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Asked by Nathalie on March 29, 2017

I'm a college student, starting to look for my second internship. Currently, I have been working for my parent's business. As of now, that has been my only job. When I am on the internship hunt, during the interview process should I let the interviewer know that my bosses were my parents? Is that something that doesn't really matter or do interviewers frown upon that piece of knowledge?

Hersheys have responded.

Great question! I don't think it is necessary to mention unless they ask. There is nothing wrong with working for a family business and highlighting what you did there. Think about what type of skills or responsibilities…

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Asked by Tanya on March 19, 2017

Do people really find jobs at industry conferences? Is it worth paying a fee to go to an industry conference in hopes of meeting someone from a company that is hiring?

Hersheys have responded.

I am sure there are times where people have founds jobs at industry conferences.  However, you should go with the focus of networking not landing a job.  If you are passionate about the industry,…

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Asked by Tanya on March 18, 2017

If I have been given the contact information for someone I’ve never talked to before, how should I go about contacting them? Should I email, call or send a text? Both?

Hersheys have responded.

I would recommend to reach out through email. If you have not heard back and it's been a week I would suggest to give them a call and follow up. Best of luck!

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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?

Hersheys have responded.

If you have applied to a position and it has been a few weeks since you have heard back it's perfectly fine to reach and check on your status of your application. This will show that you are interested in the…

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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?

Hersheys have responded.

It is always important to be honest during the application and interviewing process. As mentioned before if it does not require an answer no necessary to go into detailed but if it does ask make sure you are…

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Asked by Tanya on February 1, 2017

What is a normal amount of summer work experience or internships to have coming out of college?

Hersheys have responded.

It’s hard to say what the normal amount of summer work or internships someone should have once they graduate from college. I think by having one internship it will already make you stand out from other…

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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.

Hersheys have responded.

That is great news!  
When it comes to negotiating a salary with a company that could potentially be your employer, it becomes sticky. If you want to negotiate you need knowledge behind…

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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!

Hersheys have responded.

Great question! I would have to agree with the following responses. Although pursuing your Master’s and receiving a GPA of 3.6 in your first semester is a great and something to be proud of. I would not…

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Asked by akshay on September 21, 2016

I completed my bachelor of science in Information Technology in 2015. I am searching for a job, but I also plan to study something related to my degree. Could you recommend any courses I should take that will help prepare me for the job market and my career?

Hersheys have responded.

 If you are looking to take additional courses that help prepare you for the job market you can never go wrong with business courses. I would recommend looking into a Business Communication, Marketing/Social…

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Asked by arti on September 18, 2016

I`m a current student earning my degree in civil engineering. What types of jobs or careers would be suitable for me?

Hersheys have responded.

Great question! There is different paths you can take with civil engineering depending on what you are interested in and the reason why you decide to pursue a career in civil engineering. Most civil engineers…

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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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