Job Seeker

The résumé, the interview, the competition…. let’s face it, sometimes looking for a job stinks.  Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place when it comes to sound advice. When job offers are  scarce, yet household bills are not, you need a resource that will tell it like it is, and get you back in the working world…. right away.

Here, you will find a variety of questions and answers that address common (and not so common) situations from people like you – people who are looking for work and need advice on how to get hired.  From interview tips to morale boosters, you will find a wealth of information.

If you have a specific question that has not already been posted, please feel free to submit your comments directly on our site.  The more interaction, the more Anita can “clue” you in!

1,300 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie M Stanford
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 11:05:22

    Hi Anita!
    I have been working as a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 17 years. I really need a career change to something that does not involve working with the public. Problem is, I really don’t want to go back to school. I would love to work for a Dental Supply company or with a Forensic Dentist. Archeology also interests me.
    Any advice for someone who can not work with the public any more??

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    • anitaclew
      Feb 02, 2016 @ 11:16:38

      Julie, It sounds like you’ve identified some viable career paths. Use all of the contacts you’ve developed over the last 17 years, and put out feelers for the type of position you’re interested in. Find a forensic dentist and see if you can shadow him or her for a day or two, and pick their brains on how to get into the field.

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  2. Jay
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 10:02:26

    Hi. Market grad looking to move into insurance claims. So far all entry levels have passed on me. The majority answer was I do not have insurance experience. What I don’t get is that i only apply for entry level positions with no experience required. So why are they rejecting me because of that?

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  3. Jane Calderazzo
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 09:10:16

    Dear Anita,
    Why does it have to be so difficult for people who are up in their 50’s to get hired? And on the applications, as soon as they see the year of your birth or the year you graduated high school, you immediately put in a “old persons’ pile. That is so unfair. I’m divorced and living with my sister, (who wants to move as soon as I get a place) and have bills to pay but with what? I’m not EVEN getting calls to interview. I’ve gotten dressed and gone into places just to let them know I am very interested even tho I apply online. I’ve updated my resume to look very professional. I feel like the reason being that I’m closer to retirement age. Which is ridiculous, because my dad, God rest him, worked will 88.
    Sometimes the older workforce works harder and is more reliable.
    What gives?

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  4. Mairine George
    Feb 01, 2016 @ 02:56:45

    Hi Anita, am a job seeker. I am seeking a ticketing job with the airlines, would please help me find one? Thank you.

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  5. Karen Neill
    Jan 27, 2016 @ 02:27:47

    Much earlier in my life I had been an EMT with a volunteer rescue squad. I had recently gotten early retirement as an Office Assistant from a local city during a mass reduction of positions when the recession hit. Still young enough to want to continue working and wanting to return to helping people, I applied to the local 911 system and passed the tests with flying colors. Then I was presented to a tribunal to answer one question. “What had I done in the past 6 months to improve myself.” I had no idea how to respond. I had been happy in my job. I couldn’t afford to take classes. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. What were they looking for? The 911 job would probably have been the last job I would have been in and I have a great job now, but this has always perplexed me. Any ideas?

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    • anitaclew
      Jan 27, 2016 @ 08:33:55

      Karen, the question that stumped you may or may not have cost you the job. You’ll never know if other candidates had more recent experience or qualifications. You could email your interviewer to request feedback for future reference (“It would really help me in my next interview to know if you saw any areas in which I can improve.”). If you’re not ready to retire, keep applying. Read my post http://anitaclew.com/2014/11/18/take-stock-with-a-mock-interview/ and use the link to 100 potential questions to better prepare for your next job interview.

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  6. Dutchman Gbegba
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 03:29:51

    Dear Anita.
    I am a secondary school certificate leaver from Nigeria.
    I found you on the internet search engine- Google.
    Please may i know if you would guide me to get a general laborer work in the USA?.
    I would appreciate if you would take my request into consideration.
    Thanks, sincere Dutchman

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  7. Bertha Mayorquin
    Jan 04, 2016 @ 13:26:22

    Hello, I visited one of your many locations ton submit an application and was told to do it online. I’m looking to apply for a specific company called Charlies Pride Meat and expressed myself at the location if it was possible to do so online. They told me yes but I can’t figure out the way to get to specific application. Can you help me? If you can find out if I can or not, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You.

