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How Can I Minimize the Impact of My Extended Unemployment to Get Back to Work?

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Donna from DeVry University asks: “I have been unemployed for two years. What do I say to prospective employers about my unemployment time?” Thanks for your question, Donna.  The prevailing thought on this is that it is easier to land a job when you are already in a job.  I would agree that this is generally the case, probably because someone who is currently working will likely to project more confidence and less desperation during the hiring process. Plus, employers may feel that a passive candidate (one currently working) is likely to bring polished and “sharp” relevant skills to the … / Read more »




Should My Resume for a Professor Recommendation Be Different from My Resume for a Job?

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Hannah D. from South Alabama asks: “Currently, I am contacting professors to ask for recommendations, so I was wondering if the resume I provide to a professor for a recommendation request would include all of the same content as my resume for a job?” Thanks for your question, Hannah.  As you contact professors for recommendations, make sure to follow their specific instructions as each may have differing standards.  Better said, make it easy for your professor to follow through and offer a meaningful recommendation on your behalf. Generally, I wouldn’t think it would be necessary for you to use a … / Read more »




What Format is Best for Work and Project Dates on a Resume and How Can I Improve My Resume Document?

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Robert from Springfield College asks: “When putting end dates on a resume, would you put the end of a contract date or put the date you stopped working at the establishment if they are different dates?” Thanks for your question, Robert.  As you probably already know, today’s job market is great as indicated by the lowest unemployment numbers in nearly two decades.  But, it isn’t easy to land a great job. Today’s job market is extremely competitive, even for entry-level, full-time opportunities.  In fact, statistics indicate that 250 resumes are received for every corporate job opening.  It is important to … / Read more »




How Can I Match My Degree to My Career Path and Career Goals?

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Tana from Texas A&M University College Station asks: “I am studying university studies in the College of Architecture and I need to pick two minors to study as well for my bachelor’s degree. I have no idea what I should minor in or what will help me in the future. Any suggestions? Also, what kind of jobs can I get with a university studies major?” Thanks for your question, Tana.  Discovering what you’d like to do with your career is a process and takes some work.  If you are like most people, you’ll likely be working approximately 80,000 hours in … / Read more »




How Can I Break into Management Consulting?

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Rodrigo from ITESM asks: “I graduated 2 years ago with an International Business bachelor’s degree, and I’m trying to switch into management consulting. What can I do?” Thanks for your question, Rodrigo.  So, you are interested in management consulting?  Great news!  I’m sure by now you already know about the long hours, incredibly tight project deadlines, constant priority and strategy shifting, extreme client focus, and extensive travel that management consultants endure. It can be a rewarding field in terms of skill development and compensation.  It truly takes a special kind of professional to succeed in this field, and it isn’t … / Read more »