I am graduating this year with my Bachelor's in Economic with a 3.27 GPA. I am currently the Chairman of the student executive board for my university and the position goes away with my student status. So, I am hunting for jobs and I am finding I don't meet the 3-6 year minimum experience for the positions I am applying to. I am looking for positions related to economics and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out? And are there roles I may not be thinking about that would relate to my Economics degree?
On average, how many interviews will a person have within a company before obtaining the position?
The number of interviews really depends on the company and type of position. General rule, the more skilled, the more interviews. Most companies conduct a phone interview first. In those cases,…View all answers »
About how long does it typically take to get your first raise in an entry-level position? Is this something big companies typically review on an annual basis, semi-annual, or should I just keep my head down and not think about it?
Generally a company will conduct an annual wage & salary survey to evaluate their employees wages in comparison to similar industries in the area. Depending on the company, they may have a merit increase…View all answers »
Is it common for employers to write letters of recommendation for their interns at the end of the summer? Is this something I should plan on asking for?
Absolutely! I'd recommend asking a week or two prior to leaving for a recommendation. Generally employers don't have an issue writing them.View all answers »
How many questions will I be asked during an interview? What makes an interview successful? Which type of questions should I prepare to answer?
Great question! It's always best to be as prepared as possible. You can count on being asked why you're applying for the position and what do you know about the company. Those are easy to answer as long as…View all answers »
I am interested in navigating from a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education to a career in Human Resources. I have a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration, but am starting off with a corporate company as a Senior Recruitment Coordinator. What are some realistic HR career paths I can pursue?
Congrats on landing your first job in HR! A lot of us in the HR practice start in recruitment. The good news is that as recruitment coordinator you are already in an HR career path. …View all answers »
I have an internship interview and the hiring manager has told me dress is casual. What does that mean for women? Should I just go in my regular jeans, t-shirt and gym shoes? It's for a marketing internship.
Congratulations on you interview. Remember, first impressions really do matter so I'd recommend wearing khaki's and a polo or sweater and slip on shoes. If you decide to wear jeans, wear a shirt that is dressier…View all answers »
What do I do if a background check shows a fraud charge but was never convicted and charge was dropped? It was a charge that had no merit but still appears on background records. I'm applying for a financial services jobs.
If the charges show on the background check, you want to make sure that you're disclosing them on the release. You should volunteer an explanation so the employer is not surprised when they see the results.…View all answers »
I am a college student and my school offers a mentoring program. I need to interview someone in my field for a class and I am in contact with an alumni. She told me she is able to meet after 5:30pm. I was wondering what places are appropriate to meet? Restaurants? Cafe? Starbucks? Also, should I dress formally or casual?
Hello! It would be appropriate to meet in a casual resuarant like Eat N' Park, Waffle House, etc or a coffee shop. You want to conduct yourself in a professional manner so business casual attire would…View all answers »
Why does an employer ask how much you’re currently getting paid? Do you have to answer if you know you’re being underpaid and want to set the bar higher?
We ask the salary questions for a few reasons. We like to know what you're making to gauge whether we could pay similar/more. It also allows us to get an idea of your salary expectations and allows…View all answers »
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