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Asked by Tanya on August 27, 2015

Is it ok to have a drink at a business lunch?

Praxair have responded.

This is a great question, and the answer depends largely on the company’s culture.  At some companies, beer and wine is served openly for employees to enjoy responsibly while at others it is very…

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Asked by Felicia on June 9, 2015

I am accountant and auditor, but in the job market I feel I may need to get a license as an internal auditor. Where is the best place to start with?

Praxair have responded.

This is a great question – It is always tempting in a tough job market to keep layering on certifications and degrees. Before you do this, it is important to fully investigate if getting the license is…

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Asked by Danny on May 29, 2015

I'm going to be a junior in the fall. I don't have a job or internship this summer, and don't know what I should do with my time. Am I too late in finding either of these? If so, what should I do?

Praxair have responded.

First of all, it’s great that you are recognizing that finding an internship or summer position will be helpful in your future career path.  While most large companies begin filling their summer…

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Asked by Ashley on May 21, 2015

I am a finalist for a teaching position, I interviewed 4 different times & gave a lesson. The principal told me they were seeing other finalist over the next two weeks so I probably wouldn't hear from him before that but to be in touch for any reason. I waited 2 weeks & left a message on Monday that I was checking in & still interested. Is it bad that I haven't heard back yet? What's my next step?

Praxair have responded.

First of all, congratulations on getting this far in the interview process – This clearly means that you are a well-qualified candidate.  Unfortunately, the interview process can take a very long…

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Asked by Ashley on May 12, 2015

I completed my third interview/lesson demonstration as a finalist last Monday. The principal said she wouldn't be in touch till the end of this week since she couldn't schedule the other finalists till this week but to be in touch for any reason. Should I be in touch or wait till Friday? I really want this job. Is it bad that they wanted to see the other finalists? Thank you!

Praxair have responded.

Congratulations on making it this far in the interview process!  I don’t think it is a bad sign that the company is interviewing other final candidates, it is very rare that an employer would not…

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Asked by Ashley on April 22, 2015

For administration assistants, what kind of background checks do they have to go through in your order to be hired?

Praxair have responded.

The background check process can sometimes vary depending on the company as well as the business sector and position that you are applying for.  For instance, if you are applying to work for a government…

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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 David on February 8, 2015

I've heard many times that an interviewer generally knows if a candidate is a fit or not within the first 15 seconds of meeting them. In your experience is this true for you? If so what do you look for? What are the good things, bad things, and automatic red flags?

Praxair have responded.

I think determining if a candidate is a good fit or not within the first 15 seconds is very unlikely – However, I think this rule is very true within the first 15 minutes.  During the interview process,…

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Asked by David on February 4, 2015

Is LinkedIn a reliable way to network for new jobs? If it is, how should I approach people I don't know offline, on LinkedIn?

Praxair have responded.

This is a great question.  LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool that anyone looking for a job should use.  Think of LinkedIn as a kind of Facebook but for the professional aspect of your life instead…

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Asked by Donald on February 2, 2015

What are the most important overall characteristics or skills you look for in a new hire?

Praxair have responded.

Especially for entry-level positions, there are certain characteristics that we look for in our candidates.  In addition to a relevant major and good grades, we look for candidates who are energetic, driven…

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Asked by Christian on January 14, 2015

This question is concerned with creating my resume. I majored in Computer Information Systems and minored in Philosophy. In my experience, these two fields of study, besides the logic aspect, are mostly opposite in terms of thinking. I'm obviously concentrated on applying for IT related jobs. Would a hiring manager for an IT position even care about my minor? Perhaps it was a waste of time, but I certainly enjoy the topic. Anyhow, should I even bother putting my minor on my resume? Could it help my chances of getting a job, or even possibly hurt them?

Praxair have responded.

I would highly suggest that you put your Philosophy minor on your resume.  It definitely will not hurt your chances of getting a job and could even help.  Philosophy students have to be able to think…

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