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Asked by Cindy on May 7, 2015

Hello, I returned to college as a mature (40s) student and have recently completed my undergraduate degree in history. My work experience prior to returning to college was primarily in customer service and secretarial, with a large chunk of time off to raise my children. My question is how far back in my work history should I go on my resume?

Hospira have responded.

I would encourage you to include your earlier work history.  Your resume will include all of the work completed and you can highlight the more recent experience with detailed results.  The earlier…

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Asked by Adam on February 20, 2015

I am very interested in making a career change. I am currently working in lead generation for a large company. I would like to do something more upbeat and with a bit more creativity and flair. I have a real interest in Marketing but I am unsure how to make this switch. What would you suggest the best way to make this transition? Are there any steps I should focus on?

Hospira have responded.

Reinventing yourself requires some work on your part.  I'd start with looking into your companies culture to help you with this change.  Many companies offer individual development plans (IDP) to…

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Asked by Christian on April 20, 2015

Essentially throughout my time in school I have worked part time. At several of these jobs I have been offered leader and management positions. Unfortunately, I have never been able to accept any of them as they did not fit with my schedule, and the fear of them effecting my studies. So my question is should I include this on my resume or cover letter?

Hospira have responded.

I would say yes to both questions.  Do put your work experience on your resume.  It will show you have taken on jobs during your time in school. That shows initiative.  I think you have a great…

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Asked by Bob on May 15, 2015

I have been offered a sales job at a major HVAC manufacturer. I have a DUI arrest; not a conviction. Also, I have a 6 year old misdemeanor reckless conduct in my background. Would this disqualify me from employment?

Hospira have responded.

This is a tough question, and admittedly, not my area of expertise. However, most companies do conduct background checks.  There are generally timeframes as to how far back in time the background is conducted.…

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Asked by Akash on April 20, 2015

I am a graduate student at New York University with major in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship. I will be graduating in May'15. I have experience working both in biotech and management. I am interested in working in biotechnology research and also I am gaining required programming skills to work as a Business Analyst in healthcare sector. Please, advice me which path should I take? Thanks!

Hospira have responded.

It is best to identify your interests, values and skills so you can make a well informed decision.  This type of roadmap will help you determine the best path to select.  Learning about your interests…

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Asked by Rachel on May 13, 2015

I'm a female in my early 20s, and my boss is a man who has been at our company for more than thirty years. There have been several times where he has said things to me or to other young female coworkers that I feel are inappropriate, like comments about our outfits or hairstyles, or jokes about our age, etc. Some have been verging on what I think would be sexual harassment...how do I handle this?

Hospira have responded.

If someone is making you feel uncomfortable I would encourage you to say something to the person.  Even if that may be awkward.  He may not be aware this is an issue and it can be corrected. …

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Asked by lora on April 21, 2015

I am not sure about a career choice and would like advice on what to do? I am interested in psychology/counseling, English, nursing and teaching elementary/preschool/early childhood. My personality is introverted and I can be very shy/soft spoken at times, but I am also very observational and am a good listener. I have a need to help people, but I also love working with children and have interests in the beauty field. I am currently getting my aesthetics license from a cosmetology school, but I do not think this career is the one I want to work on all my life or as my main career. Any advice/direction you can offer would be great.

Hospira have responded.

There are a number of assessment test that you can consider when planning your career.  Most are inexpensive to take.  This can help you narrow down the field you are considering.  Assessments…

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Asked by Tydie on May 2, 2015

I absolutely love where I'm interning and would love to work there full time. I just had my evaluation and received positive reviews. There are currently no job openings in the department I intern, but found an opening in another department (events). My internship is over in three weeks. Would it be appropriate to ask my supervisor to facilitate the connection particularly in regards to the job?

Hospira have responded.

Congrats on getting great feedback, that is wonderful news!  I was not able to determine from your question what you degree is in and if you would be qualified.  I would suggest that you determine…

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Asked by Mike on May 7, 2015

Are part-time students typically considered for internships?

Hospira have responded.

That could vary by company and industry.  Some companies will only look at full-time students while others might not have this as an issue.  I would encourage you to look for internships.  It…

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Asked by Stacy on April 7, 2015

What are some characteristics good interns have that aren't traditional? Stuff outside the typical "energetic, willing/able to work with others, professional, etc." Thanks!

Hospira have responded.

Adaptability comes to mind.  Being open to and successful at a variety of tasks is what managers dream about.  the other trait that comes to mind is critical thinking.  How you derive outcomes…

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