I went for an interview and was told
that I'm "overqualified," But, since I'm in my seventies,
I think that they were really telling me that I'm too
old! What can I do?
What should I include in my cover
Does my choice of degree have to
dictate the direction my career
I recently went for an interview but
did not get the job. Any ideas?
225- What kind
of paper should I use for my
224- How should
I approach a company I want to work for, but is not
truthful should I be in an
should I do if I think I am being unfairly treated in an
221- What can I
say when I am told, "You are
220- What is
the difference between telecommuting and
can I find out what the average salary for my position
218- Do I
really need to send a thank you note after an interview,
it seems so old fashioned.
217- I have been
unemployed for 6 months now and am confident I possess
good personal skills that would be attractive to
potential employers. However, on every application form I
fill out there is always a section asking Please
account for any gaps in employment. I'm not sure
how to explain being 6 months out of work as during this
time I was suffering from depression and needed a break
but am sure if I say that it will put potential employers
off. Is honesty the best way or should I just say I
decided to take a break?
216- I am doing an
assignment of Redeployment (inplacement) strategies in
retrenchment. I read your web page and was wondering if
you could direct me to any books or research articles
that would outline redeployment strategies within an
organization or business.
215- I have an
interview with Prudential next week. The problem I have
is they want 10 years of employment history. I have
worked as a Bookkeeper since July of 2002. I have not had
another steady job since 1998 when I was terminated for
personal reasons. I was unemployed for a year and a half
after that. How can I explain the gap during my
214- Can you give me
some brief pointers on how to be successful in a job
213- I am in a job
earning good money and benefits, but I dont like it
very much and think I can do better. Am I crazy to think
212- Ive spent a
lot of time and energy on my resume, and it looks great
to me. I showed it to someone today, however, who told me
I need to highlight more transferable skills. I am not
sure what they meant
can you help?
211- How do I get
passed a drug arrest from a year ago. I have straightened
my life out (drug free) but I am unable to obtain
employment because of my prior mistakes.
210- I am between jobs
right now, and I dont know what to say to people
when they ask questions about what I do. I feel like
Im not whole if I cant say Im
. Is this normal?
209- Do you have any
tips for gaining contract employment?
208- I am sending out
at least 15 resumes a day, but have not been called for
even one interview. This has been going on for three
what am I doing wrong?
207- How do I improve
my communication skills and improve my
206- I have been
looking for a job in my field of geology, but I am
thinking about seeking training or further education for
a job in a different career field with surer hiring
opportunities. Which jobs and/or fields are among the
fastest growing right now and how much can I expect to
205- I've been told I
should develop a "Target Company List" to help me focus
my job search, but I don't know where to start...help,
204- I recently read
the May 16, 2005 issue of Fortune, and was shocked! The
cover read 50 and Fired and the feature
article stated that those of us in this category are now
likely on permanent vacation. This is very
distressing to hear as I am currently looking for work
after a downsizing at my former company &endash; Im
over 50, but too young to retire! I want to know, is
203- Please help me
help my spouse. He is looking for a job after a recent
lay-off and is putting a great deal of effort into
but I think hes making a lot of mistakes
that are really costing him hiring opportunities.
Ive been in his situation myself, and I know
first-hand what it takes to be successful. How can I best
202- Please advise me
if one goes on interviews outside of the country can they
still collect their unemployment checks? Thank
201- How do I handle a
job interview where the interviewer is 20+ years my
200- I am an over-50
Baby Boomer looking for work after a recent layoff from
my former employer of 29 years. I believe I am being
discriminated against in hiring because of my age. What
can I do?
199- I was recently
fired from my position of one year. Recently our company
had to deal with an employee feeling she was being
treated with discrimination. Soon after, all employees
had to sign a zero tolerance letter regarding language. I
was overheard on the phone using slang to another
colleague that was deemed inappropriate, which I did not
know was inappropriate at the time. I was suspended then
"let go". How do I address this in an
198- How can I
appropriately ask for the job I interviewed for, as a
follow-up inquiry? I have not heard anything back from
the hiring manager and/or the HR Director.
