My first job out of college was a disaster. Eventually, they fired me. How do I address being fired from my last job in an interview situation?
If asked about the situation the I recommend being transparent about it and showing where you are today with regards to the situation. The question will most likely be as to why you were…View all answers »
How do I write an objective statement on resume? Should I even include one on my resume?
I would definitely include an objective statement on your resume. Be sure to tailor it to the position you are applying for and make it a clear and concise statement that shows the employer who you are…View all answers »
Are interviewers more concerned with technical skills or general professional skills?
In my opinion it depends on the role. For engineers, the technical skills might be more important than the professional skills whereas a human resources/client facing role, the professional skills are…View all answers »
Over 2 years ago when I was 6 months pregnant,I lost my job due to my entire department being eliminated. I decided to stay home for a while with my new family but ready to work now. How do I explain the absence in employment during the application process so my resume isn't immediately put in the rejection pile? I cannot even get an interview before receiving a rejection letter.
I would recommend trying a note in your cover letter that addresses this gap in employment. Not anything lengthy, but just that you're ready to work after staying at home raising a child. It's…View all answers »
Is volunteer experience important for a potential employee to have?
Although it is not a requirement for most roles I would say it can be very important. I wouldn't advise putting every volunteering experience you've ever had on a resume, but choose a few key experiences…View all answers »
How do I fill out a resume/ application with no work experience?
I would be sure to include any school projects you have worked on that would pertain to your field of interest. Also, if you have any extracurricular activities that you partiicpate in, be sure to include…View all answers »
Hello, Should academic and athletic accomplishments, extra curricular activities such as clubs, student government and community service be included on your college resume... starting junior year this fall? Does it speak to ones work ethic or, does it look like boasting? If you have long list how would you determine what's important to include? Thank you
I would encourage you to include these types of activities and accomplishments on your resume. Not as the focal point, but, it does speak to you as a candidate by being involved in activities outside…View all answers »
Is it necessary to include a cover letter with a resume when applying for a job, if the job doesn't explicitly ask for one?
It's always good to include one. It gives you the chance to explain further why your the ideal candidate for the position. There are many articles about writing a great cover letter with tips and tricks. I…View all answers »
I'm an undergrad student majoring in Business Marketing. I'm also a member of the American Marketing Association and the PR for marketing club at the University of West Georgia. Would being an AMA member hold much value to employers at companies I wish to pursue for future employment opportunities?
You should absolutely include that information in your resume. It's always good to promote your "industry knowledge" through the organizations you are involved in. It also allows the recruiters and hiring managers…View all answers »
Should I address personal struggles and hardship I've had to overcome in my teenage years and early university years that explain some spots in my resume to a potential employer? If so, what is the best way to bring it up in a way that shows my resilience and my determination not to remain the victim of my circumstances? Thank you for your time.
I would suggest a cover letter. It allows you the opportunity to explain some of these elements quickly. You don;t want to overload the CL with too much detail, there is a delicate balance. Check out some sites…View all answers »