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Asked by Clark on March 3, 2017

I don't have much on my resume, but I did a lot of extracurricular activities. How exactly do I talk about that in an interview? What should I emphasize when discussing my volunteer work. How can I show that I'm good with time management and working with at team? What exactly should I say?

VFC have responded.

Your extracurricular/volunteer activities are work experience.  What you learned and accomplished through them is just as relevant as anything you might learn "on the job."  For example, when I ask…

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Asked by Carol on February 9, 2017

If I've been fired from my last job-how do I handle this? What do I put on my application? Say yes or no to contacting my last employer? How should I handle this in an interview?

VFC have responded.

I echo the other experts comments and would like to reinforce one point.  If asked, honesty in the best policy, but if it is not required on an application to provide the information, it is best not…

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Asked by John on November 12, 2016

I have been teaching for 7 years and am looking to transition to the corporate world. I have taught general and special education social studies, math, and language arts. My master's degree is in social studies education and my undergraduate degree is in economics and political science. Prior to teaching, I worked as a research analyst with a federal agency and with a nonprofit. I would like to transition to the corporate world in corporate training, market research, or another field. I was wondering if the corporate recruiters welcome teaching experience and if the transition is feasible.

VFC have responded.

Absolutely welcome!  There is the obvious connection with corporate training and the combination of your teaching experience and previous research experience should fit great as well.  Research is…

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Asked by James on November 6, 2016

I'm currently a student at TSTC. I'm going to graduate in May 2017 with a minor in Digital or Computer Forensics. I worked for a couple large tech companies but was laid off, so I decided to go to college to start a new career. I was hoping you could help me figure out what career I should maybe look into, or help me think about what to consider.

VFC have responded.

Strongly echo the comments of my fellow expert from AT&T, cybersecurity, information security, etc. would be an excellent career to consider.  It will only continue to grow and is applicable to every…

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Asked by Harsha on October 31, 2016

I have completed my masters in aerospace engineering and currently looking for entry level positions in the field of mechanical and aerospace engineering. I am an international student. I have been applying for a number of positions, but no responses. Could I be looking the wrong places? Any suggestions on how I should modify my search would be much appreciated.

VFC have responded.

Echo the suggestion made by the expert at AT&T.  On the surface, your skill set would seem very desirable, so make sure your resume is tailored to the jobs you are applying for and make…

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Asked by David on October 23, 2016

Is there any benefit to building a resume website, instead of a traditional website? If there is a benefit where should I start?

VFC have responded.

I would suggest for most jobs and professions at this point, a traditional resume will do, but having the website can be a differentiator for you, which is critical to anyone's job search...how do you stand…

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Asked by Jonathan on October 6, 2016

I have the opportunity to go on an international assignment with my company. My dilemma is that I'm not sure that the role is relevant for my longer term career aspirations. Is it better to just go for it- experience cultural challenges, etc.- or forgo the international assignment but pursue a role that may be more directly applicable?

VFC have responded.

Go for it!  Even if it turns out not to be directly applicable, the global experience you gain should more than make up for that.  Like many global employers, we highly value, but often struggle…

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Asked by Nandini on September 21, 2016

I am currently pursuing a second year in B.Tech in I.T. What should I do next - earn an M.Tech, pursue an MBA or find a job? I am seriously lost on what is supposed to be my career path after my undergraduate degree.

VFC have responded.

I think you need to start thinking about your career path differently than you seem to be right now.  Your career path should be unique to you, there is no my career path is supposed to be this or that. …

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Asked by Kumar on September 12, 2016

I just graduated and started with my first job. I've recently started to feel cheated into taking up this job by false promises in my interview. I feel my tasks have been snatched away to be given to others, and the assignments I do get are less important. Since this is my first job ever, and I am only 6 months into the industry, I am scared that leaving now would hurt my future prospects. How could I explain to a future employer why I left this job after only 6 months? I am confused and mentally stressed. I have spoken to my boss about my feelings, but it seems to be ignored. I feel unproductive. My parents told me to hold on at least a year. Please let me know what you think and what you suggest.

VFC have responded.

Sorry to hear about your situation.  I would not be overly concerned about leaving a job after 6 months.  Assuming your employer made false promises as you state and you've tried to address your concerns…

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Asked by Michael on August 17, 2016

Why do 99 percent of employers always want potential employee's to have a associates degree or higher for a job? I want a job as a safety supervisor or manager. I've been on safety committee for years, did audits etc. Why is it people like me that couldn't afford college but work hard and learn on the job don't have a chance? And what should I do to get noticed or hired without a degree?

VFC have responded.

Hello,
Sorry to read about your challenges here.  Your experience is not uncommon, but I can also share with you that there are many employers who don't have such requirements.  I've been with…

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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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