I am a senior Mechanical Eng major trying to find my first job in engineering. During school, we are basically only exposed to the largest of companies (I go to a Top 10 engineering school) which obviously makes job hunting with the University incredibly competitive because these companies are only looking to fill 50-60 positions. Where should I go to look for smaller or lesser known companies?
I would suggest looking at some of the larger "job aggregators" such as Indeed.com, Simplyhired.com, Glassdoor.com, and LinkedIn.com. Even Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com are possibilities, though they…View all answers »
I would like to search for jobs that require a written skills exam (e.g literacy, math, IQ) and use this as a primary criterion in the hiring decision. How can I do this kind of job search? Are there job search engines, placement programs, or other resources that specialize in this or at least have it as an option? My job center told me that they did not know how one could do this.
I am not aware of any way to search for this specifically, the screening process you describe is rarely put in a job description, so you don't have anything to search for. I'm sure there are more opportunities…View all answers »
I am 44 years old and I studied modern languages in college a long time ago. The only jobs I had were translation and localization testing. The pay was quite low. I now have kids and my husband is the only one working. I have his and my family's support to study something new that will help me secure a good job and good income, and also something I enjoy. Any recommendations on how I should determine what to study?
I appreciate your approach in seeking something that you will enjoy as well as offers a good income for you. I run into people far too often who don't really enjoy what they are doing but hang on simply…View all answers »
Over 2 years ago when I was 6 months pregnant,I lost my job due to my entire department being eliminated. I decided to stay home for a while with my new family but ready to work now. How do I explain the absence in employment during the application process so my resume isn't immediately put in the rejection pile? I cannot even get an interview before receiving a rejection letter.
As Phil from Merck suggested, simply include your decision to stay home with family on your resume/appication, you should also inlcude the part about your department being eliminated. You can even write…View all answers »
When reviewing resumes and employment applications of newly graduated college students, do employers value a higher GPA or a more rigorous class schedule?
I would tend to say the GPA because how would I know how rigorous your class schedule was? Your question assumes that the employer knows more than they likely do about your chosen major and associated…View all answers »
For a Supply Chain Graduate level intern, what skill set and technical/behavioral skills do you expect on resume in order to land an interview? Also, would a supply chain professional take a look at a resume that was cold-emailed to you?
Not sure from your question if you are currently an intern or seeking an internship. If you are seeking an internship in Supply Chain, the technical/behavioral skills you reference are not as relevant. …View all answers »
Does what degree you have actually matter? Or do companies mostly look at the fact that you have a degree?
In general, experience is more important than a degree. Of course, if you are in college right now, your work experience will be limited, so the degree is more important at this stage in your career,…View all answers »
5 yrs after grad school, I have been climbing the latter with a promotion every year. I understand this is not the norm, but as a 29 yr old I am already sitting in a senior-level position where my role is completely handled with more room to grow. If I decide to look for other employment so I can keep learning and growing: how do you write this on a resume without sounding like I have a huge ego?
First of all, congrats on your career growth to date! While it's not the norm as you suggest, it is a great story that future employers will want to hear from you. The key word in my previous statement,…View all answers »
How (if at all) can a internship with an arm of the federal government translate to bringing a unique experience to private sector work?
Absolutely, internships are a great opportunity for you to gain experiences and try things you may not be inclined to if it was a full-time job. A diversity of experiences are more welcome than ever in…View all answers »
I possess a two-summer internship. Would it be beneficial to complete the second portion of my internship in a office similar to that of the first? Or would showing variety and choosing to work in a different office show flexibility and an ability to succeed in varying office environments?
There is nothing wrong with going back to the same office, but I would recommend choosing to work in a different office for the 2nd summer for the reasons you state and more. Change is more constant than…View all answers »