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  1. What is the current etiquette on following up? I feel like I’m not being thorough or trying hard enough if I don’t call or email after a couple of weeks to make sure the employer got my resume and whether they need any more information. It seems reasonable to follow up after a month to see whether the position is still open or whether I am being considered for the position. The people replying sometimes seem abrupt though, as though applicants are just bugging them by looking for feedback.
    Should I give up looking for feedback and just assume they got my resume and they will call me? Some websites give automated feedback that your resume has been received, but in my opinion it’s just automated and not the same as asking a human.
    It seems like a useful exercise if one is not being considered for a position to ask the hiring person why? That would allow one to refine their resume or application process to allow for better success on future applications. Is this too much to ask?

    • I would use a functional or a skills style for a resume and not a chronological one if you are worried about a gap in employment. I would wait for an interview to explain the gap if asked about it.

  2. Hi, i’m a foreigner trying to get employed in us in IT sector. How do i gently ask for h1b visa sponsorship, because every time i mention that i get rejected. Should i not tell them about it at the beginning? I tried to show pros of this solution, but it didn’t work.

    • We have no age limitations for any positions within CareerBuilder, or for employers who use our site to advertise their open positions. In fact, we have a site of dedicated resources for mature workers called PrimeCB – http://www.primecb.com/. Many employers that post jobs on our site are looking for workers with experience and skills from time spent in the workforce and I’d recommend completing or updating your resume to reflect your skill set.

      • i have volunteered at local food bank weekly and involved in church work. i have gone to many job fairs and had several interviews with no success.

        • @DaleWinning I realize it’s frustrating, but eventually you’ll land the job you want. Perhaps utilize your network within your church to see if anyone works at a company that you’d like to work at or knows your situation and could refer you to positions they know are available.

  3. It’s been frustrating applying online because I know my resume and application is being held up in cyberspace where no human actually reads my resume. I want to break the “code” on these computer software that knows which resumes to select or not select. How does the this software work and how us applicants break the code so we can get our resumes seen by a real human being?!

  4. What do you do when you receive a voice mail regarding your resume with a name and number but no job details or company name? How do you know if it’s legit?

    • @TeresaWorth It’s a 50/50 shot in the dark really. I’ve had recruiters call me and just say, “This is Roberta. Give me a call when you can at…” and at other times I’ve been lured into a call from a job that I didn’t apply for or have no interest in but the company and/or recruiter came across my resume. I just politely call back, ask what the position is they are considering me for and then let them know whether I’m interested or not. Don’t be afraid – you’re still in control.

  5. Thank you Workbuzz. It’s me Anglina3, but I”m now Anglina4, can’t remember my password so I created another account.

    The 2nd link you sent me is helpful. With regards to having a good bunch of buzzwords from the job description, essentially having a short cover letter because us jobseekers are always told recruiters have less than 20 seconds to look at it no longer stands. If I need to have those buzzwords (and more) in my cover letter as it is suggested in the 2nd link, then my cover letter has to be longer than the measly three paragraphs of 2 or 3 sentences, right? It seems that what I’m reading is contradicting everything I”ve been told as a jobseeker, because, really.. why bother making my cover letter short and sweet even if it’s to the point, if a human really isn’t seeing it?.unless it’s through snail mail? Jobseekers always were told that if we don’t have a catchy line, such as “My grandfather worked for your company X number of years ago” or “I too graduated from ABC university as the president”, as so to make a connection with the reader/recruiter, our cover letters and resumes fall to the bottom of the abyss. But what good is trying to do that anyways when the human factor of getting our applicant seen is completely gone. What are your thoughts, Workbuzz?

    • @anglina4 My personal take is that cover letters need to be why your skills are the best fit and what you bring to the table aside from the skills and experience found on the resume. The reference to ‘inside connections’ doesn’t do it for me as I typically have none so I don’t rely on them. I’d say keep your cover letter to the point and make it skills-related to the position. You are just making yourself interesting ENOUGH to get to the interview, then you can be your charming self in person and get more personal.

  6. I had an interview this week and cannot gauge how well it went. I can say that the interview lasted as a whole about an hour and a half. I spoke with three people. I got introduced to someone also performing the function I applied for. I would see these as positive signs, but I didn’t get invited for round 2 interviews. I was told I would be contacted by end of next week if I will be invited back for round 2. Does this mean I should expect to not be invited to round two. The waiting is really hard because the position is the one I wanted and I have another interview with someone else for a position I am not entirely as excited about. What do you think, should I write it off as a no?

