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