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Asked by h on August 1, 2017

My job interviews seem to be going nowhere. I just started in my field. I've been working since I graduated, but my last project was mid-2016. Since, I've done small jobs with companies, but I'm still looking for a full-time position. People seem to question why I got away from my degree and into something new. What should I say when I answer? 

Grace have responded.

I am sorry to hear that your job interviews are not going well. I think you are saying that you are taking any jobs/projects to keep yourself busy and bring in money, however, they are not in your field. I…

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Asked by Luisa on July 20, 2017

I have just been completely and successfully discharged from Ch 13 Bankruptcy and have fully satisfied all that was required under the plan. My filing bankruptcy was such a painful experience for me and my family but it was all I could do to maintain a home for my children after going through two dramatic and long unemployment periods after the 2009 Financial Crisis. I have relocated and am searching for a job in Financial Services. How can I address my bankruptcy? And how will it reflect or prevent me from ever being able to find work in the profession that I love?

Grace have responded.

That sounds horrible. I would be honest about the fact that the 2009 financial crisis impacted you greatly. Address your bankruptcy head on and let potential employers know that you are excited about how you…

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Asked by Maura on May 30, 2017

I recently applied to a job and saw that I had a 3rd connection with the individual currently holding the position I applied for. In general what are the guidelines for asking to be introduced on LinkedIn?

Grace have responded.

Hi Networking,
I believe that this is what the LinkedIn platform is about: using your network/connections to assist you in connecting with leads, getting advice, and, of course, helping you land a job.…

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Asked by Nathalie on May 25, 2017

I’m finishing my first internship and have secured a summer internship. Do I need to let the boss of my current internship know that I got another position? We’ve reached an understanding that I will no longer be with the company for the summer.

Grace have responded.

Absolutely, I would speak to your first supervisor to confirm your end date and to let them know that you secured another position for the summer. You will want to thank them for their time and what you have…

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Asked by Rianne on May 22, 2017

I am a Paralegal by trade, and want to apply for a job opening. This employer has asked to include a creative writing sample with my resume. What is this employer looking for? I've never had anyone ask for this, so I'm not sure what they want.

Grace have responded.

Grace also asks for writing samples when hiring in our legal department. Send a sample that you feel is the best representation of your work. It can be anything. I would look for the best sample you have, consider…

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Asked by Gennadii on March 28, 2017

I'm structural stress analysis engineer with 8 years experience. I'm trying to apply for each opportunity in the United States but I do not have US citizenship or a green card. How can I find employer who will help me with this?

Grace have responded.

Your profession sounds interesting, but you are in a challenging situation. I would probe for global companies and companies who state that they are willing to sponsor. This is quite costly for employers, but…

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Asked by Nigel on March 5, 2017

What's something about the job or a career that most people would not know about?

Grace have responded.

I’m not sure if I understand the question, but I do think this is a great question to ask the interviewer. When interviewing, communication is a two way street. You are interviewing the company for fit…

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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?

Grace have responded.

This is an excellent question. I would suggest that you list your extracurricular activities and include details such as the leadership, communication, organization, and time management skills you acquired.…

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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?

Grace have responded.

This is tough for all involved. I would say honesty is the best policy. You can say things on your application such as “I was let go” or “difference of opinion.” What you want is the…

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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.

Grace have responded.

I would recommend determining what you want to do after you graduate. Create a map if you will of your goals and write what you steps you need to take to achieve them. If you do not know the steps you can search…

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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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