Category:Job Search Advice

3 Simple Ways to Avoid the Hiring Black Hole & Differentiate Yourself to Employers

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By Sjoerd Gehring, Global VP of Talent Acquisition and Employee Experience at Johnson & Johnson Applying for a job is no easy task. When candidates submit a job application, it often feels as though it has disappeared into the hiring “black box.” Not only are candidates not given any information regarding their application, but they have to wait to hear back—often for a very long time. I recognize how incredibly frustrating this could be, but I assure you, you’re not alone. At Johnson & Johnson, we asked over 100,000 candidates what their biggest frustrations were. Over and over again, candidates … / Read more »




How Can I Better Utilize Recruiters to Land a Job?

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Grant K. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology asks: “In my experience, one of the best ways to get in touch with potential employers is to leverage professional recruiters. I have tried to find some on LinkedIn with very little success. I’ve tried different keywords but have not been able to find any. Do you have any suggestions?” Thanks for your question, Grant.  Targeting recruiters, both direct and third party recruiters, is a good idea and something you should include in your overall job search campaign.  However, remember that recruiters do not work exclusively for you so make sure … / Read more »




How can I learn more about internship opportunities in my field?

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Jenifer from California State University Los Angeles asked: “I am planning to major in communication disorders. How can I get in contact with someone to find out about internship opportunities or speak to about their experiences in that job field?” Jenifer, You asked a great question! Gaining experience and speaking with professionals in your field will put you in a positive position upon graduation. When I was a graduate student, I wanted to speak to as many higher education professionals as I could to learn about the field and the conversations were enlightening. My response outlines individuals and resources that … / Read more »




How Can I Steer an Employer’s Focus Off My Poor GPA During an Interview?

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Emmit from ITESM asks: “At the beginning of my college studies, I had some personal problems that affected my classroom performance.  As I approached graduation, I did well in my courses, but unfortunately, I have a poor cumulative GPA. How should I handle this situation on an interview?” Thanks for your question, Emmit.  This is not uncommon as I have heard this from a number of students who did not do well initially in college, but found their wings later on and finished strong.  Don’t let your GPA solely define who you are or let it determine the value that … / Read more »




How Can I Transition from Finance to Sonography While Finishing My Degree?

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Anthony from Tacoma Community College asks: “I am a financial manager that recently went back to college to pursue a technical degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. I just completed my EMT Basic certificate and want to gain experience in the medical field to acquire patient care hours. What is the best way to transition out of banking and into the healthcare industry, but still be able to continue my education and financially survive?” Thanks for your question, Anthony.  Congratulations on completing your EMT basic certification.  This is a great step forward towards both your technical degree in diagnostic medical sonography … / Read more »