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William Gast

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General > Job Interviews

These behavioral phone interviews are a sham.

I find that it's much more common to have behavior in-person interviews.

The phone interviews are typically for screening only. I rarely did not get past a phone interview ...

30+ days ago
General > Career Advice

Why can't I get this entry-level.

I had applied to those type of jobs with at least three different companies.

The furthest I ever got was a phone interview with one of them.

They probably assume ...

30+ days ago
General > Career Advice

How imperative is it that I have a license?

Depends on where you might find work, but I wouldn't let the fact that you can't drive restrict you from being confident in your job search and interviews. If you search anywhere ...

30+ days ago
General > Career Advice

Does this seem like a legit job?

You found this on Cragislist, right?

Don't send your info. This has all the earmarks of a classic generic Cragislist listing...i.e., not a real job.

4 months ago
General > Job Interviews

Skyping: Recruiters new waist of time.

The one time I had a Skype interview, everything went very well. Me + the recruiter hit it off, everything flowed well, and I thought it was a good fit for my future - good salary ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Do professional recruiters waste your time? Do they post non-existent jobs?

[QUOTE who="Chill in Upper Marlboro, Maryland"]Why are they allowed to be so dishonest? Can't we do something? Is there a law against false advertising in this manner ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Would you commute long term?

[QUOTE who="NeedNJ in Michigan"]Spending most of my life in a major city, I've wasted a lot of time in commutes (although nothing like DC - it's crazy there). It's just ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Job/Career Fairs

[QUOTE who="jobguy99 in Lithonia, Georgia"]On the other hand when you are unemployed and alone a lot, a
job fair is a good opportunity to get out of the house ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

The HUMAN in human resources is gone. How do we get past the machine and to a real person in HR? HR no longer see people as

Try and apply to smaller companies, some actually do review each and every resume. Larger companies, of course you're throwing your resume in a black hole for the most part. Try ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Would you commute long term?

[QUOTE who="NOYB in Saint Louis, Missouri"]
I stated some of my concerns about long commutes in an earlier post of mine: Anyone else NOT looking for work in their ...

4 months ago
General > Job Interviews

Job interview - Info about the company

If they have a Facebook or Twitter page, go through them and see if they post recent company events, and if so read up on those a bit. See if the company has a blog or newsletter ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Pre-employment Personality Test Training

Personality tests are simply a joke. In my (not scientifically backed) opinion, they fail to do what they're supposed to do. Yes, they do thin the herd by disqualifying ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Not tech savvy, can I apply for a job without having to start up my pc?

[QUOTE who="lamondboyce in seattle, Washington"]Store your resume in either dropbox/google drive and upload it from there?[/QUOTE]

This. I love Google Drive.

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Which one of these programs is better?

Maybe it'd be best to contact the school's career center and direct these questions towards them?

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

What kind of questions to ask interview for admin job?

http://bit.ly/1gG3n5A

Good place to start.

Tailor it specifically to the company & duties for the position.

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Would you commute long term?

An hour = how many miles?

It's long compared to the average commute, but here in the DC area if you factor in traffic, I'd guess at least 50% of commutes are longer than an ...

4 months ago
General > Resume Tips

Looking for critique on my resume to apply for Apple Software Engineer Internship

Disclaimer: Not a software engineer, so I'm not sure exactly how your project/experience/languages might line up with what Apple looks for.

See if you can distill your ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Congressional Investigation into Taleo?

I have a new rule that anytime I see Taleo, I ain't got the patience to complete the application. 2 hours to be one of hundreds that doesn't hear anything back? Hell no.

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Will I ever get a job?

[QUOTE who="sadanddepressed in Scottsdale, Arizona"]It seems like everyone else gets a job after one, maybe two, interviews. But here I am with many interviews and nothing ...

4 months ago
General > Job Interviews

Almost 2 hr interview...good or bad?

I wouldn't hedge your bets.

I had a 2.5 hour interview once, met with 7 employees. Was given good feedback, and everything went well. Not the most exciting job ever, but ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Job/Career Fairs

No way they are worth anyone's time. Unless you're the ultimate, stand-out candidate with 15 years of experience and glowing references (nobody), you're not going to stand out ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

Frustrated Job Seeker's Rant -- Feel Free to Add Your Thoughts

[QUOTE who="Jeff in Silver Spring, Maryland"]A new record for me today: I ran across an ad for an "entry-level" job that required a "minimum of four to five ...

4 months ago
General > Career Advice

what would you do if you were in my shoes?

Try and flip it into a positive. Say you weren't challenged enough, something along those lines, or your duties did not line up to your long-term career goals as you perceived ...

5 months ago
General > Job Interviews

Are they interested or not?

[QUOTE who="Parafreegal in Chicago, Illinois"]Welcome to modern interviewing, where they don't read your resume beforehand and interview you directly from a boiler plate ...

5 months ago
General > Career Advice

I'm no Jeff Foxworthy, but you know that you didn't get the job when.........

You know you didn't get the job when your interviewer looks at their watch literally every two minutes. Might as well excuse myself now...

You also know you didn't get the ...

5 months ago
General > Career Advice

About a year with no job, is it time to give up?

[QUOTE who="William Gast in Burtonsville, Maryland"]It's not an option. It's hard. Perseverance and identifying the right opportunity are key. If you find a position ...

5 months ago
General > Career Advice

About a year with no job, is it time to give up?

