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Asked by Emma on September 13, 2017

What is are some personal traits that interviewers are likely to favor? E.g. confidence, attitude, intelligence, etc.?

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Hello,

Interviewers look for a handful of traits that would fit well with the company and the team you would be working with.  Some of the big ones are your goal setting ability and leadership…

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Asked by Angie on August 7, 2017

I applied for a job and it says that I applied to the position successfully. It also says that the job posting is no longer available for adding or removing interest. What does that mean exactly?

Quest have responded.

Hello,

I wanted to first thank you for your interest with our company!  When you receive a message saying that that job posting is no longer available for adding/removing interest it means that…

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Asked by Trenton on August 7, 2017

What kind of writing degrees are there? I understand the obvious ones like journalism, but what are some other fields that would require a degree related to writing?

Quest have responded.

Hi there! For starters, English is a great major if you want to write; you can also consider Mass Communication (my degree) which would give you access to a mix of English, journalism and writing classes. If…

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Asked by Emily on July 25, 2017

Do you have any advice for working with a boss I do not like? I really like the organization and my coworkers, but me and my boss just don't get along. What can I do to make it more bearable without leaving?

Quest have responded.

Let me assure you that you are definitely not alone on this. There are many like you who don't see eye-to-eye with their bosses. First, concentrate on your job. Be productive and meet your expectations.…

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Asked by maureen on June 21, 2017

I just graduated high school and I'm applying for a job. I have no work experience. What should I include on my resume? I was going to put I was the captain of the varsity baseball team to show leadership and communication. Should I include volunteer information? Any suggestions?

Quest have responded.

First, let me say that I am proud of you for even thinking that way! YES, put captain of the baseball team on your resume for that reason. Be prepared to tell a story that demonstrates your leadership and communication…

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Asked by Puspa on June 7, 2017

I am graduating this year with my Bachelor's in Economic with a 3.27 GPA. I am currently the Chairman of the student executive board for my university and the position goes away with my student status. So, I am hunting for jobs and I am finding I don't meet the 3-6 year minimum experience for the positions I am applying to. I am looking for positions related to economics and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out? And are there roles I may not be thinking about that would relate to my Economics degree?

Quest have responded.

First, congratulations on your upcoming graduation, GPA, and student leadership. Great stuff! Second, I looked up entry-level economics jobs and some of the titles I see are:  Junior Analyst, Associate…

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Asked by Jay on May 31, 2017

Oh NO!!! I just noticed an error on a short email response to a hiring manager. The manager and I have a few close connections and we even used to work at the same company; however, we don't know one another very well personally. I was responding to his email asking to schedule a follow up interview for a manager role. I noticed the error in my response this morning, but I sent the email last night so he has probably already seen it. What should I do??

Quest have responded.

Relax! If you can't recall the email, it's okay. Just breathe. It looks like you write well, so I'm thinking that you have established a reputation as a good writer with him, as well. You can send a quick follow-up…

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Asked by Maura on May 30, 2017

I recently applied to a job and saw that I had a 3rd connection with the individual currently holding the position I applied for. In general what are the guidelines for asking to be introduced on LinkedIn?

Quest have responded.

I treat LinkedIn like networking in person. It's about courtesy and making your intentions known. Let your mutual connection(s) know that you are interested in an introduction. When I send a connection request…

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Asked by Angela on May 19, 2017

Is it ok to e-mail companies directly expressing an interest in an internship/entry level position if they have no job openings that fit my profile? Is this more effective than applying for posted jobs? I feel that if a specific opening is posted hundreds of people apply and it is very unlikely to be invited for an interview.

Quest have responded.

Hi! 

YES, it is OK. In fact, it shows initiative which is an attribute admired by many hiring managers. If there is nothing available, there is a chance that a hiring manager or recruiter would…

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Asked by PRANJALI on October 15, 2016

I realized that I really enjoy being a Radio Jockey rather than electrical engineer. I am also interested in journalism, but don't know how to move forward. Any suggestion on how I could pursue some newfound passions, and a career?

Quest have responded.

Welp, here's advice from a former radio personality. First, let me give you brutal truth about radio. It's fun work but the trade-off is that decent pay can be very hard to come by. The great thing is that…

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Blog post on March 20, 2015

Networking For A Job While You're Still In College

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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...

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Blog post on March 17, 2015

3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship

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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...

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Blog post on March 12, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search

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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...

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Blog post on March 10, 2015

Anxiety and the Interview

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Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...

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Blog post on March 5, 2015

How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary

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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...

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Blog post on March 2, 2015

How to Change Careers

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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...

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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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...

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Blog post on February 23, 2015

Coffee Fiends In The Workplace

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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...

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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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...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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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...

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