Is it ok to have a drink at a business lunch?
This is a great question, and the answer depends largely on the company’s culture. At some companies, beer and wine is served openly for employees to enjoy responsibly while at others it is very…View all answers »
I am accountant and auditor, but in the job market I feel I may need to get a license as an internal auditor. Where is the best place to start with?
This is a great question – It is always tempting in a tough job market to keep layering on certifications and degrees. Before you do this, it is important to fully investigate if getting the license is…View all answers »
I'm going to be a junior in the fall. I don't have a job or internship this summer, and don't know what I should do with my time. Am I too late in finding either of these? If so, what should I do?
First of all, it’s great that you are recognizing that finding an internship or summer position will be helpful in your future career path. While most large companies begin filling their summer…View all answers »
I am a finalist for a teaching position, I interviewed 4 different times & gave a lesson. The principal told me they were seeing other finalist over the next two weeks so I probably wouldn't hear from him before that but to be in touch for any reason. I waited 2 weeks & left a message on Monday that I was checking in & still interested. Is it bad that I haven't heard back yet? What's my next step?
First of all, congratulations on getting this far in the interview process – This clearly means that you are a well-qualified candidate. Unfortunately, the interview process can take a very long…View all answers »
I completed my third interview/lesson demonstration as a finalist last Monday. The principal said she wouldn't be in touch till the end of this week since she couldn't schedule the other finalists till this week but to be in touch for any reason. Should I be in touch or wait till Friday? I really want this job. Is it bad that they wanted to see the other finalists? Thank you!
Congratulations on making it this far in the interview process! I don’t think it is a bad sign that the company is interviewing other final candidates, it is very rare that an employer would not…View all answers »
For administration assistants, what kind of background checks do they have to go through in your order to be hired?
The background check process can sometimes vary depending on the company as well as the business sector and position that you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying to work for a government…View all answers »
Networking For A Job While You're Still In College
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...View this post »
3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship
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...View this post »
2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search
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...View this post »
Anxiety and the Interview
Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...View this post »
How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary
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...View this post »
How to Change Careers
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...View this post »
5 Ways to Improve Your Resume
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...View this post »
Coffee Fiends In The Workplace
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...View this post »
The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time
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...View this post »
How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike
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...View this post »
I've heard many times that an interviewer generally knows if a candidate is a fit or not within the first 15 seconds of meeting them. In your experience is this true for you? If so what do you look for? What are the good things, bad things, and automatic red flags?
I think determining if a candidate is a good fit or not within the first 15 seconds is very unlikely – However, I think this rule is very true within the first 15 minutes. During the interview process,…View all answers »
Is LinkedIn a reliable way to network for new jobs? If it is, how should I approach people I don't know offline, on LinkedIn?
This is a great question. LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool that anyone looking for a job should use. Think of LinkedIn as a kind of Facebook but for the professional aspect of your life instead…View all answers »
What are the most important overall characteristics or skills you look for in a new hire?
Especially for entry-level positions, there are certain characteristics that we look for in our candidates. In addition to a relevant major and good grades, we look for candidates who are energetic, driven…View all answers »
This question is concerned with creating my resume. I majored in Computer Information Systems and minored in Philosophy. In my experience, these two fields of study, besides the logic aspect, are mostly opposite in terms of thinking. I'm obviously concentrated on applying for IT related jobs. Would a hiring manager for an IT position even care about my minor? Perhaps it was a waste of time, but I certainly enjoy the topic. Anyhow, should I even bother putting my minor on my resume? Could it help my chances of getting a job, or even possibly hurt them?
I would highly suggest that you put your Philosophy minor on your resume. It definitely will not hurt your chances of getting a job and could even help. Philosophy students have to be able to think…View all answers »