MERRILLVILLE| Valparaiso resident Michael Rider worked for the fire protection equipment company McDaniel Fire Systems for 33 years until the company suddenly shut down in October.
The Porter County Council's quest to hire a budget and finance specialist is misguided. If the council is looking to add to the payroll, though, there's a more pressing need.
GARY | Despite being laid off from his job last year, Alex Chirambo, of Portage, said Friday he is confident he will be able to find work soon.
The Times Media Co. will again host a full-day event in Northwest Indiana focused on workforce diversity on June 8.
Q: I'm employed in a privately held traffic engineering firm in Dallas. The owner was chairman, became chairman emeritus and has appointed his wife as chairman. His son is the chief marketing officer. His other son just graduated from engineering school and has no job. I'm the last hired. Wi…
Q: Employers seem to think that your skills aren't current and that something must be wrong with you if you've been out of full-time work for six months or more. How should I approach these problems?
While the economy has improved, the job market still is tilted in favor of companies. There are many more job candidates than there are job offerings.
Q: On the day of a scheduled interview, I received a voice message that it was canceled because of budget changes. I contacted human resources two and three weeks later. The first time a rep said, "The position still has not been filled"; the second, "The position has been filled."
Each year millions of Americans receive career guidance, job placement, and business services from our nation's One Stop Career Centers. Here in Indiana those are known as WorkOne.
Q: I'm at home with an 18-month-old toddler. We can't afford babysitters. My husband works 60-plus hours a week and is largely unavailable to help without risking his job. I find it very difficult to get out to network, use social media to get in front of multiple audiences multiple times an…
Q: The anonymous hiring manager is hurting my job hunt. Since most positions are posted online and you're required to submit a resume and fill out applications online, it's difficult, if not impossible, to follow up. No name is posted along with the job description and rarely is a phone numb…
Q: I'm an apparel designer who hasn't found full-time employment for more than three years, although I've freelanced. I'm middle-aged (41), black and overweight.
Q: I live in a highly competitive market, where there seems to be an endless supply of top-rated talent competing for good jobs. My background is in finance and real estate. I'm finding that if you don't have the exact experience for the position you're applying for, you aren't even considered.
Q: I'm 53, and I was a trailing spouse. While raising our four children, I often took positions within my degree field, accounting/finance, to increase our income and help make ends meet but was never able to stay at a job long, even though I was always considered a valued employee.
Q: I'm a writer with 20 years of experience varying from freelance to full-time gigs. When I look for a job, people immediately see "freelance" and roll their eyes.
Q: I write marketing/technical material and books. After more than five years of self-employment, I'd like to merge back into corporate life. I have degrees and have been in management. In my self-employed setting, I have been on television and was interviewed on radio three times. I've also…
Competition for jobs is fierce these days. Why not get a leg up?
The Times Media Co. will again host Northwest Indiana's only full-day event focused on work force diversity on June 15.
Q: Given today's economic hiring challenges, are applicants more likely now to find a job within their specific experience area, or do you advise that they apply in other fields in which they might have less experience, but an opportunity for a position?
Q: I've been seeking employment since June 25, 2009, when I was terminated on the grounds that I was no longer eligible to work in customer service. I take it I would only be eligible for data entry. I've been stating on my job applications that my reason for leaving my last job was a lay-of…
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