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!

1,102 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Antonio
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 08:22:30

    My mom has given me bad advice what to do with my life. I want a real career that will provide a better future for me. Something I cannot get from a J.O.B. I want a career that is satisfying to me. I want a career where I can move up the ladder. My mom only see good benefits as a way to settle for just another J.O.B. Great benefits are good too. That is not enough to keep me satisfied with a job that I hate with no possibilities to go to the top in the business. Not only that. I prefer a career that I can gain valuable skills that are marketable skills I can use in and outside the workplace. I am getting too old to keep chasing paychecks. I want to settle down with something I enjoy doing that will bring me great satisfaction in what I do as well as pay well.

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    • anitaclew
      Jul 29, 2014 @ 12:12:13

      Antonio, I’m sure your mom only wants the best for you and, in her eyes, that may mean stability of working for a regular paycheck and benefits. But finding a career you love while being and receiving great job benefits don’t have to be mutually exclusive! I read a book years ago, “Do What You Love , the Money Will Follow.” I believe you can find a career that will be satisfying to you, and pay the bills (including health insurance). Good luck to you.

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  2. Keith
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 19:26:53

    Anita,

    I am a retired military veteran and have been so for nearly 4 years, I actually have a couple questions regarding resumes and work history since retiring. I have held two jobs since I retired and lost them both. Will this lack of work history hurt me if I do not list them on my resume? Will my long history in the military hurt me age wise to potential employers? I am also willing to relocate, which my resume so states. I have been applying for work since retiring, with the exception to the two short job stints I have had and the fact that I have had to reverse engineer my resume to no avail what are your suggestions? Thank you for your time

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    • anitaclew
      Jul 29, 2014 @ 12:07:51

      Keith, First, thank you for your service to our country! I’m sorry you are having such a tough time getting work. It seems like your military experience should look really good on a résumé. Secondly, to answer your question, not including those jobs could hurt you. If you were fired, you may wish to omit them, but if the temporary job ran its course, by all means include them. Finally, have you availed yourself of the government programs for employing veterans? Perhaps there is a Hiring Our Heroes job fair near you: http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes. Without knowing all the details of your situation, I’m “Clew-less” as to why you are having difficulty obtaining a job. Do an Internet search for government employment centers, as I suggest in #6 in this article: http://anitaclew.com/2014/02/25/how-to-find-jobs-not-advertised-on-the-top-job-boards-part-1/, for more personalized assistance.

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  3. Desperation Hurts
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 07:56:43

    Dear Anita,
    I was a former volunteer in law enforcement for many years. I moved to another state and I had no network to find a job. I acquired a job at a Gas Station, my financial standing got desperate, so I took the job. I am close to graduating from college, field of study is paralegal. Has the desperation of getting a non skilled job going to hurt my chances of finding job in my field of study. I know recruiters assume, but how can I make them see I will do anything to take care of my family. That same dedication can be given to them also.
    Sincerely
    Desperation Hurts

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    • anitaclew
      Jul 23, 2014 @ 11:56:37

      Desperation, I don’t think taking the non-skilled gas station job will hurt you, particularly since you are currently in school. Check with the career counselors at your college to see if you may be able to get a paid internship closer to your field of study until you graduate. Hopefully, they will be able to help you get full-time work once you obtain your new degree/certification. The RemX division of The Select Family of Staffing Companies provides temporary, contract to hire, and direct placement positions in the legal and other industries: http://www.remx.com/RemX/main.cfm?nlvl1=7&nlvl2=103

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  4. Annan
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 02:17:41

    Dear Anita,
    I am relocating from Africa to Fortworth, Texas in a couple of months. Kindly advice what’s the best and quickest way of finding a job in America. In addition, given that my qualifications are not american, would you kindly refer me to employment agencies in Fortworth that can review my resume and advice on what kind of job i should seek or what training i should take to align to USA requirements?

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