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Asked by Bethany on July 3, 2017

While completing school over the past few years, I have interned at the same company off and on. On my resume, how should I write this? Can I write (2015-2017) and leave it at that? Or do I write something to acknowledge the gaps like Periodic 2015-2017 or Temp 2015-2017?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

Great question. As you probably already know, the real estate on your resume is incredibly important. For the sake of space and simplicity, I suggest taking the route of listing the starting month and year

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Asked by Karen on June 30, 2017

Hi! I've heard people say that it can be useful to find a mentor in my first job or internship, but how do I go about doing that? Also, will that really benefit me or is it a waste of time?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

Great question! It also sounds like you have some wise mentors in your life because having at least one sponsor a key aspect of gaining more exposure and advancing in any career.

First, identify your…

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Asked by Jonathan on June 27, 2017

I'm currently on an international stint for 2 years with my company and it is coming to an end. I'm ready to come on home and I have two options. Take another year assignment abroad at a higher career level or return home at the same career level to work in a difficult group with extremely high expectations (but high exposure). Any thoughts on what would be best path?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

To start with and as others have mentioned--both are excellent options. Congratulations on being offered these two career paths! Your hard work has paid off and is certainly recognized by your employer.

To…

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Asked by raelene on June 27, 2017

I am interviewing for position with a large company but also applied for another position within the same company but different department. One position has less qualifications than the other however, for myself I would prefer the second position given that it is slightly higher in rank and aligns more with my future goals. Do you think the interviewer will think differently of me because I applied for the 2 positions? It should be noted that the interviewer would likely be the same for both positions. How would you address this in the interview?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

It's difficult to say whether the interviewer will "think differently" of you and whether or not it would be positive. Either way, you have the power to turn this into a very positive situation and…

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Asked by maureen on June 21, 2017

I just graduated high school and I'm applying for a job. I have no work experience. What should I include on my resume? I was going to put I was the captain of the varsity baseball team to show leadership and communication. Should I include volunteer information? Any suggestions?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

You should absolutely include your sports, volunteer, and any other extra-curricular experience that shows you will be a hard worker, good communicator, and show high learnability - the desire…

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Asked by Albert on June 13, 2017

I applied for a job two months ago. It's status says in progress. They also posted the job again. I applied again. It's still saying in progress. What does this mean?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

Hi there!

First off -- good job keeping track of the position itself and re-applying, it shows your determination.

There could be a number of reasons this happened so it's difficult to determine…

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Asked by Cynthia on April 9, 2017

I quit work 18 years ago when I had children and would like to return to full-time employment. I have an accounting degree from Texas A&M. I have applied to numerous positions and I have not received a phone call so I'm wondering if the gap in my resume is turning potential employers away. Any advice on how I can get back to work? Thanks!

ManpowerGroup have responded.

I agree with the previous comment, work with some recruiters because they can speak on behalf of you before you and that "absence" at the same time that your resume is submitted for a position. A large majority…

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Asked by Tanya on February 4, 2017

How do recruiters view full-time service after college, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America? Will these experiences help or hurt my application for a corporate position?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

These experiences will absolutely help your application for any corporate position, you just need to show the strengths of you and your experience and what you gained.

Asked by Maura on February 3, 2017

I started interning at a company where I would really like to work full-time. How long is an acceptable amount of time to intern before I approach my supervisor about possible job opportunities?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

As Soon As Possible! 

Congratulations on finding a work environment you are comfortable in and would like to contribute, professionally. This is usually a much longer road for many so you're well…

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Asked by Jeffrey on September 3, 2016

I am a teacher in Oklahoma that is looking for new career. I have a masters degree in Leadership and 11 years experience in sales and marketing. What is your advice for a new career direction? How should i begin my career search?

ManpowerGroup have responded.

What do you want from your career?
What are you good at and what do you enjoy?
What does the community you would like to work in need?

The first thing to do is to honestly reflect…

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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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