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Asked by Robert on February 13, 2018

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.

VFC have responded.

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…

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Asked by Cynthia on February 6, 2018

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?

VFC have responded.

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…

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Asked by Rylan on February 22, 2018

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?

VFC have responded.

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…

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Asked by Melissa on September 7, 2017

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.

VFC have responded.

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…

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Asked by Kaylie on September 13, 2017

When reviewing resumes and employment applications of newly graduated college students, do employers value a higher GPA or a more rigorous class schedule?

VFC have responded.

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…

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Asked by Vaish on September 6, 2017

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?

VFC have responded.

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. …

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Asked by Abby on September 15, 2017

Does what degree you have actually matter? Or do companies mostly look at the fact that you have a degree?

VFC have responded.

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,…

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Asked by Matthew on August 29, 2017

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?

VFC have responded.

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,…

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Asked by Noah A. on September 5, 2017

How (if at all) can a internship with an arm of the federal government translate to bringing a unique experience to private sector work?

VFC have responded.

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…

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Asked by Noah A. on September 5, 2017

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?

VFC have responded.

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…

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