Category:Job Search Advice

Transferrable Skills

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What does waitressing at Red Robin have to do with being a TV news reporter?  Everything, as it turns out.  I learned that myself, right out of college.  I had spent a couple of years during school running burgers and shakes to tables full of hungry guests, grabbing ketchup along the way, remembering who liked to keep their “bottomless” fries full ALL the time.  Then, in my first two jobs out of journalism school, it hit me: reporting the news on TV is a lot like waiting tables.  You have to multi-task, you have to be friendly and professional.  You … / Read more »




How Can I Launch a Career in Project Management?

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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 »




How Can I Change Course in my Nursing Career?

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Clarissa from Chamberlain College of Nursing asks: “I am currently enrolled to obtain my MSN-FNP, but am having second thoughts. I want to change my career path to Nurse Educator or Nurse Executive, and then at a later juncture, obtain the FNP. What should I do?” Thanks for the question, Clarissa.  It is your career so you can do whatever you wish. However, as a career coach, I always want to understand the “why” so I can know more about the client’s motivations and desires. This information is always insightful and allows a coach, like me, to ask better questions … / Read more »




How Can I Incorporate Personal Projects into My Resume?

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Pratik from Spark Institute asks: “I am making an app on my own time. How can I talk about side projects that are relevant to my career on my resume?” Thanks for your question, Pratik.  Think of your job search as your own personal sales and marketing campaign.  You are the product so you need to know all of the features, values, and benefits you can offer to a prospective employer.  You are connecting with people through your search, especially prospective employers and decision makers to highlight your value proposition (what you can do for them) detailing how you can … / Read more »




How Can I Improve My Resume and LinkedIn Profile?

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Mavathy from The University of Texas at Dallas asks: “I am currently looking for full-time job opportunities. How can I improve my resume and LinkedIn profile?” Thanks for your question, Mavathy.  Today’s job market is great as indicated by the lowest unemployment numbers in nearly two decades.  However, this doesn’t mean that it is easy to land a good 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 recognize the competitive nature of the job market.  Once you realize … / Read more »