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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.
Q: It’s time to reinvent myself, because the field I’m in is contracting. Another field where I have experience seems to offer a great deal of opportunity; so I’ve been updating my skills, reading about it and speaking with people about it.
Q: It's a bit ironic: I'm afraid I won't be able to interview; so I've not sent out resumes!
Q: I am a 58-year-old woman with a full-time receptionist’s job in a doctor's office. I love my job and the people, but I need a part-time evening job for financial reasons. Here’s my dilemma. Patient load determines when my day is over.
Q: Now that the job market is gradually coming back, I want to be a recruiter. Before, I was afraid I’d be overwhelmed with candidates. Now I know there are enough employers out there to become my clients.
Q: When employers review my experience, they can’t pull it together. I’ve jumped from one industry to another. The progression makes sense to me, but I’m in the middle of it and I can’t articulate it well. Can you point me in a direction?
Q: I spent all of 2012 job hunting. I sent out more than 300 applications from listed jobs. The three interviews I had went well, but I wasn’t hired. In each case I had at least 40 competitors.
Q: I hate using the telephone. I’d rather see a person face-to-face. On the phone I’m so uncomfortable that I can’t think on my feet or I’m tongue-tied. How can I job hunt with this problem?
Q: I’ve been living a double life. I play in a band, which I love, and do temp work during the day. If you could see all of the jobs I’ve had, you’d think I’m good at job hunting. But I wouldn’t go back to a single one of them, because they’re dead ends.
Q: I went to a city on vacation and decided I want to live there. None of the people I met would be good ones for me to use as contacts. How do I find my first contact?
Q: I have applied to many jobs and often don’t get responses. When I’m able to get a response from an insider, I’m told that I don’t meet ALL of the qualifications for the position. These are dream jobs I’ve wanted for almost 20 years!
Q: Can you advise me?
Q: I went to a resume writer who told me that I needed to work with a coach. She said I needed an objective.
Q. I report to two people and would like to give both of them something for Christmas. I want to keep it professional, but one of them doesn’t celebrate Christmas and the other is a man. What would you suggest? I’ve thought about books or a magazine subscription, but I don’t know what either…
Q: I was fired in my last job for being caught in a compromising position with a subordinate. The company pointed out to me that the policies and procedures manual expressly states that this type of behavior is prohibited. My boss told me that I should have offered to resign or that one of u…
Q: My wife would like to go to work. She doesn’t think that anyone will hire her, because she doesn’t have a work history. She is 52 years old and she applied at a motel the other day to clean rooms.
Q: I’m planning to retire some time in the New Year and I want to give my employer more notice than people in entry-level jobs do. In the past, when people in my position left, it took the company three months to replace them.
Q: My cover letter is bland. I don’t know how to fix it, because I’ve read books about them and I’ve filled mine with accomplishments. Some of them I even lifted off my resume and they look good there.
Q: I’ve been working in a business that allows me to do what I love – baking and decorating cakes. Meanwhile, I’ve been making cakes here and there for special occasions, such as weddings, bachelorette parties and graduation ceremonies. I’ve just had a baby.
Q: I'm a Bilingual Spanish Teacher focusing on being a Tutor for kids or Adults... teaching Spanish for I'm well-versed in this subject.
Q: I’m the president of an international chemical company in a major city. We specialize in the manufacture of truck-washing products. I’m looking for someone to work this market. The job involves taking samples to prospective customers and steering them to our many online videos about our p…
Q: I really need a mentor, because I’m not good at job hunting, but I don’t know how to find one. Do I just go up to a person I like and ask if he’d be my mentor?
Q: I took training for certified energy auditor through a federally funded jobs training program. There were jobs, but we couldn’t get them, because the program was a fraud. The college didn’t use a certified instructor and didn’t purchase the necessary equipment (blower door, duct blaster a…
I accepted a part-time job with a promise of full-time when business picked up. It lasted four days. When I called about my paycheck, the owner refused to pay me and blamed errors in paperwork. I’d processed only three repair tickets! He used profanity.
Q: I shake and stumble in interviews when employers ask for my qualifications and degrees. Despite the fact that I have all of the qualifications, or at least I believe that I do, I don’t do a good job explaining how I would benefit the company. How can I get past this and come out with conf…
Q: I have a severe anxiety and panic disorder that stops me from getting out there in the world. Medication, therapy and counseling haven’t done the trick.
