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/ Asked by Arisha F.
Hello! It's great to seek experience with different organizations as you make your way through school. While you've learned a lot where you are at, it's OK to want to explore other options. I would start applying to positions, either on Indeed, LinkedIn, or directly on company sites that you're inte...

/ Asked by Kassi R.
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This is a great question. I have a couple of ideas on making a good impression at a career fair or association meeting. Research the companies that will be in attendance (choose 3 or 4 to really focus in on). Check out what cool things are happening either with their company or in their market...

/ Asked by Duo W.
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Some companies simply do not take freshman for internships because they are wanting to hire candidates straight out of the internship. There are some organizations, however, that do offer internships to freshman. I would focus on your extra curriculars and campus involvement. It's important to...

/ Asked by Sarah E.
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It's fine to address your cover letter to "Whom It May Concern", "Hiring Team", or "HR Team". 

/ Asked by Amel A.
This is a good question. A couple of thoughts come to mind; it shows a good deal of commitment and passion to get into the workforce, as well as good prioritization and time management skills as long as you are able to carry a high GPA. On a resume, however, you don't usually see how long a student ...

/ Asked by Emily P.
It's important to first make sure your current employer is aware that you are searching for a new position. This should not come as a surprise if you are approaching graduation. I would say to them that you are starting to apply for various positions, and there have been a couple that really excite ...

/ Asked by Emily P.
This is a great question. I would suggest that when you meet someone, you ask if it's ok for you to put 15 minutes on their calendar to get to know them and their role a bit better. You can also suggest grabbing lunch with someone when you meet them. You just have to step out of your comfort zone an...

/ Asked by Kelcie H.
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I think it's valuable to list all of your work history (up to 10 years). Any internships will show that you are willing to work and take on tasks and learn new skillsets outside of your direct function. It also shows your drive and ambition to work. Thanks!

/ Asked by Second T.
I always think it's awesome to see someone who is a student and who also has made time to work. I think any kind of part-time jobs would show you have a strong work ethic and the ability to multitask and prioritize. If you are able to find a position within the field you're studying, that would be i...

/ Asked by Thelma S.
Hi! An on campus interview simply means that the employers are coming to you, rather than you having to go to their location. I would say that an on-campus interview would have less interviewers than what you would if you did it at the organization. The questions are typically the same, and they are...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hello! Often times people want to switch departments within the same company, and most of the time that's a great thing. It gives you exposure to a different part of the business and overall should make you a better asset to the organization. I would suggest scheduling a time to chat with your manag...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
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My top 5 for students would be 1. organization 2. measurable metrics 3. previous experience 4. campus involvement 5. major and GPA.  It's important to be able to quickly look at a resume and see the impact you have made in your previous positions. If you don't have much experience,...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
If you find that the unpaid position will get you experience that you haven't been able to get elsewhere, I would say taking one would be beneficial. It is important to understand the position and make sure that it does align with the skill gaps that you're trying to fill. Nonprofits often times are...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hello! I would recommend that you try applying for internships if you are unable to find an entry level jobs. Many organizations use their internships as a pipeline for their entry level openings. I also suggest getting involved in the community and in extracurriculars; these show a desire to be on ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hi there- I think it's always best to send a quick note to your interviewers within 2 days of the interview; email or hang written is fine. Follow up from employers varies quite a bit depending on how many folks they have in the interview process. It could be anywhere from 1-2 weeks, but someone sho...

/ Asked by Emily P.
Hello! Yes. This is certainly acceptable, however, most companies don't post names of employees on their careers site. Some companies have a Email Us link where you can submit questions, or provide a resume. I would suggest rather than emailing a company, to do some research out on LinkedIn and iden...

/ Asked by Cameron F.
Hello!
This is a great question. I would recommend having your extracurriculars separate from your schooling. It's typical to include these at the bottom of your resume along with community involvement, etc.
Best of luck!

/ Asked by Jenna W.
Your first day is usually full of information. You'll learn a lot about the organization, the department in which you'll be working, and about your team. I would be sure to bring a notebook. You will likely go through new hire paperwork (be sure to bring your license and social security card) a...

/ Asked by Kristen C.
I would say that internships would carry the most weight; showing that you've had hands on experience within the field. GPA is also important, but not a huge determining factor. I think it is always a “plus’ or “nice to have” if students are involved on campus and in extra...

