Career Doctor’s Most Common College, Career, Job Questions
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Note: Quintessential Careers CEO and Publisher Dr. Randall Hansen has been involved in writing his career advice column, Ask the Career Doctor Blog, for more than a decade, and in that time has received thousands of emails from all types of students, job-seekers, and career counselors — from teens struggling with part-time work or choosing a college to older workers fighting age discrimination — and everything and everyone in between!
Dr. Hansen has compiled the most common questions into a series of articles he calls The Career Doctor’s Cures & Remedies to Quintessentially Perplexing Career and Job-Hunting Ailments.
What are some of the most common questions Dr. Hansen receives? And what are the solutions to these common job-seeker problems?
The Most Common College, Career, Job Questions… from Students, Job-Seekers, Career-Changers
- What is a cover letter — and why is it important?
- How do I go about writing my resume?
- How do I go about finding a new job?
- What are the most common job-interview questions?
- How should I best prepare for job interviews?
- How do I conduct a long-distance job-search?
- I send out lots of resumes but don’t ever get any interviews — what’s wrong?
- I get my share of job interviews, but I never get any job offers — what’s wrong?
- How many versions of resumes should I have — and why?
- I’m considering graduate school, but I don’t know where to start. Can you help?
- How do I go about changing careers?
- How do I gain the necessary experience employers seek?
- How do I go about finding the ideal career for me?
- How do I find a job online? And why haven’t any employers who posted ads online responded to my emails?
- How do I go about looking for a new job after being fired/terminated/downsized?
- What’s the best resume format for me?
- How can I get more information about ———- career?
- How do I go about getting information about companies? And why is it important to do so?
- Networking seems mostly about using people. How can I network without feeling that way?
- I’m thinking about going to college, but I don’t really know how to start looking for one. Can you help?
- What kinds of jobs are there out there for teens — and how can I find one?
- How do I go about choosing a college major?
- How should I deal with an employer’s request for a salary history or salary requirements?
- How do I go about getting the best salary… the best job offer?
- What are the key elements and rules of resumes today?
- Do I really need to write thank-you letters to employers?
- How important is follow-up in my job-search?
- Should I moonlight — get a second job — and how do I go about doing it?
- I’ve heard of something called informational interviews. What are they and why should I do them?
- Why is the concept of corporate culture important to job-seekers — and how do I go about understanding it?
- Why do employers ask oddball questions at job interviews — and how should I handle them?
- How do I go about finding an internship?
- What’s the deal with job-seekers and career portfolios?
- What’s your take on survival jobs?
- How do I find time for job-hunting when I’m working fulltime?
- Where can I get the experience I need to successfully change careers?
- Is there a way to climb out of the low-wage cellar?
- How do I make a salary counter-proposal?
- Can you describe the process for finding job leads?
- Is there a strategy for completing job applications?
- I am a college student — how do I know if I have chosen the right major and career path?
- How do I find my career passion?
- What are the three most important elements of job-hunting?
- How do I strike a balance between work and family?
- What’s the best way to go about resigning from my job?
- How do I go about asking for a raise?
- Can you explain the relevance of storytelling in job-hunting?
- How can I go about developing my personal brand?
- What are the skills that employers seek in job applicants?
- How do I know when it is time to leave my job?
This article is part of a series from The Career Doctor’s Cures & Remedies to Quintessentially Perplexing Career and Job-Hunting Ailments. Read more.
Who is the Career Doctor? Learn more, read his current career column, or browse the column archives when you visit the Career Doctor’s homepage.
Dr. Randall S. Hansen is a nationally recognized career and job-search expert. He is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He’s often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.
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