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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 »




How Can I Break into Management Consulting?

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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 »




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 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 »