I have a Bachelors, magna cum laude in Accounting and Business and an MBA with a gpa of 3.8. I worked my whole way through college, in the accounting industry, but did a little "job hopping" as I moved to a different university. I've been out of school for 3 years. In those three years, I've earned my Certified Public Accounting license and Certified Fraud Examiner license and joined Toastmasters, switched to a position of responsibility in a not-for-profit (from public accounting), new volunteer efforts, and even was in a theatrical production, and I am bored. Part of my boredom comes from my personality type, but another is that there is no way up in my company now. I have so much to offer - 131 IQ, certifications, volunteerism, leadership skills, 7 years of accounting experience. I just don't know where I belong and what is the right job for me. I've been looking casually for about a year. I've had one interview for a small accounting firm that was not a good job fit. I'm either over qualified, or under qualified. What am I doing wrong? And how can I find the right direction to take my career?

To me, it doesn’t sound like a matter of being under qualified or over qualified. It sounds more like you are unsure of where your passion is. It also sounds like you have gone from one extreme to another;…

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Hello! First of all, thank you in advance for your advice! I spent 14 years as a professional firefighter and technical rescue technician. Before that I was a human resource director/Office Manager for a small company for 10 years. 2 years ago, I got married and had to move to another state and could no longer pursue being a firefighter (state wide age cap, I am 45 y.o.) so I went back to school full time to pursue a bachelors degree in Occupational Safety and Health. I will graduate next year (August 2015) . My question is, with my background and work experience, is my age going to be a factor in being considered for a job? Should I be worried?

Based on your various experiences, you'll want to develop a functional resume that calls out your strengths. You'll want to identify at the top "who you are" - such as Health and Safety Leader and what your knowledge,…

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I graduated in May with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Applied Statistics. Due to extenuating family circumstances spanning my freshman year through the summer after my junior year of college, I was unable to get an significant internship experience. My GPA also suffered (>2.5 but <3.0). I've been applying for any sort of entry-level business/finance/data analysis positions and I've landed a few interviews, but no job offers yet. I have a part-time job right now, so I at least have something to put on my resume post-grad, but I'd like to find a full-time job or internship that's actually relevant to my future career goals. However, full-time position I've seen requires either a higher GPA or past experience, and most internships require that applicants still be enrolled in college. Should I still apply for these positions? I DO have past experience with things like data analysis or market research via classes (term projects) but I feel like highlighting this in my cover letter hasn't been enough to overcome my low GPA and lack of internships.

I would not recommend applying for internships since you have already graduated college. Most companies will not consider graduated students unless you are currently pursuing a Masters Degree. I would recommend…

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I'm a soon-to-be graduate with a bachelors in chemical engineering. I recently finished a successful internship in the pharmaceutical industry. What are some things that I should be doing to best prepare myself for the job hunt?

The first and most important thing you can do is ensure that your resume is updated and reflects your successful experience thus far.  Try to use buzzwords for your field and put some statistics in the…

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