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CodeRed7 March 26, 2013 at 02:30 am
Well done. I especially liked your comments re: mom and dad doing kids work. This is just settingRead More a child up to fail. Parents should be okay with letting your kids fall now and again, because it is the work of getting back up that builds one's character and really gives them the "real world experience" that employers are looking for...not cliche "resume speak" that seems to be cut and pasted on every resume that comes across my desk. Agree with the linked in section as well. Seems everyone is looking to get a job without leaving their home or desk...or at least not doing so until it's time for the interview. But you can probably get that interview a heck of a lot faster if you get off your butt and go do anything you can find in your field. I think too many kids come out of school thinking they are entitled to a specific pay or position and will accept nothing less than that, choosing rather to not work than to even do something lower paying but in their field. That is a mindset that will turn me off immediately to a potential employee. I'd much rather see someone busting their butt to get into their field than someone who's waiting for the perfect opportunity to arise. Bottom line, getting a job is a job in itself...and one that is done much more effectively with time AWAY from the computer as well.
Keith Best September 25, 2012 at 03:55 pm
If you need a job or know somone who does, you better vote Romney/ Ryan. 43 straight months ofRead More unemployment over 8% with real unemployment (those not even looking anymore) around 20%. More people out of work now than when Obama took office. We need a new direction....Romney/ Ryan.
Michael A. Miller July 6, 2012 at 11:44 am
I always wondered about these positions. Somehow, I always picture the Rastafarians who used to sellRead More incense off of tv trays in front of Woolworth's. I had a feeling these ads had something do do with unseemly sales or some sort of arm-twisting maneuvers. I always liked the recruitment ads in print that claimed to offer "management positions" with the caveat that candidates must have "rock 'n' roll attitudes". I never see these ads on CareerBuilder, but at least that site has an option to report skeezey-looking listings.
Kelly Blazek June 23, 2012 at 03:54 pm
Hi Rachel - many jobseekers return to the workplace after raising a family, or caring for elderlyRead More parents - your situation is not unusual. HR always finds a chronological resume easier to review, so don't be tempted to use a functional format. To keep up to date with current workplace tools or policies, taking a seminar or earning a certification will help keep your skill set fresh and look good on the resume. Perhaps one has been involved in volunteer activities or civic leadership while away from a full time job - account for that on a resume as well. Your cover letter is the best place to set the stage that you've had a gap in full time employment, explain what you've been doing in that time, and how you've kept skills up to date or involved in your industry. Then, when reviewing your resume, the reader knows exactly what to expect in terms of your chronology and work history.
Debbie S. July 14, 2012 at 03:56 pm
Raising a family takes many skills relevant to the marketplace and should not be considered aRead More "gap in employment." I've listed my experience in this area with a job title of "Developmental Trainer & Family Manager" and highlighted the relevant skills such as "collaborated in the design and implementation of an effective 10-year budget in the midst of a 40% income reduction & significant increase of expenses" and "refined and developed conflict resolution, negotiation, motivation, & team building skills in a constantly evolving & changing environment with various ages of people." I am proud of being a mother who has worked at home and reject the premise that my skills are somehow diminished because of that choice.
George Marshall Jr. February 27, 2014 at 11:17 pm
Kelly Blazek career has ceased to exist. She's an arrogant, hyper-bitch who needs to have thoseRead More Horse teeth extracted. Have a nice day all..
Megan Rozsa April 30, 2012 at 12:29 am
Thanks for your suggestion, Don! Anyone else know of any available jobs out there?
Yvette W May 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm
Yes, Hi all.... as a matter of fact, I know that Ryder has positons for folks that are interested inRead More Careers in Logistics. Here is the link for the site http://careers.ryder.jobs/
Natasha Sandu February 28, 2014 at 04:30 pm
Never underestimate a younger generation!Read More http://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/your-business-reputation-may-just-depend-on-your-next-email.html
Katherine Kurkov April 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Thanks for the usable information. It was detailed enough to get you started, but not so much thatRead More you would procrastinate. This will get my account up and going this week!
John Deike April 18, 2012 at 05:33 pm
Glad to hear it, Katherine!
Lori E. Switaj March 23, 2012 at 03:28 pm
Good point Tim!
John Meola March 24, 2012 at 02:10 am
Unbelievable that a potential employer would ask me to breach the security of an online account orRead More try to compel me to reveal private data like that. Such requests would suggest the employer has low ethical standards and may very likely treat their employees badly, all of which makes my highly unlikely to work for such a company.
