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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 Nigel on March 5, 2017

What's something about the job or a career that most people would not know about?

Cigna have responded.

Like Bret mentioned, it's difficult to really know team dynamics, and even sub-cultures of an organization until you join them. One part of the business may operate slightly different than another. You also…

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Asked by Clark on March 3, 2017

I don't have much on my resume, but I did a lot of extracurricular activities. How exactly do I talk about that in an interview? What should I emphasize when discussing my volunteer work. How can I show that I'm good with time management and working with at team? What exactly should I say?

Cigna have responded.

The advice I give many candidates is to always take your experiences, no matter what they are, and look for ways that those experiences align with the job you want. Recruiters and hiring managers need to understand…

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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?

Cigna have responded.

Congratulations to you for looking for ways to achieve your goals! This shows grit and passion, and those are great qualities. Digital marketing skills are extremely important in the workforce today, and there…

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Asked by Tanya on February 28, 2017

I applied for a job and haven’t heard anything, should I contact the company to ask about the status of my application?

Cigna have responded.

The recruiting process can definitely feel long and drawn out for candidates waiting to hear back from a potential employer, and we understand! In most cases, recruiters review all applicants at the same time…

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Asked by Carol on February 9, 2017

If I've been fired from my last job-how do I handle this? What do I put on my application? Say yes or no to contacting my last employer? How should I handle this in an interview?

Cigna have responded.

It’s very important to be honest during the recruiting and hiring process. Your application should be 100% accurate, and during the interview process you should explain why you were fired from your prior…

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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 Jordan on January 23, 2017

I am looking for paid work experience in Chicago this summer, before I move overseas. Are there any defined time period jobs out there? Something maybe one step above an internship, as I am a grad student? Is this something I might try and negotiate with companies?

Cigna have responded.

Hi! There are definitely options for you. As a grad student, you can absolutely still do a graduate level internship, those exist! That way its a step up from an undergraduate level internship, plus it looks…

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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.

Cigna have responded.

Congrats! If the salary is less than you hoped, you are allowed to say that! But before saying so, I'd recommend asking them what the market value is for the role- the median salary for this role. Once you…

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Asked by Tiffany on November 19, 2016

In the last year I have had 5 interviews, no call backs. Not sure what i'm doing wrong, but it is a learning experience. My question is: I seem to start stuttering, or get tripped up in my words. I try to speak slowly, but I am so aware of it, i feel dumb. what can I do?

Cigna have responded.

Hi there- I understand no call backs can be very frustrating. The best piece of advice I can give is to be sure during the interview that you gather your interviewers' names and email addresses. That way you…

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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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