197- I've been out of
work for six months now, and have done nothing toward
finding a new job yet because I wanted a break. Problem
is, I've lost momentum and can't seem to get motivated
and confident again. Help!
196- I'm preparing for
a big interview and want to research the company -- where
do I look for information?
195- How do I pick a
recruiter to work with?
194- I am not fond of
interviewers who insist on seeing my 1099s or W-2s. I
live in a high rent district and am not the wealthiest
person around, but this question seems insulting to me.
Is there a politically correct way here? I used to say
"I'll show you mine, if you show me yours!" Somebody
might say OK! Any thoughts here?
193- I am leaving a
career in professional athletics and want to start
college in the fall. I am in my late 20's and am nervous
about going back to school again after so long. What can
I do to prepare and be successful as a
192- Why is it
important to write a handwritten thank you letter, I
think an email thank-you is preferable in our world of
191- I seem to get a
lot of interviews, but no job offers. I have been reading
about establishing rapport with interviewers and wonder
why this is important. It seems ones credentials should
be the deciding factor in the hiring
190- Why do you believe
networking is such an important component of my career
189- I find it almost
impossible to condense my accomplishments and experiences
to one page. Please explain to me why a one-page resume
is preferable to a two or even three page
188- How can I stop
procrastinating? I am letting the weeks turn into months
without a job. Help!
187- What do I say to a
potential employer when they ask why I am looking for new
186- I am looking for a
way to be happy at the job I have right now because I
know how difficult the market is right now. However, I
really do not like what I am doing; I am not using my
creative potential. Do you have any suggestions about
what I might do?
185- Can you tell me
again where to go for the forms to collect unemployment?
The "Texasworkforce.org" site doesn't seem to have
anything on it that points me where to go to apply for
184- I am attending a
job fair this week, and the sheer numbers of people who
attend these events discourages me. How can I stand out
from the crowd?
183- How do I go about
asking for a raise? I am approaching my 1 year review at
my first job out of college.
182- I have been
unemployed for over nine months, and quite frankly I am
getting panicked about being out of the workforce for so
long. Id like to know more about temporary
agencies. Can you point me in the right
181- What sort of
questions should I be asking potential job
180- I have finally
succeeded in getting an informational interview scheduled
with an individual who works for a company where Id
eventually like to be employed. Id like to make a
good impression on him, even though he has stated that he
does not know of any openings at the moment.
What should I be asking him?
179- I was laid off in
December, and I just dont feel like rushing right
back to work. I was employed in Corporate America for
over 17 years and Id like to explore my other
options. Do you have any ideas about where to get
178- I am not sure what
it means to network. Where do I go to do
177- I recently applied
for a new job and I exaggerated my current earnings. Now,
they want to see my past pay slips before they agree to a
176- I was fired from a
job 6 years ago for a disagreement I had with my
supervisor. I don't like revealing this on job
applications because I wonder what a potential employer
will think of me. What suggestions do you
175- Currently I went
for an interview and everything seemed to go smooth and
fine, but when the interviewer asked the question "How
will you contribute to our company?" I was struck at the
question. How should I answer this type of
174- I was recently
laid off from a job Ive had for over 13 years. I
cant seem to get started thinking about whats
next. Do you have any suggestions?
173- I am not getting
any "bites" from my current resume. Do you have any ideas
about what might be happening?
172- I have gone to
several networking meetings and been told that I should
contact a recruiter. Any thoughts on why I should use
171- What sort of
resume is considered the most useful to today's job
170- I've just had a
successful interview and I know the company is
interviewing several other candidates for one open
position. Is writing a thank you letter the appropriate
thing to do next? Where should I begin?
169- Should my resume
state "References available upon request?"
168- I have heard that
a current industry trend is hiring people to do
consulting work. Should my resume look any different than
those of my peers? Should I use any specific buzz
167- In my cover
letters, would you suggest I tell of being laid off or
wait to explain this in the interview?
