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What does your cover letter say about you?

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Yes, we’re all familiar with the form letter that reads like junk mail that most people send along with their resume. There is some disagreement in the career coaching community about the importance of cover letters. Some say it’s a relic from the days of fax machine communication: a formality that is glanced over and forgotten. Others say it’s an integral part of the application progress: a lens that focuses and compliments the resume. It is up to you as an applicant to decide how you want to be marketed, and how your information is delivered to an employer. But, in the world … / Read more »




Job seekers beware! Think before you act and watch out for scams.

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There is an old Latin phrase – Caveat Emptor – which means let the buyer beware.  This is good advice for every job seeker at all times. I find that many job seekers are very naive when they are searching for jobs and reviewing job descriptions. Just because a job has been posted on a career services website, company website or internet job board, does not mean it is complete, accurate or wholly legitimate. If a Nigerian prince offers you a lot of money or a great job via a job posting, but requires that you send him some money to … / Read more »




SWEAT is a key ingredient in career success

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I am a huge fan of reality television programs that allow me to explore and learn about the wide variety of jobs and career paths people pursue.  I am and always have been curious about what people do for a living and why they do it. I even wrote an article on the topic – Six Career Lessons You Can Learn From Reality TV About Doing What You Love. One of the stars of this genre of reality television is Mike Rowe (the “Dirty Jobs” guy).  Mike has been paying his success forward through his foundation (The mikeroweWORKS Foundation) and trade and … / Read more »




What can I do with my major?

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I get a lot of “Ask the Coach” questions asking essentially the same thing: What can I do with my major?  This can be very easy or very difficult to answer, depending upon your major. If you are majoring in accounting, chemical engineering, social work, architecture, or any other field that tracks directly toward a specific professional, you have at least one possible answer to that question. If you are majoring in a foreign language, any of the liberal arts, or many of the natural sciences and social sciences, you have a wide variety of possible answers. If you in … / Read more »




An Open Letter to College Students and Your Parents! (2013)

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Labor Day is past. Summer is over. Freshmen are nervous as they experience firsthand just how different life as a college student is from their life in high school. Seniors are beginning to contemplate life after college. Most sophomores and juniors are just glad they are not freshmen or seniors! Parents of seniors are wondering what their blossoming adults are going to do when they graduate, whether or not they are going to be able to get a job, and when they are going to start paying their own bills. Please don’t ask to move back into my house,  they … / Read more »