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!

1,108 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vanessa Diaz
    Nov 14, 2014 @ 15:12:36

    I uploaded on your web site so will I be hearing from you guys soon for a job

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    • anitaclew
      Nov 17, 2014 @ 10:18:57

      If you just submitted your initial application, it may take a few days for a Personnel Supervisor to get in touch. Due to the volume of applications we receive at all of our Select Family of Staffing Company branches, it takes some time to review them. If you haven’t heard from anyone in about a week, please contact the branch to which you applied to set up an interview. To find the contact information to the branch nearest you, please visit our Locations search at http://www.selectstaffing.com/selectstaffing/main.cfm?nlvl1=5. I wish you the best of luck in your job search!

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  2. Tony
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 19:02:20

    When I look for a career I look for something that is going to be long term. I do not want to settle for another J.O.B that is not getting me anywhere. I cannot stand the thought of having to plead with someone again to give me a job I have no interest in just for the sake of getting a better paycheck. That is all I have been doing all the years I have been working. I have a long history of getting jobs that were dissatisfying, no professional job skills to learn, underpaid, and overworked. I am still stuck in a bad spot after all these years. I am getting too old to go after another job I do not want. I do not want to settle for another B O R I N G job doing the same work all day everyday. I have the knowledge but not the the job experience to do a job I want. I do not want to be stuck at the wrong career for the rest of my life. I need to get out of this bad situation, but I do not know what to do. I have been stuck at the wrong job for the past soon to be 7 years with no luck of finding something better any time soon. How can I escape this horrible career? I am in bad situation where I need a high paying career that will take care of me financially to pay off my debts. I will never be able to do that with the job I have now. I am stuck between searching jobs that pay too little and jobs that require too many years work experience. I wish I had the same luck like most folks who can leave a job and immediately find a better job within the same week. I am running out of options. I want to leave my current job so bad, but I cannot find anything better soon enough. Job interviews are time consuming with no results in my experience.

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  3. Antonio
    Aug 20, 2014 @ 07:49:01

    How do employers get to decide who is right for the job and who is not? Let’s say there are 2 job openings. Twenty people have a applied for those 2 job openings. Out of the 20 people only 5 are equally qualified to get the job. Five of those people have the same skills and qualifications for the job. All five of those people have the same likable personality. Neither of these people have any connections to anyone in that company who can help them get the job. There are two job openings and 5 people applying for those jobs. How does the employer get to decide who gets a job and who gets some lame apology for not being hired?

    Based on what I witness at my current job I see things differently now. Managers at my job hired a new coworker a while back. He was whiny and lazy who always complained about the weather condition knowing full well when he got the job he would have to work outside. He didn’t like the job, so he came to a breaking point and quit his job. Miraculously after a week or so they hired the guy back for the same job he QUIT the first time, which is insane in my opinion. He worked for a few weeks still not liking his job. Guess what he did? He QUIT the same job AGAIN. That really upsets me how they would turn down a lot of other people who would have been perfect for the job for a quitter. I see it is not what you know that matters anymore. You don’t really have to know anything about the job to get hired. It is about who you know at that job who can pull some strings to get you in. This type of behavior is what I am beginning to see a lot more often. I don’t think that is fair how qualified people who deserve the job gets turned down for someone who is not a good fit for the company all because the unqualified person has side connections who can pull strings that no one else in the company can do. What makes me even more upset is that if I or my other coworkers had quit our job we would not be allowed to come back, yet this guy can get his job back.

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  4. Tony
    Aug 07, 2014 @ 08:52:49

    Why is it that staffing services seems to be the answer to everything? That’s all I hear as a solution to get a job when I need a job.

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    • anitaclew
      Aug 07, 2014 @ 16:55:19

      Tony, A recent American Staffing Association Employee Survey found that of temporary workers who cited a permanent job as their top priority, 99% achieved their objective. (ttp://www.americanstaffing.net/statistics/employee_survey.cfm) That’s a great reason to try temping!

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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