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Asked by Maura on May 30, 2017

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?

Quest, Worthington, Accenture, Grace have responded.

I treat LinkedIn like networking in person. It's about courtesy and making your intentions known. Let your mutual connection(s) know that you are interested in an introduction. When I send a connection request…

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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.


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 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, Accenture 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, AT&T 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 15, 2017

Should I connect with recruiters on Facebook or LinkedIn?

Mutual of Omaha, ADM, Worthington have responded.

When connecting with recruiters, I would suggest one to connect via LinkedIn due to it being a professional social media network whereas, Facebook is more personal. This way the recruiter can view all your…

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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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