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Asked by Emily on May 17, 2017

I'm currently applying for jobs, and I want to know if I should be including a cover letter with my resume if the company doesn't specifically ask for one? If so, what should I say in the cover letter?

Cardinal Health have responded.

Great question! I think all recruiters have a different opinion on cover letters. For me personally, I do not typically review cover letters and usually only look at the resume. If recruiters are receiving…

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Asked by Amel on May 10, 2017

Is it common for employers to write letters of recommendation for their interns at the end of the summer? Is this something I should plan on asking for? 

Cardinal Health have responded.

Great question! I think this depends on the size of the company. For large companies, I do not think letters of recommendation are the norm. For smaller companies, they may use them more often. If you think…

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Asked by Anthony on May 2, 2017

What are some specific questions that I will likely be asked in an interview?

Cardinal Health have responded.

This is a tough question to answer because every interview is going to be different. I would always be prepared to answer questions about your work experience and background in detail. You should also be able…

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Asked by h on April 24, 2017

In recent interviews I've found that I am introduced and interviewing with a manager in a whole different department than the role I applied for. We sit down and go through normal questions (why you would want to work here? etc.) I then start asking questions I have prepared that are related to my field and the role, and my interviewer often can't respond as they are unfamiliar with that work. Am I misunderstanding the interview? Is it common for an initial interview to be with just a manager-level person, regardless of the role I'm applying for?

Cardinal Health have responded.

In most large corporations, it is common for your first round interview to be scheduled with a recruiter. I have never heard of a manager from a department outside of the position you are applying to, or outside…

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Asked by Nathalie on April 18, 2017

I am a college student and my school offers a mentoring program. I need to interview someone in my field for a class and I am in contact with an alumni. She told me she is able to meet after 5:30pm. I was wondering what places are appropriate to meet? Restaurants? Cafe? Starbucks? Also, should I dress formally or casual?

Cardinal Health have responded.

I would recommend a casual setting such as a coffee shop or café. I think a sit down restaurant would be too formal and it would be harder to come and go as you please. Pick a location that…

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Asked by Nathalie on April 12, 2017

I'm a very awkward person and sometimes can't sit still. In class, I find myself sinking in my chair and then having to readjust and sinking back. I also fidget a lot, unsure of where to put my hands. I will be going on some internship interviews soon so I was wondering are there any big no-no's during an interview? Things that I should keep in mind prior to the interview? Or literally any advice?

Cardinal Health have responded.

Posture is very important during an interview so as difficult as it may be to sit still, I would strongly recommend focusing on this. If you have trouble sitting up in your chair, try using the table as a bit…

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Asked by Tanya on March 18, 2017

If I have been given the contact information for someone I’ve never talked to before, how should I go about contacting them? Should I email, call or send a text? Both?

Cardinal Health have responded.

If this is for a potential job or networking, I would recommend reaching out via email. A text is informal and unprofessional and a phone call may catch the person off guard. I would agree that it is best to…

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Asked by Tanya on March 8, 2017

I graduated in January and still haven’t been able to find a job. How do I explain this period of time without employment on my resume?

Cardinal Health have responded.

Congratulations on your graduation! Job searching after college can be difficult so I don't think you're alone in having a gap in employment. Most employers will understand this and will not see this as a red…

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Asked by Tanya on February 15, 2017

Many recruiters won’t set up a face-to-face until after a phone interview. What should I focus on in a phone interview? What are they looking for?

Cardinal Health have responded.

A phone interview is essentially your opportunity to make your first impression and for recruiters to weed out any candidates that may not be a fit for the position. It is hard to fully gauge someone's qualifications…

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Asked by Tanya on February 12, 2017

If I got my interview through a family connection or though someone working at the company already, should I tell this to the interviewer or could that hurt my chances of getting hired?

Cardinal Health have responded.

I agree with Ashlyn that it is always best to stay away from mentioning this or name dropping. Some interviewers or hiring managers may take this the wrong way. If asked how you heard about the position, I…

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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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