Should I only apply to jobs that I feel I’m qualified for? Or are some employers more interested in the person rather than a perfect match on paper for the open position?
I would say many employers are "interested in the person rather than the perfect match on paper" as you say it. Essentially we describe that as hiring for potential vs. past experience. More often…View all answers »
I have had two internships already (both 3 months, one in the spring & one in the summer) and was wondering how many internships is too much? Is it bad to have 3 internships all lasting 3 months? I also currently work as a waitress too & that is a position I have had for over a year.
I echo my fellow hiring expert, you can't have too many internships. Most employers will find your internship experience and your waitressing experience much more valuable than what you are learning in…View all answers »
My son is a senior in high school, and some of his friends are talking about attending our community college because it provides a direct pipeline into jobs his friends say pay pretty well. How can I convince him to go to a four year college? What's the best advice I can give him. I'm pretty worried about this.
Why do you want him to go to a four year college? Pursuing the community college route and starting a career earlier, may be the best thing for him. He can always go back and get the four year degree…View all answers »
Should I put my references’ contact information directly on my resume?
No, there is little to no benefit in doing so and if an employer is interested in your references, they will specifically ask for them as part of the application or later in the process. On a more subtle…View all answers »
How long should I wait after starting a job to ask for vacation time?
Best option is to ask about time off policies before taking the job. If your potential employer is not willing to share that information before you commit, you should seriously question whether or not…View all answers »
I took a major cut in pay with my last job. I don’t want this to set the stage for my salary at my next job. How should I handle this?
Many states and municipalities are now banning employers from asking about salary history and using it to determine your starting point in new role. While there are other reasons, the biggest driver for…View all answers »
I am a senior Mechanical Eng major trying to find my first job in engineering. During school, we are basically only exposed to the largest of companies (I go to a Top 10 engineering school) which obviously makes job hunting with the University incredibly competitive because these companies are only looking to fill 50-60 positions. Where should I go to look for smaller or lesser known companies?
I would suggest looking at some of the larger "job aggregators" such as Indeed.com, Simplyhired.com, Glassdoor.com, and LinkedIn.com. Even Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com are possibilities, though they…View all answers »
I would like to search for jobs that require a written skills exam (e.g literacy, math, IQ) and use this as a primary criterion in the hiring decision. How can I do this kind of job search? Are there job search engines, placement programs, or other resources that specialize in this or at least have it as an option? My job center told me that they did not know how one could do this.
I am not aware of any way to search for this specifically, the screening process you describe is rarely put in a job description, so you don't have anything to search for. I'm sure there are more opportunities…View all answers »
I am 44 years old and I studied modern languages in college a long time ago. The only jobs I had were translation and localization testing. The pay was quite low. I now have kids and my husband is the only one working. I have his and my family's support to study something new that will help me secure a good job and good income, and also something I enjoy. Any recommendations on how I should determine what to study?
I appreciate your approach in seeking something that you will enjoy as well as offers a good income for you. I run into people far too often who don't really enjoy what they are doing but hang on simply…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.
As Phil from Merck suggested, simply include your decision to stay home with family on your resume/appication, you should also inlcude the part about your department being eliminated. You can even write…View all answers »