Hi, I am about to turn 24. I haven't had an official job before. So, what can I write for job experience if I am not really an expert on anything that I am applying for? Can I make up past work history so I get noticed and be called for an interview?
Hi good question. It is always hard to know what to put on a resume when you have no paid professional experience. I strongly recommend that resumes be accurate and not only include real jobs,…View all answers »
How can I build my resume based around a particular job description? I know you're supposed to tailor your resume to each position, so how do I do that?
Great question. When we say tailor your resume to a particular job it does not mean you need to start over from scratch. If you have a current resume, as Ellee points out, it is a matter…
Someone once told me that an interview is as much about me learning about the company as it is the company learning about me. Is that a fair assessment? For example should I feel free to ask my interviewer about why they like the company or where they feel its weak points are?
What a great question. It is a time for the two of you to see if this is a match, and that means both ways. If you have applied with a company, and they have screened through candidates, and…View all answers »
Many recruiters won’t set up a face-to-face until after a phone interview. What should I focus on in a phone interview? What are they looking for?
This is a great question as phone interviews, even skype interviews, are becoming a starting place for many companies. During these interviews utilize the time to elaborate on your experiences and background,…View all answers »
What does it mean when recruiters talk about being a “good fit?”
This is a great question, and I can absolutely see where it may leave some uncertainty with the candidate. A good fit often means that based on the skill set (both job skills and soft skills)…View all answers »
My manager tells me during my monthly meetings that my emails numbers are the best out of the team and that I have been doing a great job taking on new responsibilities. Many say that raises are only about 3%. I want to ask for more than 15% at my annual review. Would I look too much like an amateur asking more than the average raise? Of course I will list all the roles I took on and my reasons
Hello! This is a great question. In today’s environment it is not uncommon for annual merit increases to be in the 3% range for many industries. There are of course many exceptions. First, annual increases…View all answers »
I was passionate about a number of social causes in college and spent time organizing rallies and protesting. Will this sort of “anti-establishment” activity hurt my chances with future employers? Should I take the photos down from my Facebook page/blog?
Hello! This is a great question and the answer depends somewhat on the career field and role you are looking to enter. It is always a good idea to revisit your privacy settings on Facebook when beginning a…View all answers »
How do recruiters view full-time service after college, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America? Will these experiences help or hurt my application for a corporate position?
Hello! This is a great question and relevant for anyone with unpaid volunteer work. If you have limited career experience these kinds of activities are an excellent substitute. Also if you are unemployed or…View all answers »
I realized that I really enjoy being a Radio Jockey rather than electrical engineer. I am also interested in journalism, but don't know how to move forward. Any suggestion on how I could pursue some newfound passions, and a career?
The great news is that you have found something that you are passionate about! It sounds like you have a great opportunity within your current position as a Radio Jockey, to practice writing and finding…View all answers »
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I'm interviewing for a marketing job with a company located in another state and for the first time I'm asked to do a video interview over Skype. Are these becoming more common? What advice would you have for me to prepare for this? I feel like I will be on TV and I'm getting nervous.
Yes, video interviews are becoming more and more common. It is nice to engage with a candidate and interviewer face to face and skype/video helps with that. It is important to be comfortable with this process…View all answers »