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!


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 »




How can I find a Mentor within my major?

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William from University of Tampa asked: “While I’m on campus, how can I find a mentor within my major or a related major for guidance?” William, Great job taking the initiative and seeking a mentor for guidance! Below are tips to help you find a mentor during your time at UT: 1. Your Career Center or Alumni Relations Office. These offices may have a formal mentorship program that connects you with an alumnus to serve as your mentor. When I was freshman in college, I signed up for a mentorship program, coordinated by the alumni office, which partnered me with … / Read more »




How Can I Compete for Jobs with a Lower GPA?

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Mary from Texas State University asked: “How do I stand out against others when my GPA doesn’t reflect the hard worker that I am. I am trying to become an elementary education teacher but my overall GPA makes me afraid. It is a 2.98 overall but Texas State GPA is 3.25.” Thanks for your question, Mary.  I hear this from quite a few students so know that you are not alone in your concern about your grades.  Of course, invest time and energy to get the best possible grades that you can.  Your university likely offers some tutoring and writing … / Read more »




What should I include on a Cover Letter or Letter of Introduction?

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Celeste from National University asked: “I am currently working on a Letter of Introduction/Cover Letter template, and I need some guidance on what to include.” A cover letter is a document that introduces you to the employer. The letter allows you to convey your passion and interests in the position and organization. In addition, it allows the recruiter to assess your written communication skills. Personally, I love writing cover letters! It can be difficult to discuss how my unique background can be of value to the employer and the letter gives me a chance to connect my skills and experiences … / Read more »