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Asked by Tanya on February 4, 2017

How do recruiters view full-time service after college, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America? Will these experiences help or hurt my application for a corporate position?

American Express have responded.

Hi there! Long story short, these types of post collegiate programs should not hurt your chances of getting a corporate job. However, I would be very mindful of how you speak about these opportunities. You…

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Asked by Amel on May 11, 2017

About how long does it typically take to get your first raise in an entry-level position? Is this something big companies typically review on an annual basis, semi-annual, or should I just keep my head down and not think about it? 

American Express have responded.

Hi there! This is a great question and I'm sure lots of other Jobipedia users have wondered the same thing. While each company is different, here are a few guidelines for helping you tackle any raise related…

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Asked by Tanya on February 5, 2017

I was passionate about a number of social causes in college and spent time organizing rallies and protesting. Will this sort of “anti-establishment” activity hurt my chances with future employers? Should I take the photos down from my Facebook page/blog?

American Express have responded.

There are many ways in which you can spin these experiences to positively reflect on your skill set and your ability to lead. Regardless of your chosen industry the ability to influence others…

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Asked by h on April 26, 2017

When I was younger I struggled with a disability. I still have this but no longer struggle with it as much. I needed some assistance in school, but now I hardly mention it to anyone. In college I earned a 3.0 GPA. I revealed my disability to some of my professors because I found that I tend to learn better after doing something repeatedly. Is this something I should mention during my job interviews, or should I wait until after an offer is made? Thanks!

American Express have responded.

Hi there! This is a great question and one that I many Jobipedia users could benefit from. First and foremost, you should never feel ashamed of your disability or the additional time you require to truly…

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Asked by Dr. on February 1, 2017

A number of the companies I have applied to have a notice somewhere during online application process that says even if I’m not accepted, they will keep my resume on file and consider me for future positions. Is there some advantage to being in a company’s system already (even if the application was for a different position), rather than just being a new applicant? Or am I just being brushed off in corporate speak (i.e. “don’t call us, we’ll call you”)?

American Express have responded.

This is a great question! As someone who works within a recruiting database very regularly, I can say there is certainly an advantage to being in an employers system. Often times there is a setting which allows…

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Asked by Eirene on March 3, 2017

Hi, I have 2 years working in sales but I'd like to switch to digital marketing. I'm taking online courses with certificates but they are non-credited (my time and salary don't allow me to participate in a full credited university program). I experiment with social tools and document my online learning on my blog. Would that affect my employment opportunities knowing this is a very hand-on field?

American Express have responded.

Hi there! Your situation sounds very familiar to mine just one year ago. I had been in sales for 2 years and was looking for a way to transition into human resources. Your blog is a great platform for displaying…

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Asked by Mitesh on December 20, 2016

I have completed all rounds of my interview. After two weeks, I got an email from an HR manager that I am a finalist for the position. I followed up a couple days later with the same manager and he mentioned we will make a decision by the end of this week. Is this a normal timeline? And isn't it a good sign that they notified me I was a finalist? Thanks!

American Express have responded.

Congratulations! Getting to a final round interview is an incredible accomplishment and you should be so proud of that. It's an incredibly good sign for the Hiring Manager to reach out to you with this information.…

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Asked by Rebecca on February 11, 2014

Would you ever be willing to make an exception on a GPA requirement for an internship? If so, for what reasons?

American Express have responded.

We generally use a GPA cut-off of 3.0 as an eligibility requirement. However, our internship hires typically are well above this minimum. For students at the lower range, we like to see a significant commitment…

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Asked by Barbara on December 2, 2015

When applying online for a job and they ask you to upload a cover letter, who do you address it to and how do you find the address?

American Express have responded.

Hello,

Great question! Typically with online applications, this information is not necessarily always available. For addressing the individual, I would keep it general using  "Hiring Manager"…

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Asked by David on August 10, 2016

Can personality tests help you in a job you're already in? I realize they have tremendous value when searching for a job, but can they help you if you're already in a role? If they can how?

American Express have responded.

Hello,

Great question! Personality and career aptitude tests are a great way to continue learning about yourself. The more you can learn about yourself and figure out how that aligns well with your…

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