/ Asked by L
Do employers not value internships and good schools? I recently graduated with a BA from an "ivy-league top tier university" and I have 2 yrs of experience on my resume from internships, fellowships,and research jobs that I did during summers or while at school. I don't say this to brag, I'm just confused. I've applied to many entry-level jobs but haven't gotten to the interview stage for even one. Why?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I wouldn't say companies don't value internship experience and an education from an ivy league school. It depends on the field you are trying to get in to. My question for you would be, is your internship and past experience relevant to the positions you are applying to? If your experience isn't relevant to the job, that could be why you aren't being called for an interview. If it is relevant, this could be a good time to re-vamp your resume. At the application stage, your resume is your first impression and you want to be sure it's appealing and thoroughly describes your past experience. Alter your resume to the position you are applying to. Consider searching for resume templates online. I would also encourage you to check out Jobipedia's resume guide ebook which includes great advice and tips from hiring experts.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, December 4, 2015
Companies absolutely value internships, experience, and education from top schools.  What you have to keep in mind is that there is significant competition for jobs currently and most of the candidates also have internship experience and degrees from quality institutions.  It is not unusual for a company to receive hundreds of applicants for one position.  What you should focus on is what will differentiate you from all of the other candidates that bring similar qualifications as you to the table.  One area that could differentiate you is leadership ability.  Seek out opportunities to be a leader in campus and community activities and when you have done this, make this a prominent part of your resume.  Remember to be patient and flexible in your job search.  Try not to box yourself in by only looking at certain companies in a certain location.  Expand your reach and try to expand your network.  And don't get discouraged if you do not get interviewed right away.  Be persistent and keep looking for the edge and eventually, an opportunity will present itself.
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Monday, March 14, 2016
Great question! Every organization has their own criteria of what qualifications they typically like to see for entry-level roles. Internships, co-op experience, and education are all a great start for a entry-level position out of school. If you're having difficulty receiving interest in your application there are a few items to consider: 

1.) How does your resume match up to the specific qualifications the positions asks for?
2.) Consider how competitive the job market is for a specific career area
3.) What specific highlights are you noting on your resume about your internships? Are you just listing that you did an internship or are you customizing your tasks completed to the entry-level role?

All the best to you in your career search! Hope this helps!  
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, March 14, 2016
Past internships & top tier universities are very much valued in most companies of any size. The questions regarding getting into the interview process has many factors and hard to signify without knowing all the details. Is your resume reflecting the experience the employers are looking for? Are you targeting the right positions? Are your internships related to the positions you are seeking? Are all the internship related or across many functions (which may not be related to every position you are applying for)? Have you tried writing cover letters to explain why you are the right person for the position? If you’re open to relocate that is something work noting in the cover letter as well. You may also want to work your network, they can help with steering you in the right direction, give you advice on your resume/cover letter and even point you in the direction of other internship roles you may not have considered.

Best of luck!  
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