How to Recover from a Failed Internship

Dear Dr. Civitelli, For the past eight months, I have been interning at what I initially thought was a dream startup company while taking classes. At first I was working in an area that matched my skillset. When the grant the project I was part of was not renewed, I was asked if I wanted […]

How to Use LinkedIn: When to Accept or Decline an Invitation

Like many people, right now I have a huge number of pending LinkedIn invitations. LinkedIn advises us to accept connection requests only if we know a person well, but since so many people have thousands of connections, clearly, a lot of LinkedIn users are ignoring LinkedIn’s instructions and are using other criteria to decide whether […]

“I Was Fired”

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I was fired from my last job. Do prospective employers have the right to ask about this? How do I handle this in my job search? What do I say about it if I am asked if I have ever been fired? Signed, Worried Dear Worried, To answer your questions, I consulted […]

What Do Career Counselors Do?

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “What do career counselors do?” Usually people ask this question for one of two reasons: (1) They are considering becoming a career counselor themselves and they want to know what the day-to-day job is like, or (2) They are considering hiring a career counselor and […]

How to Calm Your Job Interview Anxiety

If you have a job interview coming up, these strategies will help you to calm your job interview anxiety so that you can perform at your best. Reassure yourself that there are always other job opportunities so that you don’t fall into the trap of thinking this is your last chance ever to land a […]

How to Lose a Job: Rescinded Job Offer Horror Stories

During a job search, a rescinded job offer can be a bad thing if a job seeker really wanted a specific job, or it can be the best outcome if an employer and a job seeker discover that they really aren’t a good fit to work together after all. I asked employers if they would ever […]

Oil and Gas Jobs Advice By An Energy Industry Recruiter

In Houston, a lot of people express the wish to break into the energy industry but without industry connections or experience, this is no easy feat. To get oil and gas jobs advice from someone who knows the energy industry very well, I interviewed Dan Clark. Dan is the Managing Partner at EnergyHeadhunter, a firm […]

How To Overcome Age Discrimination

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I’m 58, soon to be 59. I have spent the last 15 years as an entrepreneur and I have published six books. I want to get back into the workforce but I’m either overqualified or my qualifications aren’t current enough. I can’t even get a job at the local grocery store because […]

How To Use LinkedIn: Success Stories

To many people, LinkedIn seems like a chaotic, confusing mess. It can feel like there are too many strangers trying to connect with you, too many people trying to sell you something, and too much content that isn’t relevant to you. Or, it can feel like the worst parts of high school where the popular […]

College Internship To Full-Time Job Success Story: Jessica A. Zaloom

This success story is part of a series profiling people who leveraged their college internship experience into a full-time job. This interview features Jessica A. Zaloom, an advertising professional. Jessica, what college did you attend? Lehigh University What year did you graduate from college? 2010 Where did you complete an internship? DeVito/Verdi, a full-service advertising […]