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Asked by Jordan on March 7, 2017

Hello, I am applying for a district manager position with a national grocery chain. Is it appropriate for me to do some sort of report and bring it with me to the interview? This is a second round group interview, and I want to do something to set myself apart, as well as prove I have done my homework. If I came with a situational analysis and my recommendations for how I would approach things, would this be seen as too much? I don't want to appear arrogant, I just really want this job and want to show them I am motivated. Given the position I am interviewing for, I am not exactly sure what this homework would be, but really want to prove to them I am the best person for the job.What are your thoughts?Thanks for your help!

Emerson have responded.

Hello, and thank you for your question! Employers love to see enthusiastic candidates, but you are right in checking on what can be seen as ‘too much.’

You can never be too prepared for an…

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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?

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Great question! Something that most candidates won’t understand is the team dynamics you would enter into if you found the job, or the company culture. Some of the more progressive companies today are…

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Asked by ray on March 3, 2017

A recent interviewer asked why I thought I had not been hired yet because I have been interviewing for the last 4 months since graduating college. How do I answer that question in a positive way?

Emerson have responded.

Thank you for the question! A long time to find a job is not uncommon, especially depending on the industry and role you are looking for. So don’t be disheartened, keep at it and you will definitely find…

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Asked by Kylie on January 4, 2017

I am a recent Ohio State grad with a B.A in communications. I am wanting to get into the nonprofit world, or special event planning, maybe both. I know I naturally possess the skills necessary along with my education to be an excellent candidate. I just don't know how to get my foot in the door. Any suggestions?

Emerson have responded.

Thanks for the question!

I would keep your approach simple. Ohio State is a very large and reputable university with alumni all over the world, in all businesses and in all non-profits. I would work…

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Asked by David on December 26, 2016

I'm looking to set some New Year's resolutions for my professional life this year. Any advice on some good professional resolutions? And, any advice on how to stick with them for all of 2017?

Emerson have responded.

Thanks for the question!

I would keep your approach simple. Ohio State is a very large and reputable university with alumni all over the world, in all businesses and in all non-profits. I would work…

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Asked by Student on December 25, 2016

How should I represent on my CV that I terminated my pursuit of a masters degree because of pregnancy and moving abroad (attended 1st semester and GPA is 3.6 out of 4)? Thanks in advance!

Emerson have responded.

Hello, and thanks for the question!
I agree with the previous response, it would be best not to include this on your CV.  It would cause more questions and concerns than the value it would bring…

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Asked by mark on October 4, 2016

A week after the interview, the hiring manager said they are doing a reorg and she'll let me know if the role progresses, I don't want to keep nagging her. I noticed In Taleo it says job status is "filled" but my application status says "under review". Does that mean I am no longer considered for this role?? Or is it just an oversight to change my status to "no longer in consideration"?

Emerson have responded.

I would recommend that you ask these two questions directly to the hiring manager.    During the selection and pre-hire processes, it's important that both you and the organization hiring…

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Asked by David on September 5, 2016

I work at a very large company. I've got a number of friends who work in my department, but I'd like to connect with more people in the company. How do I go about engaging the much larger corporate community?

Emerson have responded.

Hello and thanks for the question! Networking for social or career reasons is an important way to stay engaged in a role or a company. While it often times seems daunting, simple steps can help you engage with…

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Asked by David on September 5, 2016

I'm really trying to increase my productivity at work. Are there any apps, resources, or information you'd recommend to help increase my productivity?

Emerson have responded.

Great question! Over my career I have always worked to improve my productivity. It not only helps me get things done, but it also increases my confidence and gets noticed in the organization which has helped…

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Asked by Sam on September 5, 2016

How do I transition career paths? All of my experience is in social work, but I'm wanting to transition to graphic design. I've got the skills to be able to do it, but my resume looks...well like a social worker, not a graphic designer.

Emerson have responded.

Hello! Are you excited for your career move? I know some of the most rewarding periods of my career have been when I took a risk and tried something new.

To make the switch from social work to graphic…

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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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