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Asked by Katherine on September 10, 2017

How does one market oneself in an interview for a position in which they may not have had much experience even though they may have a genuine interest in working the field?

Emerson have responded.

Exploring and venturing into a career path unrelated to one’s main field of expertise is often exciting. Do research the position, organization, and industry well before your interview – in other…

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Asked by Abbi on September 9, 2017

I have applied online to dozens of internships and full time positions for which I am qualified based on the posted job descriptions, necessary skills, and preferred skills. I have yet to even earn an interview from a position I applied to online. Are jobs that are posted online typically filled by online applicants? How can I improve an online application?

Emerson have responded.

I cannot really say much on why you are not receiving feedback or call-backs since I do not have access to your resume.  You may want to attend a resume clinic at your local unemployment department or…

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Asked by Hayley on September 8, 2017

When thinking about the future, how important is it to follow a step-by-step agenda? I think as college students, we sometimes get consumed by this "checklist" but if we don't get an internship by a certain time in our lives or complete things exactly as recommended is that truly a bad thing?

Emerson have responded.

A checklist is a great tool to help us stay on track, it encourages commitment to a plan and designates the steps necessary toward accomplishing a goal in mind. It works for some people, myself included, in…

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Asked by Alex on August 24, 2017

I'm trying to figure out what kind of clothes to wear for my internship at a radio station. I noticed some people wearing shorts and some in khakis. Any suggestions for what I should be wearing?

Emerson have responded.

It's great that you're concerned about appropriateness.  If you have the opportunity, prior to starting, ask the person that you will be reporting to.  If you have a sense of casualness, you can't…

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Asked by Alex on August 24, 2017

When should I start looking for a full-time job if I graduate in May?

Emerson have responded.

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
I would suggest beginning your job seach as soon as possible.  This will give you an idea of what is out there.  Also, there are some companies that…

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Asked by Jake on August 7, 2017

What is a good way to get into behavior analysis?

Emerson have responded.

Volunteer and internship opportunities are usually available in the fields of child development and social welfare.  However, if you want to start in your own community, volunteer and entry level opportunities…

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Asked by Jordan on March 7, 2017

Hello, I am applying for a district manager position with a national grocery chain. Is it appropriate for me to do some sort of report and bring it with me to the interview? This is a second round group interview, and I want to do something to set myself apart, as well as prove I have done my homework. If I came with a situational analysis and my recommendations for how I would approach things, would this be seen as too much? I don't want to appear arrogant, I just really want this job and want to show them I am motivated. Given the position I am interviewing for, I am not exactly sure what this homework would be, but really want to prove to them I am the best person for the job.What are your thoughts?Thanks for your help!

Emerson have responded.

Hello, and thank you for your question! Employers love to see enthusiastic candidates, but you are right in checking on what can be seen as ‘too much.’

You can never be too prepared for an…

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Asked by ray on March 3, 2017

A recent interviewer asked why I thought I had not been hired yet because I have been interviewing for the last 4 months since graduating college. How do I answer that question in a positive way?

Emerson have responded.

Thank you for the question! A long time to find a job is not uncommon, especially depending on the industry and role you are looking for. So don’t be disheartened, keep at it and you will definitely find…

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Asked by Maura on February 5, 2017

I need to ask for a couple 'personal' days off work. Do I need to give my supervisor specific details as to why I need to leave? I don't want to lie but I also want to remain professional.

Emerson have responded.

Your Supervisor may ask if you're ok, but you're not required to answer with exactly what you're doing.  I'd recommend sayng that you have a few personal things that you need to take care of or something…

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Asked by Julie on May 24, 2016

What are some tips to make sure I'm effectively communicating with my colleagues and bosses?

Emerson have responded.

Communication can be the biggest contributor or the greatest staller to a person’s career success, so your question is an important one. The best communicators I have met in my career around the world…

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Blog post on March 20, 2015

Networking For A Job While You're Still In College

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No matter how many credits you have until graduation, you know the day is coming when you’ll need your first “real” job. For some it feels like a long way off, but for others the day of self-sufficiency is coming all too soon...

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Blog post on March 17, 2015

3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship

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Internships can be pure joy, filled with numerous opportunities during summer break or post-graduation. An internship also has the possibility to be pure undiluted slog...

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Blog post on March 12, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search

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Once you find a job you're interested in, the path to employment is fairly straightforward. Resumes, applications, interviews and, if all goes well, a job offer...

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Blog post on March 10, 2015

Anxiety and the Interview

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Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...

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Blog post on March 5, 2015

How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary

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You networked like a savant, crafted the perfect resume, knocked the interview out of the park, and were offered the job! Your moment of jubilation is met with the sudden thud of a less than impressive initial salary offer. Negotiating a salary at any level can be difficult, but this can be especially difficult if you are starting your first job out of college...

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Blog post on March 2, 2015

How to Change Careers

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Changing careers is common for many people. Whether you’ve simply discovered you actually hate your current career path or your industry has made it impossible for you to continue being employed...

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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You found the perfect job opening. It has all the elements you desire: compensation, corporate culture, and location are all in line with your dream job...

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Blog post on February 23, 2015

Coffee Fiends In The Workplace

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Coffee is a national pastime for millions of people in the US. From the first cup shortly after the alarm goes off in the morning, to the 3pm refuel we’re a country that loves our bitter caffeinated beverages...

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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Vacation time can be a difficult subject to deal with in the workplace. Most companies have a set amount of paid time off based on various elements that designate a person’s ‘right’ to more or less vacation...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...

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