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There are many specialty topic pages in this Ask the Expert section of the Your Career Connection website. But there always seem to be those miscellaneous questions that come up that just don't fit neatly into any of the other categories.

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What Other Job Seekers Have Asked

Click below to see more miscellaneous questions from other visitors to this page, along with my expert answers. Clicking on the Comments link at the end of a question page may provide even more info or input.

Should I mention I worked for a family owned business? 
The past 30 years I have worked for 3 companies that are family owned. Should I mention that under each work experience on my resume? ANSWER: I'm …

Should I Include Letters of Reference With My Resume? 
When my previous employer closed due to a "hostile" purchase, the administrator, supervisor and medical director provided personal letters of reference …

How Can I Find Out If a Position Has Been Filled? 
I faxed a cover letter and a resume to a company, but have not heard back. Is there some kind of form letter to fax to see if the job is still open? …

How to explain left employer due to verbal abuse? 
I left my employer after 11 years of employment due to several years of another employee's off and on verbal abuse. This included getting directly in my …

Should I list my current job separately? 
I have been working for the same company for over 7 years in the retail department. 5 years in one store and the rest in another store. Should I list both …

How can I list multiple summer camps with the same responsibilities in a shorter way. 
Over the last 3 years I've coached about 10 different summer camps (all multiple times) and I have done the same thing at each camp. How can I correctly …

When cold calling, is it better to hand deliver or mail my resume? 
There are no jobs in my field advertised at this time, so I have to cold call. Should I hand deliver my resume to prospective places of employment, or …

How to handle a current employer situation with a potential offer? 
Hello... I have recently received an offer for a position but during the interview process I omitted my current employer as I have only been in this position …

Do you have any tips for 50+ age group when writing a resume? 
I am age 57 and finding myself back in the job market competing with younger workers. Listing jobs 20 years ago, will this hurt my chances of finding a …

Do I do the work BEFORE I am hired? 
I have been interviewing for sales positions for the past 4 months and have found a new trend developing... Potential employers are asking candidates to …

What kind of key words can I use to explain my job duties as a housekeeper? 
I work in a hospital as a Housekeeper, I am going for a Unit secretary position as well as Operator. How can I present my job duties in good writing that …

How to summarize this statement of achievment? 
"Each of the four liquor lines has a liquid ring vacuum pump connected to the filler via hundreds of feet of copper tubing. They had to be rebuilt every …

Why should I have a professional company prepare my resume?  
When you post your resume on a web site, your inbox is filled with several emails and solicitations for companies that promise you that they can perform …

How does one deal with a bad work reference from your last employer? 
I had to quit my job because of health reasons, caused from my job. Now anywhere that I have applied for a job, (my ex employer is pissed off because I …

How do you state that you took a demotion in order to go back to school for Master's Degree? 
My husband was a retail manager. This job entailed about 60 hours a week. He decided he wanted to take a different career path. He took a demotion and …

When does a reference become outdated or irrelevant? 
I have a quick question I was hoping you could help me with. I'm in the process of updating my resume for a position I'll be applying for. My question …

How to fix salary blunder? 
I wrote an amazing cover letter, which got me an email reply within 2 hrs of submission of materials. The employer asked me a bit more about projects I'd …

Should I correct a resume sent with an error on it? 
When I listed my previous positions, which are three listed, it has a business I currently own 1995-present, my last position 2005-present, which should …

What does it mean when an employer says, 'Please, apply in writing."? 
I want to apply for a job and the ad states, "Please, apply in writing." Is this just another way of asking for a resume and cover letter as opposed to …

Can you give me examples of the objective section of a resume? 
I need to know what to write in the objective section of a resume. ANSWER: Damian, If you take the time to explore this site, you'll find tons of …

What Would Be My Objective When Applying for a Call Center Job? 
Please give me a guideline on what my objective should be when I am applying as a call center agent. What should I write in to my resume in my objective? …

Should I / how can I show that I am known by my middle name? 
No thanks to my parents.....I have been known by my middle name all of my life. My "official records" list my full name, but nobody knows me by my first …

What's the Best Way to Say I'll Relocate at My Own Expense? 
I'm a recent college grad and want potential employers to know I will relocate for a job--and will do it at my own expense. I am willing to move anywhere …

Should my letters of reference be in sealed envelopes? 
Should my letters of reference be in sealed envelopes, or opened, and included with the cover letter and application? ANSWER: Tanner... I don't think …

How Can You Ask About Telecommuting Without Seeming Lazy? 
I have been fortunate to have the flexibility to work from home as needed in my last several jobs. I have an office and usually work from the office, but …

How Do I Express a Name Change? 
i am recently married. All of my job experience is in my maiden name. How do I explain this on a resume? If I just put may new name on the resume and they …

What Is the Best Service to Use to Sell Myself? 
I understand the importance of writing a good cover letter. Unfortunately, selling myself is my worst skill. What is the best service to pay to do this …

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