Is it ok to e-mail companies directly expressing an interest in an internship/entry level position if they have no job openings that fit my profile? Is this more effective than applying for posted jobs? I feel that if a specific opening is posted hundreds of people apply and it is very unlikely to be invited for an interview.
YES, it is OK. In fact, it shows initiative which is an attribute admired by many hiring managers. If there is nothing available, there is a chance that a hiring manager or recruiter would…
I am graduating this summer with my Bachelor's in Sociology with a 3.9 GPA. I am currently the Social Media Coordinator for my university and the position goes away with my student status. So, I am hunting for jobs and I am finding I don't meet the 3-6 year minimum experience for the positions I am applying to. I am looking for positions in Human resources and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out?
Hi, Congratulations are your stellar academic performance!
First, make sure that you are translating in your resume and cover letter what you learned from your degree program that relates to Human…
When looking for a job online, does it make any difference whether I use job board aggregators (Monster, CareerBuilder, etc.) or apply directly through a company's website? If not, which aggregator(s) would you recommend?
Great question! Navigating the different options can be overwhelming. If you are using an online job board, there will be a link that connects the job board to the company website if they want you to apply…View all answers »
In recent interviews I've found that I am introduced and interviewing with a manager in a whole different department than the role I applied for. We sit down and go through normal questions (why you would want to work here? etc.) I then start asking questions I have prepared that are related to my field and the role, and my interviewer often can't respond as they are unfamiliar with that work. Am I misunderstanding the interview? Is it common for an initial interview to be with just a manager-level person, regardless of the role I'm applying for?
In most large corporations, it is common for your first round interview to be scheduled with a recruiter. I have never heard of a manager from a department outside of the position you are applying to, or outside…View all answers »
My job application status said applications under review next step interviews. Now, a few days later the status column is blank. Any idea what this means? Should I call the company?
Yes, if you are concerned or just want an update on your progress, you should reach out to the recruiter via email or phone. Most recruiters are happy to chat and let you know where you are in the process,…View all answers »
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