New Graduate FAQ’s

1. When do I tell my managers/interviewers I am an observant Jew? (including Shabbat)

There is a difference of opinion, but most agree to make that point as soon as possible (preferably in interview). Say it respectfully and offer to make it up by taking Sunday, holidays, etc. and offering to cover any additional shifts needed. Spin it in a positive way (don’t say “I can’t”) Delaying this information has not worked for people in the past. Plus, you don’t want to be in a facility or unit that doesn’t respect your religious/cultural views. Please also see the article from Jack Newhouse on the Ask the Lawyer page. 

2. Should I obtain extra certifications before starting a new job to make myself more palatable to a hiring manager?

Again, this is preference, but most agree  

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