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I did not do an internship.

I did not do an internship.

QUESTION: During COVID-19 pandemic, I couldn’t get an internship. Now I’m graduating with no experience which is atypical for my chosen career path. What should I put on my resume?What did you do instead of an internship? Take more classes? Volunteer?  I would focus...

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Should I use a nickname?

Should I use a nickname?

QUESTION: As a Chinese native, I plan to use my westernized first name, "Jennifer," on my resume instead of my real name: "Xiaoying." What are some best practices around using "nicknames" on a resume?Name bias is real, repulsive, and career-damaging. Resumes using...

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Same Name

Same Name

QUESTION:  I share a name with a person who has a bad public reputation, and I think it’s costing me interviews. What can I do about this?You have several simple options to differentiate yourself:> Use a nickname> Use a middle initial (Michael B. Jordan)> Use...

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Resumes for Board Roles

Resumes for Board Roles

QUESTION:  I am interested in getting roles on both corporate and nonprofit boards. How do I write my resume for this purpose? Do I need two different resumes - one for corporate board roles and another for nonprofit board opportunities?To target corporate boards,...

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Hiring Processes for Tech Roles at FAAMNG

Hiring Processes for Tech Roles at FAAMNG

QUESTION: I've heard that the hiring processes for tech roles at FAAMNG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Google) is very different from those at other types of tech companies. What do I need to know in terms of preparing my resume and getting ready for...

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The first thing the recruiter asked me was, “What salary are you looking for?” — even before he had explained the job. What’s the best way to respond to not take myself out of the running nor selling myself short?

The first thing the recruiter asked me was, “What salary are you looking for?” — even before he had explained the job. What’s the best way to respond to not take myself out of the running nor selling myself short?

QUESTION: The first thing the recruiter asked me was, “What salary are you looking for?” — even before he had explained the job. What’s the best way to respond to not take myself out of the running nor selling myself short?Try and postpone giving a hard number until...

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