I have just completed my first internship as an engineering student. Although I enjoyed some of the jobs I completed, I did not have the opportunity to make engineering decisions often. If my next internship is similar, would it be appropriate to ask for more responsibility so I am better prepared for my first job after graduation?
Congrats on completing your first internship. With it being your first, it sounds like it was a great opportunity that you'll be able to build upon.
Going into your next internship, you will most likely…
I've found that many employers believe college graduates lack oral and written communication skills. Outside of the required English courses and public speaking course, how can I improve my communication skills to be better prepared for my first job outside after graduation?
Great observation, this is absolutely true. In addition to those courses, keep challenging yourself to learn new ways of communicating and/or communicating complex subjects to different people. The more you…View all answers »
I've read that employers like to see a vision or goal in employees, but also want broad skills that can be applied in any area. How do you suggest one pick a "purpose" while keeping a broad enough intellect/ open mind to satisfy employer needs?
What do you want from your career?
What are you good at and what do you enjoy?
What does the community you would like to work in, need?
The first thing to do is to honestly reflect over these questions…
I've read several articles about the value of emotional intelligence in the work place. How do employers measure soft skills (communication, decision making skills) before hiring?
Hi there, great question.
There are two ways that they will most likely determine your emotional intelligence:
1. Through questions where they will ask you for examples on how you handled…
What's an appropriate way to ask someone if you can use them as a reference on your resume?
I agree with the previous comment -- be sure to ask beforehand, giving some background on the position and company that you're applying to. Once given their permission, be sure verify their preferred contact…View all answers »
I am very shy and uncomfortable with networking. I feel rude when I ask people for favors or if they can help me find a job. Any advice?
Hi there, great question.
I want to first let you know that being shy does not need to be negative, is not a weakness, and doesn't define you; it is simply part of your story. I would recommend connecting…
If I am applying for a job that is located in a different state, am I less likely to get the interview? And if so, will I have to pay for the travel expenses?
Many people in today's workforce are looking to other states and cities for job opportunities and it is becoming less taboo. With that being said, always show on your cover letter,…
When I research a company before an interview, what sort of information should I be looking for?
When you are researching a company before an interview, you want to learn about these five main topics in addition to any questions you already have:
1. Their main products, clients and services.…
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?
These experiences will absolutely help your application for any corporate position, you just need to show the strengths of you and your experience and what you gained.
I started interning at a company where I would really like to work full-time. How long is an acceptable amount of time to intern before I approach my supervisor about possible job opportunities?
As Soon As Possible!
Congratulations on finding a work environment you are comfortable in and would like to contribute, professionally. This is usually a much longer road for many so you're well…
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