Q: How do you craft a standout résumé?
A: Focus on experiences that showcase your core strengths from both inside and outside the workplace.
Q: How do you impress in an interview?
A: Be yourself. Bring questions showing your true interest. Follow up with a thank you note—handwritten if possible.
Q: What’s the one piece of advice you wish you’d heard when you were starting out?
A: Network early and often—you never know when those connections you make early in your career will be beneficial down the road.
Q: What tips can you offer for first-time job seekers?
A: Leverage the Penn State network. Use us as a sounding board for your aspirations and career interests.
Q: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from a career setback or challenge?
A: Approach them as positively as you can. The lessons learned will help mold you as you progress in your career. —Savita Iyer
For more, search “career advice” at pennstatermag.com, and check out Alumni Career Services at alumni.psu.edu/career.