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Asked by Nathalie on March 29, 2017

I'm a college student, starting to look for my second internship. Currently, I have been working for my parent's business. As of now, that has been my only job. When I am on the internship hunt, during the interview process should I let the interviewer know that my bosses were my parents? Is that something that doesn't really matter or do interviewers frown upon that piece of knowledge?

AT&T have responded.

If you had real responsibilities, as you would have in any other job, you should definitely add the job to your resume. You gained valuable work experience that should be counted for and represented on your…

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Asked by Tanya on March 23, 2017

What is the proper etiquette when doing an informational interview with someone I don’t know? Should I pay for our coffee/lunch?

AT&T have responded.

Absolutely! You’re asking someone to help you out, so start off on the right foot by inviting them to coffee or lunch and picking up the tab. It’s the least you can do in exchange for sharing their…

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Asked by Tanya on March 16, 2017

I feel like my networking and “informational interviews” are just creating more work without accomplishing anything. What am I doing wrong?

AT&T have responded.

You’re not the first person to think networking is a waste of time, but the fact is that professional connections are consistently one of the best ways to land a career. Consider if you’re doing…

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Asked by Kylie on January 4, 2017

I am a recent Ohio State grad with a B.A in communications. I am wanting to get into the nonprofit world, or special event planning, maybe both. I know I naturally possess the skills necessary along with my education to be an excellent candidate. I just don't know how to get my foot in the door. Any suggestions?

AT&T have responded.

Congratulations on graduating!  It is great to recognize how your natural proclivities and education come together for their best impact.  It can take people a long time to figure out what is going…

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Asked by Donald on January 3, 2017

Is it better to include a street address in the contact info on a resume or leave it off? Or is either way OK? Thanks in advance for your advice on this!

AT&T have responded.

Good question!  Have you noticed that many companies have moved to an online application based system for applying?  So they will be collecting your address information when you apply anyway. …

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Asked by Sam on December 26, 2016

I'm fairly confident I'm going to be offered a job any day now from a company I've had a few interviews with. If the salary is less than desirable how do I go about negotiating it? I have limited experience, but I know your salary early on dictates how you scale up in the future.

AT&T have responded.

First off, you are thinking smart and that is a good place to kick off salary negotiations.  Do your research and find out what the market rate for the job is.  Be prepared with that information and…

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Asked by David on December 26, 2016

I have a number of friends who have created resume websites and seen some success doing it. What should I include in a resume website? Is there an advantage in having a traditional resume AND a non-traditional resume to accompany it?

AT&T have responded.

Hi there!  There are a lot of things you can create as part of the creation of your personal brand.  A resume website, a video resume, a traditional resume, a carefully complete LinkedIn Profile,…

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Asked by Alyss on November 3, 2016

I had been working at my entry level position for a little over a year. Last week due to the company downsizing and changing roles, I was laid off. Yesterday, my former boss contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in coming back. I'd have to go through the steps of an applicant. Just looking for some advise on how to proceed. If I were to get an interview, I'm nervous I might say the wrong thing.

AT&T have responded.

Honesty is always the best policy.  This is a cliche for a reason, because it's true.  In this day and age our world has become small in terms of who may know who and the flow of information so just…

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Asked by Ngai Kay Rachel on October 24, 2016

I'm currently a sophomore at a liberal arts college with an International Studies major. I am currently searching for a summer internship in the corporate field, but it seems like most intern positions prefer business, marketing, or econ majors. Am I looking at the wrong places? What can I do to improve my prospects of being qualified (besides taking an econ class or two at college)?

AT&T have responded.

Hi there! You are not wrong that there can be a pretty specific list of things that recruiter look for in internship candidates.  But what you might be missing on this one is that the degree is just one…

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Asked by chance on October 5, 2016

When searching through potential candidate's social media sites, what are employers specifically looking for? Other than the obvious negatives (pictures/comments/posts of excessive drinking and immaturity), what are some positives and negatives an employer looks for through these searches?

AT&T have responded.

Hi there!  Great question! AT&T recruiters do not actively search out and review candidates social media pages. However, there may be some employers who do, so having a reputable social presence is…

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Blog post on March 20, 2015

Networking For A Job While You're Still In College

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No matter how many credits you have until graduation, you know the day is coming when you’ll need your first “real” job. For some it feels like a long way off, but for others the day of self-sufficiency is coming all too soon...

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Blog post on March 17, 2015

3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship

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Internships can be pure joy, filled with numerous opportunities during summer break or post-graduation. An internship also has the possibility to be pure undiluted slog...

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Blog post on March 12, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search

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Once you find a job you're interested in, the path to employment is fairly straightforward. Resumes, applications, interviews and, if all goes well, a job offer...

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Blog post on March 10, 2015

Anxiety and the Interview

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Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...

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Blog post on March 5, 2015

How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary

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You networked like a savant, crafted the perfect resume, knocked the interview out of the park, and were offered the job! Your moment of jubilation is met with the sudden thud of a less than impressive initial salary offer. Negotiating a salary at any level can be difficult, but this can be especially difficult if you are starting your first job out of college...

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Blog post on March 2, 2015

How to Change Careers

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Changing careers is common for many people. Whether you’ve simply discovered you actually hate your current career path or your industry has made it impossible for you to continue being employed...

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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You found the perfect job opening. It has all the elements you desire: compensation, corporate culture, and location are all in line with your dream job...

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Blog post on February 23, 2015

Coffee Fiends In The Workplace

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Coffee is a national pastime for millions of people in the US. From the first cup shortly after the alarm goes off in the morning, to the 3pm refuel we’re a country that loves our bitter caffeinated beverages...

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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Vacation time can be a difficult subject to deal with in the workplace. Most companies have a set amount of paid time off based on various elements that designate a person’s ‘right’ to more or less vacation...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...

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