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Asked by Abbi on September 9, 2017

I have applied online to dozens of internships and full time positions for which I am qualified based on the posted job descriptions, necessary skills, and preferred skills. I have yet to even earn an interview from a position I applied to online. Are jobs that are posted online typically filled by online applicants? How can I improve an online application?

Emerson have responded.

I cannot really say much on why you are not receiving feedback or call-backs since I do not have access to your resume.  You may want to attend a resume clinic at your local unemployment department or…

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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.?

Emerson have responded.

Hello and thank your for your question!
Similar to the what the other experts have said, the first thing recruiters are going to look for is prior co-op or internship experience.  In the absence…

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Asked by Cameron on January 21, 2018

I attended two different undergraduate colleges, and I participated in extracurricular activities at both. On my resume, should I list those extracurricular activities by school, or can I just lump all the extracurricular's together? Thanks!

Emerson have responded.

I recommend listing the Extracurricular Activities in one place, rather than split between the two schools, just to ensure the information is organized in a way that is easy to find/understand.  If…

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Asked by Cameron on January 21, 2018

On my resume, should I list my degree, then university, then GPA? What's a good arrangement for this on a resume?

Emerson have responded.

Typically when looking at resumes, you'll see the Institution listed first, with the dates attended/when the degree is expected, followed by the degree type and major being pursued.  From there, I…

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Asked by David on November 16, 2017

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?

Emerson have responded.

Winter Breaks are a fantastic time to do groundwork for future employment opportunities, especially if you are looking to return to your hometown when searching for those roles.
A good place to start…

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Asked by Jake on August 7, 2017

What is a good way to get into behavior analysis?

Emerson have responded.

Volunteer and internship opportunities are usually available in the fields of child development and social welfare.  However, if you want to start in your own community, volunteer and entry level opportunities…

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Asked by Madeline on November 2, 2017

I am currently a management major at my university and debating changing to organizational leadership with a minor in management. I would like to work in the HR department of a company in the future. I have yet to pin a difference in the two majors. Will it matter what degree I hold in order to achieve a management position in a company? Thanks!

Emerson have responded.

In our department, we have both majors and then some others as well. It's just a different path to the same field!
The difference between the two majors typically tends to be the focus of the studies. …

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Asked by Hayley on September 8, 2017

When thinking about the future, how important is it to follow a step-by-step agenda? I think as college students, we sometimes get consumed by this "checklist" but if we don't get an internship by a certain time in our lives or complete things exactly as recommended is that truly a bad thing?

Emerson have responded.

A checklist is a great tool to help us stay on track, it encourages commitment to a plan and designates the steps necessary toward accomplishing a goal in mind. It works for some people, myself included, in…

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Asked by KelliMae on September 10, 2017

Is the ability to think critically and solve problems more valuable to a potential employer than their education or work experience?

Emerson have responded.

I wouldn't say that critical thinking and problem solving skills are more important than education or work experience. Education and work experiences are "hard skills," where the critical thinking and…

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Asked by Katherine on September 10, 2017

How does one market oneself in an interview for a position in which they may not have had much experience even though they may have a genuine interest in working the field?

Emerson have responded.

Exploring and venturing into a career path unrelated to one’s main field of expertise is often exciting. Do research the position, organization, and industry well before your interview – in other…

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