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Asked by Eirene on March 3, 2017

Hi, I have 2 years working in sales but I'd like to switch to digital marketing. I'm taking online courses with certificates but they are non-credited (my time and salary don't allow me to participate in a full credited university program). I experiment with social tools and document my online learning on my blog. Would that affect my employment opportunities knowing this is a very hand-on field?

American Express have responded.

Hi there! Your situation sounds very familiar to mine just one year ago. I had been in sales for 2 years and was looking for a way to transition into human resources. Your blog is a great platform for displaying…

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Asked by Tanya on February 4, 2017

How do recruiters view full-time service after college, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America? Will these experiences help or hurt my application for a corporate position?

American Express have responded.

Hi there! Long story short, these types of post collegiate programs should not hurt your chances of getting a corporate job. However, I would be very mindful of how you speak about these opportunities. You…

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Asked by Dr. on February 1, 2017

A number of the companies I have applied to have a notice somewhere during online application process that says even if I’m not accepted, they will keep my resume on file and consider me for future positions. Is there some advantage to being in a company’s system already (even if the application was for a different position), rather than just being a new applicant? Or am I just being brushed off in corporate speak (i.e. “don’t call us, we’ll call you”)?

American Express have responded.

This is a great question! As someone who works within a recruiting database very regularly, I can say there is certainly an advantage to being in an employers system. Often times there is a setting which allows…

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Asked by Mitesh on December 20, 2016

I have completed all rounds of my interview. After two weeks, I got an email from an HR manager that I am a finalist for the position. I followed up a couple days later with the same manager and he mentioned we will make a decision by the end of this week. Is this a normal timeline? And isn't it a good sign that they notified me I was a finalist? Thanks!

American Express have responded.

Congratulations! Getting to a final round interview is an incredible accomplishment and you should be so proud of that. It's an incredibly good sign for the Hiring Manager to reach out to you with this information.…

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Asked by David on August 10, 2016

Can personality tests help you in a job you're already in? I realize they have tremendous value when searching for a job, but can they help you if you're already in a role? If they can how?

American Express have responded.

Hello,

Great question! Personality and career aptitude tests are a great way to continue learning about yourself. The more you can learn about yourself and figure out how that aligns well with your…

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Asked by Stephanie on July 25, 2016

How do you find a new job with a limited network?

American Express have responded.

Great question! Certain areas might seem limited, but there are definitely lots of opportunity for anyone that is willing to put in the time and persistence it takes to find the right opportunity. Being patient…

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Asked by Yapeng on June 9, 2016

Hi all! Here's my problem: I went to graduate school right after I got my B.S. in Mechanical Eng. Now I've graduate with a M.S. in ME. I only have 2 intern experience few years ago. It's hard for me to get an entry-level engineer job. Can I now start with an intern? I noticed most interns are only offered to in-progress undergrad student. What job titles should I try to start from? Thank you!

American Express have responded.

Hello,

Great question! I'm sorry to hear it's been challenging to find an entry-level position. I would try and really highlight your skills that meet the qualifications of the positions your applying…

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Asked by Barbara on December 2, 2015

When applying online for a job and they ask you to upload a cover letter, who do you address it to and how do you find the address?

American Express have responded.

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Great question! Typically with online applications, this information is not necessarily always available. For addressing the individual, I would keep it general using  "Hiring Manager"…

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Asked by Robin on November 28, 2015

I need to find a paid internship. Any suggestions on how I can find paid internships?

American Express have responded.

Hello,

It's great that you are seeking work experience and researching your options! As for internships, here are a couple of options to consider:

1.) Speak to your career services…

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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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Asked by Rebecca on February 11, 2014

Would you ever be willing to make an exception on a GPA requirement for an internship? If so, for what reasons?

American Express have responded.

We generally use a GPA cut-off of 3.0 as an eligibility requirement. However, our internship hires typically are well above this minimum. For students at the lower range, we like to see a significant commitment…

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