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Asked by Nathalie on April 18, 2017

I am a college student and my school offers a mentoring program. I need to interview someone in my field for a class and I am in contact with an alumni. She told me she is able to meet after 5:30pm. I was wondering what places are appropriate to meet? Restaurants? Cafe? Starbucks? Also, should I dress formally or casual?

ADM, Cardinal Health, Emerson have responded.

Great questions! You should choose a setting that is quiet enough that you will be able to hear each other, maybe a quiet coffee shop or even a place on campus. You will want to be able to utilize your time…

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Asked by Tanya on March 23, 2017

What is the proper etiquette when doing an informational interview with someone I don’t know? Should I pay for our coffee/lunch?

Cigna, AT&T have responded.

Hi, great question! There really is no standard around who pays for this, as many companies have guidelines in place related to whether candidates can pay for meals or other items for a recruiter or hiring…

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Asked by Tanya on March 19, 2017

Do people really find jobs at industry conferences? Is it worth paying a fee to go to an industry conference in hopes of meeting someone from a company that is hiring?

Hersheys, Accenture have responded.

I am sure there are times where people have founds jobs at industry conferences.  However, you should go with the focus of networking not landing a job.  If you are passionate about the industry,…

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Asked by Tanya on March 18, 2017

If I have been given the contact information for someone I’ve never talked to before, how should I go about contacting them? Should I email, call or send a text? Both?

Worthington, Cardinal Health, Emerson, Hersheys have responded.

Hello,
If this is for a prospective job, I would recommend emailing the new contact. Be sure to mention how you received their contact information and what you are reaching out regarding. This will give…

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Asked by Tanya on March 16, 2017

I feel like my networking and “informational interviews” are just creating more work without accomplishing anything. What am I doing wrong?

Worthington, AT&T have responded.

Hello,
I would suggest taking a step back and evaluating the ways in which you are networking. Are the events and or people that you're talking to related to the field in which you'd like to find a position?…

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

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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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