Resume Help/Career Planning


Dr. Converse, I am a 20 year old college student majoring in History. I am interested in possibly going into business after I obtain a degree.  I was wondering what I could do to improve my job resume and what I could do to further a career in business?

Hi John,

You don't say how far along you are in your studies, so I don't know if a change of major is a possibility for you.  However, if you seriously want to pursue a business career, your degree in history is not going to be a big help to you.  If you want to "further a career in business," then the business degree is what you will need.

As to improving your job resume, I will be happy to look at your resume as it is now and give you some guidance there; if you would like me to critique it, attach it to an email and send it to the address below.  I won't really be able to answer the part of your question about improving your resume until I actually see it.

Best wishes,

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Ralph D. Converse, Ph.D.


I can answer questions about general job searches, resume construction, crafting an effective cover letter, and how to prepare for, and conduct, a winning interview. My speciality is the field of education, but I also have extensive background in business and administration. I know what works and what doesn't work and I can make your application package stand out from the rest ... because that is what you have to do.


I have interviewed for, and held, dozens of jobs in a career going back more than 42 years. I have taught at all educational levels including middle school, high school, community college, and university. In more than 42 years of experience on both sides of the job-search process, I have interviewed hundreds of applicants and have reviewed literally tens of thousands of job application packages. I am the author of 12 Mistakes That Got Your Job Application Rejected ... And How To Fix Them! I conduct workshops for job seekers in a variety of locations every year.

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