In the workplace, what habits can be seen as cause for firing someone?
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…View all answers »
When employers are reviewing resumes for a new hire, is hands-on job experience or co-curricular activities valued more?
Both hands-on job experience and co-curricular activities are valued. Hands-on job experience is valued slightly higher because it proves you can manage employment and are reliable in…
What is are some personal traits that interviewers are likely to favor? E.g. confidence, attitude, intelligence, etc.?
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…
I know that it varies on an individual basis, but would you say that it's better to pursue an advanced degree immediately after undergraduate, or after obtaining a few years of work experience?
This depends on what you want to do with the degree, in my opinion. I'm actually just entering a master's degree program after graduating from college over 20 years ago--yes OVER 20! The reason is I took time…View all answers »
If employers are starting to look for more experience and critical thinking, why is it becoming essential to gain a master’s degree to secure a job?
First, I think master's degrees are becoming more essential based on the field. Also, a wealth of experience with some advancement in the same field can make up for not having a master's degree. To answer your…View all answers »
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?
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…View all answers »
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?
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!…View all answers »
Research indicates that companies want their recent grads to be good problem solvers. How can I show a company on my resume or in an interview that I am a good critical thinker and a good problem solver. How do companies evaluate these skills in a person they do not know very well.
This is such a good question. The answer is RESULTS! For a recent grad, I would look for an indicator such as increasing productivity in a student organization. For instance, if I knew then what I know now,…View all answers »
Are interviewers more concerned with technical skills or general professional skills?
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…View all answers »
I am a photojournalist intern for a local media organization. As part of a college class, and my internship, I am doing research about what employers are looking for in an intern or a new-hire fresh out of college. 1. What skills would be most important for an intern to have? 2. What skills would you aim at developing? 3. How important is it to be majoring in or have a degree related to the job?
1. I love this question! There are three basic skills that a majority of employers find valuable from any candidate: communication, organization, and team work. I've worked with over 200 hiring managers…View all answers »
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