questions answered by Emerson

Asked by Chloe on January 17, 2019

Hi! I am currently a college senior who is looking for a full-time job. I understand that most recruiting occur in the fall semester; however, I missed the fall career fair due to an internship, and now the spring career fair has much less opportunities. What can I do to increase my chances of landing an offer with my companies of interest?

Emerson have responded.

While there may be "fewer opportunities" don't be discouraged!  Many of those same businesses will still be in attendance, and even if there isn't a current opening, there could be one that comes available…

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Asked by Alex on January 4, 2019

I am a college senior with an internship that I really enjoy. How do I tell my office that I'm interested in being hired on after graduation? Also, how do I talk to them about transitioning from intern pay to a decent full-time pay? Thanks for the help!

Emerson have responded.

The best thing you can do is be vocal about your interest in the organization and ensuring they know when you graduate (or if you're available prior to graduation). Talk with your current manager, the HR Representatives,…

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Asked by Lindsey on December 31, 2018

Whenever an interviewer asks me: tell me about yourself, I find myself blanking. What are some tips or tricks I can use to develop my answer?

Emerson have responded.

"Tell me about yourself." It's one of the most common questions that seems the most surprising to candidates.  My recommendation is to give a well-rounded answer about your background, what made you decide…

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Asked by Cameron on January 21, 2018

On my resume, should I list my degree, then university, then GPA? What's a good arrangement for this on a resume?

Emerson have responded.

Typically when looking at resumes, you'll see the Institution listed first, with the dates attended/when the degree is expected, followed by the degree type and major being pursued.  From there, I…

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Asked by KelliMae on September 10, 2017

Is the ability to think critically and solve problems more valuable to a potential employer than their education or work experience?

Emerson have responded.

I wouldn't say that critical thinking and problem solving skills are more important than education or work experience. Education and work experiences are "hard skills," where the critical thinking and…

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Asked by Cameron on January 21, 2018

I attended two different undergraduate colleges, and I participated in extracurricular activities at both. On my resume, should I list those extracurricular activities by school, or can I just lump all the extracurricular's together? Thanks!

Emerson have responded.

I recommend listing the Extracurricular Activities in one place, rather than split between the two schools, just to ensure the information is organized in a way that is easy to find/understand.  If…

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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 Kristen on October 18, 2017

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.?

Emerson have responded.

Hello and thank your for your question!
Similar to the what the other experts have said, the first thing recruiters are going to look for is prior co-op or internship experience.  In the absence…

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Asked by David on November 16, 2017

I'll be heading home for winter break soon; how should I take advantage of this time and work on networking while I'm home?

Emerson have responded.

Winter Breaks are a fantastic time to do groundwork for future employment opportunities, especially if you are looking to return to your hometown when searching for those roles.
A good place to start…

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