Jon Gage March 26, 2012 at 03:05 pm
It is being done in NEO.Some Fire departments are asking potential new members for it in interviews.
Barbara February 27, 2012 at 01:19 pm
I agree with Cindy. Even if your age is not on your resume/application, it is readily availableRead More through many sources, including the White Pages on-line phone listings. No matter how healthy, how capable, how qualified you may be, your age works against you.
Kelly Blazek February 27, 2012 at 02:11 pm
Great networkers who have a wide audience of busines professionals willing to be active advocatesRead More for them, in companies all over town, have a much better chance of landing a job, no matter their age. Submitting resumes is only HALF of the trick of landing a job. How's your LinkedIn profile? Is it full of accomplishments and connections that say you're a person others want to work with and hire? Are you showing up at luncheons and breakfasts within your industry, meeting new folks, being seen? Are you actively volunteering in a civic group where you'll make a positive impression on board members, staff and other volunteers? Participating in jobseeker clubs like CVJS and Hudson Job Search is a great help. There's no doubt that landing a job over 50 is challenging - but I've seen outgoing, positive and dynamic folks land jobs over and over again.
jim March 1, 2012 at 12:38 am
Right on Cindy. I knew a guy in that age bracket that went to a job interview for a large industrialRead More employer in Canton and the interviewer took one look at him when he walked in the door and said “well you’re an old guy”. You can not network out self out of this box. There is simply too much labor in this area and all the double dipping going on is not helping matters. And then there is the oil and gas company’s telling the newspapers that they are bringing 1000 jobs to town but not telling the media that they are bringing 995 people from out of state to get them because you have to have 3-5 years or more experience doing exactly that job to get that job.
Kelly Blazek December 21, 2011 at 02:20 pm
Hi Valerie - accept that employers will not acknowledge e-mails - you're driving yourself nuts byRead More making this request. Besides, how is a notification receipt increasing your chances of getting hired? It isn't. The request may come across as needy or demanding, even though to you it seems like simple courtesy. Employers want to hire "easy-breezy" candidates, and you may create an impression that you call the shots - that's not the story you want to tell. Management level job seekers never ask for this, by the way. Unfortunately, it's not an employer's responsibility to make job seekers comfortable or respond to their requests. Focus your energies in ways you can see an impact, and that you control: ensure that a LinkedIn profile is powerful; attend networking/industry events to widen the circle of folks who can be an advocate for you; look into additional training (even free at the library) to learn new skills; and get a second opinion on your resume from someone that DOESN'T know you and brings a fresh set of eyes to the story you're telling. Are you in a job seeker club? They're a great help. One suggestion for those uneasy about the online application process - do not apply to Craigslist jobs, period, or blind ads. Always check out a company's website to verify its legitimacy; and applying to a paid ads on Careerboard and local newspapers (as well as employers' own career pages) will feel more safe. Good luck and keep it up; the job market continues to improve.
Brenda Winslow December 27, 2011 at 07:43 pm
I absolutely disagree with your recommendation to hand write a thank you note. As a businessRead More professional, I would much rather receive a typed letter that demonstrates the ability of the applicant to write a cohesive, well thought-out business letter using proper formatting and grammar. It's a skill that is remarkably absent in most of the people I have interviewed recently.
Michelle Simakis December 27, 2011 at 08:05 pm
Thanks for chiming in, Brenda. Before Patch, worked at a recruiting firm and in HR. My former bossesRead More all appreciated handwritten thank you notes from candidates they interviewed because it took more time and thought than an email, and their cover letters demonstrated whether they could write clearly and concisely. But often the applicants would have spelling or grammar errors or terrible penmanship. I think it is a matter of preference, but a mailed letter, either handwritten or typed, is probably better than an email. Though again some employers want a thank you within 24 hours of the meeting, so the debate continues.
Donna November 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Given the economy and the difficulties sometimes encountered by this age group, it's a shameRead More job-seekers have to pay $9.95/month or $119/year to use this site yet businesses list positions for free. The website goes to great lengths to minimize this automatically renewing commitment and while it's not significant, it's still something that could be difficult for an unemployed worker to bear. This model has been successful at sites offering $100K+ positions but I doubt this is the case at the local level. That said, I hope those who do invest in this opportunity are successful in securing a job.
