Category:Job Search Advice

How Can I Get Better Results in My Job Search to Get My Environmental Science Career Started?

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Sandra from University of South Florida asks: “I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and have been unable to find any way to get my foot in the door within the industry as a field technician (the traditional entry level position in the industry). I have internship experience in data collection, database management, and dealing with invasive species; I have rewritten my resume perhaps 70 times; and have been trying for over two years now to find work with less than four interviews to my name. It has come to the point where I am almost willing … / Read more »




How Can I Build a Winning Cover Letter for a Student Job?

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Milinda from New Mexico State University asks: “What would be an example of a good cover letter for a student job?” Thanks for your question, Milinda.  Writing a cover letter for a student job is no different than for a full-time, entry-level job you pursue in the future. Here are some basic guidelines to use when developing your cover letter content: Address your cover letter to a specific person. Begin with “Dear Mr. or Ms.”, followed by the last name of the person and a colon (i.e. Dear Mr. Smith:). Don’t use the first name of the addressee as it … / Read more »




How Can I Break into the Human Resources Field with Only a Bachelor’s Degree and No Experience?

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Renee from Harrison College asks: “How can I get my foot in the door in Human Resources with my Bachelors and no experience in this area?  I have been searching now for over a year after being informed by my college that if I switched to Bachelors I would not need experience to get a job in this field.” Thanks for your question, Renee.  Getting your career starting in any field can be a difficult task, especially if you don’t possess any industry experience.  I’m sure you’ve put in lots of work during the last year to move your career … / Read more »




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 »




Interview Success- from the Eyes of the Recruiter

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I have spent over 7 years providing career coaching to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. Now, I serve as a Recruitment & Onboarding Specialist at a national nonprofit. Being on the other side of the table allows me to see candidates in a different light. Based on my observations of candidates, I am providing tips on ways to stand out during an interview: Research the company This is a critical first step. During an interview, you will be asked why you are interested in the company. From the interviewer’s perspective, they need to know that you are … / Read more »