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!

1,182 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherita Davis
    Mar 25, 2015 @ 08:14:20

    I am a hard worker who has gone through some hard times in the past. I used to work for this company but due to the situation I was going through I had to leave the job. I know I was wrong and very inconsiderate at the time but I now have a better grasp on life. I am looking for an opportunity to prove to this company that I am a completely different person but they wont give me a chance. What should I do to get them to see that I am a dependable hard worker who is looking for a chance to redeem herself?

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    • anitaclew
      Mar 26, 2015 @ 08:12:49

      Sherita, You can write a succinct apology to your former manager, and respectfully ask for a second chance, or at least a neutral rather than negative reference. But if they’re not willing to rehire you, be ready to move on and learn from your mistakes. Sometimes a completely fresh start can be a good thing.

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  2. Alisha Skaggs
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 00:11:02

    I just spent the last hour filling out my application to become the receptionist for Westaff and im praying that my application went through?! PLEASE HELP

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  3. jerome
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 15:55:49

    High intentions for work force, but it’s a shallow atmosphere

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  4. Bubba kennedy
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 19:04:48

    Please email me about welding job in fuquay varina

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  5. Christine
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 09:03:42

    Good Morning Anita,

    I am presently looking for a new job in a different country, but it is extremely hard. I think the reason is because employers don’t want to help give Visa.

    Can you offer any advice on how I can better present myself, I have done my line of work for about20 years and I don’t need any letters or schooling because I am a bill collector and there is nothing.

    Thanks,
    Christine

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  6. tmart
    Mar 14, 2015 @ 09:53:04

    I am currently looking for a job. I had multiple position in my last job and I was employed there for 17 years. How do I show this on the application? I had 5 positions (3 were promotions).

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  7. msthang
    Mar 11, 2015 @ 19:21:58

    I am considering relocating but I am finding out that it is really difficult. I do not know any person in the city that I would like to relocate to therefore, I do not have a local address and every employer wants my address or a date that I will be in the city before I can get an interview. On my cover letter it states that I am relocating at my own expense but once they see I am not there yet then I am told to call back once you have actually relocated. Is this a unrealistic desire and how should I go by getting interviews?

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  8. C. Salazar
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 11:11:17

    Hi, I’m an American citizen and I’m looking for work, I graduated as an architect in Mexico and I am currently studying English (Intermediate)
    How likely would find work as a technician or something related to architecture or construction?

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    • anitaclew
      Mar 10, 2015 @ 13:31:24

      I wish I had a crystal ball to see your future, C! A lot depends on your ambition, perseverance, and being in the right place at the right time (even virtually). Prepare your résumé, obtain reference letters, and use all of your networking resources. Visit your university’s career placement center, and see if any of your professors have contacts in the U.S. I wish you the best, Anita.

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  9. Ronald Whipple
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 14:40:57

    I have made some very poor choices in my life That has caused me to get some felonies put on my background. My last conviction was in January 2011. I know that most jobs require your felony to be more then five to seven years before they can hire you but is there any place that I could work at as of now. I really need work.

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  10. Veronica Cordero
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 09:48:31

    I’m trying to fill out the application but I can’t seem to. What can I do?

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  11. Dominque
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 12:05:26

    I am filling out the application but trying to submit it but I am getting an error message stating that my name doesnt match you all system.

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  12. Tony
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 08:47:28

    I have someone who is trying to help me find a job. The money is good at the new “potential” job, but I do not see it as a job I want to hold on to for long term. I would only be chasing after the money the job pays. I don’t feel good about that because for me it is not completely about the money. I want to have a career I enjoy very much minus all the stress and various other headaches that comes from a 9 to 5 JOB. I feel guilty if I turn down this person’s help to get me the job after I gave him the impression I was going to accept his help. At first I kind of wanted the job until I had second thought. How do do I tell this person I no longer want the job without feeling guilty for not accepting his help?

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    • anitaclew
      Feb 17, 2015 @ 10:14:22

      Tony, Just be honest with your friend. Tell him you’ve given the position a lot of thought, and you think it may not be a good long-term fit for you. Thank him for all he has done so far, but make sure he knows not to expend any more effort. You may want to follow up with a nice email or thank you note in a week or so, thanking him again for going to bat for you. Don’t feel guilty; if you took the job and then it did not work out, think how badly you would feel then.

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  13. Diana
    Feb 10, 2015 @ 12:12:41

    Hi Anita –

    I was recently fired from a job purportedly for “performance” reasons. However, I know it was because I reported my manager to human resources for her bullying tactics and lack of management skills. She constantly harassed not only me but others in the department which caused a hostile work environment.

    Having been a manager myself, I know that it’s relatively simple to write someone up for “performance” reasons. One of the things I was written up for was not handling a request sent by email from one of the buyers. However, I DID NOT receive the original email. As soon as I received the information, it was handled. There were a couple of other circumstances like these. I was yelled at and called a liar. I knew when our location was assigned to a new human resources manager, my days were numbered. I was right. She fired me the week before I was scheduled for a surgical procedure right before Thanksgiving.

    I’d started looking for a job but didn’t find one quickly enough. The worst part is that, at one time, my manager and I were the best of friends. It took me a long time to decide to report her to HR. In hindsight, it should have been done sooner.

    What can I tell prospective employers about why I was terminated? I surely don’t want to say it’s because I reported my manager to HR. Can I say I had started looking for another job and the company found out and fired me?

    I’m an older job seeker and need to find a job quickly, so I need all the advice I can get.

    What suggestions do you have for this type of situation?

    Please help!

    Thanks!

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  14. Pac10Ten
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 15:29:37

    I retired in 2012, recently I have had some changes in my living conditions, which now forces me to go back to work. I’m 60+ and I’m really looking for part-time work. How can someone my age get pass the online submission of applying for work online and avoid having my resume float around in cyber space forever? I have been applying and applying and nothing is happening.

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  15. N Sprague
    Feb 03, 2015 @ 19:27:44

    I’ve always wondered how does one handle getting fired from a job? I’ve been told that you never want to put anything negative on your resume. So how do you handle being fired and having gaps in your work history?

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Anita Clew's blog posts are intended for general guidance and should never be taken as legal advice. In all instances where harassment, inequity, or unfair treatment is believed to be present, please consult your HR Department or legal representation.
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