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Asked by Luisa on July 20, 2017

I have just been completely and successfully discharged from Ch 13 Bankruptcy and have fully satisfied all that was required under the plan. My filing bankruptcy was such a painful experience for me and my family but it was all I could do to maintain a home for my children after going through two dramatic and long unemployment periods after the 2009 Financial Crisis. I have relocated and am searching for a job in Financial Services. How can I address my bankruptcy? And how will it reflect or prevent me from ever being able to find work in the profession that I love?

Grace have responded.

That sounds horrible. I would be honest about the fact that the 2009 financial crisis impacted you greatly. Address your bankruptcy head on and let potential employers know that you are excited about how you…

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Asked by Kelcie on April 20, 2017

I transferred universities a couple times over the course of my college career, and I'm wondering if I should include those two previous schools on my resume? I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted when I got to college, and I'm worried employers will see it on my resume and think I'm flaky or unprofessional (even though I eventually ended up at a school I really love).  Would I get in trouble for not having those others listed? 

Cigna, Worthington, AT&T, ManpowerGroup have responded.

We see many candidates who have attended multiple schools over the course of their academic journey, so don't be overly concerned about this. While companies may have different preferences, I would recommend…

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Asked by Lu on April 20, 2017

What do I do if a background check shows a fraud charge but was never convicted and charge was dropped? It was a charge that had no merit but still appears on background records. I'm applying for a financial services jobs.

VFC, Emerson, AT&T have responded.

Hi, Try contacting the local courthouse where the case was filed.  I beleive you can ask for the record to be removed since there was no conviction.   Also, you could contact an attorny and seek…

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Asked by Eloise on December 17, 2015

I might have drank too much water after doing my morning run, so my urine came out almost colorless during my pre-employment drug screen. I have never used drugs in my life, so I know the result won't be "positive."But how would major employers treat "negative-dilute" or "inconclusive" drug screen results? Treat it as "failed the drug test"? Allow candidate to re-test? Count it as a pass? Help!

Cardinal Health, Cigna, Merck & Co. have responded.

All employers have varying policies around drug testing but in my personal opinion, I don't think this is something you need to be concerned with. I don't know how much water you drank but I think it would…

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Asked by Chris on November 3, 2015

In college, I always heard that alcohol citations and things like that would really hurt my chances of getting a job-- is that true? What do hiring managers think if applicants have alcohol citations? Are they that serious?

Mutual of Omaha, Caterpillar, Cardinal Health have responded.

Good question. It really depends on the position and company you are applying to and what the company's policy is. Most alcohol citations including DWI, MIP etc are ok if you are honest and state on your application…

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