166- I keep hearing
that it is better to let the interviewer do most of the
talking in an interview? Is this true?
165- What is the legal
difference between being "Laid Off" and being
164- In 1997, I was
fired from a position as a Secretary. Since then, I have
returned to school and will soon receive a degree in
Education. What should I put on an application/resume?
How should I explain why I was terminated?
163- I'm 44 and have
taught and coached for 20 years. I have always
supplemented my income with some sort of sales. I still
hold a group one insurance certification. Is it too late
for me to change?
162- Can a prospective
employer ask me to provide documentation for my current
salary (W-2's, pay stubs, letter from current employer
Tip No. 161
- I am a senior
executive and have recently been laid off from a Fortune
500 company. I am interested in working with some
executive recruiters, but am not sure how to go about
finding reputable recruiters for my level. Can you
160 - I have 12 years
experience in sales and would like to go into
pharmaceutical sales. Unfortunately, most companies
require two years experience in this field. Are there any
courses I could take?
159 - I was fired from
my last job. Do I have to give this information on my job
158 - How do I respond
if a potential employer insists that I list my past
salary in their application?
157 - I interviewed for
a position and was told my qualifications were not suited
for the position. The position only required a high
school diploma. Do you think I didn't get the job because
I'm an older person?
156 - Do I send thank
you letters to the people who helped me in my job
155 - How does a 58
year old Chemical Engineer willing to accept an
entry-level position get considered when competing with
chemical engineers with far less
154 - Are there jobs in
153 - How can I find
out what education I need to change
152 - Would you please
tell me how to be successful in a phone interview?
151 - I do not have a
college degree, but do have some college credits, do I
add that to my resume?
150 - Should I lie
about my age to get a job?
149 - What themes are
being tested when an interviewer asks "What is the
toughest management decision you have ever
148 - When I go for a
job interview and present my resume, do I give that
person my cover letter with my resume?
147 - Where can I find
information on consulting/contracting and resources for
this type of work?
146 - I'm taking a 5
month break in my career to just enjoy life. How will
recruiters view this in the future?
145 - I have a visual
impediment that prevents me from driving. How do I
explain this to someone without hurting my chances of
getting a job in areas that I can get to?
144 - Should I include
my current part-time (temporary) job on my
143 - How do I explain
142 - Is it appropriate
to pass out a 1-page or a 2-page resume at a job
141 - I recently
received a verbal job offer, but I've since been informed
that the company will not be filling the position. What
can I do?
Tip No. 140 - I took a
break and put my job search off during the holidays to
spend time with my family. How do I jump start my
139 - I have chosen to
focus on career development, where can I get information
where career development studies have been carried
138 - I am a teacher
and have a masters degree in reading but thinking of
changing career fields. Would I have to complete an
entirely new masters program in order to enter into a PhD
or medical program?
137 - Can a company
demote or fire you because you do not have a college
136 - I quit my last
job because of conflicts I was having with a co-worker.
What should I say to a prospective
135 - I'm 26 years old
and need to find a career that's right for me. Can you
offer any advice?
134 - I was terminated
from my last job because of illness. When applying for a
new job what do I say when asked "reason for
133 - I currently live
in Argentina. What is the best and fastest way to start a
new career in North America?
132 - What does a
person do when at an inteview the interviewer makes
ethnic jokes and uses foul language?
131 - How do I format a
"Resume with salary history?
130 - I recently
interviewed for an entry level position and was told that
I am overqualified. What is the best way to tell the
interviewer that the job is exactly what I'm looking
129 - I am 40 years old
and trying to start a new career as an electrical
engineer in this tight economy. Does my age make a
128 - What is the
procedure to follow regarding references if an employer
127 - I have been
searching for a job for months without results. Can you
offer any suggestions?
126 - What is the
appropriate dress code for a second
125 - What can a
student do to improve their personal
124 - I am considering
utilizing the services of a search firm to find my next
position. What are the benefits?
123 - How does one
become a psychiatrist?
