I recently applied to a job and saw that I had a 3rd connection with the individual currently holding the position I applied for. In general what are the guidelines for asking to be introduced on LinkedIn?
This is something I would be careful with. I would reach out to the mutual connection and see if they know the person and if so, ask if they would mind introducing you. Reaching out to someone currently…
Is it ok to e-mail companies directly expressing an interest in an internship/entry level position if they have no job openings that fit my profile? Is this more effective than applying for posted jobs? I feel that if a specific opening is posted hundreds of people apply and it is very unlikely to be invited for an interview.
Yes, this is something we see pretty often. Companies today are very much about the online application process, however, so I would not recommend doing one or the other. I would suggest sending an…
I'm currently applying for jobs, and I want to know if I should be including a cover letter with my resume if the company doesn't specifically ask for one? If so, what should I say in the cover letter?
This is a question that we hear a lot, coming from both hiring managers and applicants, on whether or not to submit/review a cover letter. We recommend that you should submit a cover letter if the…
I have an internship interview and the hiring manager has told me dress is casual. What does that mean for women? Should I just go in my regular jeans, t-shirt and gym shoes? It's for a marketing internship.
When meeting someone for an interview it is always better to over-dress than to under-dress. I would recommend wearing a nice shirt and slacks with appropriate shoes to match. I would…
I transferred universities a couple times over the course of my college career, and I'm wondering if I should include those two previous schools on my resume? I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted when I got to college, and I'm worried employers will see it on my resume and think I'm flaky or unprofessional (even though I eventually ended up at a school I really love). Would I get in trouble for not having those others listed?
This is a great question and I think the Cigna team answered it perfectly. I would recommend only showing the school of which you've obtained a degree from on your resume. If you got an Associates…
I'm in the process of trying to get my second internship. I found a couple through my school's website but they don't list when the internships start. I'm looking for a summer internship, as I am currently in the middle of my spring internship. However, some don't say "summer". Is it ok to email the company and ask when their internship starts for a particular internship before applying for them?
From what I've seen and experienced, most all internships are meant for the summer unless otherwise noted. Typically if people are looking to host an intern outside of the summer time frame…
Why does an employer ask how much you’re currently getting paid? Do you have to answer if you know you’re being underpaid and want to set the bar higher?
This question is asked for a couple of different reasons. We want to understand where you are currently at in your position and how much you would be expecting should you decide to move onto a new…
What do you recommend for people who do not have a high school diploma but are currently enrolled in an adult basic education program working toward their high school equivalency? Should they omit the education section on the resume completely or include it and list the ABE program they are in now?
Employers always like to know what your educational background is, so yes, I would suggest including this information on your resume and application. You can included expected completion…
Should I connect with recruiters on Facebook or LinkedIn?
I would recommend connecting with Recruiters via LinkedIn. Though Facebook's interface is changing a bit to provide more usage for the job search, I would stay away from it when it comes to trying…
I'm an intern and it's my second week on the job. There is a jeans casual day this Friday - should I still dress in my formal business attire given I'm just an intern. Thanks!
This is a great question and one I asked myself when I was an intern. I think it would be more than acceptable for you to partake in jeans day as long as your schedule permits; meaning, if you…
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