    • @Dorshah1 It’s good that you’ve already got other things cooking on the back burner. I’ve been in this situation as well where it went really well and I was there for a long time and then I got a ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ letter in the mail nearly 3 weeks later. I was fuming. But I’m glad I didn’t the position in the end.

      Don’t write it off until it’s done. But having said that, don’t put all your eggs in one basket as the phrase goes. It’s good that you are keeping all your options open and by doing so, you are bettering your chances of finding a job you like and getting hired. I hope that helps! I realize how frustrating and nerve-wracking it can be to sit around and wait.

  7. HELLO MY NAME IS KARRIS POLK..HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME IN SOME KIND OF WAY….I HAVE NOT WORKED IN WHILE…AND IT SEEMS I CAN NOT GET A JOB FOR THIS REASON …IS THERE ANY SUGGESTIONS YOU CAN GIVE ME TO PUT ON APP’S TO MAKE IT LOOK MORE INTERESTING?…CAN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT MY RESUME AND GIVE ME ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN MAKE IT MORE INTERESTING FOR THE EMPLOYER? PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!!

  8. I have been working over 30 years and changed careers. I just graduated as a Certified Medical Coder and cannot find a job because all the jobs I am looking at wants 2+ years experience. Some want you to be specialized in areas of pediatrics, dermatology, GI, etc which make it more difficult! Any suggestions?

  9. Hi,(PLEASE HELP ME)

    I HOPE SOMEONE CAN TELL ME IF I HAVE SOME KIND OF LEGAL RIGHTS.

    WHILE I WAS WORKING FOR A FASHION COMPANY IN NYC, I RECEIVED AN OFFER IN WRITING FROM ANOTHER COMPANY WHICH I VERBALLY ACCEPTED. I GAVE 3 WEEKS NOTICE AND AT THE LAST DAY OF MY JOB, I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM THE NEW COMPANY CLAIMING THAT I HAD MADE A MISTAKE FILLING UP THE JOB APPLICATION BY NOT LISTING ALL MY PREVIOUS JOBS ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER SINCE I FILLED UP ONLY THE 3 SLOTS AVAILABLE ON THE APPLICATION ASSUMING THAT THEY HAD MY WORKING HISTORY ON MY RESUME WHICH THEY HAD IN THEIR POSSESSION FOR OVER A MONTH. SO NOW I’M UNEMPLOYED BECAUSE I RESIGN FROM MY OLD JOB AND AT THE LAST MINUTE THEY DECIDED NOT TO HIRE ME ANYMORE. I GOT SCREWED!!!…IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?

    THANK YOU !!!

    • @WORKER1 We are not legal experts and I’d hate to give you a piece of misinformation. If you’re truly considering exploring what your options are for lega recourse, I would reach out to an attorney who is familiar with your state’s laws.

      I can understand your disappointment and frustration and I hope you can either get this resolved or able to continue to promote your skills to other potential employers.

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  12. Here is a good question for you! why does Monster.com and Careerbuilder both support and aid companies,corparations and perspective employers that openly or secretly practice discrimination against perspective job seekers these days?

  13. Hi. I know most of these posts are dealing with job hunting, but I think I made a big mistake in taking my new job. I’ve been in this position for 3 months, and realized that this position is not what I thought it was going to be. I don’t think I have the right skillset for a position with this company, and I think it’s time for me to find another job. Is it too soon to be job hunting? I’ve felt like this since my second week. Thanks.

    • @yogagirl10 Great question and we’re going to answer this in our video series we have on YouTube so stay tuned and I’ll post it here once it goes live! And if you follow us on Twitter, we’ll push it out there too.

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  15. How did the term “bankruptcy” become equated with “dishonest” so that people who have worked successfully in accounting jobs are not even considered? Bankruptcy has nothing to do with being dishonest – take a look at the court cases of people who have stolen money: none of them had bankruptcies in their background.

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  23. I got terminated from my last 2 positions.  The first was because i worked too much overtime.  I then took the first job I was offered and realized it was not a good fit.  In the mean time I enrolled in a MBA program and decided to do an internship during the summer because I wanted to take my career in a different direction.  I was planning on leaving but got fired a couple of months before the internship started.  I know my attitude was not great and really didn’t care, plus I was overwhelmed with work (too much to do and not enough time).
    The different direction in my career didn’t happen and I am in the same industry looking for the same kind of work.  How can I explain this to a prospective employer?
     
     

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