I'm a business college student and the advice everyone gives is network, network, network; however, as a college student this can be very hard or intimidating because lots of the time these networking opportunities are at career fairs or industry association meetings. What are some tips to help stand out and what are some of the qualities or skills employers are mainly looking for in a candidate?
This is a great question. I have a couple of ideas on making a good impression at a career fair or association meeting. Research the companies that will be in attendance (choose 3 or 4 to really…
Hi! I am a senior in college and I had an internship this semester. I've learned a lot from this internship but I do not want to continue working here next semester. How do I find an internship in the same field (health care) in order to gain more experience? And what is a respectful way to stay in touch with my current internship employer as I look for opportunities at other companies as they could be a good reference for me?
Hello! It's great to seek experience with different organizations as you make your way through school. While you've learned a lot where you are at, it's OK to want to explore other options. I would start applying…View all answers »
I'm a college freshman, and I'm eager to have an intern in summer 2019. I can do anything, be anywhere, as long as a company accepts me. I've visited my career center, went to every career fair, and have applied accordingly. Still, I don't think I have a decent chance of getting an internship. What is the best way for me to earn an internship?
Some companies simply do not take freshman for internships because they are wanting to hire candidates straight out of the internship. There are some organizations, however, that do offer internships…
Who should a cover letter be addressed to if you are unsure who the hiring manager is?
It's fine to address your cover letter to "Whom It May Concern", "Hiring Team", or "HR Team".
From the perspective of an employer looking to hire recent graduates, what would be your opinion on 3-year accelerated college programs?
This is a good question. A couple of thoughts come to mind; it shows a good deal of commitment and passion to get into the workforce, as well as good prioritization and time management skills as long as you…View all answers »
What's the best way to ask an employer for a referral?
It's important to first make sure your current employer is aware that you are searching for a new position. This should not come as a surprise if you are approaching graduation. I would say to them that you…View all answers »
Do you recommend taking an unpaid position to gain experience?
If you find that the unpaid position will get you experience that you haven't been able to get elsewhere, I would say taking one would be beneficial. It is important to understand the position and make sure…View all answers »
Should I list all of my internship experience even if it is not directly related to the position for which I am applying?
I think it's valuable to list all of your work history (up to 10 years). Any internships will show that you are willing to work and take on tasks and learn new skillsets outside of your direct function.…
I get along with my coworkers fine, but I feel like I'm not making any meaningful connections. How do I change this?
This is a great question. I would suggest that when you meet someone, you ask if it's ok for you to put 15 minutes on their calendar to get to know them and their role a bit better. You can also suggest grabbing…View all answers »
What is an on-campus interview, and how does it differ from a regular one? Do employers view them differently or send different people to interview students? Would I have better chance of being hired on-campus?
Hi! An on campus interview simply means that the employers are coming to you, rather than you having to go to their location. I would say that an on-campus interview would have less interviewers than what you…View all answers »