/ Asked by Kristen C.
This is a great question. Many people decide to attend grad school before going into a career. I personally have seen it be more beneficial in our industry to work for a couple of years and then go back to grad school should that be something you are still interested in. Plus, with that, companies w...

/ Asked by Madison T.
Hello! This is a great question. I would always recommend researching the company and the position prior to the interview. Check out Glassdoor to see if they have any interview question samples. Be sure to practice "STAR" - Situation, Task, Action, and Result. Employers look for specific exampl...

/ Asked by Madison T.
I would agree that internships are extremely important when it comes to your career. While it is difficult to juggle school, a part time job, and an internship, it is possible. One thing you could consider would be looking for a paid internship, this would alleviate you from the stress of interni...

/ Asked by Emily P.
There are a few things that you can do in order to connect with people from various generations in the workplace. The first thing to do is work hard; show those around you that you are passionate about your work and also respect the work that they're doing. Talk to them- approach the people that you...

/ Asked by Abby P.
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This is a good question. I would say more often than not, it does matter what kind of degree you have if you're going into a salaried type of role. Engineering, Finance, Accounting, and IT positions often require a specific degree. Some fields and industries are more flexible, however. ...

/ Asked by Krysten B.
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I completely agree with Ashley from Cinga. In order to test these skills we ask behavioral based questions, as well. We ask about conflict resolution and how you work within teams. Based on the answers and examples provided for these questions, we are able to determine what your interpersona...

/ Asked by Krysten B.
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There are a couple of things that really stand out to recruiters when conducting interviews. A few things to avoid would be looking at or being on your cell phone, chewing gum, not making eye contact, and not coming to the interview prepared. Make sure that you research the company and position&...

/ Asked by KelliMae S.
Internships are extremely beneficial wether it be in your field of study or not. Internships give you experience outside of the classroom and help you to prepare for your profession down the road. You gain insights to how corporations work, what employers really look for, how goals are set and measu...

/ Asked by Abbi S.
 I am wondering if this has something to do with your resume. Have you ever gone to a resume building workshop? That may be a good idea- someone should be able to assist you with creating a strong resume that is more appealing to employers. I would also recommend that you reach out to folk...

/ Asked by Hayley R.
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I think this very much depends on the type of organization you're going into. Here, we highly value expereince within the field rather than the credentials of a degree or certification. While in some situations a particular degree/certificate is required, but I would say that experience...

/ Asked by Emily S.
Hello! This is a great question. I always recommend waiting when it comes to higher education. I think that getting hands on, practical experience within the field is best. Doing this helps you to understand how what you've learned applies to actual applications. After being in the field for a few y...

/ Asked by Alex S.
Great question. I would suggest you put a calendar appointment on your managers calendar to talk about a couple of things, one being feedback, and the other being future opportunities. Sit down with your manager and talk about how you've performed so far over the summer; see if they have any recomme...

/ Asked by Alex S.
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I would recommend starting your job search now since campus recruiting season is right around the corner. I would suggest attending any job fairs that your university puts on, go to mock interviewing sessions, do whatever you can do in order to get in front of employers. Employers attending ...

/ Asked by Angie B.
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This could mean a couple of things depending on the system being utilized. Typically, if you are going in to modify or change your application after applying and it doesn't allow you to do so, it means that you're either being considered further, or have been disqualified for the role. It co...

/ Asked by Trenton B.
Utilizing LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people who work within the career field that you're interested in. I always recommend doing research on various companies and then reaching out to employees at the companies you're most passionate about. I would explain what drew you to the company a...

/ Asked by Elizabeth O.
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This is a good question. I would start with connecting with your peers, people you've gone to school with and those people who you've met through clubs and extracurriculars. I would then connect with people you've met throughout your career, whether you've had an internship or are currently ...

/ Asked by Samantha P.
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There are a couple of options you have when considering a change in career/location. The first one is to completely leave your address off of your resume. We see this very often in today's age where people are just including phone and email address. You will want to be sure to mention your pla...

/ Asked by Maura W.
Hello,
This is something I would be careful with. I would reach out to the mutual connection and see if they know the person and if so, ask if they would mind introducing you. Reaching out to someone currently in the position for which you've applied can be risky, as you don't know if they're leaving...

/ Asked by Angela B.
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Yes, this is something we see pretty often. Companies today are very much about the online application process, however, so I would not recommend doing one or the other. I would suggest sending an email, letting the employer know what you're interested in, and then letting them know you'll kee...

