How important is networking during an internship? Is it more beneficial to spend my time completing projects valuable to the mission of the office or would I benefit more from taking time away to have lunch/coffee with others to get name recognition?
Great question! Networking and project completion are both important aspects of your internship experience. Completing projects are a necessary part of your internship and they will really showcase your abilities…View all answers »
I have just completed my first internship as an engineering student. Although I enjoyed some of the jobs I completed, I did not have the opportunity to make engineering decisions often. If my next internship is similar, would it be appropriate to ask for more responsibility so I am better prepared for my first job after graduation?
Interning within your desired field is a great way to get a taste of what the role is really like. Sometimes, internships can not offer the extensive details that a full-time engineer may encounter on the day…View all answers »
How much do employers look at extra curricular activity in college? Are there some organizations to avoid?
Employers value not only relevant course work and work experience, but extra curricular actives as well. Extra curricular activities can help fill the blank spaces on your resume, if you have a limited amount…View all answers »
I've found that many employers believe college graduates lack oral and written communication skills. Outside of the required English courses and public speaking course, how can I improve my communication skills to be better prepared for my first job outside after graduation?
This is a great question! Oral and written communication are huge assets to any candidate when applying for a new role. I would recommend speaking with your Career Services center regarding mock interviewing.…View all answers »
I'm trying to figure out what kind of clothes to wear for my internship at a radio station. I noticed some people wearing shorts and some in khakis. Any suggestions for what I should be wearing?
Start by checking with your supervisor. Different departments within a company may have separate dress codes. If the radio station has an employee handbook, that may outline the dress code as well.View all answers »
What's an appropriate way to ask someone if you can use them as a reference on your resume?
I recommend prior to adding someone as a reference, to always check with them. I would check with past supervisors, professors that you worked with closely or mentors from an internship. Employers will typically…View all answers »
Do you recommend putting relevant course descriptions on an entry level information technology resume?
Adding relevant courses to your resume are a great way to fill blank space. If your one-page resume does not have space that would make the resume seem limited, than I wouldn't recommend adding the coursework.…View all answers »
When do you know its the right time to leave a job?
There are a number of reasons that people leave jobs. It could be related to salary, company fit, or the finding of a better role. Listing out the pros and cons of not only the job, but the company will help…View all answers »
I know I should be taking advantage of LinkedIn to network as a recent college graduate, but I'm not sure who I should be connecting with. Do you have any advice?
LinkedIn is a great way to build your professional network. Start by your first ring of contacts; current colleagues, past supervisors/colleagues, professors, and classmates. From there, you can connect with…View all answers »
I am very shy and uncomfortable with networking. I feel rude when I ask people for favors or if they can help me find a job. Any advice?
Finding a new job is a very stressful time! The biggest recommendation I can make to you is to build your network. If you do not already have a LinkedIn profile, definitely create one. Add as many connections…View all answers »