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Asked by Kelsey on May 17, 2017

I am graduating this summer with my Bachelor's in Sociology with a 3.9 GPA. I am currently the Social Media Coordinator for my university and the position goes away with my student status. So, I am hunting for jobs and I am finding I don't meet the 3-6 year minimum experience for the positions I am applying to. I am looking for positions in Human resources and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out?

Cigna have responded.

Hi, Congratulations are your stellar academic performance!

First, make sure that you are translating in your resume and cover letter what you learned from your degree program that relates to Human…

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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?

Cigna have responded.

Hello,
Great question!

Yes, you should always include a cover letter. Unlike your resume, your cover letter rounds out who you are, what you're passionate about and why you are the best person…

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Asked by Kelcie on April 20, 2017

I transferred universities a couple times over the course of my college career, and I'm wondering if I should include those two previous schools on my resume? I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted when I got to college, and I'm worried employers will see it on my resume and think I'm flaky or unprofessional (even though I eventually ended up at a school I really love).  Would I get in trouble for not having those others listed? 

Cigna have responded.

We see many candidates who have attended multiple schools over the course of their academic journey, so don't be overly concerned about this. While companies may have different preferences, I would recommend…

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Asked by Joel on April 10, 2017

My job application status said applications under review next step interviews. Now, a few days later the status column is blank. Any idea what this means? Should I call the company?

Cigna have responded.

Yes, if you are concerned or just want an update on your progress, you should reach out to the recruiter via email or phone. Most recruiters are happy to chat and let you know where you are in the process,…

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Asked by Katie on April 3, 2017

What do you recommend for people who do not have a high school diploma but are currently enrolled in an adult basic education program working toward their high school equivalency? Should they omit the education section on the resume completely or include it and list the ABE program they are in now?

Cigna have responded.

Congratulations on your progress to complete your high school studies. You should be proud of your commitment! Remember to always be 100% honest on your resume and include the necessary details the company…

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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?

Cigna have responded.

Hi,
What a great opportunity you have to learn from your parents directly by working in the family business!  There is nothing wrong with letting the interviewers know that the company is a family…

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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?

Cigna have responded.

Hi, great question! There really is no standard around who pays for this, as many companies have guidelines in place related to whether candidates can pay for meals or other items for a recruiter or hiring…

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Asked by Maura on February 6, 2017

I just accepted an internship but realized I have a scheduled trip the first week of work. Is is ok to ask for time off since it was previously planned?

Cigna have responded.

You should reach out to your recruiter and/or new manager as quickly as possible to discuss options. Some positions require training that do not allow for any time off until training is complete, while other…

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Asked by PRANJALI on October 15, 2016

I realized that I really enjoy being a Radio Jockey rather than electrical engineer. I am also interested in journalism, but don't know how to move forward. Any suggestion on how I could pursue some newfound passions, and a career?

Cigna have responded.

The first step to having a fulfilling career is to figure out what you enjoy doing. The good news is that it sounds like you have done that. It sounds like you may have a radio jockey position? If not, research…

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Asked by Chris on November 3, 2015

What do I need to AVOID doing on my social media accounts? Also, what SHOULD I be doing on my social media accounts to help my career? I want to make sure they're helping me and not hurting me.

Cigna have responded.

Great question and one that is becoming more and more important with the addition of more social media channels. If you are in a job search mode, it is best to evaluate all of your social media accounts 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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