Readers' Questions

Friday, April 28, 2006

Readers Question: Should I go to law school?

Dear Aunt Bonnie-
I’m a junior who’s finally chosen a major. After considering a number of them, including education and social work, I finally chose English because I love to write. I also want to help people, as you can see from the majors I considered but did not choose. It seems like my best choice might be law. Then I can write and help people at the same time. What do you think about my idea?
James

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 04/28 at 09:19 AM
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Readers Question: What should I do about my tattoo?

Our question for today comes from Reuben, a college senior ramping up his final semester job search.
Dear Aunt Bonnie—
I am a business major and would like to work in banking, eventually commercial loans. I can pull off the neat and tidy look with one possible problem. A few years ago I got a tattoo of an eagle on my upper back. At the time I thought it was really cool. Sort of a ‘born to fly’ type of persona I wanted to express. But now I’m totally sick of it and find it comes up higher than a lot of my shirts, or at least the eagle’s head makes it past the t-shirt line. So, here’s my question, how will my potential employer react and will my tattoo nix my chances of being hired?

Dear Reuben-
You raise an excellent question. How do most employers respond to tattoos?

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 02/01 at 02:23 PM
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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Readers’ questions on interviewing

A recent e-newsletter published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers made the following observation: out of all the hoops job seekers jump through, they tend to make the most mistakes during the interviewing process. More than on resumes, cover letters or sceening phone calls.

So with that backdrop, I thought I’d move to some readers’ questions on the subject.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 11/10 at 03:23 PM
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Friday, September 09, 2005

Job seaching over the long haul—reader’s comment

In response to my post on carrying on an extended job search, a reader wrote the following:

“I am in the Fred situation right now.  Iíve been searching, on and off, for about 3 months now.  I tend to check the listings when the mood strikes me but I donít even hear back when I submit a resume.  The lack of response has lowered my hopes of moving out of my current job.”

Another case of searching in a very discouraging vacuum. And it’s true, many companies now have cut costs by not bothering to reply to the plethora of resumes they receive, thus extending the wait time until an applicant finally gives up on yet another attempt. 

So….what to do.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 09/09 at 01:26 PM
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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Reader’s Question: how to handle a dismissal

A reader wrote in with the following question:
After working as a bank teller for 7 years, I was fired - so I was told -
because several customers complained about the quality of my service. There
were no complaints about my technical competence, and I never missed a
single day due to sickness. My question is, how do I work around this during
my job search?
I worked there too long to leave my last employer off my
resume, but I can’t think of a way to minimize the impact when asked why I
was fired. Customer service issues seem to be an employability kiss of
death.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 09/06 at 08:49 AM
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