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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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Asked by Tanya on September 23, 2015

If I am asked to list references on a job application, who is appropriate to include? What is the proper etiquette for asking a contact to serve as a professional reference?

ManpowerGroup, AT&T, Gap Inc. have responded.

Great question! Employers may ask for professional and personal references, but most of the time, an employer is going to want to talk to someone you have worked with before or someone who supervised you. I…

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Asked by Fernanda on August 22, 2015

I was arrested for an alcohol citation sophomore year. Will companies track down this information? Do I have to make them aware of it? I'd rather leave it in the past.

Emerson, AT&T, Caterpillar have responded.

Prior to extending an offer, companies most likely will perform a background check and this info will become known, unless your record has been expunged.  So it is better to be upfront with this info than…

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Asked by Tanya on August 21, 2015

Would it look bad if I asked an interviewer not to contact my current employer?

Caterpillar, Pitney Bowes, ManpowerGroup, Emerson have responded.

Not at all.  Just be up front and explain that your current employer is not aware that you are searching for other employment and that you would appreciate it if they did not reach out to them at this…

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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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