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  1. Morgan
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 14:38:05

    Anita, I moved to a new State/City (majority of the population is spanish speakers it seems) and I have been looking for work for almost two years. I had one interview and it did not go well. I have ADHD and sometimes answering questions do not come out as well especially when trying to explain my termination from a job I had from 2002-2007. Also, I am trying not to get discourage in finding work around this area especially since I do not speak Spanish and I feel like my work experiences seem to not match what I apply for, YET, they do match because of the jobs that I have done. Sometimes I do not understand what the employers are looking for since I know I can do the job in which I am applying for. I get emails stating that state that I do not qualify. I know that most of the emails are automatically generated (right?) so really, I do not know what I am doing wrong, Especially with my resume. I have had a friend to look over my resume and she states that it is fine. I have done retail and retail with Administrative/Clerical duties. I have worked as a Teller which also consist of Administrative/Clerical duties. My last job, I was the only one in my department meaning that I had to do both Coordinator and Dept. Management job. I get so frustrated because I am not sure how else to prove how I can do the job they are promoting. And, since everything is electronic, a lot of places now days do not want you to bother them with phone calls to HR. I know I need to change my “game plan”, but I do not know where to start anymore.

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    • anitaclew
      Jul 10, 2014 @ 14:58:55

      Morgan, It is hard not to be discouraged after that amount of time, but don’t give up! Let’s address some of the issues you brought up. First, answering questions about your termination. Interviews are nerve-wracking anyway, but when that question comes up, it is doubly so. Write out your answer, then practice, practice, practice reading it aloud until if feels comfortable. Next, do you think that speaking Spanish would improve your chances landing a job in your area? Sign up for classes at a local community college or online. Third, your resume. I’m glad you had a friend look it over; if you need a professional review, try CareerPerfect: http://www.careerperfect.com/services/resume-writing/?cpp2=selectstaffing&src=top-nav_rw/. You may wish to have multiple versions of a resume (one for coordinator, one for management, for instance). Review my post about Applicant Tracking Systems (http://www.careerperfect.com/services/resume-writing/?cpp2=selectstaffing&src=top-nav_rw/) to see how you can tailor your resume with keywords and increase your chances of getting an interview. Keep me posted with your progress.

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      • Morgan
        Jul 11, 2014 @ 15:04:04

        Anita, Thank you for your response. I will check out the links. I did not know you should have different resumes to cater to whatever you are applying to. I also have another question from another interview question that I had to deal with. I use to live in GA, got married, then the marriage failed and we separated (can’t afford divorce right now). I had to move with my parents to Texas. Now, when I had that job interview, they were wondering why is it taking long for me to find a job. I told them after three months from when I moved here (3 months off from searching since we had to get settled in our new location), I have been looking for work. The vibe I got from them and looking at their expression, it was the vibe of how someone would look down on the situation. The total amount of time I have been without a job is 2 1/2 years and in October, it will be 2 years since I have been in Texas. How can I positively answer their question as in why I haven’t been working for 2 to 3 years? I know most employers frown upon the length of unemployment. Overall, since that whole interview and the negative vibe I got from the employers, I figured anyway that it wasn’t meant to be and I wouldn’t get the job.

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  2. Echolara
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 09:31:17

    I moved back to my hometown (elderly parent) but do not have credit to rent an apartment. I am adept at finding work. (1day) Problem is can i pay my rent three months in advance to start building credit? Are there penalties for calling myself homeless to qualify for help program?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • anitaclew
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 09:38:56

      Echolara, personal finance is not my area of expertise, but I believe that even if your landlord does report your rent payments to a credit bureau, it still may not increase your credit score, because it is not a conventional credit line. I would double-check with someone with the homeless aid program for which you are applying to get a clear definition of “homeless” and whether you qualify.

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  3. SM
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 08:52:24

    Please provide websites for Work at Home Jobs that don’t require fees upfront and available in CA. Thank you

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    • anitaclew
      Jul 01, 2014 @ 09:42:00

      SM, I wish I had time to research all of the work at home job sites out there, but with the amount of scams out there, I am unable to provide such a list. I would try searching legitimate jobs sites like CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com for “telecommuting” positions. Good luck!

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  4. money making ideas
    Jul 01, 2014 @ 04:34:30

    Greetings! I’ve been following your blog for a long
    time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you
    a shout out from Atascocita Texas! Just wanted to
    mention keep up the great work!

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  5. James
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 17:41:53

    Hi Anita, I have a question do certain jobs dont have a written policy for clocking out other co-workers?

