Below are the coach's responses to previous Ask the Coach questions.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Crystal from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University asks: “My career started as an Avionics Technician in the Air Force. Most of my career has been in the IT industry. I recently switched career fields back to defense and space within an aeronautics civilian division in a program management office (there is not project management here). I am now in emergency management. I have a BS in Technical Management – Project Management. I still want to pursue project management but am unsure on how to find the right job for this, and how to write the right resume for this. How do I … / Read more »