John S December 10, 2011 at 04:46 am
Worried about site. POSSIBLE SCAM!!! Doesn't say how many employers are registered to look forRead More employees, or how many jobs are posted on site. There is no satisfaction guarantee. I know the owners of site cannot guarantee a job, but they can guarantee satisfaction. Several weeks ago I contacted site using e-mail address address provided to ask for numbers of registered employers and job posting, and if there was any satisfaction guarantee. NO RESPONSE. How unprofessional is that??? Especially for a new business that is charging for its services. Not the kind of people to whom I want to give my money. BE CAREFUL AND CAUTIOUS. Once you give them your credit card number, I wonder if they will ever stop charging you.
Kelly Blazek December 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm
Hello John - can we get in touch offline? I contacted the site owner and he never received anRead More e-mail which he's very certain you sent - there's a possible glitch in the mail forwarding set up of this new site and he does want to respond to your questions (and he would have originally if it came through). I've known the owner for years, this isn't a scam. The site just received publicity this week in the Plain Dealer. My e-mail is listed at http://fairlawn-bath.patch.com/users/kelly-blazek
Carol Brown November 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm
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Ms. Latina Renee November 11, 2011 at 03:13 pm
So what I'm homeless... I'm getting a good job. I'll die for it.
John Konrad October 25, 2011 at 07:15 pm
Thank you both. This is a matter very important to those seeking a job!
Ken Palosi October 25, 2011 at 09:05 pm
I am from the old school in that I always wear a coat and tie, have my hair cut, and my shoesRead More shined whenever I have an interview. However, I feel that lately that has worked against me. During my last five or so interviews I sat across the desk of human resource managers who looked like they were lounging around the backyard at home. Each of the men who interviewed me were dressed in jeans and golf shirts. The one woman who interview me was dressed in jeans and a rumpled blouse that looked like they had been ironed by a hot rock. And get this; she was wearing flip-flops! I hate flip-flops! Glad I didn't get offered the job. I am pretty sure I would have turned it down, not wanting to work for an orginization that condoned such attire by a human resource manager.
James Thomas October 25, 2011 at 09:30 pm
Cover them, for one thing it illustrates that you are at greater risk for hepatitis. If the companyRead More offers an expensive health insurance plan that may go through their mind.
Kelly Blazek January 27, 2012 at 04:15 pm
Great news, Amanda - I'm continuing to see increase in new salaried postings on local employerRead More career sites.
Amanda Harnocz January 27, 2012 at 07:08 pm
Thank you, he's very excited. Thanks for posting these jobs on a Patch blog, he found employmentRead More through this so my family really appreciates this and so does my company, Patch.
Michael Coleman March 22, 2013 at 05:12 pm
Hi, I'm seriously considering relocating to Cleveland. I like all the ideas on this site. ThankRead More you. I'm looking forward to finding something out there and starting a new. Michael Coleman
Susan Ruiz Patton October 10, 2011 at 04:16 pm
It's really confusing when you enter the job field after a long time. So much has changed with whatRead More resumes should look like - especially with all the online applications that job candidates are required to fill out. Thanks Kelly for sharing your tips. It really helps.
Elise October 25, 2011 at 03:33 am
I completely agree with the above comment. Is it just in the nature of a "grouchy old schoolRead More executive" to only complain about the negative and refrain from giving constructive criticism to actually help someone improve? And what about all of the talk about the importance of results? Why don't you help provide results for your readers by rewriting this article and including things that you DO want to see in a cover letter?
Diane Stresing December 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm
That's ironic! I was nodding when I read about not 'directing' the follow-up phone call, andRead More expected to see many comments praising Blazek's suggestion to drop the girly language. I guess the point is, each applicant and hiring manager is an individual. That said, my next cover letter will not include the word "love." I'll save that for my Valentines.
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Shari Schneider September 21, 2011 at 03:20 am
Great advice and funny! My nail polish preference? AVON Pro Nailwear Enamel. It wears for twoRead More weeks or more with minimal touch-ups.
Susan Kaspersen September 21, 2011 at 04:30 pm
I think the thing that offends me the most is bouncing visible cleavage in a professional workRead More setting. If you don't work at Hooters, then we don't want to see yours. And management that doesn't enforce a professional dress code is at fault as well.
Kelly Blazek September 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm
Susan, i love your phrase about "that restaurant" I couldn't agree more - I'm going toRead More steal it! No one takes cleavage-y co-workers seriously - women or men. Thanks for the comment!