    This particular job, I work at my boss watches other coworkers clocking people out, but he doesn’t mind it all.

    He just tells them see you tomorrow.

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  6. aghaahmedullah
    May 22, 2014 @ 10:52:29

    Hi. I need something that pays for working online but does not require any major skills or experience. Is it possible? I could really use the money!

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    • anitaclew
      May 23, 2014 @ 13:41:16

      Add the keyword “telecommute” to your job search to find jobs where you can work remotely. But beware of “work at home” scams that ask you to shell out money.

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  7. Tina
    May 16, 2014 @ 19:55:37

    The reason I am nervous is because I might reinjuring my back. When I am at home and I am doing like doing the dishes, making something and I stand there for about 15-20 minutes and my back starts really hurting and that’s what I have to do there at Goodwill, I did try and tell my manager if I could work in the morning and he said he couldn’t give it to me. I just want to go in and get it over with and that’s why I want to do it in the morning. That’s part of the reason I don’t want to go back and I feel like I am not going anywhere there and I have been wanting out of there for so long and when I was going to work I dreaded going there because I hated going there. That’s why I just don’t want to go back. I also have been looking for other jobs to.

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  8. Tina
    May 16, 2014 @ 14:08:08

    Dear Anita
    This is Tina and I have been having trouble with my back. I have sent you emails before. I am suppose to go back to work at Goodwill on Monday May 19th. I am very nervous about going back there to work. Someone from corporate called me and he said we have to figure out what we are going to do with you and I told him that the manager called me and he that I am suppose to work Monday 2-8 and Wednesday at the same time, but I really didn’t want to work those hours. I wanted to work in the morning at first, but I can’t do that. He also asked if you don’t think you want to come back or if I think that’s all I can do or don’t want to make a career at Goodwill because people have done that before. I told him that there is no money coming in to help mom with my or mom’s bills, gas, and other things and he said that it is tough. I don’t know what to do all I know I am just a nervous wreck. Please help me.

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    • anitaclew
      May 16, 2014 @ 14:40:20

      Tina, Why are you so nervous about returning to work? Are you worried that the job requirements may re-injure your back? The company seems like they are trying to help you get back to work so you will have some income. So if you can, try to accept the hours they have offered. If the hours really don’t work for you, ask if you can work a different shift.

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  9. Brad
    May 02, 2014 @ 20:11:19

    how many hours do you have to work before you can get hired on full time through the company you’re working for as a temp?

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    • anitaclew
      May 05, 2014 @ 08:41:33

      Brad, It really depends on the client company. Some hire seasonally, and possibly hire on a few workers full-time. Other businesses may have an open position, and use temps as a “working interview.” Still others may have no intention of hiring anyone permanently, but a stellar temp catches their eye! Check with your Personnel Supervisor about your specific situation.

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  10. Rajesh
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 06:52:33

    I wish to work in canada. Will you pls help me.

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  11. mike bonneau
    Apr 05, 2014 @ 02:25:21

    if u test dirty can the agency hire u back if u test clean

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  12. Tina
    Mar 31, 2014 @ 12:43:07

    Dear Anita
    I haven’t gone back to work since December of last year because of my back and my 12 week is almost over. I will have to go back to work on Monday April 7th and I am a little leary about going back because I might reaggravate it again. I have been applying for office jobs, but no one has called me for a interview. I have no income coming in and my mom has been helping me to pay my bills, but she really can’t help me because she don’t get that much with her SSI. I wish I could find a home job that you don’t have to pay to get started on the computer. I have arthritis in my back and the bending and twisting will aggravate it. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do?
    Thank You

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  13. monique
    Mar 18, 2014 @ 10:28:01

    hi im trying to register with remendystaff but not finding. please help.

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  14. Lesia
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 09:19:37

    Hi Anita,

    I have been trying to get back into the Human Resources field for the last 3 years. I have 8 years previous experience, I am on file with various staffing agencies that employ me for logistics positions. After working in these positions(still submitting my information for a position in HR) and hoping for permanent employment, it doesn’t happen, and I’m back on the same yo-yo train trying to regain employment back into Human Resources. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

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    • anitaclew
      Mar 11, 2014 @ 12:09:55

      Lesia, It’s time to dust off the old Rolodex and contact anyone and everyone from your human resource days. Research any HR organizations in your region, and pony up the dues to join. You should also stress in your cover letters that while you are currently employed in logistics, your real desire is to get back into the world of Human Resources. Don’t give up; you’ll eventually find the perfect toehold back into HR!

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