Question: How effective are non-traditional resumes (e.g. resumes with borders, headings or color)? –Mariyam H., Chicago

Answer: A non-traditional resume (e.g. one utilizing infographics, creative font or even a material different from paper) is certainly an eye-catching trick to pull out of the jobseeker’s hat. There are a few things to consider, as an unconventional resume may not be eye-catching in the ideal way. Think of the Industry before Submitting Typically,

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Question: How do you explain that you want to transition from one field to a different one entirely (e.g. from finance to marketing)? –Mariyam H., Chicago

Answer: Making the leap across divisions doesn’t have to be difficult. With some finesse, you’ll find that persuading the hiring manager you’re not only willing but also qualified to move across divisional lines isn’t as challenging as it initially appears. Some things to consider before having the conversation: Make a Pro and Con List Determine

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Question: How many questions should I ask after the interview? Is there a possibility that too many questions (even though they’re reasonable) are excessive? –Anonymous

Answer: There’s a fine line here. On one hand, I understand why you’d want to ask more than one or two. You want to seem engaged and interested in the opportunity. Maybe you only had a single question in mind before the interview but came up with more that you realized you wanted to ask

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Question: Even when a job description only asks for a resume, is it important to also include a cover letter and references?”—Stacey B., Chicago

Answer: Absolutely! It’s worth it to take the time to send a complete application—resume and cover letter, with references if applicable. Many times, sending just a resume or a template cover letter with stock phrases indicates that you’re applying for several different jobs at one time, which can make the hiring manager take you less

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