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Asked by Emily on September 4, 2017

Are interviewers more concerned with technical skills or general professional skills?

HP have responded.

In my opinion it depends on the role.  For engineers, the technical skills might be more important than the professional skills whereas a human resources/client facing role, the professional skills are…

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Asked by Melissa on September 7, 2017

Over 2 years ago when I was 6 months pregnant,I lost my job due to my entire department being eliminated. I decided to stay home for a while with my new family but ready to work now. How do I explain the absence in employment during the application process so my resume isn't immediately put in the rejection pile? I cannot even get an interview before receiving a rejection letter.

HP have responded.

I would recommend trying a note in your cover letter that addresses this gap in employment.  Not anything lengthy, but just that you're ready to work after staying at home raising a child.  It's…

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Asked by KelliMae on September 10, 2017

Is volunteer experience important for a potential employee to have?

HP have responded.

Although it is not a requirement for most roles I would say it can be very important.  I wouldn't advise putting every volunteering experience you've ever had on a resume, but choose a few key experiences…

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Asked by Thalira on October 2, 2017

How do I fill out a resume/ application with no work experience?

HP have responded.

I would be sure to include any school projects you have worked on that would pertain to your field of interest.  Also, if you have any extracurricular activities that you partiicpate in, be sure to include…

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Asked by Robert on September 27, 2017

Hello, Should academic and athletic accomplishments, extra curricular activities such as clubs, student government and community service be included on your college resume... starting junior year this fall? Does it speak to ones work ethic or, does it look like boasting? If you have long list how would you determine what's important to include? Thank you

HP have responded.

I would encourage you to include these types of activities and accomplishments on your resume.  Not as the focal point, but, it does speak to you as a candidate by being involved in activities outside…

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Asked by Collin on October 11, 2016

Is it necessary to include a cover letter with a resume when applying for a job, if the job doesn't explicitly ask for one?

HP have responded.

It's always good to include one. It gives you the chance to explain further why your the ideal candidate for the position. There are many articles about writing a great cover letter with tips and tricks. I…

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Asked by chance on October 5, 2016

I'm an undergrad student majoring in Business Marketing. I'm also a member of the American Marketing Association and the PR for marketing club at the University of West Georgia. Would being an AMA member hold much value to employers at companies I wish to pursue for future employment opportunities?

HP have responded.

You should absolutely include that information in your resume. It's always good to promote your "industry knowledge" through the organizations you are involved in. It also allows the recruiters and hiring managers…

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Asked by Nefer on October 10, 2016

Should I address personal struggles and hardship I've had to overcome in my teenage years and early university years that explain some spots in my resume to a potential employer? If so, what is the best way to bring it up in a way that shows my resilience and my determination not to remain the victim of my circumstances? Thank you for your time.

HP have responded.

I would suggest a cover letter. It allows you the opportunity to explain some of these elements quickly. You don;t want to overload the CL with too much detail, there is a delicate balance. Check out some sites…

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Asked by Alison on August 9, 2016

I just received a degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) and am looking into employment options. Seeing as BME is a newer field, many companies do not advertise directly for a BME in their job listings. What other industries are available to biomedical engineers? And what are some nontraditional companies interested in a biomedical engineers?

HP have responded.

Great question! My first go to was LinkedIn. I looked up people with BME Degrees to see where they are employed. There are people at Apple, GE, the Government, the usual suspects of Hospitals and Medical device…

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Asked by Eric on August 27, 2016

I am a senior majoring in Management Information Systems. I have very little technical background and I was just offered an internship as a help desk tech. I am hoping to become either a Systems Analyst or Business Analyst. Will the skills I gain from this internship help me find employment in one of these fields easier? What certifications would be beneficial?

HP have responded.

Congrats on the internship! It can definitely help beef up your resume to land the right full-time position. You should also let your managers and mentors know your career plans, they may be able to help network…

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