I recently went on vacation in Colorado, where smoking marijuana is legal. Now, I've returned to my home state where it is not legal. I just found out that my company is drug testing all employees this week. If THC shows up in my sample, am I in the clear since I was smoking it legally?
Hi there - I am not a legal expert by any means, but I believe that all states with recreational marijuana laws have exemptions for for workplace drug policies. I'm not sure which state you live in, but most…View all answers »
When is the best time to start doing internships? Is the summer before my sophmore year too early?
Hi there - great question! I don't really think there is a "best" time to start doing internships. Most companies are looking for students who have completed a certain set of courses or a specific number of…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?
Hi there - great question! My advice is to apply for positions where you meet the basic qualifications - these are typically listed in the job description. This is by far the most important thing that you can…View all answers »
How can I figure out what my starting salary might be, or how much I should ask for?
Hi there - there are lots of tools out there to help you research salary ahead of a potential interview. My two favorites are PayScale.com and Glassdoor. One thing to keep in mind is that salary is dependent…View all answers »
What would be your top five characteristics of a great resume?
If I were to pick five top attributes, they would be 1) readability; 2) education / major; 3) extracurricular activities; 4) research or relevant experience; 5) spelling and grammar.
I would like to become a teacher or a graduate school professor. What's the best track to achieve this? Do I need to go back to school for a masters degree, or should I grow and gain experience at an educational company?
This could be a great question for your college / university Career Services office. Most universities would require you to obtain a PhD or a doctorate degree in the field that you would like to teach, especially…View all answers »
Is it OK to email companies asking for a job, even if they don't have any positions posted? If yes,what's the best way to go about that?
Hi there - I would agree and rather than "ask for a job", treat this as more of a networking opportunity. Reach out to some folks at the company you're looking at, especially those within the field you're trying…View all answers »
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.
Hi there - I've seen this come through in several resumes at different points in my career. As a recruiter, I would add a short bullet to your resume explaining that you took time away from work to care for…View all answers »
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 »