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    • anitaclew
      Jan 08, 2016 @ 06:29:31

      Bertha, I’m sorry you’re having trouble locating a specific company. Contact the application support desk via email at webmaster@selectfamily.com or call 1-844-213-8539. The toll-free number is staffed from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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  8. ROBERT Williams
    Dec 22, 2015 @ 13:45:31

    I was looking for a first shift job. Forklift operator

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  9. Shalonda Thomas
    Dec 22, 2015 @ 01:34:45

    Hello Anita!!! I’m currently seeking employment . I have experience an Cashier/ Warehouse production/over 15yrs experience being a Care provider. But no 1 will give me a chance. What am I doing wrong.

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  10. shavani
    Dec 09, 2015 @ 13:47:22

    I am currently looking for job in California. I have 4 years experience but in India. Will the recruiters will consider my profile since I have experience in different country?

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  11. John W. Jones
    Dec 08, 2015 @ 12:11:27

    I have a questions about KSA’s, especially for government positions. They seem so tedious. Why the importance and the best way to phrase them to make it standout?

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  12. T Sutton
    Nov 27, 2015 @ 11:31:21

    I am writing because unfortunately I was actually honest in the way that I responded to the questions that were asked. Yes I occasionally spoke marijuana maybe on the weekends or after working hours. I have never used before or on the job. I have so many skills in so many areas that I know once a company do look beyond my recreational use I will be a lifetime valuable employee. Your company is judging me based on the answers provided which is unfair. The person that actually created this test may also be a recreational user but lied in order to receive the position. All I can be is honest that’s what I know. Unfortunately for your company I will not reapply in 6 months because I no longer desire to work for a company that judges you for being honest. I have just relocated to Georgia and was interested in applying to a company that had strong community ties. I saw your extra-mile service and thought it would be a good fit for me. Next time maybe you can actually provided a personal meeting to those that apply before you initially reject them for the answers provided. I guess if I said I stole from the company, had car problems often and called in faking sick then maybe I would be a good candidate for your company. Judge not unless ye be judged. Therefore, I will be letting everyone that’s new to this area to beware of your company. Hopefully once you start losing contracts, you will realize that the people you have already hired lied in order to obtain employment. Then and only then will become a little more conscious about the hiring process.

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    • Linda Broome
      Jan 26, 2016 @ 09:29:23

      Hi,

      I worked in HR and everyone who worked at the company had to take a drug test. Many people failed because of marijuana. The manager said that it was stupid, but he couldn’t do anything because that is the way the tests are set up.
      If they don’t drug test then you must not want to work, because no one will hire you if you tell them you smoke pot. That’s the way things are, and until they change, if you really want to work, you will tell them what they want to here. You can’t change the world today, so just change your world and become employed. Good luck.

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  13. Paulette Baker
    Nov 24, 2015 @ 19:06:16

    My question is is there any way a job searching can put out a message of what they are looking for and their qualifications for employees needing people?
    Example: Retired person with years of accounting, administrative, clerical, answering phones, front desk experience looking a part time (10-20 hrs) with pay range $10 per hr and up. Contact…

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    • anitaclew
      Nov 29, 2015 @ 18:55:55

      Paulette, You may certainly place a “position wanted” ad on sites like Craigslist.org (free in most areas). Be sure you also upload your resume to all of the job board sites (Monster.com, Indeed.com and the like).

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  14. Dawn
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 12:15:18

    Dear Anita,

    On the job application the employer would ask for the dollar amount that I would like to earn for the job position, is it good idea to write down negotiable?

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    • anitaclew
      Nov 14, 2015 @ 14:02:27

      Negotiable is a great option, if the application allows you to enter alphanumeric characters instead of only numbers.

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  15. Donald orange
    Nov 07, 2015 @ 18:13:09

    I am looking for a inventory,position in whse. I have the experience at retail level.

    Reply

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