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Asked by Abbi on September 9, 2017

How many "degrees of separation" is it appropriate to claim a connection, use someone as an employee reference, or ask for someone to hand in a resume in for you?

Merck & Co. have responded.

Hi there - I don't know that there is necessarily a "formula" or a set number in terms of from whom you can ask for a reference. In my mind, the biggest things are to make sure that whomever you ask is aware…

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Asked by Taylor on August 13, 2017

I am a senior in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. I was wondering when I should be looking for job postings for positions to be filled after I graduate in May of 2018? I was also wondering what job title I should be searching for if I am looking to eventually move up to Engineering Manager.

Merck & Co. have responded.

Congratulations on your senior year! I think timing really varies across the board - at my company, we start recruiting May graduates in September and run through April. A lot of companies tend to recruit heavily…

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Asked by Emily on September 4, 2017

Is it more beneficial to intern twice with the same company, or to intern at multiple companies?

Merck & Co. have responded.

I agree with my colleague from Eaton. I think it really depends on the type of move you're planning to make and your career goals. Relationships are everything when it comes to seeking a full-time role after…

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Asked by Maggie on October 19, 2017

What are employers looking for in a LinkedIn summary?

Merck & Co. have responded.

Great question. In my experience, employers are looking for a brief, high level description of your role, contributions and successes. Be sure to use universal language versus present company acronyms for clarity.…

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Asked by Maggie on October 19, 2017

Many studies show that women are less likely to ask for raises. How can I best prepare myself to effectively negotiate raises in my future career?

Merck & Co. have responded.

I would recommend going into the discussion as prepared as possible - be ready with numbers for folks that are in positions similar to yours in your area with comparable levels of experience. Be able to show…

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Asked by Kristen on October 18, 2017

I have been through several employment interviews and many times I have been asked to describe a time when there was conflict in my life and how I resolved it. I am always caught off-guard and never what I should speak of. What are employers looking for when asking this question? What is the best way to approach this question while giving an honest answer?

Merck & Co. have responded.

This is a question that I commonly ask during interviews as well - now that you know it's coming, you can be prepared next time! What I'm really trying to learn from this question is how candidates navigate…

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Asked by Maggie on October 19, 2017

I have built a strong professional network in my college town. However, for my career, I want to move abroad after graduation. What are some suggestions for building a network outside of my geographical region?

Merck & Co. have responded.

One of my biggest pieces of advice is to get involved with any professional organizations or societies that are related to your major or field of study. Many of those organizations are international, and can…

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Asked by Kristen on October 18, 2017

With all of the competition and expectations in the workforce now, how does one stand out to employers above the rest? And when meeting with someone for less than 5 minutes, how do you make a lasting impression?

Merck & Co. have responded.

Great question. For me, a candidate really stands out when he/she knows what it is that my company does and is at least fluent in either current events and news within the industry or news about the company…

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Asked by Madison on October 2, 2017

Advisors preach that internships are extremely vital. What would be the best way of starting an internship when you already have a part-time job and other commitments?

Merck & Co. have responded.

Hi there - yes, internships can be extremely vital when you're searching for a full-time role after graduation. It IS possible to hold an internship while working on several other things - it really comes down…

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Asked by Thalira on October 2, 2017

How do I fill out a resume/ application with no work experience?

Merck & Co. have responded.

Hi there - think about any opportunities that you've had to gain transferable skills. Did you have any informal summer work? Have you had opportunities for leadership within any clubs or organizations? Were…

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