I'm a recent electrical engineering graduate and I'm looking for my first job. There are so many titles and locations. How can I figure out the best job to apply for, and my chances of landing a good job?
Hello! When searching for a job, it can be challenging to narrow down jobs that are the right fit. One thing I would recommend doing from the beginning is identify the locations you are interested in living/working.…View all answers »
I applied for a job two months ago. It's status says in progress. They also posted the job again. I applied again. It's still saying in progress. What does this mean?
Hello! I understand that this status can be somewhat confusing to a candidate. "In progress" can mean a few things, especially when the job is posted and reposted. It could mean something internal is changing,…View all answers »
A hiring manager is asking me compensation requirements via email. What is the best way for me to respond so I'm getting the best offer?
Hello! You want to take several factors into account when discussing compensation so that you provide a range that is mutually agreeable. Some of these factors include location, industry, and your experience.…View all answers »
Is it ok to put 'negotiable' when asked what your desired salary is? How do you ensure you aren't selling your self too short?
Hi! That is a great question and one that is thought about by most job seekers. One reason that employers ask this question on an application is to determine your expectations and to understand if your expectations…View all answers »
I am interested in navigating from a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education to a career in Human Resources. I have a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration, but am starting off with a corporate company as a Senior Recruitment Coordinator. What are some realistic HR career paths I can pursue?
Hello! Congratulations on your recent job acceptance! One of the aspects that I enjoy about Human Resources is the variety of experiences you can have in one function and continuously build your functional…View all answers »
In recent interviews I've found that I am introduced and interviewing with a manager in a whole different department than the role I applied for. We sit down and go through normal questions (why you would want to work here? etc.) I then start asking questions I have prepared that are related to my field and the role, and my interviewer often can't respond as they are unfamiliar with that work. Am I misunderstanding the interview? Is it common for an initial interview to be with just a manager-level person, regardless of the role I'm applying for?
Hello! More often than not, a recruiter will conduct the first round of interviews to understand the person’s qulifications and determine whether or not the job is a fit. In the initial interview, you…View all answers »
I'm in the process of trying to get my second internship. I found a couple through my school's website but they don't list when the internships start. I'm looking for a summer internship, as I am currently in the middle of my spring internship. However, some don't say "summer". Is it ok to email the company and ask when their internship starts for a particular internship before applying for them?
Hello! Most internships have a start date in the summer, however, there are some instances where internships/co-ops are for the fall/spring semester. If the internship is for a time outside of the summer, the…View all answers »
I graduated in January and still haven’t been able to find a job. How do I explain this period of time without employment on my resume?
Hello, congratulations on your recent graduation! Searching for a job after graduation in January can be challenging since a lot of companies focus on recruiting for entry level positions during the fall semester.…View all answers »
I'm an intern and it's my second week on the job. There is a jeans casual day this Friday - should I still dress in my formal business attire given I'm just an intern. Thanks!
Hello and congratulations on starting a new internship! If the company culture is to wear jeans on Fridays, I would think it is safe to follow your colleagues. However, I would also recommend asking either…View all answers »
Someone once told me that an interview is as much about me learning about the company as it is the company learning about me. Is that a fair assessment? For example should I feel free to ask my interviewer about why they like the company or where they feel its weak points are?
Hello! This is a great question! If you have been contacted for an interview, the recruiter has already identified skills and experiences on your resume that lead you to be a qualified candidate for the positon…View all answers »
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