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!

1,202 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dreamer
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:10:26

    Hi Anita,

    I want say your blog is awesome! My question is I am a recent grad in HR. This is a career change for me; therefore, I do not have any working experience in the field. I am quite educated in the field, earned really good grades. What I am learning with human resources is experience has precedence over education. I just need a toe in the door, and I can prove my worth! I have applied lots of places for jobs and interns……nothing! I get denial emails. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get some leverage? I have networked, I’m on LinkedIn, FB, and Glassdoor. I have contacted my career services through my college. I’ve reached out to my instructors and advisors who I have a good relationship with still no luck! I have not worked in four months. Please help!

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    • anitaclew
      Apr 24, 2015 @ 15:23:42

      Hi, Dreamer. Thanks for the compliment and the comment. Yours is a question I hear quite often, and I actually am planning on writing a whole post about it in the coming weeks. I’m researching statistics on the average length of time to find a job and more. Please look out for a full post soon. In the meantime, keep your chin up and keep doing what you’re doing (which are all the right things).

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  2. gary
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 14:52:52

    With me…the Client wanted to hand out the paychecks directly to the several, agency employees. I was living chk to chk at that time and the Client took a day off on payday. I contacted Legal Aide (advised but not take case) and was told the Client didn’t have (legal) right to insist. In my state it’s employer-employee with the checks. I told my employer what I was told, requested my check be mailed and didn’t have the job anymore. I was permited to ‘pickup’ my W2 at year end.

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  3. sugahcakes
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 12:17:10

    Hi Anita so I started working for an agency who mails our checks to our house so on the 3rd I didn’t receive my check so I informed the lady from the agency she advised wait until Monday if I didn’t receive it by Monday she would put a stop to the check so Monday came and no check in the mail so she stopped payment well I waited and waited so next pay day came around 10th she mailed both checks in the mail to the company I work for mail does not get there until after 4 my work schedule is 7-3:30 so on Friday the 10 th I waited until after 4 and NO checks for me so I called to tell her the checks did not arrive she didn’t like the fact that I called to inform her so She let me go can she do that

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    • anitaclew
      Apr 14, 2015 @ 14:12:23

      Sugahcakes, With “at-will” employment, an employer does not need any reason to terminate your employment. Very few states have laws that require employers to have good cause to fire you before it is considered wrongful termination. If you’d like to try to mend this relationship, you may wish to email your supervisor and express regret about all the extra work the missing checks caused her (note you are not apologizing for something that is not your fault). Then ask about the possibility of enrolling in a direct deposit payroll plan to alleviate this issue in the future.

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  4. Hardeep kaur
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 14:10:11

    Hello I am Hardeep I want to know why I am so unlucky I did’t find the job. Few days ago I have interview what I think my interview is not ok I want to know what we I do thank yoi

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  5. Jilly
    Apr 10, 2015 @ 10:39:48

    Hello. Since 2010, I have not had the best fortune in regards to employment. Thankfully, I have worked in a full/part time capacity for a small start up company my brother owns for the past 8 years. In 2014, I finished my BS in Management while managing the start up’s Administrative and Financial duties and working a full-time positions (trying to find my “forever” job).
    In the myriad of positions held I did what I could not to burn bridges and always gave 2 weeks notice. If an employer were to verify my work history, is it true the only thing they can legally verify is if I worked there and eligibility for rehire? Can my previous employer disclose wage history or anything beyond the aforementioned items? I believe one of my previous employers (a former Supervisor) may be providing negative information when contacted about my tenure. Thank you for any clarification you can provide in this matter.

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  6. Christine
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 14:34:20

    Thanks Anita,

    I am sorry that I have bothered you. I greatly appreciate the advice you have given me but it still is little hope. Take today I applied for a job and might have gotten it the first thing they asked was I living in the area. See what I mean that why this is really stupid. If you can afford to move there to look for a job that should be up to you if you want to waste your money on a hope or dream.
    It seems like no one wants to help.

    Thanks again for all your time it was greatly appreciated.

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    • anitaclew
      Apr 01, 2015 @ 14:39:16

      No bother, Christine, I just wish I could be of more help. Best of luck, and let me know if you find any solutions.

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  7. Ty laviolette
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 00:51:43

    Yes how long are how many hours do I have to work to be eligible for holiday pay thanks

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    • anitaclew
      Apr 01, 2015 @ 11:23:04

      Ty, It depends upon the Client to whom you are assigned, and the type of work you’re doing. Please check with the Personnel Supervisor at your local branch.

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  8. gary
    Mar 31, 2015 @ 14:28:00

    My local paper ran an article re: my state is the worst of 50 for finding in favor of the claimant in re: to discrimination. I’ve been turned away by law firms in the past (most recent: 2013). I’m told: not enough proof! I have more experience than the younger people who are hired.

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  9. Debra Kasten
    Mar 31, 2015 @ 12:02:33

    Hello Anita, I am a 52 year old female. I haven’t worked (for $) in 10 years. In the begining of my lapse in work, I had some medical issues I was dealing with. Then I lost a grandchild, and my daughter went to prison. My medical issues went from bad to worse. I was seeing multiple doctors and medications. Just when I thought I finally had a hold on things, my father passed away after a short illness, then my best friend of 41 years passed away a year later. Last Oct. 2014 my live-in boyfriend and I were evicted from our home, because of his serious gambling problem (We’re not together anymore). I tried living with my mother, but I could only handle her for a month. My single brother let me move in with him. On the condition that I cook and clean. Well now he wants rent and 1/2 utilities. So now I need a job or I will be homeless. I’m well qualified to work in an office or factory. The factory would be a last resort, because of the heat elements on my body, in the summer months. My question is: What do I say when asked about the 10 year lapse?

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    • anitaclew
      Apr 01, 2015 @ 11:20:56

      Debra, It’s interesting that you indicated you haven’t worked – for pay – in 10 years. But you’ve worked! Be sure to include any volunteering, care giving, and any other responsibilities or undertakings during that time on your résumé. (A functional résumé is a good option for those unemployed long-term wanting to make their gap in employment less noticeable: http://anitaclew.com/2015/02/03/functional-format-for-resumes) If asked about your 10-year gap during interviews, keep your explanation of your adversities very brief. You want to earn a future employer’s respect, not their pity. Try to relate your interim experiences to skills needed on the job for which you are applying. Best of luck!

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  10. gary
    Mar 31, 2015 @ 09:30:31

    I’m a senior looking for work. I remember when the discrimination act went into effect and I’ve understood employers can’t ask my age, sex, marital status, etc. I’m noticing paper/online apps are asking for birth date, HS grad year or other questions which would indicate my age. If they insist on my street address they can find my age online. I’m not getting interviews. My last appointment: I drove across town for an interview and was told I didn’t need one due to the job being filled. How has the law changed?

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    • anitaclew
      Mar 31, 2015 @ 10:47:49

      Gary, How rude that you were not informed the position was filled before showing up for the interview! You refer to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which outlawed discrimination by employers against applicants or employees over the age of 40. The ADEA has been amended in 1974, 1978, and 1986, raising then eliminating mandatory retirement age for most workers, and extending the act to cover most employers with 20 or more employees, including federal and local governments (though it no longer applies to state governments). According to the Economics Department at the University of California at Irvine, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces ADEA, deals with charges of discrimination in discharge/layoff 40% of the time, while only 8.4% of the charges relate to discriminatory hiring. You must file a charge with the EEOC within 180 days of any alleged discriminatory action. For tips on landing a job as a mature worker, check out my blog http://anitaclew.com/2010/12/09/getting-hired-or-not-based-on-age/

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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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