About Anita

With over 3 decades in the employment services industry, Anita Clew has extensive experience working with job seekers, as well as employees at all levels. From conflict resolution, career coaching, and personnel issues to hiring practices, interviewing tips, and general workplace DOs and DON’Ts, Anita has seen it all…. and has an opinion about EVERYTHING.

Anita “clues” people in on what she thinks about a wide variety of work-related situations with a no-holds-barred approach that is direct, assertive, and appreciated by fans across the nation. What started out as a basic question-answer blog became an overnight sensation due to Anita’s direct and “go get ‘em” words of advice.

Unlike so many professional advice columns, Anita doesn’t hold back. Her responses are reminiscent of an outspoken grandmother’s words of advice; yet she is relatable and responsive – even celebrated – for pointing people in the right direction when it comes to advice for job seekers, management staff, and current employees.

Where quality counts and professionalism is a must, Anita relates to people with sincere affection and with their best interests in mind. At the same time, she dishes out matter-of-fact answers without the warm fuzzies or candy-coating that some advice columnists tend to be known for.

“People want to cut to the chase and be reminded of what’s right or wrong… without the fluff,” Anita has said in interviews. “If I don’t like something, I’ll tell you. If I think something has value or is a great resource, you’ll know. I tell it like it is, and I am respected for doing so.”

“Respect” is an understatement when it comes to Anita’s relationship with The Select Family of Staffing Companies, a top 10 staffing firm in the nation.  Working as a consultant with the company for much of her career, Anita has had the opportunity to witness and experience countless unique situations in the employment arena. She counts herself lucky to work with such a thriving firm that’s so focused on helping job seekers and businesses succeed in today’s competitive world.

Let Anita know what YOU think by submitting your thoughts, comments, and most importantly, your work-related questions on her blog. She will personally respond to each and every question that comes in.

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kimkeesha morris
    May 05, 2014 @ 15:53:26

    Is there an office in Aug Ga



  2. Andrea P.
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 10:27:02

    I am a member of alcoholics anonymous and have 20 years of service work that has provided me with valuable work experience, i.e., was a steering committee member for an event that hosted 70,000 people for a 5 day event and for which I co-chaired a committee that organized 1200 volunteers; district committee member who oversaw 8 different committee chairs over a 2 year period, set agendas for and chaired monthly district meetings; district treasurer who set budgets and forecasted income and expenses for a two year period; and has continuously sponsored multiple women – up to 10 at any given moment.

    Revealing such information leads to assumptions and questions. The first question is – What organization? Thus revealing I am in recovery and have an alcohol and/or drug problem. Next comes some possible assumptions such as I will have women contacting me while I should be working, which only happens 2 or 3 times a year, or that I am mentioning this to be patted on the back versus me revealing valuable work experience. I mention this because often when I have revealed this in interviews when this experience could be helpful to get the job, the interviewer is often taken aback and says things like “good for you for overcoming your demons,” “we all have difficulties we need to overcome,” but what happens most often and with a note of resentment in the interviewers voice “my father/mother/sister/brother is an alcoholic.” Awkward to say the least! So much so I don’t mention it on my resume and only bring it up in an interview if important to the position – then how do I get the interviewer back to topic if it takes the aforementioned detour? However, most importantly, I am in between jobs and would like to get a position managing people but have no actual work experience doing so. Meaning my resume ends up on the cutting room floor. Please advise.



  3. james S Pangborn
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 21:08:53

    i started working last week and didnt sign up for benefits. can I sign up now or cant I



    • anitaclew
      Aug 12, 2013 @ 17:00:42

      Hi, James. Most companies will ask you to complete a couple of months on the job before adding you to their benefits plan and then only allow changes once a year (unless you’ve had a major life change that warrants a change in coverage). Others will allow you to sign up whenever you choose. Your HR Manager will have to let you know what your company’s policy is. Good luck!



  4. Arthur CardenasJr
    May 14, 2013 @ 12:41:33

    Good info. Anita about “Obamacare” Our company has started using the term Health Care Reform as to not offend anyone!



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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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