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July 14, 2013 12:00 am



July 07, 2013 12:00 am


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



June 23, 2013 12:00 am



June 16, 2013 12:00 am

Criminal past, summer, sports


June 09, 2013 12:00 am

Outsourcing, decisions, chuckles


May 26, 2013 12:00 am

Spam, innovator, would you believe?


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

If your heart isn't in it, don't interview

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.

February 24, 2013 12:00 am

Flexibility to move forward

Q: It's a bit ironic: I'm afraid I won't be able to interview; so I've not sent out resumes!

February 17, 2013 12:00 am

The long day delimma

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.

February 10, 2013 12:00 am

Ethical ambitions

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.

February 03, 2013 12:00 am

Matching skills with relevant industries

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?

January 27, 2013 12:00 am

Expanding avenues for the job search

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.

January 20, 2013 12:00 am

Phone interview anxiety

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?

January 13, 2013 12:00 am

Using past experiences to find your "fit"

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.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am

Creating a network to relocate

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?

December 30, 2012 12:00 am

New Year, new contacts, new opportunities

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!

December 23, 2012 12:00 am

Watch for the display of arrogance

Q: Can you advise me?

December 16, 2012 12:00 am

Targeting your job search

Q: I went to a resume writer who told me that I needed to work with a coach. She said I needed an objective.

December 09, 2012 12:00 am

Giving the appropriate gift at work

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…

December 02, 2012 12:00 am

Understanding company policy to avoid a mishap

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…

November 25, 2012 12:00 am

Creating work history from "living"

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.

November 18, 2012 12:00 am

Managing the exit strategy

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.

November 11, 2012 12:00 am

Make yourself and the company stand out

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.

November 04, 2012 12:00 am

Practically plan a start-up

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.

October 28, 2012 12:00 am

Making the business card "sell"

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.

October 21, 2012 12:00 am

Recruiting investments

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…

October 14, 2012 12:00 am

Masterful job-hunting support

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?

October 07, 2012 12:00 am

Researching the credibility of education and training programs

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…

September 30, 2012 12:00 am

Background check employers: A lesson learned

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.

September 23, 2012 12:00 am

Preparing the "qualification" conversation

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…

September 16, 2012 12:00 am

Visualize, step by step

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.

September 09, 2012 12:00 am

Activate salary negotiation skills

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?

September 02, 2012 12:00 am

Market your uniqueness

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.

August 26, 2012 12:00 am

Ethics work on both sides

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 …

August 19, 2012 12:00 am

Take action on career assessments

Q: Have failure rates on pre-employment assessment tests been reported? What about demographic breakdown? I think I’m getting discriminated against.

August 12, 2012 12:00 am

Looking for leads

Q: I read one of your other columns about opportunities in agriculture. How can I get leads for jobs in my field?

August 05, 2012 12:00 am
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