Q: In the past six years I’ve earned $16/hour to over $110,000/year. This confuses employers, because, at 58, I’m competing with lesser design talent. It’s almost as if interviewers are embarrassed for me when they ask, “What kind of salary do you expect?” How do I answer and remain confident?
Q: I’m looking for anything to get me a job – online professor (no experience, just a bachelor’s degree), writer/editor/copywriter or entry-level speech writer. I've been actively searching for a job for over a year now, with no call-backs or interviews.
Q: After 25 years of managing celebrity homes exceeding 30,000 sq. ft., I was unemployed for two years while being told I was qualified by agencies. They weren’t presenting my resume. I turned things around to make the jobs find me. I appeared online like an agency so when potential clients …
Q: Have failure rates on pre-employment assessment tests been reported? What about demographic breakdown? I think I’m getting discriminated against.
Q: I read one of your other columns about opportunities in agriculture. How can I get leads for jobs in my field?
Q: I moved from a large city to a small town elsewhere in the region. In the city I could easily live off the $25 per hour I earned as a leasing agent or administrative assistant. Whenever I fill out applications online here or interview at a staffing agency, salary is always the problem. I'…
Q: I still consider myself a recent graduate (2008). However, I was recently told that I had a red flag since I'd only held one industry job out of college, albeit at the same place for three and one-half years with three promotions. How do you address the fact that employment by one company…
Q: I keep missing out on jobs. In one case, a less experienced person was hired at two-thirds the salary. In another, after extensive phone interviews, I was told I was the leading candidate (among more than 300). I learned four weeks later an internal candidate had the job.
Q: I’ve done a lot of contract work in my profession, with many employers and bad managers. I’m not one to remain silent if a person around me is at risk and I might have been blackballed by my association. What do I do about negative references or a former employer who chooses not to provide one?
Q: In interviews, employers let me know I’m qualified. Then two things generally happen. The employer either does the math and figures out that I’m 50-something or the sweet young thing sitting across from me realizes she’ll have to supervise me and I know more than she does. You can’t prov…
Q: In the past six years I’ve been out of work twice. It took 3,000+ resumes over more than a year to find a job after the first loss. Now I’m still unemployed after a year from the second.
Q: I’m a recent law school graduate who’s passed the bar. I applied for a collections job, no experience required. The monthly bonuses would reduce debt.
Q: In June of 2008, I lost my administrative job at an affordable property housing site that I managed for 18 years. In April, 2010, I became a chauffeur. I'm underemployed but I like the people and their tips!
Q: I'm a 52-year-old self-employed landscape architect looking for employment in the design field. Due to timing and my career path, I haven't developed CAD skills. How can I get employers to look beyond the skills requirement and look at life experience and a desire to contribute?
Q: When is it appropriate, if ever, to disclose a serious illness? I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer two years ago and still go for minimal treatments that require a half-day off work every 90 days. I'm in the process of looking for a new position and need advice.
Q: I burned through my company's credit and my own personal credit while trying to survive for the last three years. I finally gave up and am going back to work for an established company with a good upside potential that has a great corporate culture. What do I do about a credit check when …
Q: About five-and-a-half years ago, I was fired from my job for having a blog, making me one of the first fired bloggers in the city. I was also a sex columnist, sometimes graphic, in print and on the Internet. I couldn't get interviews, so I publicized the firing and very quickly had many o…
Q: How can I communicate how my past experience will help a company? Despite what I felt were very strong interviews, the next job continues to elude me.
Q: I recently applied for a position online, for which I have more than 18 years of experience and top industry references. I was almost a perfect match, according to their listing.
Q: I'm a 40-year-old man. In the interview I had yesterday with two men, one suddenly asked, "Are you married?" I've been asked this question in interviews before.
Q: I have been unemployed for four months and try to follow your tips. I moved back in with my parents, having received my MS in Environmental Studies/Conservation Biology. I just want to find a great job helping the environment in a beautiful area. I'd even pump gas, but I can't afford to m…
Q: My job is a bit specialized, so I'm not really sure where to look. I have great experience with farmers, producers, restaurants and schools, local foods and helping to enhance revenue for these groups. I even wrote a few booklets. I'm in a nonprofit now, but nonprofits dealing with farmer…
Q: I responded to a posting on a job board for a software engineering job some time ago and was contacted by the company for an interview. Before the interview, they emailed me a spreadsheet containing the interview notes for two or three previous applicants for the same job. It contained th…
Q: I received my degree in business administration, with minors in pre-law and communications. My degree was rated as one of the best for career potential.
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