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Subject: Re: Any pros around here? Date: 1/6/2003 9:08 PM
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Hey, go for it. You have nothing to lose by throwing in your resume.

I work for the government, not a consultant. And I'm a hydrologist (with a degree in geology) but I have known a few consulting geologists and I've applied to a few private firms.

Pay--everything pays less than IT. Why fiddling with a computer pays so well, I don't know (not that I'm bitter or anything... :-))

Generally, one important thing is writing skills. You'll probably be writing reports, proposals, etc. (Well, this *should* be important. In my previous job I reviewed reports and plans from engineers and landscape architects. I never saw a single one without errors. Some of those I'd have been embarrassed to have my name on. A couple were so bad I simply sent them back--I just couldn't make sense of them!)

Consultants also want more business, so they're looking for marketers. Do you have contacts from your previous work? Or some ideas to bring in more business?

They don't want to have to teach or train you. Don't bother telling them you're a fast learner. They don't want a fast learner--they want someone who's already learned, who can hit the ground running (which no one can do--this is a totally unrealistic expectation [not that I'm bitter about this, either]--so just fake it).

And emphasize anything unique you could bring to the position. Assume everyone has the same qualifications you do, and find something that pushes you over the edge. Figure out how your previous IT experience can benefit this position and company.

Finally, it's been my experience that geo/hydro/CE employers like the old-fashioned, chronological resume best. I'd recommend you stick with that (which isn't bad, since it puts your geo degrees--what you want to emphasize--first). You can still tweak your experience to emphasize the geological angle, and of course go into more detail in your cover letter.

Good luck!

(disclaimer: these are just suggestions, not official advice :-))

Ellen
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