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Asked by J.M. on June 5, 2018

I'm about to start an internship with company that I'd really like to go to work for after I graduate. Do you have any advice about what I might do now or over the next year while I'm back in school before graduation to try and increase my chances of being hired there?  Are there some common mistakes that interns make at this stage?

HP have responded.

During your internship I would network, network, network as this is a great way to build your professional network but also build a team of those who support you.  Networks can really help introduce you…

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Asked by Tanya on March 15, 2018

My first job out of college was a disaster. Eventually, they fired me. How do I address being fired from my last job in an interview situation?

HP have responded.

If asked about the situation the I recommend being transparent about it and showing where you are today with regards to the situation.  The question will most likely be as to why you were…

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Asked by Rebecca on March 6, 2018

How do I write an objective statement on resume? Should I even include one on my resume?

HP have responded.

I would definitely include an objective statement on your resume.  Be sure to tailor it to the position you are applying for and make it a clear and concise statement that shows the employer who you are…

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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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