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Asked by Chris on December 7, 2015

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?!

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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…

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Asked by Kate on August 17, 2015

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?

IBM have responded.

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…

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Asked by Margot on June 9, 2015

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?

IBM have responded.

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…

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Asked by Charity on March 31, 2015

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?

IBM have responded.

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…

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Asked by David on March 29, 2015

How can I use networking to advance my career, not just get my first job opportunity?

IBM have responded.

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…

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Blog post on March 20, 2015

Networking For A Job While You're Still In College

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No matter how many credits you have until graduation, you know the day is coming when you’ll need your first “real” job. For some it feels like a long way off, but for others the day of self-sufficiency is coming all too soon...

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Blog post on March 17, 2015

3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship

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Internships can be pure joy, filled with numerous opportunities during summer break or post-graduation. An internship also has the possibility to be pure undiluted slog...

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Blog post on March 12, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search

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Once you find a job you're interested in, the path to employment is fairly straightforward. Resumes, applications, interviews and, if all goes well, a job offer...

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Blog post on March 10, 2015

Anxiety and the Interview

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Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...

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Blog post on March 5, 2015

How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary

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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...

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Blog post on March 2, 2015

How to Change Careers

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Changing careers is common for many people. Whether you’ve simply discovered you actually hate your current career path or your industry has made it impossible for you to continue being employed...

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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You found the perfect job opening. It has all the elements you desire: compensation, corporate culture, and location are all in line with your dream job...

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Asked by nina on February 26, 2015

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?

IBM have responded.

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…

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Blog post on February 23, 2015

Coffee Fiends In The Workplace

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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...

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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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...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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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...

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Asked by Isha on January 13, 2015

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!

IBM have responded.

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…

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Asked by Janet on January 5, 2015

What are the top 5 interview questions and good responses to them?

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(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…

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Asked by Alberto on December 9, 2014

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.

IBM have responded.

Yes, video interviewing seems to be gaining in popularity. For many companies, it represents an easy solution when looking to save on valuable time, resources and budgets. Today with the availability of some…

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Asked by Tanya on December 20, 2011

Should thank you notes after an interview be hand-written?

IBM have responded.

While it is a "nice touch" and demonstrates that extra effort was taken, it is not necessary as email is a perfectly acceptable and expected form of business communication.

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