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Asked by T on September 15, 2015

As a freshman in college, what should I do at career fairs? What should I say/discuss with employers?

Schwan's have responded.

First, I think it's great that you're starting to attend career fairs as a Freshman. It's a way for you to show initiative and interest in learning about the companies & what they generally have to offer…

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Asked by Mike on May 7, 2015

Are part-time students typically considered for internships?

Schwan's have responded.

Absolutely but I'd recommend also clearly stating this in your resume objective. Being a part-time student shouldn't discount you from consideration if you fit the qualifications of the internship.

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Asked by Wanda on May 5, 2015

On the survey section of an application they state that it is voluntary. But want to know your race, gender etc? How or should you answer this question?

Schwan's have responded.

Please know that some employers are required to ask these questions due to the nature of having certain federal contracts.  It is helpful for us to have this information.  In our situation, hiring…

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Asked by Christian on May 4, 2015

Does a person who applies soon after the job has been posted have any advantage over applicants who apply significantly later? For example, A applies the day of the post, and B applies three weeks after the post. Assuming they are equally qualified does A have advantage over B? Would the potential advantage A might have matter if B were slightly more qualified? How about greatly more qualified?

Schwan's have responded.

This isn't the case at my company, but I recently heard a Fortune 100 company speak at an event about interacting with them as a candidate, and they said in some cases their job postings close after 100 applicants.…

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Asked by David on April 30, 2015

What's inappropriate to post on social media? I know that recruiters aren't 'supposed' to look through all of my social channels, but they're only human. Do I have more leeway to post whatever I want on say, Instagram as opposed to LinkedIn, or Facebook instead of Twitter?

Schwan's have responded.

Great answers were already given, but remember to review your security options -- if you have things you want to share with only good friends, you can create a private group for that.  A good general rule…

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Asked by Ashley on April 22, 2015

I just sent a follow up thank you letter email to my interviewer. I just noticed I put an extra letter in her last name. Horrible?? So upset!

Schwan's have responded.

I have a uniquely spelled name, and coworkers and candidates spell it wrong all the time.  I don't take it personally and rarely chalk it up to anything other than a mistake, but I do appreciate when they…

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Asked by lora on April 21, 2015

I am not sure about a career choice and would like advice on what to do? I am interested in psychology/counseling, English, nursing and teaching elementary/preschool/early childhood. My personality is introverted and I can be very shy/soft spoken at times, but I am also very observational and am a good listener. I have a need to help people, but I also love working with children and have interests in the beauty field. I am currently getting my aesthetics license from a cosmetology school, but I do not think this career is the one I want to work on all my life or as my main career. Any advice/direction you can offer would be great.

Schwan's have responded.

I think it's important to distinguish the difference between interest in a career field, and interest in the job itself.  For example, I love teaching and often thought about being a teacher, both while…

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Asked by Stacy on April 7, 2015

What are some characteristics good interns have that aren't traditional? Stuff outside the typical "energetic, willing/able to work with others, professional, etc." Thanks!

Schwan's have responded.

Curiosity isimportant whether in a technical or non-technical internship. Don't be afraid to question the status quo because a fresh set of eyes is one of the many benefits of hiring interns.   I…

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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 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?

Schwan's have responded.

Linked In is a great way to network! I would suggest personalizing your message when you reach out to potential employers. It needs to be something that grabs their attention for example your connection to…

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Asked by Mike on January 13, 2015

Why should I send a thank you note after an interview? What is the difference that a thank you note will make on my chances of getting hired? What are the consequences of not sending thank you notes?

Schwan's have responded.

Thank you notes are extremely important and I have had managers specifically ask if a candidate sent one (electronic is fine) as it shows interest, writing skills and how the candidate interacts with others.…

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