I answered more questions on the radio this weekend

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We talked about: what to do if you’re overqualified. when you’re worried about a credit check while you’re job searching. The segment is six and a half minutes and you can listen here: You may also like: if you’re not getting interviews, here’s how to fix your resume and cover letter how do background checks work?

inheriting a longtime employee who isn’t doing his job, former employee was jailed for stealing $100,000, and more

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Also, be careful about considering yourself overqualified. Having a degree for a job that doesn’t require one (graduate or otherwise) doesn’t in and of itself make you overqualified. If you have education or experience doing A but you’re in a job doing B, your’e not overqualified. Or even simply suggest they run a thorough background check? Cover letters for text boxes. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….


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Friday night question queue

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Should you explain in a cover letter why you left your last job? I want to know if I should address, in cover letters, the reason I just resigned from my job as an attorney in the worst legal market in history. ” Ooooh, no, do not put anything like that in your cover letter. What do background checks entail? I have a question in regard to job postings that state that applicants will be required to submit to a background check.

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Should a receptionist tell callers when someone is out sick, consolation prize interviews, and more

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I have only gotten a few interviews, unfortunately, and I know it is because I am being viewed as overqualified. I try to address this the best I can in my cover letter. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Should a receptionist tell callers when someone is out sick? I’m a receptionist. If a salesperson is out sick, I tell the caller that the person is “out of the office” (and offer another salesperson, etc.),

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should you dumb down your resume, volunteering for a layoff, and more

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The family member said I basically needed to “dumb down” my resume because otherwise I seemed too overqualified for the job. It wasn’t clear from your letter. I sent my cover letter/resume directly to a manager (per the directions on the job’s website). On that date, I got an email from someone in HR that started like this, “Good afternoon, I would like to start with our background check and drug screening….”

employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list March 17, 2011 A reader writes: I recently was asked to sign a Consent to Reference Check form. I check in with my references regularly when job-seeking to make sure they are still on board and to keep them updated. In fact, in most states, you don’t need written consent to check references, period. my new favorite interview question dont check references?

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I emailed them my resume and stated in the cover letter what position I was interested in at the company and that I’m willing to relocate. And I’m sure they know I live out of state because I used my real address and mentioned where I was currently working in the cover letter.) We have a similar educational and work background, similar experience and he’s going to be doing a similar job but far, far less work than I do.

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