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Asked by Kristen on October 18, 2017

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.?

DuPont have responded.

Good question! Internship and work experience tend to be the most important, followed by GPA. GPA is not necessarily a determining factor, but a high GPA be a plus. When recruiters and/or hiring managers…

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Asked by Thalira on October 2, 2017

When I graduated high school I went off to pursue a degree in fashion design. A professor I had lacked enthusiasm in teaching a class that was directly related to my major. I was discouraged. I came home and attended a community college for a semester but eventually dropped out for the same issue. It has been about three years and I am jumping back on the saddle taking classes once again and it seems to be going very well this time around. In this three year span I had a job that I would rather not put on a resume/application. Other than that I do not have any other type of work experience. I want to work in the fashion industry and retail, I believe, is a great start. I was wondering if you could recommend what else I can put on my resume when it comes to work experience. I was in theater, band, and a cheerleader in high school. Should I include this on my resume? What else could I include as I don't have much work experience?

DuPont have responded.

I would say in your case, you'll want to list your work experience on your resume even though the work isn't directly related to the industry you want to get into. You'll still want to list it to show that…

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Asked by Karah on September 21, 2017

In an interview for a company, is what you wear a major factor in the interview or do interviewers even look at how you dress?

DuPont have responded.

It is very important to dress appropriately. I would suggest asking the recruiter/hiring manager about the dress code. Depending on the position/work location there may be specific requirements (i.e. steel…

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Asked by Hayley on September 11, 2017

If employers are starting to look for more experience and critical thinking, why is it becoming essential to gain a master’s degree to secure a job?

DuPont have responded.

Great question! Definitely a hard one to answer though because this ultimately depends on your desired career path and the company that is hiring. Specialized/niche jobs may require higher education, while…

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Asked by Abbi on September 9, 2017

Research indicates that companies want their recent grads to be good problem solvers. How can I show a company on my resume or in an interview that I am a good critical thinker and a good problem solver. How do companies evaluate these skills in a person they do not know very well.

DuPont have responded.

Very good questions. I’ll do my best to answer each of them… The first part of your question (how you can show a company that you’re a critical thinker/good problem-solver) can be addressed…

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Asked by Evan on August 27, 2017

I've found that many employers believe college graduates lack oral and written communication skills. Outside of the required English courses and public speaking course, how can I improve my communication skills to be better prepared for my first job outside after graduation?

DuPont have responded.

It’s great that you’ve taken the initiative to improve your communication skills! Depending on your major and/or professional goals, you may also want to think about a technical writing course.…

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Asked by Taylor on August 13, 2017

I am a senior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. I was wondering when I should be looking for job postings for positions to be filled after I graduate in May of 2018? I was also wondering what job title I should be searching for if I am looking to eventually move up to Engineering Manager.

DuPont have responded.

I would suggest to start applying for jobs several months prior to graduating. You could even consider to start looking and applying in early 2018. Starting early gives you more time to practice and hone in…

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Asked by John on July 20, 2017

I graduated with a master's in mechanical engineering, but aside from research work, I do not have formal industry experience in my field. It's been about a year since my graduation and I've had no luck finding a position so far; has the window passed for me to find a career opportunity within my field of study?

DuPont have responded.

You have not missed your opportunity! Try to focus on entry-level positions, meaning they are open to new graduates. Keep an eye out for rotational programs also.
On your resume try to highlight…

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Asked by Justine on July 6, 2017

Hi, how do I find my passion?

DuPont have responded.

Hi there! 
Great question!!  First you may ask yourself if there is something you already love doing, such as a hobby? Once you have it narrowed down, then ask yourself are there…

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Asked by Albert on June 13, 2017

I applied for a job two months ago. It's status says in progress. They also posted the job again. I applied again. It's still saying in progress. What does this mean?

DuPont have responded.

I would reiterate what Ashley said. It can take some time for companies to fill roles. There may be something going on internally that would delay the progress. They may be considering internal candidates…

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Blog post on March 20, 2015

Networking For A Job While You're Still In College

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No matter how many credits you have until graduation, you know the day is coming when you’ll need your first “real” job. For some it feels like a long way off, but for others the day of self-sufficiency is coming all too soon...

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Blog post on March 17, 2015

3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship

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Internships can be pure joy, filled with numerous opportunities during summer break or post-graduation. An internship also has the possibility to be pure undiluted slog...

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Blog post on March 12, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search

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Once you find a job you're interested in, the path to employment is fairly straightforward. Resumes, applications, interviews and, if all goes well, a job offer...

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Blog post on March 10, 2015

Anxiety and the Interview

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Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...

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Blog post on March 5, 2015

How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary

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You networked like a savant, crafted the perfect resume, knocked the interview out of the park, and were offered the job! Your moment of jubilation is met with the sudden thud of a less than impressive initial salary offer. Negotiating a salary at any level can be difficult, but this can be especially difficult if you are starting your first job out of college...

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Blog post on March 2, 2015

How to Change Careers

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Changing careers is common for many people. Whether you’ve simply discovered you actually hate your current career path or your industry has made it impossible for you to continue being employed...

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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You found the perfect job opening. It has all the elements you desire: compensation, corporate culture, and location are all in line with your dream job...

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Blog post on February 23, 2015

Coffee Fiends In The Workplace

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Coffee is a national pastime for millions of people in the US. From the first cup shortly after the alarm goes off in the morning, to the 3pm refuel we’re a country that loves our bitter caffeinated beverages...

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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Vacation time can be a difficult subject to deal with in the workplace. Most companies have a set amount of paid time off based on various elements that designate a person’s ‘right’ to more or less vacation...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...

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