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Asked by Tanya on March 12, 2017

Do recruiters look at resumes that are sent through traditional mail? On paper instead of email?

Mutual of Omaha have responded.

Interesting question! Some think if they go the extra mile by mailing in their resume, this would grab the employer's / recruiter's attention. Where this may have been the case back in the day before everyone…

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Asked by Jordan on March 7, 2017

Hello, I am applying for a district manager position with a national grocery chain. Is it appropriate for me to do some sort of report and bring it with me to the interview? This is a second round group interview, and I want to do something to set myself apart, as well as prove I have done my homework. If I came with a situational analysis and my recommendations for how I would approach things, would this be seen as too much? I don't want to appear arrogant, I just really want this job and want to show them I am motivated. Given the position I am interviewing for, I am not exactly sure what this homework would be, but really want to prove to them I am the best person for the job.What are your thoughts?Thanks for your help!

Emerson, Merck & Co. have responded.

Hello, and thank you for your question! Employers love to see enthusiastic candidates, but you are right in checking on what can be seen as ‘too much.’

You can never be too prepared for an…

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Asked by Clark on March 3, 2017

I don't have much on my resume, but I did a lot of extracurricular activities. How exactly do I talk about that in an interview? What should I emphasize when discussing my volunteer work. How can I show that I'm good with time management and working with at team? What exactly should I say?

ADM, Cigna, VFC, Grace have responded.

You should focus on the tasks that you were given and the role that you played to execute those tasks. Did you take on more of a lead role or more of a support role. Explain what you did and the outcome of…

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Asked by ray on March 3, 2017

A recent interviewer asked why I thought I had not been hired yet because I have been interviewing for the last 4 months since graduating college. How do I answer that question in a positive way?

ADM, Emerson have responded.

Hi, The first step is to honestly evaluate why you have not been hired yet.  Job searching after graduating in the fall semester is always more difficult as it does not align with the normal…

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Asked by Carol on February 9, 2017

If I've been fired from my last job-how do I handle this? What do I put on my application? Say yes or no to contacting my last employer? How should I handle this in an interview?

ADM, Cigna, VFC, Grace, Hersheys have responded.

Hi,  It is always tough no matter what situation led to you being let go.  Honesty will help you land on your feet and more importantly learn and grow from this set back. …

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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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