Q: "In the next couple of months, I know I am going to be traveling a lot for work. I don’t want to break the bank, but I want to stay in a place that is safe and clean. How do you find places to stay when you travel?"
A: "Go to hotels.com and then find anything that has 100+ reviews - you should be able to get a "Best Western" "Marriot" etc. under $130! We also love Hotel tonight. It’s an app has cheap rooms too for last minute bookings!"-Team BG
Q: "Do you have advice on how to begin an inquiry email to a company without a specific person's name? The email is simply info@____.com so I have no idea the correct way to address the email."
A:" Hi Team XYZ" is the best way when you don’t know the name of the person you are connecting with. Also, check out https://www.email-format.com/. This is another great resource for finding email contacts." -Team BG
Q: "Where are best places to look for finding housing for summer internships?"
A: "Websites like Craigslist and Airbnb are great resources to find short term rentals. Another great option is to see if nearby universities offer housing. Many universities in places like New York sublet their dorms over the summer"-Team BG
Q: "I’m at a company waiting for my interview, which was supposed to be at 10, it’s now almost hour later and I have another interview in a different town 30 minutes away that I have to get to by 12:30, if they don’t call me back for the interview soon is it rude to leave? I don’t want to be late for my next interview because this company has been keeping me waiting. I’m not sure what to do."
A: "I would weigh which company/position is more important to you and decide based on that! Agreed! I don’t think it’s fair to miss your next appointment because this one kept you waiting. I would follow up with the company that made you wait and call to reschedule if you’re still interested in that role!" -Team BG
Q: "So I have my final interview with a company I'm pretty interested in in two weeks. For the interview, I have to come up with a PowerPoint presentation about myself that answers specific questions they have set up for me. Any ideas on how to make this presentation original and stand out while still being professional? He said I could get as creative as I want with it."
A: "This is an interesting idea! I think a lot of what you’ve learned in BG will help you here. Make sure to incorporate why you + what sets you apart from the rest without being boastful.My biggest tip is to take language from the job description and company’s website/LI page. For example, if I was applying at Pepsi for a social media role, I would ask for a copy of their brand guidelines and their PowerPoint template if one is already created (this is important to comms/marketing teams). Then I’d be sure to go through the job post and pull out some of my goals/priorities in this role based on that! And include a few examples maybe with screenshots of social posts to show you did your HW." -Team BG
Q:"Hello, I have an interview where they will give me a “case” and ask questions about it. How did you prepare?!"
A: "Try some practice cases through youtube, but also Deloitte has some great walk throughs and other big 4 firms on their website. There are some great articles and examples on their sites. Make sure you are
asking clarifying questions too - the interviewer wants to see your train of thought and how you got to a
certain answer/outcome. Break it down step by step and you’ll do just fine!" -Team BG
Written by: Amy Minemier
BG Client + BG Blog Intern
Q: "I have my final interview with a company I'm pretty interested in in two weeks. For the interview, I have to come up with a PowerPoint presentation about myself that answers specific questions they have set up for me. Any ideas on how to make this presentation original and stand out while still being professional? He said I could get as creative as I want with it. Any and all tips are welcome!!"
A: "This is an interesting idea! I think a lot of what you’ve learned in BG will help you here. Make sure to incorporate why you + what sets you apart from the rest without being boastful.
My biggest tip is to take *language from the job description and company’s website/LI page.* For example, if I was applying at Pepsi for a social media role, I would ask for a copy of their brand guidelines and their PowerPoint template if one is already created (this is important to comms/marketing teams). Then I’d be sure to go through the job post and pull out some of my goals/priorities in this role based on that! And include a few examples maybe with screenshots of social posts to show you did your HW." - Team BG
Q: "I’m going to a career fair tomorrow and I can’t decide what to wear. I want to stand out a little but definitely want to keep it simple and professional. Do you have any advice?"
A: "I highly suggest that you dress professional (think J Crew or Banana Republic) wear either flat or heels, dress pants, blouse and add some personality with jewelry! Don't forget to bring your resume (printed on nice thick card-stock) and your business cards! Good Luck!!" - Team BG
Q: "I am currently looking for a new job and found one that I think would be great and would align well with my goals. Upon reading the job description, it is asking for the standard resume and cover letter, but it is also asking for a 300 word blog post. I do not have a blog so I’m not sure what I should send them. Do you have any advice on what I should do in this situation? Do I need to create a blog? Is there any tips you have for applying for jobs with blog posts?"
A: "I don’t think you have to create a blog just to do one blog post. As long as it’s blog post length/style, I think that covers what they’re looking for. I would say doing that over creating a blog just to put one post on it would probably be preferable. But major bonus points if you do have time to create a blog and have the time to get a few posts on there! Shows a true commitment to the role and your ability to go above + beyond". - Team BG
Q: "I have gotten a couple emails from recruiters that have found me via linkedin and said they want to speak to me regarding my personal career goals and vision as they think I could be a good fit for their company. I am wondering what the best way to respond to these emails would be/ how I should go about speaking with them over the phone? Also, how do I know that these outreaches are from legitimate companies and offer good opportunities for myself?"
"Great question! Two of my first moves are ALWAYS checking to make sure a company is legitimate via LinkedIn + Glassdoor. There are an unbelievable amount of spam emails you’ll get from companies that aren’t real or are door-to-door sales disguised as something else (Marketing, Entry Level Manager, etc.) You should be able to see that they have a company page on at least one of these sites. At bare minimum, you should be able to find other people who work there and see a little about what they do.
Usually after doing that HW, you’ll have a good idea of whether you want to work there or connect with that recruiter. As far as what your response should be, it really depends on if you think this company and that potential role would be a good fit for you or not. Even if it’s not in the city you want to work in or the type of company you imagined working for - connecting with the recruiter is harmless and could potentially open you up to other opportunities!" - Team BG
Q: "I received an awesome internship offer for this summer, but they only gave me a week to respond. I asked for an extension of a week and they happily gave it to me. That deadline is now Friday. I don’t want to pass up on this opportunity, but am still waiting to hear back/interview for another internship I am also interested in! Any ideas of how to proceed? Thank you!"
A: " This is tough - back when I was in school, I had the same issue at my first internship and actually talked to my boss at the internship I received an offer from. I was completely honest that I really wanted to work with him and his team, but that I was also waiting to hear from my dream internship.
He told me that no boss worth working for would ever keep you from your dream job or internship. I accepted their offer because I really felt this boss & company showed they cared about me + my professional growth (which is what internships are for!)" - Team BG
Q: "I am in the midst of applying for my first summer internships and want to be extra confident that my cover letter is as perfect as it can be before I submit it. I am confident in the content, however I want to be sure that the visual layout is right. What would be the best way to go about this?"
"You want your cover-letter template to match EXACTLY your resume template, same colors etc. Very basic it should mainly be your black + white text... hope that helps!" - Team BG
Written By: Hannah Harger