/ Asked by Emily P.
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This is a question that we hear a lot, coming from both hiring managers and applicants, on whether or not to submit/review a cover letter. We recommend that you should submit a cover letter if the employer specifically asks for it, if you are applying to a position that written communication i...

/ Asked by Nathalie N.
Hello,
When meeting someone for an interview it is always better to over-dress than to under-dress.  I would recommend wearing a nice shirt and slacks with appropriate shoes to match.  I would shy away from jeans and gym shoes. You do not need to take it as far as to wear a suit jacket or s...

/ Asked by Kelcie H.
Hello,
This is a great question and I think the Cigna team answered it perfectly. I would recommend only showing the school of which you've obtained a degree from on your resume. If you got an Associates from one school and your Bachelors from another it is OK to include both of those, but if you did...

/ Asked by Nathalie N.
Hello,

From what I've seen and experienced, most all internships are meant for the summer unless otherwise noted. Typically if people are looking to host an intern outside of the summer time frame they will indicate that clearly within the description. You can certainly reach out to someone at the or
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/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hello,
This question is asked for a couple of different reasons. We want to understand where you are currently at in your position and how much you would be expecting should you decide to move onto a new role. Some employers will ask what your salary expectations are for the role in which you're inte...

/ Asked by Katie H.
Hello! 
Employers always like to know what your educational background is, so yes, I would suggest including this information on your resume and application.  You can included expected completion date so that the employer is aware of that, as well. Best of luck to you! 

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hello!
There are a lot of things that we look for when it comes to considering interns for full time employment. We always like to see interns coming into work with a positive attitude and eagerness to learn. If you prove that you're willing to go the extra mile and submit the best work possible, we ...

/ Asked by Diana M.
Hello,
No. I would not recommend making up anything on your resume. That is going to give the interviewer a bad impression if they do decide to bring you in, as you wouldn't be able to answer questions pertaining to these made up jobs. They also will likely run an employment check and see that you've...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hello,
If this is for a prospective job, I would recommend emailing the new contact. Be sure to mention how you received their contact information and what you are reaching out regarding. This will give them some time to digest the information, rather than being caught off guard with a phone call. It...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
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I would suggest taking a step back and evaluating the ways in which you are networking. Are the events and or people that you're talking to related to the field in which you'd like to find a position? Do you have specific questions that you'd like to get answered when attending the events or i...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hello!
I would recommend connecting with Recruiters via LinkedIn. Though Facebook's interface is changing a bit to provide more usage for the job search, I would stay away from it when it comes to trying to make professional connections. LinkedIn is known for it's professional network so you'll likel...

/ Asked by Mike S.
Hey there!
This is a great question and one I asked myself when I was an intern. I think it would be more than acceptable for you to partake in jeans day as long as your schedule permits; meaning, if you don't have any important meetings or presentations that day. 

/ Asked by Nathalie N.
Hello,
If you class allows for a remote internship I think it would be a great idea to talk to your manager about this. I would start by stating that you have been enjoying your current internship and have learned many things (perhaps list a few of these things). I would then mention that your major ...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hello!
This typically stems from the culture of the organization; do you have the same values as the company; does their mission statement align with your goals; etc. This also takes into consideration your qualifications- do you meet all requirements of the job and if you have the right skill set.

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/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hello!
I think it is always best to shy away from mentioning this in an interview without being prompted. Typically interviewers will ask how you heard about the organization or the position, and at that time it is fine to say "my friend or whomever recommended I check it out" and then go into what y...

/ Asked by Maura W.
Hello!
I would reach out to your new employer as soon as possible to let them know about this trip. It is typically OK to miss work for prior engagements. I would recommend saying that this trip slipped your mind during the interview and ask if there is any flexibility in your schedule; knowing that ...

/ Asked by Maura W.
This is a great question. I always suggest to students to let employers know right away if they are going to be seeking full time employment after the internship. It shows engagement and eagerness to make a name for yourself and sets the stage for management to consider you for any full time opening...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
Hi there,
There are many resources when it comes to pay levels in various industries. One good place to look, especially if you have some companies in mind, would be Glassdoor. They provide you with company reviews and salaries for various roles within the organization.  

