Frequently Asked Questions About Career Coaching

Why see a career coach?

Whether you’re preparing your resume for a career fair, exploring career paths in your major, or seeking guidance on how to navigate a job offer, a career coach can help meet your individual needs. Our dedicated and professional career coaches are here to serve our undergraduate and graduate student populations.

Who may see an Isenberg career coach?

Our career coaches work with current Isenberg undergraduates and masters’ students. Business minors receive career development services from their home or major department. Isenberg alumni receive the full support of the Office of Career Success for up to six months following their graduation date.

What can you expect during a coaching session?  

Recruiters and hiring managers want to know who you are and what value you will add to their teams. Our Career Coaches can help you strategize and identify your relevant key accomplishments, strengths, experiences and skills, and effectively communicate them on your resume, elevator pitch, or your interview responses.

At the beginning of each session, you and the career coach will determine the goal for your appointment and schedule follow-up sessions as appropriate. Below is a sampling of areas that could be covered during your session:

  • Exploring career paths
  • Evaluating academic majors, minors and certificates best aligned with your career goals and interests
  • Identifying your key accomplishments, strengths, and skills
  • Strategically building resume content by adding your experience and skills
  • Creating and customizing a robust resume
  • Accessing and using career tools and resources
  • Developing and refining interview responses
  • Learning about and developing networking strategies
  • Building a professional LinkedIn profile
  • Analyzing a job/internship posting for cover letters and interview preparation
  • Conducting research to inform your academic major and career decisions
  • Allocating resources

What topics can you select when booking an appointment?

Career coaches can guide you through a wide variety of career development topics. When booking an appointment online, undergraduates select only one topic, but other topics can be covered during that time as well. Popular topics include:

  • Career exploration and research
  • Career fair prep
  • CPT process for F1 Visas
  • Evaluating an offer
  • Internship and co-op credit process
  • Interview preparation
  • Job and internship search
  • LinkedIn and networking
  • Public accounting career
  • Resume review
  • Transfer student resume assignment
  • UWW career appointment
  • Mock interviews – are available upon request and will be scheduled directly with a career coach

What can you do to prepare for your coaching appointment?

Below are tips to make the best use of your time with a career coach:

  1. Be prepared to share any career documents electronically during the session. You can email or share the document in advance of the session.
  2. Visit the vast amount of online resources that are relevant to your topic or interest. You can apply filters on this site to help narrow your search.

What should you do if you need to cancel your appointment? 

Undergraduate student cancellations: we ask that you cancel your appointment in Navigate  at least 24-48 hours in advance to allow for other students to book these time slots. This is particularly important during peak recruiting time, which falls during the first 4-6 weeks of the fall and spring semester.

Graduate student cancellations: you can send your coach an email letting them know that you need to reschedule. Please cancel at least 24 hours in advance so coaches can release that time to other students.