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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.

Caterpillar have responded.

I believe that you are referring to how to navigate the fact that you were laid off from your previous role when discussing returning to another previous employer.  If this is the case, the best approach…

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Asked by David on October 23, 2016

Is there any benefit to building a resume website, instead of a traditional website? If there is a benefit where should I start?

Caterpillar have responded.

Having such a web site certainly cannot hurt, but it should not be your only strategy.  If you have a skills set that is in demand and companies are looking for you, this site could be beneficial,…

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Asked by Collin on October 11, 2016

Is it necessary to include a cover letter with a resume when applying for a job, if the job doesn't explicitly ask for one?

Caterpillar have responded.

If a cover letter is not specifically asked for, then I would not worry about providing one.  In almost all cases, you are applying for positions electronically now and most of the time, the cover letter…

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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?

Caterpillar have responded.

For the most part, employers are not formally checking personal social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as this can lead to legal slippery slope around invasion of privacy and discrimination. …

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Asked by chance on October 5, 2016

When asked random questions in a job interview such as, "if you could remove any state from the U.S., which state would it be and why?", what are employers looking for in a response?

Caterpillar have responded.

More than anything, when these questions are asked, the interviewer is interested in how you react versus the content of your response.  Often times, it is easy to prepare and 'rehearse' for interviews. …

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Asked by piyush kanta on September 21, 2016

I am an undergrad student majoring in biotechnology. I need to apply for an internship or a summer project. How should I approach a person regarding this? Thank you!

Caterpillar have responded.

The first thing that you should focus in is participating in the fall career events that are likely taking place on your campus right now.  There is likely a career fair for internships where a number…

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Asked by Andrew on September 6, 2016

Every now and then I will submit myself to a position and wait a few days or a week. I then call the company to see where they're at only to get an answering machine of the person I hope to speak with. I'll leave a message asking for an update and send a follow up email to the contact listed with the opportunity. I never seem to hear anything back. Is it normal to just not respond to these applications, calls and emails?

Caterpillar have responded.

It is unfortunate, but sometimes this does happen.  The reasons boil down to the workload burden on the recruiter or hiring manager.  Most of us are being asked to do more with less today and it is…

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Asked by Tanya on July 8, 2016

What should I not include on my resume?

Caterpillar have responded.

This is a very interesting question and one that is probably not asked often enough.  First, it depends on the culture you live in.  Some things that are not acceptable in the US, are acceptable…

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Asked by T on May 12, 2016

Is it a good idea to bold keywords on a resume to make them standout to recruiters?

Caterpillar have responded.

I think that it is fine, but do not go overboard with it.  Identify a few key words that you wish to highlight and do so in a subtle manner that does not come across as if you are shouting at the reader. …

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Asked by Tomi on April 20, 2015

What should I do to figure out what is best for me career wise?

Caterpillar have responded.

There are many assessments and other tools that can help you understand the jobs for which you have the best aptitude.  Although these can be helpful, the best career advice that I ever received was to…

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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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