/ Asked by Jordan H.
Hello,
Have you considered doing work as contract labor? Typically contractors are assigned a project that lasts a set amount of time, depending on the scope. This is something that you can look into. You could also work for a temporary agency if you're looking for short term work. They would place y...

/ Asked by Donald G.
Hello!
Good question. This is something that I have been seeing less and less of as time goes by. It is a 'nice to have', but most of the time, the recruiter/hiring manager isn't looking at your street address. I would recommend a happy medium of providing just city and state, as this is helpful when...

/ Asked by David V.
Hi there,
This is a great idea! Have you thought about taking up a monthly book reading? There are a lot of great books out there about building your personal brand, leadership skills, and more! Depending on where you are at in schooling or your career, there are plenty of books to match your next st...

/ Asked by Tiffany Y.
Hello,
This is a problem that many people face. The best thing about going into an interview is that you are the subject matter expect on yourself- you know the answers to all of the questions that are going to be asked, it may just take a minute to recall them. I would suggest making sure you are pr...

/ Asked by Supreeth K.
Hello!
Yes, it is always a good idea to link with colleagues and customers on LinkedIn even if you do not plan to remain in direct communication with them in the future. Building a network takes time, the more people you know, the more opportunities you can identify once you've graduated with your ad...

/ Asked by Diana C.
Hello,
There are many opportunities for part time employment from home. I believe your best bet is within the fields that you mentioned above- customer service or tech support. Something I would recommend would be to attend your local disabilities career fair; for example, I know Ohio hosts an Ohioan...

/ Asked by Christin J.
It is never too early to start looking for jobs within your field. Whether you are early on in college, or soon to graduate, it is good to do your research. You will want to find a company that fits not only your career path, but also your idea of a good work environment, work life balance, culture,...

/ Asked by chandrakant B.
Hello,
I would recommend  checking out some of the different online learning modules for learning to speak English. Many times, local communities or community colleges will offer language classes. You could also take an English writing course- this would not only help your speaking skills, but a...

/ Asked by SHARON B.
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Often times companies have locations around the world. Addressing your cover letter to the Corporate office is completely fine, and very common at that. Be sure that within your letter you mention the locations/positions that you would be interested in, should there not be anything available a...

/ Asked by Carlos C.
Hello,
If you've not yet graduated, this is a great question to ask your academic adviser; they typically have information and handouts for each major at the university of which you're obtaining this degree. There are multiple jobs that you can get with this type of degree, depending on which industr...

/ Asked by Carlos C.
Congrats on nearing the completion of an Associates in Engineering Technology. I would consider starting your career with an internship if you've not yet had one. You can search for Electrical Engineering Internships and read through the job descriptions to see what the responsibilities would entail...

/ Asked by Michael G.
Hello,
This is a great question. A lot of times, there are requirements for positions that can be obtained through a college degree or with a technical certification. However, depending on the type of industry you are in, a degree is not always necessary. Many times in manufacturing environments, emp...

/ Asked by AKKSHHEY A.
Hello,
Congrats on the job offer. The question of pursuing a masters or hopping into a career is one that I hear often. My recommendation would be to take the job opportunity, however, before doing so, I would check the reputation of the company to make sure that they are ethical and in a...

/ Asked by Susan S.
Hello. This is a great question! Public speaking will play a huge role when it comes to your career, whether you are speaking in a small meeting or in front of a large group. Some key things to focus on are eye contact, body language, and the use of filler words. It is important to maintain eye cont...

/ Asked by Eduardo D.
Hello,
I am not sure what exactly sure how much experience you have or how long it's been since you've earned your associates degree, but instead of a summary, you way want to consider using an objective instead. This will allow for you to state what specifically you are looking to acquire. Your ob...

/ Asked by Yapeng G.
Hello there,
This is often a difficult circumstance. Students who jump right into a Master's program before getting entry level experience sometimes struggle to find employment upon completion. If you are able to land an internship, that is a great starting place; if not, I recommend changing your re...

/ Asked by Alma L.
Hello,
Mike offered up some great tips in regards to getting an at-home job. I think this greatly depends on your level of experience, as well. If you are an entry level candidate, finding a position where you can work from home might be more difficult than for those who have 5-10+ years of experienc...

/ Asked by Tejas T.
Congrats on earning your bachelor's degree. It is often times difficult landing a position after graduation and even more difficult determining what you should do in the mean-time. I think it's important to consider your future when it comes to this question. Would getting your master's or a certifi...

