Career Questions


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Common Career Questions       

What are the most common questions we hear about people’s careers? What is the most important question to you about your career? Are the questions different for new college graduates than they are for people who have been in the workforce for a long time? It is important to consider these questions, especially in a city as big as New York where the possibilities, as well as the competition in the job market are endless. Here are just a few of those questions with some suggestions on how to deal with them.

  1. In the technological age we live in, why do I need a cover letter? Well the first reason is not necessarily the best reason, but most hiring managers and HR recruiters simply will not consider a candidate who does not provide a cover letter to accompany the resume. This is almost arbitrary but none the less, it is true.
  2. Another reason for the cover letter is that it can be used as your introduction to the company. A cover letter lets you address things you can’t address in a resume, if you are following the basic format for resumes.
  3. What is this thing everyone is talking about called a portfolio which we never had when I was interviewing for new jobs? Nowadays, everyone has a portfolio and most hiring managers would be happy to see one included in your application.
  4. A portfolio is just a compilation of documents that show who you are professionally and what you have done in your career. So what types of documents might go in a portfolio? Start with your resume and cover letter. Next add a copy of your degree and/or diploma to show your educational credentials. If you have any specialty certificates you should include them.
  5. Now place your honors, awards and letter of recommendation next in your folder or binder.  Only include the letters of recommendation that are pertinent to the job you are interviewing for.
  6. Writing samples should be included even if you don’t intend to take a job as a writer. Every job usually has some type of writing component even if it is just monthly reports. Show the hiring manager that you understand that and can write a good report.
  7. Finally, be sure to include in your portfolio a list of references. This is different from the letters of recommendation we mentioned earlier. These are general letters from individuals who know you well and who can be called by the Human Resources Department for a more detailed discussion of your work, your work ethic, decision making process and anything else that the interviewer believes will help her/him make the best possible hire.
  8. Now add anything miscellaneous to your field of endeavor. If you are an architect then include blueprints or drawings. If you are a writer include samples, an engineer might include samples of designs. Whatever it is, make sure you have included something the hiring manager can look at and engage all of his or her senses in the interview process;


Your interview portfolio is an integral part of your total job interview package.  You can put as much or as little into as you want, but make sure you have one.


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