Are extra-curricular activities in college important to a potential employer?
I think that they can be in order to show that you're a well-rounded candidate. It's important, though, not to think about getting involved in a plethora of activities just for the sake of doing "something"…View all answers »
What are some practical things that impress an employer in an interview? i.e. firm handshake, key phrases, etc..
For me, one of the best things that a candidate can do in an interview is to answer the interviewer's questions clearly, concisely, and by providing solid examples. I am always impressed when a candidate can…View all answers »
Why do employers value study abroad programs so highly? Do they value them more highly than on the job experience/internships?
Hello - I don't know if study abroad experiences are generally valued "more" than internships and other types of hands-on experiences, but from an employer perspective, those types of immersive opportunities…View all answers »
How do I fill out a resume/ application with no work experience?
Hi there - think about any opportunities that you've had to gain transferable skills. Did you have any informal summer work? Have you had opportunities for leadership within any clubs or organizations? Were…View all answers »
I have built a strong professional network in my college town. However, for my career, I want to move abroad after graduation. What are some suggestions for building a network outside of my geographical region?
One of my biggest pieces of advice is to get involved with any professional organizations or societies that are related to your major or field of study. Many of those organizations are international, and can…View all answers »
With all of the competition and expectations in the workforce now, how does one stand out to employers above the rest? And when meeting with someone for less than 5 minutes, how do you make a lasting impression?
Great question. For me, a candidate really stands out when he/she knows what it is that my company does and is at least fluent in either current events and news within the industry or news about the company…View all answers »
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
Hi there. You need to make sure that you are being thoughtful and strategic about what you include on your resume, as it really is the first opportunity that employers have to get to know you. I would definitely…View all answers »
My previous internship required that I obtain a government security clearance. Will having this clearance in the past positively benefit me in my career search in the future? What message does this send to employers on my behalf? Is it even worth mentioning?
I think it really depends on what your career goals and ambitions look like. In general, it certainly can't hurt. If you're interested in future jobs with governmental agencies, showing that you've been able…View all answers »
What are employers looking for in a LinkedIn summary?
Great question. In my experience, employers are looking for a brief, high level description of your role, contributions and successes. Be sure to use universal language versus present company acronyms for clarity.…View all answers »
How many "degrees of separation" is it appropriate to claim a connection, use someone as an employee reference, or ask for someone to hand in a resume in for you?
Hi there - I don't know that there is necessarily a "formula" or a set number in terms of from whom you can ask for a reference. In my mind, the biggest things are to make sure that whomever you ask is aware…View all answers »