/ Asked by T G.
Congrats on finishing your first year of college and internship opportunity. It looks like you are well on your way to building your resume and setting yourself up for success. I would recommend joining different organizations at your university, volunteering, and going above and beyond in your scho...

/ Asked by T G.
Hello,
This is a great question. I would suggest only listing the languages that you'd be able to provide an example for. While it is notable that you had once learned the other languages, you do not want to give the wrong impresssion on your resume. If you make it to the interview round of th...

/ Asked by Deana R.
Hi there,
It is best to let your current employer know about your plans to relocate as soon as you can. In situations like this, it is important to maintain a professional outlook and providing your employer with ample time to backfill your position is a good way of doing so. I would also recommend...

/ Asked by Sal M.
Hello! Congrats on graduating. Having a BS in Business puts you off to a good start. While it will likely be easier for you to find a role within the financial field (based on your degree) there are ways to find opportunities within the HR realm as well. Whenever I speak to someone about next ste...

/ Asked by mike c.
Hello! You are at an exciting part of life; the initial job search preparation! The information provided by AT&T is great! Your resume should tell an employer who you are and what you’re looking for when it comes to your career. It is important to focus on the things that you have done ...

/ Asked by Supreeth K.
Hello,
This is a great question. It is always a good idea to take opportunities as they come along, even if they aren't exactly what you are looking for. I would recommend searching for a position within the engineering field, without focusing on operations and supply chain. Once you get a bit of e...

/ Asked by Bruce L.
I completely agree with what AT&T has shared. I think this all depends on which company you'd like to end up at and in which position. I think it's a great idea to check out the job descriptions for what you have in mind and see which/if one of those is required or recommended. LinkedIn is also ...

/ Asked by T G.
Congrats on landing an internship so early in your college career. While many freshman are not offered the opportunity to intern until their junior or senior year, they will still be competing for the same jobs you are upon graduation. Having four years of experience is certainly better than having ...

/ Asked by Sarah S.
This is a great question. It is difficult not only determining what you truly want to do in life, but also creating a path to so. I agree completely with that Asurion has said; networking is going to be an important tool for you to use. You will want to meet people within the field of which you...

/ Asked by Yogita H.
Hello! This is a problem that most people face at some point in their career. It is very critical to continue what you're currently doing, and keep practicing. Practice in front of the mirror, record yourself, ask a friend to help you. Something else I would recommend would be going online and resea...

/ Asked by pradeep s.
Having a clean and attractive resume is very important while on the job search. You'll want to make sure that use a consistent and easy to read type face, keep your font size around between 9-11, and use bold and italics to highlight different things (previous companies, job titles, location). Check...

/ Asked by Madhanagopalsamy S.
Hello! There are a couple of things to consider when trying to land a position with a large company. As always, it is important to network. Hop on LinkedIn and join some Engineering groups; search for people who work where you aspire to and connect with them. I would recommend connecting with indivi...

/ Asked by Dan k.
The key to getting a job that doesn't line up with your major is to be open minded. You will likely need to go into an entry level job, where experience isn't required. Make your resume stand out and relate to the positions in which you're applying for; review the job description and highlight any m...

/ Asked by Kasey G.
Hello!
This is a great question that many people struggle with as they get close to starting and graduating school.  My recommendation would be to explore many options, take classes outside of your major to gain experience in other fields. If you know that something isn't the right fit, try out ...

/ Asked by T G.
There are many ways that you can prove to employers that you have good communication skills. The first way is to triple check your resume to ensure that you do not have any typos, formatting errors, or run-on sentences. Employers will be looking at your communication skills both verbally and written...

/ Asked by Tanya L.
It is important to clean up your social media presence when applying for jobs. You will want make sure that you review your Facebook profile to ensure all comments and photographs are appropriate. It's also a good idea to make your profile private so that only your friends can view it. As far as Lin...

/ Asked by Kate M.
Finding a job directly out of college can be stressful and sometimes frustrating, but there are a few things to keep in mind while on the search. The good news is that there are many other people in your shoes, and just like everyone else, we all had to start somewhere.
  • First, be sure to apply fo
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/ Asked by Ted M.
Applying for jobs out of state is sometimes a difficult task to take on.  There are a couple of things to consider when trying to land a position somewhere that you don’t currently reside. As Verizon and HP have mentioned, be sure to include both your temporary and permanent address on yo...

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