Does participation and/or leadership in clubs and organizations have any impact on an employer when reviewing applications and resumes? If so, how much? Is it as important as major, GPA, internship experience, work, etc.?
Good question! If you don't have any other leadership experience and that is something I'm looking for, then you better believe you want to include it! Is it the first thing I'm looking for, probably…View all answers »
I have built a strong professional network in my college town. However, for my career, I want to move abroad after graduation. What are some suggestions for building a network outside of my geographical region?
Studying or living abroad is something many people would love to pursue, and you’re smart to start growing your network now to make that goal a reality. For starters, tap your local network and do a quick…View all answers »
With all of the competition and expectations in the workforce now, how does one stand out to employers above the rest? And when meeting with someone for less than 5 minutes, how do you make a lasting impression?
First of all you need to be good at what you do and do it well. Make sure you clearly understand the goals and objectives and what you need to accomplish at work so you can meet those goals. Someone who doesn’t…View all answers »
I'll be heading home for winter break soon; how should I take advantage of this time and work on networking while I'm home?
Take a breather, relax, let yourself have a real break. When you feel good and like you are ready to pound the proverbial pavement, talk to the people you encounter about what you'd like to be doing. …View all answers »
Is there a value to attending professional networking events? What should I do to make the most of these?
Wow! Now that is a fully loaded question. So I'm going to go with a yes, with a caveat. Obviously people have to know who you are to want to hire you, work with you, invite you onto a project,…View all answers »
I’m graduating in 2 weeks with a MS in Aerospace Engineering. My interests are with aerodynamics and advanced design, but there're limited listed openings in that area. I’ve applied to 12, sent a couple cold emails, and had one phone screen. If I don’t make progress, is it better to apply to more jobs outside of my direct interests, but that I qualify for, or get a part-time while I keep looking?
Congrats on graduation! I hope you are feeling proud of your accomplishment.
Are you networking? Applying and cold calling can be totally adequate pathways to your dream job, but knowing someone…
What are employers looking for in a LinkedIn summary?
We're looking for you to make it straight forward to see you're awesome! Feel free to editorialize yourself in the summary, but at the end of the day it should be clear, concise, to the point and include…View all answers »
How should I respond to someone who keeps pending a job offer. I interviewed and was told that they are interested and working on an offer. I was very excited. I waited a week before I followed up, and the recruiter told me they were still working on the offer. Its now to the point where this has gone on for over a month. Should I send an email questioning if the offer is still being made, or move on?
How badly do you want this particular job? If it is your dream job, you are in a really small industry or you just out right want it, then wait it out. Continue to follow up, expressing your continued…View all answers »
Many studies show that women are less likely to ask for raises. How can I best prepare myself to effectively negotiate raises in my future career?
Hi there - as a woman who has faced that very thing, I can tell you the best conversation I ever had about why I deserved a raise happened when I went in prepared to speak to my work, my experience, my expertise…View all answers »
I have been through several employment interviews and many times I have been asked to describe a time when there was conflict in my life and how I resolved it. I am always caught off-guard and never what I should speak of. What are employers looking for when asking this question? What is the best way to approach this question while giving an honest answer?
Employers can certainly ask some interesting questions. If you do a quick internet search you’ll see questions like this are part of a widely-used technique called Behavioral Interviewing. The basic idea…View all answers »