[QUOTE who="Danielle in Middletown, Delaware"]Giving up isn't really an option. I feel your pain. I graduated in 2011 and have been working a part-time retail job for ...

5 months ago
General > Career Advice

Potential employers coming to residence and searching car

Yeah, if we're not chums or going to lunch together, you're not getting in my car nor my home, especially before hiring me.

It's just creepy and pushing the boundaries too far.

5 months ago
General > Career Advice

Employment Gap

[QUOTE who="John in MD in Catonsville, Maryland"]To me, it more likely means the agency would like to do some or all of the following: interview you in person, give you ...

6 months ago
General > Career Advice

Please Review My Professional Email Address for Resume

That should work. As picky as employers are, I really don't think email addresses are one of the biggies.

6 months ago
General > Career Advice

Had a second interview but wan't hired on the spot.

[QUOTE who="ronin in Santa Rosa, California"]
What do you guys think? Does it sound like they were giving me the cold shoulder or are they just going through the ...

6 months ago
General > Career Advice

Is there any reason that I should stay in college? What is the point of attending college?

You've come this far. Finish your degree. Even with the job market still in shambles, college grads (as a whole) have higher employment & pay rates. That being said, a lot ...

6 months ago
General > Career Advice

Is document scanning considered one of the worst white collar jobs?

I interviewed for a company that did document scanning. Major gov't clients, etc., so it was working with classified material.

That being said, to answer #1 (not having ...

8 months ago
General > Job Interviews

Sent 1st follow-up, was told to be patient - how long before sending 2nd follow-up?

[QUOTE who="formossa in Chandler, Arizona"]Thanks, but that isn't helpful to my question at all. I am applying for other jobs. My question is specific to this position ...

8 months ago
General > Job Interviews

Sent 1st follow-up, was told to be patient - how long before sending 2nd follow-up?

[QUOTE who="formossa in Chandler, Arizona"]I had a really great phone interview and two in-person interviews at a company for which I love to work. Everything seemed to ...

8 months ago
General > Career Advice

Job posting requirement: "Bachelor's Degree from a top 25 university" Should I still apply

I've seen it once or twice. It's like Riot said, it's more a way get applicants to question him/herself enough to not want to apply and make recruiters' jobs easier. Odds are ...

8 months ago
General > Job Interviews

Promise for 2nd interview and they are taking forever

Unfortunately, odds are you're not being considered. Heard dozens of times that a company would follow up within a week only to never hear something again. Following up a second ...

9 months ago
General > Career Advice

Career Fairs! Are they worth it?

Really not worth it anymore. Like others said, they just ask you to go online and fill out an application. If they see 50-100 other people that day, odds are they won't remember ...

9 months ago
General > Career Advice

any recent grads here?

[QUOTE who="Chelae in Canal Winchester, Ohio"]You're not alone. I have a bachelors in business , graduated with honors, have customer service and admin experience yet I ...

9 months ago
General > Career Advice

Journalism Degree Options

I'm kind of in the same boat, so I share some of your sentiments. Graduated 2 years ago, BA in Psychology, practically worthless. Recession really screwed prospects up for a lot ...

9 months ago
General > Career Advice

what kind of career can i get into?

[QUOTE who="Almost Suicidal in Cypress, Texas"]Okay, final suggestion. While I would never recommend Walmart as an employer, they are currently running a commercial that ...

14 months ago
General > Career Advice

Frustrated College Graduate

[QUOTE who="Depressed College Grad in Sacramento, California"]I am sorry to say but that just sounds discouraging. Three and half years? You have to be kidding me. I ...

14 months ago
General > Career Advice

graduate engineer absolutely failed to find a job: now i am stuck

There is a large component about all this job-hunting that really is about luck.

At the same time, I would recommend someone if your field look over your resume.

I ...

14 months ago
General > Career Advice

Staffing Agencies

My experience with 90% of staffing agencies has been quite simply, pathetic. They rarely respond to emails, never call you back, and if they do get in contact with you, screw you ...

14 months ago
General > Career Advice

what kind of career can i get into?

[QUOTE who="catfish503 in portland, Oregon"]Well maybe receptionist job. You have a lot of customer service experience and this is entry level into an office environment ...

14 months ago
General > Career Advice

Need help becoming financially independent.

I have a BA in Psych mainly because it's one of the more versatile (if general) degrees out there if you're willing to look in different fields and industries. I've known people ...

14 months ago
General > Career Advice

Anyone Else Bothered by This Commercial

Honestly, it's one of the most obnoxious commercials ever, and I heard it wasn't even that great of a car.

14 months ago
General > Career Advice

Frustrated Job Seeker's Rant -- Feel Free to Add Your Thoughts

[QUOTE who="Psalm100 in North Carolina"]Yes, that's what I heard it could take months. I have been applying at other places as well. I pray someone will call me for an ...

15 months ago
General > Career Advice

Frustrated Job Seeker's Rant -- Feel Free to Add Your Thoughts

[QUOTE who="Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York"]What is your occupation Lurker?[/QUOTE]

"Actively looking" is most accurate.

15 months ago
General > Career Advice

Frustrated Job Seeker's Rant -- Feel Free to Add Your Thoughts

[QUOTE who="Psalm100 in North Carolina"]My situation is a little different. I am employed however I am ready for a change. I am miserable at my current job. It is so bad ...

15 months ago

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