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!

1,332 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    May 23, 2016 @ 17:37:17

    Dear Anita,
    When looking at jobs on LinkedIn a feature to “contact the job poster” is sometimes an option. What’s the etiquette here? Seems like an annoying thing for the job poster to endure, but it’s there for us to use, right?
    On the other hand, I’ve never gotten a response when I have contacted them. Can I follow up? Are they ignoring everyone or just me?

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    • anitaclew
      May 24, 2016 @ 08:51:42

      Anonymous, First be sure to follow instructions in the job posting. Do they want you to InApply? Do they provide a link to apply through their company website? Be sure to follow the rules to show you can take direction. As far as contacting the job poster, it depends. If the job poster is really an HR manager rather than an admin staffer who just takes care of uploading the postings, it may be worth an InMail for a position you are particularly gung ho about landing. Take the time to say something new in this cover InMail so it’s not merely a duplication of your InApply submission.

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  2. Gail Valverde
    May 20, 2016 @ 07:59:06

    Anita,
    I am new t0 temp agencies. Can I specify what area of the city I prefer to work in? If health insurance is needed, please explain how that benefit is earned.
    Thank you

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    • anitaclew
      May 20, 2016 @ 12:30:26

      Gail, you certainly may state your preferred are of the city in which you want to work (you may lose out on some assignment opportunities, but if transportation or commute time is an issue, better to be cautious). At EmployBridge brands, Associate benefits start the first of the month following 90 days of employment. Benefits are offered to Associates who work 30+ hours a week.

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  3. Rob
    May 04, 2016 @ 08:32:22

    I was asked to resign my foreman job of 19 years by a new director that was hired. He let me know on day one I wasn’t “his guy” but he had no way to force me out….yet. Finally he got me because I did a rush job (over a year ago) at the end of the day in my time in my personal vehicle but had to use the company’s shrink wrap and dolly. Put them in my garage when I got home, brought the dolly back but forgot about the shrink wrap. Been sitting in my garage all this time. Co-worker saw it, made a joke about it, new boss saw an opportunity to force me to resign basically for “theft”. Keep in mind I donate 2-3 hours (I get paid hourly) 3-4 days a week, buy tools out if my own pocket, etc… However, I resigned because it wasn’t worth the fight. Now though, this guy, when asked the magic question by other companies: “would you re-hire him?” Is telling them “no”. Not enough to screw me over there, now ruining my chances away from there as well. I live in an “at will” state but am considering contacting EEOC and/or an attorney at this point. Opinions??? I don’t want to, I just want to work, I’m good at what I do, but am being unfairly treated because a man with an ego knows he can. What’s the right thing to do???

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  4. Lynn Delgado
    May 03, 2016 @ 10:29:38

    Hi i have a question i just applied at Select Staffing and i havent been called for an appointment. When would they be calling me. Im looking for a job now. Im looking for clerical or retail jobs if any available soon in the mornings.

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    • anitaclew
      May 03, 2016 @ 15:34:29

      Lynn, You should be receiving an e-mail about a week after submitting your online application. If you haven’t heard back in a few days, contact the Personnel Supervisor at the Select branch to follow up on your status.

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  5. Evalynn Weinreich
    Apr 30, 2016 @ 13:51:17

    Dear Anita,

    I have a Bachelor’ degree in Accounting and licensed CPA from a different country and had 15 yrs job experience. I’ve been in the USA for 10 years now but the whole 10 years I was staying home as a housewife. I feel like I am just wasting my talent and previous experience for so long. Now I want to go back to work but I don’t know where and how to start. I wish I could find a job counselor in my zip code to guide me through the process.

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    • anitaclew
      May 02, 2016 @ 09:43:55

      Evalynn, You can jump back into the workforce as a bookkeeper, or you can go for full CPA licensing in your state: https://www.nasba.org/licensure/gettingacpalicense/howtogetlicensed/. Your local college or university will be able to tell you which, if any, of your credits may transfer to a U.S.-based degree.

      To find local job counseling resources outside of educational institutions, you may have to think like a thesaurus when you do your online search. Government resources can go by many names, from workforce resource center, career services, employment center, job network… the list goes on. Services can be provided under the auspices of local governments to state economic development departments. If you’re not a master-Googler, start at the national American Job Center for links to some resources: http://jobcenter.usa.gov/find-a-job

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  6. mitchellwild
    Apr 26, 2016 @ 15:33:16

    im relocateing to sac area not sure of th zip code yet have been a teamster for many yrs i have multiple certs for different warehouse machines have over 30yrs expierience in comm driveing and all aspects of warehouse opp how do i locate oppertuneities without zipcodes

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  7. Very Worried
    Apr 12, 2016 @ 13:14:07

    I have a Bizarre Question in Need Encouraging Answers:
    I am looking for work in Washington State, but as I have read from recent of some one having disabilities. My disabilities are from not feeling in the right frame of mind due to (Diabetes) but as I have done most of the typical workings for 20 years including Office/private Ownership jobs in CA – Office: to include all the things that I read in a description of (office mail clerk, etc) BUT as I get calls for these possibilities in all areas for (Office Clerk-Mail Clerk) this is where I feel discouraged in thinking of my thought to prevail with the limited capabilities I may have VS Other candidates that have a more Vibrant-Talanted-Secure-Exceptional Personalty-People Person-Able to Talk Vibrantly to Customers-Quick )
    This is where I feel incompatable as they will see also when apply (esp: Staffing Agencys in many states) that the initial Company has entitled to seek applicants for them.

