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Asked by Puspa on June 7, 2017

I am graduating this year with my Bachelor's in Economic with a 3.27 GPA. I am currently the Chairman of the student executive board 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 related to economics and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out? And are there roles I may not be thinking about that would relate to my Economics degree?

Emerson have responded.

Jobs related to Economics:
Check out www.usajobs.gov website, from there do a search on "economics" or "analyst" or a search word that matches your career interest. …

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Asked by Amel on May 14, 2017

On average, how many interviews will a person have within a company before obtaining the position?

Emerson have responded.

The number of interviews really depends on the company and type of position.  General rule, the more skilled, the more interviews.  Most companies conduct a phone interview first.  In those cases,…

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Asked by Amel on May 11, 2017

About how long does it typically take to get your first raise in an entry-level position? Is this something big companies typically review on an annual basis, semi-annual, or should I just keep my head down and not think about it? 

Emerson have responded.

Generally a company will conduct an annual wage & salary survey to evaluate their employees wages in comparison to similar industries in the area.  Depending on the company, they may have a merit increase…

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Asked by Amel on May 10, 2017

Is it common for employers to write letters of recommendation for their interns at the end of the summer? Is this something I should plan on asking for? 

Emerson have responded.

Absolutely!  I'd recommend asking a week or two prior to leaving for a recommendation.  Generally employers don't have an issue writing them.

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Asked by TENILLE on May 1, 2017

How many questions will I be asked during an interview? What makes an interview successful? Which type of questions should I prepare to answer?

Emerson have responded.

Great question! It's always best to be as prepared as possible. You can count on being asked why you're applying for the position and what do you know about the company. Those are easy to answer as long as…

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Asked by Phillip on April 25, 2017

I am interested in navigating from a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education to a career in Human Resources. I have a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration, but am starting off with a corporate company as a Senior Recruitment Coordinator. What are some realistic HR career paths I can pursue?

Emerson have responded.

Congrats on landing your first job in HR!  A lot of us in the HR practice start in recruitment.  The good news is that as recruitment coordinator you are already in an HR career path. …

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Asked by Nathalie on April 22, 2017

I have an internship interview and the hiring manager has told me dress is casual. What does that mean for women? Should I just go in my regular jeans, t-shirt and gym shoes? It's for a marketing internship.

Emerson have responded.

Congratulations on you interview. Remember, first impressions really do matter so I'd recommend wearing khaki's and a polo or sweater and slip on shoes. If you decide to wear jeans, wear a shirt that is dressier…

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Asked by Lu on April 20, 2017

What do I do if a background check shows a fraud charge but was never convicted and charge was dropped? It was a charge that had no merit but still appears on background records. I'm applying for a financial services jobs.

Emerson have responded.

If the charges show on the background check, you want to make sure that you're disclosing them on the release.  You should volunteer an explanation so the employer is not surprised when they see the results.…

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Asked by Nathalie on April 18, 2017

I am a college student and my school offers a mentoring program. I need to interview someone in my field for a class and I am in contact with an alumni. She told me she is able to meet after 5:30pm. I was wondering what places are appropriate to meet? Restaurants? Cafe? Starbucks? Also, should I dress formally or casual?

Emerson have responded.

Hello! It would be appropriate to meet in a casual resuarant like Eat N' Park, Waffle House, etc or a coffee shop.  You want to conduct yourself in a professional manner so business casual attire would…

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Asked by Tanya on April 5, 2017

Why does an employer ask how much you’re currently getting paid? Do you have to answer if you know you’re being underpaid and want to set the bar higher?

Emerson have responded.

We ask the salary questions for a few reasons.  We like to know what you're making to gauge whether we could pay similar/more.  It also allows us to get an idea of your salary expectations and allows…

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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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