As a young professional, I want to be growing and gaining experience, but I'm not sure what I should be focusing on most. Any thoughts on goals I should be setting for myself or things I should work toward in my personal development?!
As an early professional, the world is your oyster! You have the opportunity to explore many paths and see where your interests lie. It is important to never settle and always strive to find a career and…View all answers »
When most companies highly prefer people with experiences, as a fresh business major graduate, how can I stand out from the crowd with no intern/job experience and with just a few volunteering activities while in college?
Congratulations on your academic accomplishments! While professional experience is important, it is not the only criteria that employers are looking for, but rather is one of many attributes that go into the…View all answers »
Hi. I have a wide breadth of workforce experience encompassing multiple end-user technologies, professional writing, team leadership, corporate program training, multi-project collaborations, program research and evaluation, and more. My challenge is harnessing them into a well targeted position. Any advice for an energetic, intelligent and motivated "generalist" aiming begin a new chapter?
There are plenty of roles where being a generalist is an asset. Based on the new job you are targeting, draw upon your most applicable experience first when applying or interviewing. But you can also use examples…View all answers »
I'm just starting to put together my first real resume. Most online templates have Education listed first, Work Experience listed second, and Personal Interests and Skills listed third. Is this a fair breakdown of how my resume should be laid out? Are there any other "sections" I should consider including? What's the best way for me to outline my resume?
A candidate seeking to create a resume (or have it revised) is likely to get as many opinions as the number of people that they ask. There is not a “best way” to format a resume; what matters most…View all answers »
How can I use networking to advance my career, not just get my first job opportunity?
Networking is like eating your vegetables - it's essential to a healthy career.
I once received the sage advice, "talk to successful people." We all know of people whose jobs or work we admire. Never…
Networking For A Job While You're Still In College
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Anxiety and the Interview
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How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary
You networked like a savant, crafted the perfect resume, knocked the interview out of the park, and were offered the job! Your moment of jubilation is met with the sudden thud of a less than impressive initial salary offer. Negotiating a salary at any level can be difficult, but this can be especially difficult if you are starting your first job out of college...View this post »
How to Change Careers
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5 Ways to Improve Your Resume
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Hi, I'm currently making a career change from health to corporate. I'm enrolled in a Business Management BS & Marketing MBA program. What can I focus on in my resume to get my foot in the door?
Typically, on a resume, employers are looking for past successes. Indicators of this are often strong GPA, sound experience, and evidence of leadership. Even though your previous experience is in the health…View all answers »
Coffee Fiends In The Workplace
Coffee is a national pastime for millions of people in the US. From the first cup shortly after the alarm goes off in the morning, to the 3pm refuel we’re a country that loves our bitter caffeinated beverages...View this post »
The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time
Vacation time can be a difficult subject to deal with in the workplace. Most companies have a set amount of paid time off based on various elements that designate a person’s ‘right’ to more or less vacation...View this post »
How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike
The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...View this post »
Hi I am currently MBA student, with background in Arts. I realize that it will be good to learn some IT since the IT market is in demand. What kind of courses/training should I do which might help me to get a job along with my MBA? I don't have any computer science training. And if possible can you also let me know from where should I do such courses? Thank you!
My suggestion for your situation would be to check out coding boot camps. They all have a bit of a different model, but they are good options for someone who is just trying to add some computer programming…View all answers »
What are the top 5 interview questions and good responses to them?
(1) "So ... Why don't you tell me a little about yourself?" A lot of times, organizations will disguise the information they are really asking for by asking a seemingly generic question. Companies don't want…View all answers »
What category (i.e. Entry level, Management, Professional, etc) do companies consider placing retired military personnel and how do I cross the chasm to at least be a candidate? I am a retired Navy veteran. However, most positions have statements concerning years of experience in that specific industry or direct experience in that particular position. As a 20 plus year veteran, I am considered to have too much experience for entry level, but not enough industry or direct experience for management. I have been targeting positions that relate to the positions in my military career, my educational background, and are associated with positions that I have held since my retirement without any success. I feel as though I am in a Catch-22. How can someone in my situation get their foot in the door to at least be a viable candidate?
First of all, thank you for your service to this nation. Making a transition into industry can absolutely be a challenging step within your career. There are actually quite a few companies that are…View all answers »
Should I only apply to jobs that I feel I’m qualified for? Or are some employers more interested in the person rather than a perfect match on paper for the open position?
I feel it is best to focus on jobs that you feel you're qualified, but I also believe that being qualified and being a "perfect match" are not necessarily the same thing. Many positions will have several…View all answers »