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Never give up on where you want to be

Q: I’m one of the long-term unemployed, or I was until I took this job. My gut told me not to take it, but my need to get out of the house every day to earn a paycheck won out. I’ve been hanging on for two and one-half months, hoping. It’s not getting better. I can’t stand the grind, but I d…

March 09, 2014 3:46 pm

Creativity gets results in the business world

MISSING LINK, RESEARCH, BLOOPERS

March 02, 2014 3:46 pm

Gifts, bullying, surprises

GRATITUDE

February 23, 2014 3:46 pm

Incarceration, confidence, experience

REHEARSE!

February 16, 2014 3:46 pm

Anemic response, black hole, you

STRATEGY

February 09, 2014 12:00 am

New to IT, HR, behavior

(Editor’s note: Errors in the first question are authentic.)

February 02, 2014 12:00 am

MBAs, Reputation, Slam-Dunk

MBA VERSUS EXECUTIVE MBA

January 26, 2014 12:00 am

Revenge, Certainty, Race

FIRED

January 19, 2014 12:00 am

Recruiter, Expression, Rejection

CONTINUITY

January 12, 2014 12:00 am

Hot Flashes, Space, Shoes

HUMOR

January 05, 2014 12:00 am

Direction, Abandon, Nightmares

TANGLED THREADS

December 29, 2013 12:00 am

Crossroads, Reputation, Stories

CROSSROADS, REPUTATION, STORIES

December 22, 2013 12:00 am

Meaning, Shift, Straight-Arrow

IDENTIFICATION

December 15, 2013 12:00 am

Toxicity, scale, background

Q : I’ve been out of work for 18 months and job hunting all of that time. I’m feeling pretty desperate.

December 08, 2013 12:00 am

Strain, Telecommuntin, Recruiting

SELLING POINT

December 01, 2013 12:00 am

Core, Bridge, Failure

Q : I have a special skill that my industry needs, but I can’t find a job to use it. I’m not just hunting online. I’m calling employers and interviewing. What can I do to be hired for what I want to do?

November 24, 2013 12:00 am

Connection, Tipping Point, 'Floored'

Q: Dear Dr. Culp, I’ve had a series of jobs that don’t appear related. They’re in different industries. Each one of them uses only some of my skills. On a resume they look like hop-scotching.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am

Holiday, Shift, Details

HIRING

November 10, 2013 12:00 am

Firing Season, Family Business, Greener Grass

RUMORS

November 03, 2013 12:00 am

Humor, poor showing, impressions

HUMOR, POOR SHOWING, IMPRESSIONS

October 27, 2013 12:00 am

Trade show, disstraction, gatekeeper

SCHEDULE

October 20, 2013 12:00 am

Bankruptcy, Career Change, Motor-Mouth

BACKGROUND CHECKS

October 13, 2013 12:00 am

Strategy, Foothold, New Take

STRATEGY, FOOTHOLD, NEW TAKE

October 06, 2013 12:00 am

Bankruptcy, Career Change, Motor-Mouth

BACKGROUND CHECKS

September 22, 2013 12:00 am

Fired, Opening, Helecopter Parents

CHANGE

September 22, 2013 12:00 am

Gaps, Bullets, Keyboard

RELEVANT WORK

September 15, 2013 12:00 am

References, mismatch, dogs

FAILED COMMUNICATION

September 08, 2013 12:00 am

Compensation, tension, shoes

COMPENSATION, TENSION, SHOES

September 01, 2013 12:00 am

Openings, over-saturation, revelations

WRONG APPROACH

August 25, 2013 12:00 am

Homelessness, colleagues, and benefits

COMPARTMENTALIZING

August 18, 2013 12:00 am

Contributors

CONTRIBUTORS

July 14, 2013 12:00 am

Analysis

ANALYSIS

July 07, 2013 12:00 am

Occupation

Q: I am a veteran in emergency services and I need some advice for my personal battle with P.T.S.D. Thank you and God bless.

June 30, 2013 12:00 am

CUSTOMER SERVICE, MULTIPLE JOBS, BLAME

SALES

June 23, 2013 12:00 am

SKILLS, CUSTOMERS, ‘OPEN MOUTH ...’

RESUME

June 16, 2013 12:00 am

Criminal past, summer, sports

TALKATIVENESS

June 09, 2013 12:00 am

Outsourcing, decisions, chuckles

FACTOR

May 26, 2013 12:00 am

Spam, innovator, would you believe?

ANALYSIS

May 19, 2013 12:00 am

Concentration, Underemployment, Opportunity

Q: People tell me that I send too many emails, that I don’t answer all of their questions. My boss has said he thinks I need help with reading. I’m starting to job hunt and I don’t know how to handle this problem.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am

Staying calm during interviews

Q: I find interviews embarrassing. I have to sit and talk about myself as if I were interested, when I’m really more interested in finding out about the job. How can I keep from sounding too abrupt when I answer questions and from feeling self-conscious when I do?

May 05, 2013 12:00 am

Coach, Switcheroo, Skype

Q: I’ve been using a coach once a week for a month to help me decide what I want to do and develop a campaign. When we started, I thought we’d be further along by now.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am

Telecommuting plan

Q: I’ve been offered a promotion, which I haven’t yet accepted, because I don’t know how to convince my employer to allow me to telecommute. He knows that I have good relationships with my neighbors, that we spend time together in the evenings and on weekends. He also knows I date. I sense t…

April 21, 2013 12:00 am

Writing, whistleblowing, interviewing

Q: My resume is one page long and contains all of my work history. The graphics are eye-catching, but interviewers seems to be saying things I think they’re saying to everyone they interview. How can I inspire them to think about what I’ve done and how to use my experience?

April 14, 2013 12:00 am

Finding International Jobs

Q: I’m bilingual and second-generation American, but I’ve never worked overseas. My skills and experience will transfer to a variety of industries. How do I begin the process of finding companies in any industry that are Spanish-speaking? Central and South America would be fine. So would Spain.

April 07, 2013 12:00 am

Start Your Own Business, Strategicaly

Q: I’ve been working in a large organization for a long time, but I want to buy a business in a very different industry. Because I’ve been up in the ether, I’d like to spend a year or two in a small business to get ready. How can I best approach employers?

March 31, 2013 12:00 am

Don't waste energy on a "worthless" job

Q: The job I finally found more than a year ago isn’t worth having. I grabbed the first thing that came up and have regretted it since almost the first day.

March 24, 2013 12:00 am

Don't hide from a negative past

Q: I spent seven years in prison and three on the street. How can I ever find a job?

March 17, 2013 12:00 am

Job instability and uncertainty

Q: Last year I wanted a job so badly that I agreed to rent our house and relocate about 1,200 miles. We’ve rented here and the job has gone all right. Our children attend local schools.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am

Work for fruitful employers

Q: I work in an engineering department in a good firm. It’s small, but people here are decent. I’ve been going to school for my engineering degree so I can get out of support and into engineering. This spring I’ll have my degree.

March 03, 2013 12:00 am
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