I'm about to start an internship with company that I'd really like to go to work for after I graduate. Do you have any advice about what I might do now or over the next year while I'm back in school before graduation to try and increase my chances of being hired there? Are there some common mistakes that interns make at this stage?
Hello! The best thing you can do is be as actively engaged in your internship as possible. Ask lots of questions, learn everything you can. Jump right in and show them that you would make a great addition to…View all answers »
Hi I am student at Hamilton Tech College in Davenport, IA. I am looking to get my foot in the door for experience in my new career. What's the first step I should take to finding something like this?
Great question! Internships are a great way to gain experience and learn about companies that you may be interested in. An internship will often times give you hands on experience that you may not be getting…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 »
What is an appropriate way to follow-up after an interview? How long should I wait to hear from them, how often should I follow-up, and what should I expect to hear?
Great question! A great way to follow up after an interview is with a nice thank you card, or via email. You do not need something extremely long but a short note thanking them for their time and letting them…View all answers »
If I am thinking of transferring internally within my company, should I try to keep that fact secret from my immediate supervisors or can I be open about it?
I strongly encourage employees to speak with their supervisors regarding internal opportunities. Your supervisor might have ideas and thoughts on potential training and development opportunities. …View all answers »
I know I’m not supposed to bash my former employer, but what if my last boss was a real jerk? What do I say if I’m asked why I left my first job so soon?
When you are responding to why you left your job, keep it professional. You do not need to elaborate and get into details. The job has to be a fit for both parties.View all answers »
Is the ability to think critically and solve problems more valuable to a potential employer than their education or work experience?
Critical thinking and problem solving are valuable skill sets to have but they are not excluded from your education and work experience. Think about times while getting your education that you had to work…View all answers »
What are the most important things to include on a resume?
Skills, Education, and Experience. Also, an objective of some sort may be important but you must make sure that it is relevant to the position you are applying for.View all answers »
Is it really necessary to send a thank you note after the interview?
Great question!! A thank you note is a great way to set yourself apart from others. Following up an interview is a nice way to remind the company that you are still interested in the position after meeting…View all answers »
My religious beliefs required me to do a couple years of service before college, and this delayed my graduation. Is this something I should explain to an employer or is my age at graduation irrelevant?
Your age at graduation is irrelevant. What matters is what skills and experience you bring to the table. Many people come into college at different points in their life whether the delay…