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!

1,216 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mohammed Waseem
    May 22, 2015 @ 08:20:40

    I am General Accountant/Assistant with around 3 to 4 years of experience in India. Soon I will going to Immigrate in US. Do i need to go for further studies besides i hold Master in Commerce from Indian University which is a specialized Accounting degree.And I do have computer application diploma and certification from recognized boards.

    Thanks

    MD. Waseem

    Reply

    • anitaclew
      May 22, 2015 @ 15:39:28

      Mohammed, I’m not an expert in specialized recruiting for the accounting profession. I’m sure that if you were to want to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you’d have to study the U.S. regulations and pass an exam. You may wish to look for bookkeeping jobs and general accounting positions where you could learn the differences in practices between the two countries.

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  2. Blue Collar Man
    May 21, 2015 @ 15:08:06

    Hello, I am 56 years old (single) and have been taking care of my mother who is 94 for the past six years. She has many doctors appointments through out the year, some are only days apart.
    I haven’t been legally employed in this time, but I do keep my skills up to par by doing “side jobs” now and then. By trade I’m a Industrial Spray Painter. Working over the years for military contractors, sub-contractors and factory manufacturing of different products.
    Recently I’ve tried to reenter my field. Trying to find a second or third shift position. This way I will still be able to help my mother out and work in the evening or overnight. Unfortunately, do to my time off I can’t get past the HR dept. I believe that I’m being dismissed immediately do to the last six years. Personally, if I could talk with the foreman or plant manager and take the required ‘spray and written test’ that are generally given to be considered for hire I know I could win them over with my talent and knowledge of the field.
    But once again you have to deal with someone in HR that knows very little to nothing about ones talent. They only look at the date of your last employer and write you off.
    I’m always open to suggestions on improving myself…
    Thank you!
    Blue Collar Man

    Reply

    • anitaclew
      May 21, 2015 @ 16:01:14

      Blue Collar Man, You may do better with your “good ol’ boys” network than with HR managers. Contact former employers, coworkers, even the clerks at the paint store to see if they’ve heard of any job openings for you, or know the plant manager or foreman at the companies for which you’d like to work. Have you tried LinkedIn to see if you can connect to the right people? Here’s a primer: http://anitaclew.com/2013/04/16/lessons-on-linkedin/

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  3. Michael Varlack
    May 21, 2015 @ 13:15:52

    Hello Anita,
    I was wondering is it possible for me to get a career job making 30k+ a yr with just a high school diploma? I have a yr of experience in retail and looking for something better.

    Reply

  4. Vikram
    May 21, 2015 @ 02:36:20

    I am a Chemical Engineer with 30 years experience in various fields in India. I shifted on immigration to US. Will my experience be counted?

    Thanks,

    Vikram

    Reply

    • anitaclew
      May 21, 2015 @ 08:19:58

      Vikram, of course your experience counts! There may be different protocols and regulations in the United States, so you may have to accept a position below what you’re used to and learn the American ways on the job. For you references, be sure to provide email addresses as well as phone numbers in India to make it easier for hiring managers to learn about your past successes.

      Reply

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