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Asked by Karah on September 21, 2017

Employers feel that college isn't preparing students for employment. Involvement in what types of clubs/organizations/activities would indicate to them that students are ready for a real word job?

Eaton have responded.

In order to be prepared for a real world job you need to actually work in the real world. During your academic studies this is accomplished by an internship or co-op in your field. Participation in clubs and…

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Asked by Kaylie on September 13, 2017

Does an applicant's undergraduate major/minor matter or only that they possess a bachelor's degree?

Eaton have responded.

The answer is it depends upon your field. If you are going into a field that requires a specific skill set and academic background then yes your major does matter as employers will not hire someone without…

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Asked by Emma on September 13, 2017

How early in one's college career should they start looking at post-graduate opportunities (such as jobs or graduate schools)?

Eaton have responded.

In order to ensure that you have an adequate amount of time to prepare, and/or recover from any missteps from your freshman year, you should have your plans made no later than the beginning of the last semester…

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Asked by Krysten on September 12, 2017

Why do employers value study abroad programs so highly? Do they value them more highly than on the job experience/internships?

Eaton have responded.

The answer is it depends upon the company.  If you are looking at a global company and/or one that is based outside of the United States, and the position(s) you are interested in are globally/internationally…

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Asked by Steve on September 4, 2017

When I was 22, I became a convicted felon over some pretty serious and hurtful choices I made in life. I ended up being incarcerated until the age of 33; I am 36 now. Since my release, I have worked hard to move forward with my life and make positive decisions for myself and others – I’ve stayed crime-free, I have gotten an Associate’s Degree, and I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree currently. I was also fortunate to find an entry level job; one which I was able to get promoted several times due to my hard-work and dedication. However, the company I worked for was bought by a much larger company that doesn’t allow felons to work in any higher sort of capacity, so basically I am stuck where I am at and don’t have any future prospects for job growth. So, I find myself looking at the possibility of finding other employment: My questions are as follows:1.Is there anything that I can do to mitigate my criminal past somewhat when it comes to future employment? 2.Are there any fields or companies who may be willing to look past my bad choices and give me a chance?Thanks for your response!

Eaton have responded.

First off good for you for changing your life around and focusing on being the person now, that your younger self needed then. Hopefully you can be an example to other young people who are facing challenges…

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Asked by Emily on September 4, 2017

Are interviewers more concerned with technical skills or general professional skills?

Eaton have responded.

The short answer is both are needed to be a truly competitive candidate.  If you are technically skilled but unable or unwilling to behave in a professional manager, you are not a candidate that is attractive…

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Asked by Emily on September 4, 2017

Is it more beneficial to intern twice with the same company, or to intern at multiple companies?

Eaton have responded.

The answer is it depends. If you are really trying to get hired in with that particular company than repeated internships with that employer is more beneficial as they are able to have a greater depth of understanding…

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Asked by Evan on August 27, 2017

What co-curricular activities, other than internships, would be most effective in preparing college students for the workforce?

Eaton have responded.

There are no particular organizations that are better than another necessarily.  What is important is what you do and how well you do in the activities that you choose.  First and foremost an internship…

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Asked by Madeline on August 25, 2017

I've read several articles about the value of emotional intelligence in the work place. How do employers measure soft skills (communication, decision making skills) before hiring?

Eaton have responded.

Often employers are moving to, and have been using for a long time, behavior based interview models.  In this interview format, they ask you to describe examples from your own personal and/or professional…

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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?

Eaton have responded.

The first thing to do is ask yourself what you are passionate about and what you really like to do that will also pay you a salary to meet your financial needs.  If the answer is "I don't know" there are…

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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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