Do you have a burning career-related question?
Then ASK EMILY by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by using drop box in the large Student Lounge.
Hello! My name is Emily Stines; I am the Employer Relations Specialist here at Sullivan Tech! For those of you who don’t know what that means or what I do, I assist students and graduates with their resume, job search, interview skills, and more! I also create and maintain relationships with local employers to ensure they are coming to you first for their hiring needs! I’m writing this advice column to answer any career-related questions you may have. Below, I have answered some of the more frequently asked questions. If you have specific questions you’d like me to answer in the next edition, you can email me or drop them in the “Ask Emily” box located in the large Student Lounge. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to keep all questions anonymous!
Should I include my high school accomplishments on my resume?
No, if you’re taking college courses, it is implied that you have graduated high school. Use the education section on your resume to highlight your program of study, expected graduation date, campus involvement, and the achievements you’ve been awarded at the collegiate level.
How long should my resume be?
It depends. I always say, if it’s more than one page, the experience should be directly applicable to the position or field to which you are applying. Otherwise, try to keep it at a single page. Clean, concise and simple is always best!
Most internships are only a couple of months long, is it even worth it?
Absolutely! I gained some of my most valuable skills and experiences through internships! Don’t turn these away because they only last a few months. Look at it as a growing experience that will lead you to better opportunities down the road. Also, the earlier you start building your network, the better!
How do I respond to an interview question I don’t know the answer to?
Be honest. Telling the truth, even if it’s not what the interviewer wants to hear, is one of the most respectable ways to respond. “I don’t know” is not an appropriate answer in this situation. Instead try, “I don’t have the answer, but here are the steps I would take to figure it out…” This will give the employer a better idea of how you will face challenges or learning curves in the workplace.
Do I have to wear a tie to an interview?
YES! Dress to impress! If you feel like your outfit isn’t professional enough, it probably isn’t. Don’t forget, interviews are your first chance to make a great impression!
Are thank you notes outdated?
No, handwritten thank you notes are not outdated, and you SHOULD be following up to employers with one! This small gesture can really make you stand out from the rest of the pack. Please see me if you need thank you cards, or help formulating a note!
Emily Stines is the Employer Relations Specialist at Sullivan Tech. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Communications, and is now pursuing her MBA at Sullivan University. Her hobbies include: Watching live music, explorin’ nature, playing sand volley, cheering on the Cards, and hanging with her friends and family!