Pauline Thaler

Career Advisor


I hold a bachelor’s degree in Speech (Theater) from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Education from Mills College.

Many years ago, I earned my Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and my Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP) credentials from the Professional Association of Resume Writers. I later completed a Certified Job Seeker Strategist Program through The Academies.

I am interested in instructional design and eLearning and have taken related online courses.

What’s the main focus of your work at Mohr Career Services?

Providing 1:1 career advising to business students is my priority. My favorite things to coach students on are resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and interview preparation.

I enjoy helping students identify what they accomplished at a past job or during a past project and how those accomplishments relate to the new opportunities they are chasing. It’s important to connect the dots for a prospective employer!

I also help to develop and curate our career resources and our newsletter outreach.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?  

“Everyone deserves to feel valued at work.”

In my early twenties, I also used to give myself the following advice, right before an interview. I lacked confidence and would tell myself, “You are better than anything they can offer you” as I prepared to walk into the interview. Why is that good advice? Because people are always more important than jobs!


Share something about you that people might find surprising

I NEVER interacted with Career Services during my education because I felt unworthy—I didn’t know what I wanted to do! Now, I know that there is room for everyone at Career Services, at every single stage of the career process. (Come see us!)


What advice would you give to students so they can optimize their Lundquist experience?  

Take time to explore—attend events, talk to professors and/or alumni, and use your resources. Don’t wait until you feel like you have it all figured out, but jump in and try something. There are many people here to help you along the way—including me.