122 - I was layed off
by a major company due to a reduction in force. I have
determined that jobs are pretty scarce especially in the
area of Information Technology. How do I sustain my
present standard of living until I can find the right
121 - My management has
told me that I need to participate in our company's new
mentoring program and be assigned a mentor. How do I
successfully handle this untenable
120 - I have recently
been laid off from my job, but I don't think the reality
of the situation has sunk in yet. Could you tell me what
I should be feeling?
119 - What can I do
about an employee whose work is suffering because of a
traumatic personal experience?
118 - I have about 3
years retail and 3 years management experience. Do you
have any advice about the grocery-retail
117 - I have to present
a debate about money as the key motivator in career
management. Please send information on this
116 - I am a disabled
person with transportation problems. Being unable to take
buses or other public transportation how do I search for
115 - What is the best
way to handle customers who are unhappy with their
114 - I have chosen to
do "Career Development in the Workplace" as a research
project. Where would be the best place to find out
113 - If I don't
receive a formal written offer from the company, how can
I make sure everything that we have discussed and agreed
upon will be done?
112 - At what stage of
the interview should I talk about salary?
111 - I have an
important interview coming up and would like some ideas
about how best to prepare for this
110 - I have just been
appointed as the manager of a large division. What kind
of resistance should I expect and what advice do you have
for how I should deal with it?
Tip No. 109 - I am
beginning a new career and would like some advice on how
to be a "star at work".
Tip No. 108 - The company I
am working for their stock has been declining and their
last financial report was not good. Should I be looking
for a new job?
107 - How do I balance
my need for quality of life when I have a very stressful
and demanding job?
106 - How do I overcome
the fear of dealing with a group
105 - Will it place in
jeopardy the offer of employment if I ask for more
104 - I am a recent
graduate and am looking for an entry level job. I was
looking for some good examples for my objective on my
103 - Do I send a Thank
You letter and what do I write?
102 - Do you have any
suggestions for interesting topics on the importance of
education as it relates to careers for youth ages
101 - I am an American
MBA looking to relocate to Milan, Italy. What can I do to
better my chances of landing a job before I get to
100 - I want to change
careers and looking for some guidance as to what course
of action I should pursue i.e. should I get an MBA, take
more courses, start my own business?
99 - Is it legal for a
company I am interviewing with to want to verify my
current income via check stub, and even after I am
employed with them to reverify with HR?
98 - Is the contract
void since the company I entered into contract with no
longer issues my check?
97 - I'm unemployed
looking for a job -- how to I handle the situation of
being fired from a 6 year job because of an arrest that
happened almost 8 years prior?
96 - Is it legal for a
prospective employer to contact a former or current
employer without my agreement?
95 - Can an employer
limit the outside employment of it's
94 - What if you were
fired from a job because your boss was just a nasty
93 - I'm a 12 year old
stay at home Mom how do I get back into the professional
92 - It is not uncommon
for a professional career woman to take a job hiatus to
have a family and raise a family.
91 - How do I make the
transition to the full time work world when my experience
does not reflect my expertise?
Tip No. 90 - How long can I
go between between jobs?
Tip No. 89 - How do I become
a personal shopper?
Tip No. 88 - I'm a
discoverer and I'm having a difficult time finding work
that keeps me interested.
Tip No. 87 - How do I write
a resume for someone who is self-employed?
Tip No. 86 - I'm changing
careers from... Outplacement childrens counselor to Human
Resources or Consultant. How can I word my
85 - I have an
interview for an Interior design firm. Can I wear
something that shows my creativity or should I wear a
84 - I have had a lot
of differing advice on the type of paper to use for a
resume. What do you think I should use?
83 - Application
response and interview questions?
82 - Is it okay to lie
about my current salary?
81 - What is the best
approach to putting together a resume?
80 - Need advice on
what kind of career to pursue.
79 - What should a
person do if offered a postion and the offer is then
rescinded after accepting?
78 - I created my own
business, but don't know when to leave my current
position and pursue this interest full
77 - I'm 48 years old,
what should I do when I grow up?
