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?
Let's talk about networking first. Do you have a LinkedIn page? That is the best way to get start networking. Start with your contacts, then your contact's connections. If you met someone at a job fair or industry…View all answers »
I've been living overseas, teaching English. My education background is social science. Before moving abroad, I taught as an adjunct instructor for a college. I've worked as a research assistant. In total, I have 10 years in education, with more than half spent in East Asia. I'd love advice and suggestions on how to make a career change. Specifically, which industries are open to my background?
Hi there! I would recommend first figuring out what you love and what you dislike in a job and going from there. Through you 10 years in education you've developed a lot of soft, transferable skills that I'm…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 »
When employers ask for a writing sample, what exactly are they looking for? Are there certain types of writing that would be more useful for them than others (i.e. research reports, creative writing, articles I wrote for the school newspaper)?
There's no standard, as you suggest, good writing can take many forms. Best thing to do is ask if the employer has a preference. If they don't, don't necessarily provide what you think might be…View all answers »
I just graduated,and am in the process of job hunting. What is your advice for finding a good job,and quickly?
Attend social networking events, get involved with the community, find ribbon cutting ceremonies where business professionals will be attending.View all answers »