Category:Ask the Coach

Below are the coach's responses to previous Ask the Coach questions. The coach responds to as many questions as possible and posts the responses to the blog for the benefit of everyone who follows TheCampusCareerCoach!


What Can I Do To Find Full-Time Employment in My Field?

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Michelle from Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University asked: “I have my BS in Healthcare Administration and my Masters in Public Administration. I been working as a temp for the past year but I am still not able to find full-time employment and it’s really taken a toll on me. I trying everything but I all I get is, “do you want to be a CNA?”. I really need some advice on how to proceed with confidence.” Thank you for your question, Michelle.  I can appreciate your frustration in not landing the right opportunity as quickly as you’d like. … / Read more »




How should I prepare for a Career Fair?

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Nicole at West Virginia University asked: “I have couple of big career fairs coming up, and I want to be as prepared as possible. What can I do to improve my chances of finding a job there?” Thank you for your question, Nicole. Whether they’re on campus, sponsored by a workforce commission or a company, career fairs are a great place to shake hands and get your name in the recruitment pool. With a little preparation, research and networking, you’ll be ready to make the most out of your career fairs. Treat it like an Interview. Career fairs are essentially … / Read more »




What Do I Do When I Have a Job, But Get a Better Offer? – Draft

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Brianna from University of North Texas asked: “I applied to many, many places. I ended up choosing an on-campus job that didn’t pay well and didn’t have enough hours because I had a tuition payment deadline. Now, I have an amazing job offer, but I’ve already accepted the other job and have worked for a week. I don’t want to let anyone down, but I can’t really pay bills with this job. What do I do?” Thank you for your question, Brianna.  Congratulations on the recent job offer!  It is always exciting to receive an offer from a prospective employer, … / Read more »




How Can I Get Better Job Search Results?

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Kyle from Oregon State University asked: “I have a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and am seeing no results from my job search. I have been looking for almost 5 months now and have received two phone interviews after applying for dozens of jobs. I have had my resume looked over by several people who had no criticisms. My resume doesn’t help me much, I have no research/extracurricular activities, and none of my job experience is relevant to my degree/career. I have contacted multiple local companies about potential internships for experience and didn’t hear anything back. Can you shed some light … / Read more »




How can I get paid experience when no one will give me an opportunity?

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Tamara from California State University Bakersfield asked: “I have applied to several jobs and keep getting the same response: “We would love to hire you,  but you have no paid experience.” I have volunteered at an after school program for over a year now and told have been told that it does not count.  So my question is this: How can I get paid experience if no one will give me an opportunity?” Thank you for your question, Tamara! This is a tough challenge that can seem impossible to address:  You need experience to get a job, but the only way … / Read more »