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?
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…View all answers »
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?
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…View all answers »
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?
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…View all answers »
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?
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…View all answers »
When should I start looking for a full-time job if I graduate in May?
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…
What is a good way to get into behavior analysis?
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…View all answers »
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!
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…
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?
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…View all answers »
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.
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…View all answers »
What are some tips to make sure I'm effectively communicating with my colleagues and bosses?
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…View all answers »
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How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike
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