Most of us have done things we’d rather a future employer didn’t know about. It may be that we made stupid mistakes when we were young. Perhaps we got in with a bad crowd during our impressionable years. Either way, these aren’t exactly things we’re in any rush to put on our resume.
You may be surprised to find out that most successful people had a circuitous journey to get where they are today. I’m still a doctoral student, but knowing that I’m interested in an industry position after graduating I regularly conduct informational interviews with people who do what I want to do. Not only do I learn about the day-to-day of their job and the culture of their company, but I learn about how they got there. And like myself, their journeys are almost never a straight path down the middle.
Sometimes a curly-cue career path means you’ve done things that aren’t always relevant to your dream job. Leaving out those experiences may leave your resume looking patchy. So what do you do? Do you include them, or leave it blank and cross your fingers you can talk it out in the interview?
If you choose to leave a position off of your resume, be prepared with a positive, straight-forward answer for the interview (phone or in-person). If you took time off to travel, go back to school, health reasons, or family commitments, come up with a strong statement that you’re comfortable with. Luckily there are great resources online to help you explain your resume gaps the right way.
The number one rule when it comes to resume gaps is not to brush them under the rug. Make a decision to address them up front in your cover letter, or be prepared to answer questions about gaps in an interview. You can’t go wrong either way as long as you’re prepared.
Whether or not school was your “thing” growing up, the education we received from childhood onwards shapes who we thought we could be, who we became, and who we strive to become.
The academic discourse we experienced in school trains us to ask questions, consider multiple perspectives, and deliberate to make decisions. We learned something new every day when we were in school, and if you’re in graduate or professional school now, hopefully you still do. If you’re thinking about going back to school, seriously consider your options.
Don’t let naysayers discourage you. Additional training or a graduate degree can improve your employability. Training in a new discipline that you’re passionate about can bring joy to your job.
The medical field includes countless roles other than traditional physician and nursing positions. If you are interested in a medical career outside the traditional path, read on for some ideas.
Are you looking for an online tutor?
The Internet is a great resource to find a variety of services, and education is no different. Whether you’re looking to hire a tutor for your child or for yourself, there are a variety of options. Personally, I had a math tutor in middle school that helped me catch up, an SAT tutor in high school, and chemistry tutors in college. A straight-A student, no one would have ever guessed – but it’s important to ask for help when you need it. Since college I’ve given back, tutoring high school students in a variety of subjects and general life skills, as well as teaching nutrition students how to study for the RD exam.
So why hire a tutor? Why not just hit the books a little harder? Tutors provide one-on-one support – the tutor can adapt their teaching style to your learning needs. Teaching in a classroom is efficient because one teacher supports many students, but is not always as effective as one-on-one help. You can take extra time to focus on certain topics that get glossed over in a lecture, and do more practice on your weak spots.
Whether you're looking to go back to school or acquire new skills for a promotion or job change, there are concrete steps you can take to improve your employability and value.
Whether meeting a mentor-to-be for coffee and conversation or whisking through the second round of interviews for your dream job, making a great first impression is no longer limited to the meet-and-greet.
In this digital age, networking occurs as much online as it does in person. And people are more likely to reach out to you after Googling your name than from a business card at a conference.
What comes up for your name? Creating a professional online image is more than classifying your personal social media as private.
Let's talk about the combination of your in-person impression and your online footprint.
Today I'm going to tell you why I ditched my work purse [permanently] for a work backpack.
Yes, a work backpack.
While this is a bit different than my typical professional productivity post, this choice has made a big impact on my life both in the day-to-day and for big events like conferences.
So let's get started.
I gave a seminar just last week in my department about professional Twitter. Science communication has expanded to include Twitter, and social media is not longer relegated to personal life.
What's the difference between professional Twitter and non-professional Twitter? It's not a different site, it's just having an account for a different purpose.
Read more to read what I have to say about should you or shouldn't you; key aspects of a professional Twitter; benefits of professional Twitter; and finally - a free download of my guide to setting up your professional Twitter.
Working from home is on the rise, according to the 2017 US Census. From increased work-life flexibility and employee productivity to decreased real estate costs and overhead, remote work (or "telecommuting") offers benefits for both employee and employer.
Whether you're a grad student like me, self-employed working out of a home office, or telecommuting part-time, you've encountered the benefits and the challenges of working home. Challenges like distractions.
In this post we'll talk about several distractions you may be all too familiar with, and how to help nip them in the bud.
Why do people start their own business? It’s not easy, and the rewards can come and go. So why do it?
For some, the predictability of a 9 to 5 life doesn’t drive them – they feel unsatisfied and need something more. Perhaps they want more control, or they want to work for themselves. Both feed into the how small business owners do it all – accountant, data entry, HR manager, boss.
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