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Insights from a College Career Coach

via LinkedIn Learning


College career coach Valerie Sutton answers common questions about early career development.

Are you feeling stuck in your current position, seeking a new one, or contemplating a career change? In this interview, author and career coach Valerie Sutton answers common questions about career development. For those thinking about a new career, she offers advice on assessing your passions and your personality, knowing when you need more education to get the job you want, and researching hiring trends in the industries that interest you. For those actively searching for jobs or getting back into the job market after an absence, she discusses how to write resumes and cover letters that speak to your talents, impress potential employers, and help you land an interview.


  • Choosing between a career coach or a career counselor
  • Following your passion
  • Getting exposure to other industries
  • Looking at personality assessments
  • Making a career change and examining hiring trends
  • Knowing when to go back to school
  • Using a gap analysis to fill holes in your resume
  • Advice for college students
  • Getting into the job market after time away
  • Tailoring your resume
  • Looking at job postings on job boards
  • Maintaining an online presence
  • Having and presenting a portfolio
  • Increasing your visibility with recruiters
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Exploring the biggest mistakes people make in interviews
  • Discussing negative job experiences in an interview
  • Moving up in your career
  • Transitioning between freelancing and a corporate environment
  • Dealing with frustration and anxiety

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