Category:Get Your Foot in the Door

How Can I Write a Winning Cover Letter?

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Megan from National University asks: “I need help writing a cover letter including some ideas on how to write one. I currently serve as an intern and this company is hiring.  However, their hiring process for internal candidates is not as formal as with an outside applicant.  How can I put together a winning cover letter?” Thanks for your question, Megan.  Cover letters take valuable time to write.  Let’s face it: no one wants to write a cover letter.  Are cover letters even necessary in today’s job market?  The answer is “Yes”, but only if the cover letter is well … / Read more »




How Can I Find a Full-Time Job in Physical Therapy in a Challenging Market?

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Sally from Daytona State College asks: “I graduated with honors in 2001 with an A.S. Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant, I am currently employed PRN (pro re nata or “as needed”) with two companies locally and neither has work for me now.  Do you think the local market is flooded?  A local employment recruiter believes this to be the case.  Why is it so difficult for someone with 15 years of experience to find full-time or even part-time work in this area?  I have updated my resume and gone through a program at CareerSource Flagler/Volusia, and yet I rarely … / Read more »




How Can I Compete for a Summer Internship as a Freshman Student?

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Celine from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) asks: “So, I’m in my freshman year studying graphic design.  However, I’m more into character design when it comes to digital arts, so I think that I should switch to animation or illustration. My parents are telling that I should get a summer internship in order to get an idea of what career I might want to do in the future, but I’m feeling conflicted. I agree on the part of getting experience from the internship, but I don’t think a freshman like me who still has yet to discover what her … / Read more »




I Have a Felony in My Background, What Can I Do To Land Employment in My Field?

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Roger from PCC asks: “After a rough divorce, I am a felon with a decent work history and a BS degree. I am currently taking Alcohol and Drug certification courses to get a certification for Alcohol and Drug counseling. I am worried I will never work again.  What can I do to land a job in the Drug and Alcohol counseling field?” Thanks for your question, Roger.  It sounds like you have successfully navigated through a challenging life event and are focused on getting your life and career headed in the right direction.  Great news! Having a felony in your … / Read more »




How Can I Better Utilize Recruiters to Land a Job?

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Grant K. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology asks: “In my experience, one of the best ways to get in touch with potential employers is to leverage professional recruiters. I have tried to find some on LinkedIn with very little success. I’ve tried different keywords but have not been able to find any. Do you have any suggestions?” Thanks for your question, Grant.  Targeting recruiters, both direct and third party recruiters, is a good idea and something you should include in your overall job search campaign.  However, remember that recruiters do not work exclusively for you so make sure … / Read more »