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Asked by Angela on May 19, 2017

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.

Quest, Worthington, Cardinal Health have responded.

Hi! 

YES, it is OK. In fact, it shows initiative which is an attribute admired by many hiring managers. If there is nothing available, there is a chance that a hiring manager or recruiter would…

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Asked by Kelsey on May 17, 2017

I am graduating this summer with my Bachelor's in Sociology with a 3.9 GPA. I am currently the Social Media Coordinator for my university and the position goes away with my student status. So, I am hunting for jobs and I am finding I don't meet the 3-6 year minimum experience for the positions I am applying to. I am looking for positions in Human resources and have found them to be very scarce. Is there a way to make my resume/ cover letter stand out?

Cigna, AT&T have responded.

Hi, Congratulations are your stellar academic performance!

First, make sure that you are translating in your resume and cover letter what you learned from your degree program that relates to Human…

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Asked by Amel on May 9, 2017

When looking for a job online, does it make any difference whether I use job board aggregators (Monster, CareerBuilder, etc.) or apply directly through a company's website? If not, which aggregator(s) would you recommend?

ManpowerGroup, Accenture, Broadridge have responded.

Great question! Navigating the different options can be overwhelming. If you are using an online job board, there will be a link that connects the job board to the company website if they want you to apply…

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Asked by h on April 24, 2017

In recent interviews I've found that I am introduced and interviewing with a manager in a whole different department than the role I applied for. We sit down and go through normal questions (why you would want to work here? etc.) I then start asking questions I have prepared that are related to my field and the role, and my interviewer often can't respond as they are unfamiliar with that work. Am I misunderstanding the interview? Is it common for an initial interview to be with just a manager-level person, regardless of the role I'm applying for?

Cardinal Health, ADM, Textron have responded.

In most large corporations, it is common for your first round interview to be scheduled with a recruiter. I have never heard of a manager from a department outside of the position you are applying to, or outside…

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Asked by Joel on April 10, 2017

My job application status said applications under review next step interviews. Now, a few days later the status column is blank. Any idea what this means? Should I call the company?

Cigna, ADM, ManpowerGroup have responded.

Yes, if you are concerned or just want an update on your progress, you should reach out to the recruiter via email or phone. Most recruiters are happy to chat and let you know where you are in the process,…

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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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