    Also , as I am also getting near of my Unemployment Insurance not sure what will happen if I do not find somethings quickly to secure my Home being. To include NO Family or Friends by my side in this state.

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    • anitaclew
      Apr 12, 2016 @ 13:54:40

      Dear Very Worried, Try not to get discouraged. It sounds like you have many years of experience in clerical work. If you are worried about customer-service interaction, there are many “back office” jobs where the gift of gab is not required. When searching for jobs online, apply only for those which don’t require customer interfacing. Let your staffing agency know of your preference as well. Personnel supervisors are trying to find the best match between the employee and company, so your input will only help rather that hurt your chances for a successful placement.

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      • Very Worried
        Apr 12, 2016 @ 14:21:23

        Thanking You !
        Also to include that I have utilized all employment Agencies/referrals (inside & outside of State) Employment Agencies.

        But will include to them the alternatives of what I am looking for (as they will probably not call or include) within their searches for prospects. I have seen & am aware of how the Companies in Washington State are willing to accept or what they are needing, as I have even gone Beyond my Physical needs applying for Warehouse Projects jobs.

        But Thanking you in respect to your answers for ME!

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  8. Cheryl Cayce
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 12:36:39

    I”m a 58 y/o FE looking for work. Im disabled and cannot stand or walk well. Im going to counseling for mental health and physical therapy for my knees and back. I want to go into SSI and still work parttime

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  9. LOST IN USA
    Apr 06, 2016 @ 06:40:51

    Anita I’m a new permenant resident to the USA I’m looking for work with Remedy staffing, don’t know what job to ask for I was self employed in my country of Nicaragua. I have also joined school to learn English because I only speak Spanish at this time . thank you , lost in USA

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    • anitaclew
      Apr 07, 2016 @ 16:11:04

      Dear Lost in USA, Go in to your nearest branch and talk with the Personnel Supervisor about your eligibility to work in the U.S.

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  10. michelle marshall-smith
    Apr 05, 2016 @ 06:41:31

    Hi my name is Michelle and I am trying to get in contact with the business owner of Remedy Staffing,http://www.remedyfranchise.com/ i tried to go to this link but it wouldn’t let me into the site

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  11. Tomekia
    Mar 30, 2016 @ 06:12:46

    Good Morning, I’m trying to fill out the online application and i live in Georgia. What would be the closest location to me?

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    • anitaclew
      Mar 30, 2016 @ 08:24:42

      Tomekia, We have many locations in Georgia. For additional help filling out the online application, contact the application support desk at 1-844-213-8539. The toll-free number is staffed from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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  12. Gary
    Mar 23, 2016 @ 13:11:41

    I’m not a lawyer, but I dated one.

    In my state, it seems you can get fired for wrong info on a resume, but it’s not a legal document. The app is a legal doc: signed, dated, answers to legal questions. My opinion: any legal reason to fire or refuse a raise.

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  13. Dean Wiggins
    Mar 23, 2016 @ 10:54:37

    It is 2016. When are employers going to eliminate preprinted job applications? Do they really care about what grammar school I went to? What courses I took there? They ask for references but don’t want their contact information. What is the point? They seem so out of date in a time when everyone has a resume with much better information on them. It is so frustrating to answer the same questions that are already shown on my resume.

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    • anitaclew
      Mar 23, 2016 @ 11:47:50

      I agree that many job applications are in need of an update. In the meantime, don’t shoot yourself in the foot by not filling them out completely or you’ll give the impression that you don’t pay attention to detail or you’re a scofflaw.

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  14. Daryn Boyd
    Feb 09, 2016 @ 11:41:57

    Dear Anita,

    I have been applying to jobs like crazy for a Clerical full time position but have not had many interviews. I saw online an ad for an Individual Day Support position working with adults with disabilities and I got a voicemail from someone who wanted to talk to me about the job. I want to know if the company has any incentives for me to interview with them because it is only an hourly position and not in my field of interest. Should I call the person back?

    Sincerely,

    Miss Unsure

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    • anitaclew
      Feb 10, 2016 @ 08:39:40

      Miss Unsure, It depends on how desperately you need a job! But I grew up in a more courteous age, so I would call back just to say that this was not a position I would typically be interested in. Ask what it was about your résumé that prompted them to contact you for this position. You never know; you may find a new and fulfilling career path!

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