How do recruiters view full-time service after college, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America? Will these experiences help or hurt my application for a corporate position?
Hi there! Long story short, these types of post collegiate programs should not hurt your chances of getting a corporate job. However, I would be very mindful of how you speak about these opportunities. You…View all answers »
About how long does it typically take to get your first raise in an entry-level position? Is this something big companies typically review on an annual basis, semi-annual, or should I just keep my head down and not think about it?
Hi there! This is a great question and I'm sure lots of other Jobipedia users have wondered the same thing. While each company is different, here are a few guidelines for helping you tackle any raise related…View all answers »
I was passionate about a number of social causes in college and spent time organizing rallies and protesting. Will this sort of “anti-establishment” activity hurt my chances with future employers? Should I take the photos down from my Facebook page/blog?
There are many ways in which you can spin these experiences to positively reflect on your skill set and your ability to lead. Regardless of your chosen industry the ability to influence others…View all answers »
When I was younger I struggled with a disability. I still have this but no longer struggle with it as much. I needed some assistance in school, but now I hardly mention it to anyone. In college I earned a 3.0 GPA. I revealed my disability to some of my professors because I found that I tend to learn better after doing something repeatedly. Is this something I should mention during my job interviews, or should I wait until after an offer is made? Thanks!
Hi there! This is a great question and one that I many Jobipedia users could benefit from. First and foremost, you should never feel ashamed of your disability or the additional time you require to truly…View all answers »
A number of the companies I have applied to have a notice somewhere during online application process that says even if I’m not accepted, they will keep my resume on file and consider me for future positions. Is there some advantage to being in a company’s system already (even if the application was for a different position), rather than just being a new applicant? Or am I just being brushed off in corporate speak (i.e. “don’t call us, we’ll call you”)?
This is a great question! As someone who works within a recruiting database very regularly, I can say there is certainly an advantage to being in an employers system. Often times there is a setting which allows…View all answers »
Hi, I have 2 years working in sales but I'd like to switch to digital marketing. I'm taking online courses with certificates but they are non-credited (my time and salary don't allow me to participate in a full credited university program). I experiment with social tools and document my online learning on my blog. Would that affect my employment opportunities knowing this is a very hand-on field?
Hi there! Your situation sounds very familiar to mine just one year ago. I had been in sales for 2 years and was looking for a way to transition into human resources. Your blog is a great platform for displaying…View all answers »
I have completed all rounds of my interview. After two weeks, I got an email from an HR manager that I am a finalist for the position. I followed up a couple days later with the same manager and he mentioned we will make a decision by the end of this week. Is this a normal timeline? And isn't it a good sign that they notified me I was a finalist? Thanks!
Congratulations! Getting to a final round interview is an incredible accomplishment and you should be so proud of that. It's an incredibly good sign for the Hiring Manager to reach out to you with this information.…View all answers »
Would you ever be willing to make an exception on a GPA requirement for an internship? If so, for what reasons?
We generally use a GPA cut-off of 3.0 as an eligibility requirement. However, our internship hires typically are well above this minimum. For students at the lower range, we like to see a significant commitment…View all answers »
When applying online for a job and they ask you to upload a cover letter, who do you address it to and how do you find the address?
Great question! Typically with online applications, this information is not necessarily always available. For addressing the individual, I would keep it general using "Hiring Manager"…
Can personality tests help you in a job you're already in? I realize they have tremendous value when searching for a job, but can they help you if you're already in a role? If they can how?
Great question! Personality and career aptitude tests are a great way to continue learning about yourself. The more you can learn about yourself and figure out how that aligns well with your…