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Asked by Collin on October 11, 2016

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?

HP have responded.

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…

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Asked by chance on October 5, 2016

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?

HP have responded.

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…

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Asked by Nefer on October 10, 2016

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.

HP have responded.

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…

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Asked by Alison on August 9, 2016

I just received a degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) and am looking into employment options. Seeing as BME is a newer field, many companies do not advertise directly for a BME in their job listings. What other industries are available to biomedical engineers? And what are some nontraditional companies interested in a biomedical engineers?

HP have responded.

Great question! My first go to was LinkedIn. I looked up people with BME Degrees to see where they are employed. There are people at Apple, GE, the Government, the usual suspects of Hospitals and Medical device…

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Asked by Eric on August 27, 2016

I am a senior majoring in Management Information Systems. I have very little technical background and I was just offered an internship as a help desk tech. I am hoping to become either a Systems Analyst or Business Analyst. Will the skills I gain from this internship help me find employment in one of these fields easier? What certifications would be beneficial?

HP have responded.

Congrats on the internship! It can definitely help beef up your resume to land the right full-time position. You should also let your managers and mentors know your career plans, they may be able to help network…

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Asked by Jessica on August 10, 2016

Has an employee ever been hired from their LinkedIn page or from a new LinkedIn connection?

HP have responded.

Absolutely! Recruiters love LinkedIn. It's a great resource for sourcing talent. Keep your profile updated and robust. Many companies also use LinkedIn job postings regularly and that's a great resource for…

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Asked by Susan on July 25, 2016

My boss often puts expectations on me that I'm uncomfortable with. He often expects me to put my job over my home life and family and it seems that he thinks our career should always be our #1 priority. Because of this, I also have slipped into thinking that. How do you maintain a work/life balance? Is it important to do so? How do I communicate with my boss that I have other priorities?

HP have responded.

Great question! Work life balance seems like it is an important topic to you, it is for me as well. There is a great Ted Talk about it, https://www.ted.com/talks/nigel_marsh_how_to_make_work_life_balance_work.…

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Asked by Duke on November 19, 2015

I want to apply for a warehouse management supervisor position, hopefully something in logistics and supply chain. What kind of ability, skill and qualification do you need?

HP have responded.

Great question! All job descriptions map out the skill requirements and job qualifications, and some even add if additional “nice to have” or preferred skills. The job description also typically…

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Asked by T on May 15, 2016

On my resume, I list various computer programming languages I have learned and used. Some of the languages I learned using online websites or used them a long time ago and I don't remember much about the language. I was wondering if I should still list those languages on my resume?

HP have responded.

Awesome question, and you are not alone! I've had many students ask me this at campus events. What languages you put on your resume, expect to be tested on by the hiring team.

I give students 2 options,…

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Asked by Dimitros on November 23, 2015

Is it normal for companies to give very specific case study questions, even to people who might not have worked that specific role but have knowledge of the business? Why is information with regards to ethnic and religious background collected during the application process? Does it affect my chances of being hired?

HP have responded.

Case studies are a great way for managers to determine your ability to think outside of the box, how you think critically, and how you strategize. Most universities also bring in case studies into the curriculum…

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