76 - Is it legal to cut
75 - How long should I
wait to reapply after an unsuccessful
74 - I'm making a
career decision and I'd like some counseling, what do you
73 - How can I
negotiate an offer to match my current
72 - What is legal to
ask a former employer to verify?
71 - Any
recommendations for a severance contract?
70 - Can you help with
a letter of resignation?
69 - Is there a web
site for career assessment?
68 - Should I call
recruiters or go by their offices?
67 - Looking for a
66 - Better job offer
after just three months on a new job...What should I
65 - Advice For A
Minister Changing Careers.
64 - How Do I Answer
The Question, "Do You Have Any Questions?"
63 - Salary
62 - Advice On
61 - How Does A Dreamer
Minstrel Fit In?
60 - How Do I Get My
Resume To Reflect The True Me?
59 - Last Minute
58 - Problems With My
57 - How Do I Approach
College Graduate Opportunities?
56 - What Should I
Expect From a Second interview?
55 - What Reason Do I
Give For Leaving?
54 - How Do I Negotiate
53 - Getting
51 - Are There Programs
That Take My Work Experience Into Account?
50 - Where Can I Find
Entry Level Positions?
49 - I Need
48 - Who is
47 - How Do I Write My
46 - Catch
45 - Why Did I
44 - What Kind Of Job
Can I Get With My Degree?
43 - How long should my
42 - During an
Interview, How Much Information About My Personal Life
Should I Give?
41 - What information
is a previous employer allowed to give
40 - How Can I Get My
Foot In The Door?
39 - I Have Been
Offered A Job By Company X, But Would Like To Work For
Company Y, What Can I Do?
38 - Wage
37 - How Do I Go About
Asking When I'll Be Notified Regarding My Interview
36 - Is There Any
Benefit To Contract Work?
35 - I Was Fired From
My Last Job, How Can I Present That Fact In A Positive
34 - I Need Employment
Verification. What Can I Do?
33 - I Was Fired From
My Last Job. How Should I Respond When Asked During An
Interview Why I Left My Previous Job?
32 - When Is The
Appropriate Time To Discuss Benefits With A Prospective
31 - Should I Use More
Than One Professional Recruiting Company? Can This Cause
Tip No. 30 - Is It Ok To Ask
For A Higher Salary Based On The Fact That The Company
Which Has Offered Me A Position Does Not Have Health
29 - Under What
Circumstances Should I Take a Job For Less Money Than I'm
28 - Do Freelance
Artists Need Agents?
27 - I Can't Move to
Another Job Until Three Months From Now. When Should I
26 - Is There a
Downside to Accepting a Counter Offer From My Current
Company Once Another Has Made Me an Offer?
25 - Where Should I
Look to Start my Search for Information About a
24 - Is it Illegal for
Me to Provide Proof of My Last Salary in an Interview if
They Ask For it?
23 - Should I Call a
Company About an Advertised Position?
22 - How Much Energy
Should a College Student Place On Finding a Career While
Still an Under Graduate?
21 - What Are the Three
Most Serious Mistakes Most People Make When Looking For a
20 - What is the Proper
Way to Present a Resume to a Prospective
19 - Is There Such a
Thing as a Power Suit, and What Does it Consist
18 - What is the Right
Way to Quit A Job I Hate?
17 - Can Employers Make
Accommodations For My Religious Beliefs?
Tip No. 16 - Is Using E-mail
One of the Best Ways to Send a Resume in Response to an
15 - Should a Resume
Have an Objective?
14 - When is the Best
Time to Submit My Letters of Reference?
13 - What Are the Most
Common "Make or Break" Interview Factors?
12 - What Type of
11 - How Do I Make a
Cover Letter Stand Out?
Tip No. 10 - Severance
Tip No. 9 - Strengths and
Tip No. 8 - Interviewing
Tip No. 7 - Illegal
Tip No. 6 - Letters of
Tip No. 5 - Temp Experience
Tip No. 4 - Resume for
Tip No. 3 - Follow-up Calls
Tip No. 2 - Interview
Tip No. 1 - Advice for the