Resume and Interview Tips with Jenny Gonzalez

Resume and Interview tips

Job searching can be a daunting task. These quick resume and interview tips can elevate you to employers. Hear from our Director of Career Services, Jenny Gonzalez and ace your next interview!

Chicago’s own Coyne College offers the in-demand degree and diploma programs employers right here in Chicago are looking for. We work with some of the leading employers in the city to help get you placed in a challenging career upon graduation. From a Medical Assistant program to HVAC, Coyne College gives you hands-on training you’ll need to get the job done.

Jenny Gonzalez: My name is Jenny Gonzalez and I am the director of career services here at Coyne.

Definitely take time. This is something that’s going to take you some time, so you do need to invest some time. I would say definitely focus on the skill sections because that’s what the employers look for. Education is key. Of course, you want to mention Coyne College and the name of the program. If you do have a high GPA, if you have perfect attendance, that’s something you can add to your resume as well, and the experience. Make sure that you do list your past employers and sometimes students hesitate because it might not be related to the field, but it is very important that the employer actually knows that you do have a very solid employment history.

One of the tips that I can give for interviewing. Definitely be confident. I do hear from the employers a lot what they actually look for is attitude, positive attitude. That’s one of the most important qualities that they look for in an employee. Have eye contact. Body language is absolutely key and we do have to remain positive throughout the whole interview. I will say ask questions, do research about the company. I do see a lot of students who do not do research about the company before they walk in. That is very important and definitely ask questions about the organization or about the actual job itself.

A lot of people think it’s the education or the experience, but they say if someone comes in with a right positive attitude, they’re willing to train them, and if they remain coachable, it’s even better. I would say use career services from the beginning, from the moment you’re enrolled. We want to make sure that they succeed so they do have to stay in contact with us. I would say make sure that you start early. Don’t wait until you graduate. It is very important that you actually start three quarters. That’s when we can actually start working with the students, so I would actually advise everyone to come and see their career services representative, do some career planning.

If they’re not really sure how to interview or if they have any doubts, they can actually walk into the career services office or schedule an appointment and meet with one of our reps. We want to make sure that, not only you complete your education but that you actually start your career.

Career Services with Jenny Gonzalez

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Coyne College Career Services exists to help students and graduates reach their career goals. Hear from Director of Career Services Jenny Gonzalez on the Coyne College difference! To learn more about programs in healthcare and trades visit us at

Jenny Gonzalez: Hi, my name is Jenny Gonzalez, and I am the director of Career Services here at Coyne College.


Jenny Gonzalez: I’ve been here for about four years. I actually started working as an HVAC Career Services representative, and I was promoted about two years ago to the director of the department. Career Services basically we work with the student form the first day. We do have assistance with the resume. We make sure that they have all the skills, the professional skills. We go through a series of workshops. They go through cover letter workshop, they go through a resume writing workshop. Then we offer interview and skills workshop and we also do a mock interview with them. Every student pretty much gets 25 to 30-minute mock interview with one of our department representatives. We’re a big part of it.

We do have a lot of contacts with employers. It is very easy for us to send their resumes so they don’t have to go through the process of job searching, make their lives easier. Our mission is to make sure that they actually get employed in the field because they are here not just for the education. That’s what we tell them from the beginning, make sure that your goal, of course, you want to graduate but the end goal should be to start your career, not just another job.

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Chicago’s own Coyne College offers the in-demand degree and diploma programs employers right here in Chicago are looking for. We work with some of the leading employers in the city to help get you placed in a challenging career upon graduation. Bottom line, Chicago’s own Coyne College gives you hands-on training you’ll need to get the job done. 

One of our friendly and knowledgeable admissions advisors will be happy to discuss pursuing your career training at Coyne College. We’ll provide all the information you need to make an intelligent, well-informed decision about your future.

  1. Contact us and set up a visit with an Admissions Representative.
  2. Interview with Admissions Representative.
  3.  Pass the entrance exam (or provide acceptable ACT/SAT scores).
  4. Recommendation from Admissions Representative
  5. Final Acceptance interview
  6. Apply and process enrollment
  7. Attend Orientation
  8. Start classes

Visit Coyne College for more details about trades and health programs.