciated!
I absolutely love this idea! I agree with the ideas and suggestions from Quest Diagnostics but also want to add - You may want to make sure the video is in a format that is widely used (such as youtube). Another…View all answers »
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 »