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Asked by Tanya on March 16, 2018

I know I’m not supposed to bash my former employer, but what if my last boss was a real jerk? What do I say if I’m asked why I left my first job so soon?

Quest have responded.

Hello,

You are correct, you never should bash your former employer because your interviewer could potentially know your old boss, especially if it is within the same industry. A good way to answer…

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Asked by Eirene on March 22, 2018

Because video has been on the rise & a great way of storytelling, I want to try presenting my resume in a 5-min video, in which I would talk about my work experience, skills & competency... Would that be a good idea (I'm a Digital Marketer, not an Artist/Designer)? What bothers me is how to deliver so it's interesting & not a 5-min of me bragging about myself. Any suggestion would be appreciated!

Quest have responded.

Hello,
I think a video is a great idea!! If you can submit the video with a copy of your resume that would help you.  This way you don't have to talk about everything that is on you resume.  A…

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Asked by Erica on March 21, 2018

I have a degree in communications (media studies) and wasn't advised to do an internship. Now I have a degree and can't get a job. How do I change that?

Quest have responded.

Hi there! As a fellow mass comm degree recipient, let me start by telling you that your story is not unique. The first thing I would suggest is to get away from the word "can't." Mass comm is an extremely competitive…

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Asked by Katherine on September 10, 2017

For someone who has little clue what they really want to do post-grad, beyond personality/career testing and internships, what short term actions can they take to help zero in on their dream job?

Quest have responded.

A great way to do this is to volunteer for a non-profit. As a non-profit board chair, I can tell you that I would LOVE to have someone come in and volunteer with an essential duty such as marketing or accounting!…

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Asked by Emily on September 4, 2017

Are interviewers more concerned with technical skills or general professional skills?

Quest have responded.

Employers do look for both, depending on the position you are applying to.  Companies in today's world are consistently changing and adapting to the newest technology.  I feel it is important to show…

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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.?

Quest have responded.

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 Hayley on September 11, 2017

Through my internship in college, I have felt myself getting more and more away from my declared major. How do I market myself to a future employer so that they look more towards my professional experience rather than my degree?

Quest have responded.

You are not alone! Many students are having the same experience and I recall friends of mine having the same experiences in college. Try to identify transferable skills. For example, organization and communication…

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Asked by David on November 16, 2017

I'll be heading home for winter break soon; how should I take advantage of this time and work on networking while I'm home?

Quest have responded.

I know you're in winter break now and I hope the networking is going well. Remember this. ALWAYS make time for networking! Other ways you should consider networking is by attending conferences connected to…

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Asked by Emma on September 13, 2017

How early in one's college career should they start looking at post-graduate opportunities (such as jobs or graduate schools)?

Quest have responded.

For the job market, it doesn't hurt to start immediately even if you're a freshman. While you may not be looking for a job at that time, you can at least get an idea of what the expectations are by studying…

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Asked by Abby on September 15, 2017

In the workplace, what habits can be seen as cause for firing someone?

Quest have responded.

Any violation of policies or anything that disrupts productivity can be grounds for termination. Being consistently late for work comes to mind immediately because time is money to any organization and the…

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