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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?

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There are several assessment tools which can provide career suggestions which you can research online. If you are enrolled in a college/university, one of the best resources is going to be your career services…

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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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Asked by chad on December 3, 2014

How competitive is the financial industry for a first time job seeker with a bachelor's degree?

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

Overall, it would appear that the market has definitely shifted to be less of an employer’s market and more of a job seeker’s market. So you may find the odds more favorable for job seekers now…

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Asked by Amanda on October 1, 2014

I'm 23, just graduated from IU this past May with a BS in Informatics, and had a cumulative GPA of 3.5, 3.6 in my Major GPA. I have had leadership experience: project manager for a tech project, on a leadership board for a group within my school, and did a presentation about my project manager experience at an on-campus conference. I have been offered several interviews, and with some companies I have been through 2 or 3 interviews. However, they always end up with an email saying they are pursuing more experienced candidates, or candidates with qualifications that fit the position more closely even if I had all the qualifications they listed. I have been going to career fairs at my school as well, staying for the whole career fair and talking to several companies. I have a little over a year in tech job experience as well. My resume is full (I actually had to shrink the margins a bit to keep it to a page) and looks clean and polished, and I have had it reviewed several times by the career services office and made any changes they suggested. Is there something I am missing? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

It sounds like you have been working very hard on your job search and have had success in scheduling several interviews. From what you have shared, there isn’t an immediate item that I notice is missing.…

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Asked by JASMINE on September 8, 2014

I recently graduated with a degree in Banking and Finance, but I have no relevant experience in the banking nor finance industry. While trying to look for jobs, I realized the majority require a minimum of 1 year of experience. Is it fair to assume that if I want to enter the banking industry, the only option is to start as a Bank Teller or Sales position? And if so, what are my chances for advancement??

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

That is a great question. The answer is that there are many opportunities to enter the banking/finance industry including teller, sales and other positions. The teller/customer service role can be a good option,…

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Asked by Richard on August 12, 2014

I just graduated and I'm starting to interview for jobs. To help my confidence during my first couple interviews I wore my Obi-Wan Kenobi cloak. It helps me feel like a Jedi and that I can accomplish anything. Both interviews were very short, like less than 15 minutes. I felt confident during the interview and thought I was giving strong answers, but both interviewers seemed uninterested. Was wearing something that helped my confidence that bad? Do most companies just want cookie-cutter employees? I mean, I had a tie on under my cloak.

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

Obviously the force wasn't with you. .

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Asked by Jake on August 12, 2014

I've been working for a company for 2 years. I started right out of college. To say the least, it's a grind. I've been earning entry level salary (~$35k/yr) throughout my employ, but my managers really push us hard (I work an average of 65hrs/wk). I'm worried because I can feel myself burning out. I've brought this up to my managers and they say this is the job. Therefore, I want to look for new work but don't want to get into the same situation. I want a reasonable work-life balance. Is that hard to come by these days with a bad economy?? I have no problem working hard, but I don't want my entire life to be consumed by my job. I feel like recruiters won't like if I tell them I want to work an honest work week and not always be at the office for 12hrs a day. Any advice for me on what I should do? Am I delusional to think that I'll find somewhere I can work an average of 40hr/wk? Thank you!

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

There are definitely jobs/career opportunities that exist which do not require 65 hours a week and pay a reasonable wage. Being new in your career, you probably want to demonstrate your work ethic and are eager…

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Asked by Arash on July 14, 2013

I recently immigrated to USA, but despite the fact that I have a masters degree in materials science and engineering I have struggled to find work. I am wondering if US employers are hesitant to hire me because they see that I got my degree overseas. Do you think this is a factor? 

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

In my opinion a degree is a degree, it shouldn't matter what type of institution it came from. There could be a number of factors that could contribute to not being able to find a position. I feel like I'm…

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Asked by Matthew on May 13, 2013

When writing a cover letter should I still include my address and the address of the company even if it is being sent through e-mail?

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

If the letter is being sent as an attached document, you should format it like a letter with complete addresses.

If the letter is actually the typed message of the email, then you would not include…

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Asked by Nicolas on May 3, 2013

I was terminated from my last job. When I was informed, the HR manager and my manager informed me that they would not be explaining to me why I had been terminated, and that if I was interested in finding out why I had been terminated I would have to schedule an interview with the vice-president of operations running our location. I did so, and he informed me that he approved my termination because it was requested by my manager, and upon review of my personnel folder he didn't see any specific reason to keep me. Unfortunately, this doesn't help me to understand why my manager requested my termination. How can I address this on an application that requests information regarding my reasons for leaving my previous position?

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

Thank you for submitting the question. I can understand your frustration. The best way to handle this situation on an application is to answer the question honestly and directly. Sometimes the question can…

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Asked by jaime on April 30, 2013

My girlfriend is moving to take a new job after college. I don't have a job in that town but will move with her and try to get interviews lined up. I'm anticipating that I'll be asked why I decided to move to that place since it's not a huge town. Should I say that I am moving for her or does that seem like a naive thing to say? Any tips on how to sound more thoughtful or mature while answering that?

Fifth Third Bank have responded.

I don't think it's naïve or uncommon to make a geographic move for your relationship, so I wouldn't worry about how it's perceived.

However, you could certainly answer the question without getting…

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