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!

1,148 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl Cayce
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 04:59:24

    56 y/o going to the workplace for 10ys. I want to go into the healthcare field, where I got my certificate and degree in adminstrative field or file clerk something to do with medical terminology. I do not have any references except my sorority sisters and relatives, and the guy who fixes my car(smile).Looking for part-time work since Im a senior and disabled cannot walk or stand for too long. I’m sooo discouraged. Please help!


    • anitaclew
      Jan 28, 2015 @ 10:52:53

      Cheryl, Are you saying you are reentering the workforce after an absence of 10 years? If that is the case, I suggest you lead with your education on your résumé, listing your health care degree and certification. Then list the job(s) that you did have in the past, highlighting any administrative skills that will help you gain the position in the health care field for which you are applying. Don’t be downcast; the right job will come along if you persevere!


  2. Michael Nelson
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 21:38:21

    It has been a while since I’ve had a real job. I have filled out a few applications. But I have not heard from any one yet. I do not remember the exact dates of my previous employments. I try to approximate it. Any tips?


  3. Vickie
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 13:14:14

    I am looking to go out on my own to offer bookkeeping services, and don’t have a clue how to get started. Any suggestions?


  4. Jose Gonzalez
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 15:30:35

    Oh but i do want to use my major, but i only heard that the best way is through internships


  5. Jose Gonzalez
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 10:33:19

    My degree is in film


    • anitaclew
      Jan 21, 2015 @ 15:07:16

      Jose, if you don’t want to move to Hollywood to put your film degree into practice, consider a marketing career path. Today’s businesses are reaching consumers through social media, and need video content for YouTube, Facebook… even Vine.


  6. Kj
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 12:32:11


    I am an attorney. I am licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina and I live in North Carolina. I have been looking for permanent work for about two years. I have most recently been doing temporary document review work and not only is that unfulfilling but it also sometimes requires me to work on the weekend. I have applied for state positions as well as with private firms and I have gotten little to no feed back. I do not have a ton of experience but I am willing to work hard and I live close to the boarder of two states for which I have licenses to practice in. I need your help, I feel like there must be something wrong with my resume and or cover letters. Also I worked for a short while for a law firm where the managing attorney and I did not get along and I quit. Should I include that short 3 month position on my resume?


  7. Jose Gonzalez
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 11:30:01

    Hey Anita, I have recently graduated from the university. I believed that the degree will provide an open door but this job hunting is getting challenging. I have tried applying to department stores, and agencies without any possible door being opened. I am always on the same two sites- and indeed. I don’t know if i should open the world of job hunting to other areas or continue to go to job agencies?


  8. Kim C.
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 09:50:19

    I am currently looking for job but I am temporarily disabled due to two torn ligaments in my lower left leg. To help me walk (as pain free as possible), I use a boot and a cane.
    From what I understand, things will get worse before they get better – I might need surgery on my leg. I have a strong clerical and customer service background. How can I find a job while in this condition? Can you direct me to any websites and/or agencies that help people with disabilities look for employment?
    Thank you.


    • anitaclew
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 10:06:32

      Kim, Temporary staffing companies are always on the lookout for great clerical/customer service employees to put on short-term assignments. Since most of these types of positions are desk jobs, your temporary leg injury shouldn’t preclude your from obtaining a temporary job. If you have an approximate time frame for your surgery, it would help recruiters in finding the right fit for you. If you haven’t already, apply online at The Select Family of Staffing Companies:


  9. joseph dawsey
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 11:52:59

    I was told by an hostess employee, in Columbus Georgia, to go to the Select Staffing Agency to fill out an application for employment and speak to an hostess representative about future employment with that company. However, upon calling on today to see if they were open for business, I was told that all application were to be submitted online. What should I do to speak with the hostess representative and tell him about my referral to him for the job position afforded to me by an employee currently on their staff?


  10. Tony
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 11:28:00

    I don’t know. Maybe then maybe not.


  11. Tony
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:57:22

    This employer does not accept family as references. I do not have family in the job industry I am applying to. And no I cannot just list phone number without email address. That is the problem I am telling you. I cannot leave email address blank. They require every last piece of information to be filled out including email address.


  12. Tony
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 09:27:05

    There goes my job opportunity because I do not know anyone who I can trust as a good reference and who would share their contact information. Not everyone owns a computer, so I don’t see why they have to require email address.


    • anitaclew
      Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:47:06

      If you do not have any professional references, use personal references. It’s better not to leave the fields blank. Do you have any family friends (preferably in the business world) who can vouch for you? Sport coaches, pastors/priests, people you volunteer with in a community organization? If they do not have e-mail, just include a phone number.


  13. Randall
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 08:56:06

    I’m looking to relocate to another region of the country, an area strong in my particular industry (aerospace), but have no networking contacts for the area. I’m a mid-level professional with a few years of management experience, too. I’ve been told my resume is pretty good, and I have been trying the job boards, but not getting a lot of responses. What would you suggest to increase my odds.


  14. Tony
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 07:04:38

    Someone is trying to help me get a job. I went online to apply for a job. I was able to fill everything out on a job application except for a reference list. The application requires that I list three references with name, phone number, and email. I do not have that kind of information to give, especially email address. I cannot submit application without all the required information for references. I need the job. How can I work past this issue?


    • anitaclew
      Jan 14, 2015 @ 08:22:42

      Tony, If you do not have their phone numbers or email addresses, these people may not know you well enough to be good references! A reference should be a person you know on a professional basis who can attest to your abilities and character. It is a common courtesy to ask the people you are listing if they would mind being a reference for you in your job search. When they reply yes, simply ask them for their preferred contact information.


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