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Questions to ask yourself when choosing between two job offers

After weeks of submitting your résumé, going to interviews, and talking to employers, you’re in the fortunate position to have two job offers on the table. With comparable salaries and job descriptions, how do you know which one to choose?

Are the offers bona fide?  Before assuming you have a choice to make, ensure you have both job offers in writing

How do the financial rewards compare? One of the prime considerations when considering a job offer is salary. But, you should also evaluate bonuses, perks, and benefits.

Internships Vs. Externships

#1 - Externships are shorter than internships - Internships are longer in duration and can last anywhere from 2-3 months, a semester, and in some cases an entire year. Externships, on the other hand, are for a considerably shorter length of time - sometimes just a few weeks.

Tailor your resume to the position or company

Companies don’t want to see generic resumes and cover letters. Show the employer that you have researched the organization, and it differentiates you from other candidates who gave generic resumes and cover letters. Custom resumes also show employers that you’re interested in the position. In addition, pay attention to details such as the format and font. If you’re faxing your resume make sure the font is 12 pt. to ensure it is legible and clear once received.

3 ways to get better at networking

Meeting and talking to people in the industry or company you want to work for is a great way to get your foot in the door. More than 50% of all jobs filled in the US in 2012 were from referrals of current employees. So how do you get better at networking?
 
Be interesting. Other people will want to talk to you when they think they can learn a few things by doing so. Meeting people can do nothing for you if you yourself have nothing to offer.
 

Tips for Turning Internships into Full-Time Offers

Internships are arguably one of the most important to-dos for students. Right from your first day, you are working tirelessly to secure one in a top company. But landing that internship doesn’t always guarantee you a long-term future at the company. Here are 3 tips to help you turn your internship into a full-time offer:
 
Be eager, and work with everyone. This may sound obvious, but don’t limit yourself to working with just one Associate or VP. Work with everyone.
 

When Not To Include Your GPA in Your Resume

Your resume might be the first impression you will make on potential employers, and it might be the most important.  With the average job post receiving over 50 applications, employers might not spend more than 10 seconds looking at your resume. One yardstick they focus on is your GPA. It's considered as “a heuristic for intellectual horsepower, commitment to excellence and work ethic.”  
 

Break Down Common Job Interview Questions into 3 Types Career Stories

Believe it or not, most job interview questions fall within three basic categories. With that in mind, it’s a better use of your time to prepare to address these basic categories of questions. While they may not be the only questions you will be asked, if you focus on developing a career story for the three question categories discussed below, you'll be ready to answer just about anything.

 

1. Your Work History

 

Typical questions:

 

What to do if you do not have a job at graduation

Keep going! Be persistent in your job search. Get up every day as if you're going to work, and spend time identifying and researching employers. Contact employers and schedule appointments. Make your job search your job!

Register. Sign up on job-search engines. Stay current and active on business networks like LinkedIn or social media sites like Facebook where you can find company profiles.

Salary Requests

When an employer requests a salary history, many job seekers find themselves at a loss. You don't want to price yourself out of a job, but you don't want the employer to offer less than the going rate for the position.

So what's the right answer?

Prepare Your Own Questions

First, understand the focus of a job interviewer. They want to learn as much about your skills as they do about your personality and potential "fit" for their company. They are not the "evil empire" or people wanting to do you psychological harm. They want to recommend you for or eliminate you from consideration for the available job.

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