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Resume statement of 'Objective' can be overdone, ineffective

Dear J.T. & Dale: I’ve been told by my college’s career center to put an Objective statement at the top of my resume. However, online I have read that hiring managers don’t like that. Who’s right? — Lee

May 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

J.T. and Dale: 'Fast learner' not what employers want to hear from prospective employees

Dear J.T. & Dale: I once worked on the business side of things, then moved to the information technology side. After 15 years in IT, I want to go back to the business side but am finding it difficult. Using my network, I have gotten a number of meetings. But when people look at my résumé…

April 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

College grad seeks escape from low-level jobs

Dear J.T. & Dale: I recently turned 30, and it shames me to admit that I’ve worked only low-level, customer-service jobs.

April 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Delaying honeymoon one option for new employee

Dear J.T. & Dale: I just got engaged! However, I’ve been at my company for only six months. We are getting married in the fall and wanted to take a two-week honeymoon. Even if I save every vacation day, I won’t have enough earned time to take the full two weeks. What can I do? — Julie

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Employee in dress-for-success quandary

Dear J.T. & Dale: I was hired last year, along with several other people. We all work in a department that is expanding quickly. I’d really like to get a promotion, so I reached out to my boss and asked what I might be able to do to better position myself for one. She gave me some sugges…

March 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Honesty important when carrying arrest baggage

Dear J.T. & Dale: Could you clarify what employers are looking for when they do a background check on someone they want to hire? I’m asking because I have a 21-year-old son who has some drug arrests on his record. — Ashley

February 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Busy executive lifestyle jeopardizes once-fulfilling marriage

Dear J.T. & Dale: How do I tell my spouse that his new job is ruining our marriage? It’s a big job with a big paycheck, but he now works 60 hours a week, and when he’s home, all he talks about is work. If I can’t fix things, then I will want a divorce so I can search for the kind of love…

January 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Longtime job searcher is not alone

Dear J.T. & Dale: I hate visiting my hometown, because everyone asks me about my job search. I’ve been out of work for a year. I can tell that the in-laws are convinced I’m lazy and just don’t want to work, but I really am trying. Ideas? — Jason

January 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Check employee reference policy to sniff out 'trash talk'

Dear J.T. & Dale: What can a former manager or employer disclose? If I were a hiring manager in the HR department, I’d want to talk to the prospective employee’s manager. I have interviewed, and after a very successful interview, the company simply stops all communication. So whatever oc…

December 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

IT background could help entry-level accountant

Dear J.T. & Dale: My best friend worked for 10 years in IT at a local hospital. During that time, she completed her accounting degree and got a job in accounting. Five weeks into her employment, she was fired as “a bad fit.” Now she is using the state’s unemployment website, with no succ…

December 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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