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 »
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 »