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Job Interviews: Tell the Truth -- Intelligently

By Steve Frederick, Frederick Career Services

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Afraid You'll Lose Your Job? This can save you time, effort, money, and much more...

This short article could save you a lot of time, effort, money, and something priceless:  samples of your work.  You see, people like Donna are often let go without warning.  She went to work, thinking it was just another day.  Then, she was summoned to the conference room, where a Human Resources manager informed her she was no longer needed.  She was escorted to her desk to retrieve her purse and personal belongings, then out of the building.  This was a major disaster for Donna.

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JOB SEARCH ADVICE

Job Seach Advice from the Experts

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Monster.com Advice on Web Career Frauds

A Safe Job Search

Monster makes protecting job seekers a top priority. We'd like to remind you of what you can do to help keep yourself safe during a job search.>.

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Diagnosed with a serious illiness? What should you tell an employer?

Disclosing MS on the Job: A Tool to Help You Consider Your Options by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
"The decision to disclose personal medical information in the workplace is a complex one, requiring careful thought and planning. Although there may be good reasons to disclose medical information and very specific benefits to doing so, any decision you make today has immediate and long-term implications for your employment that need to be considered. So it’s important to weigh your options carefully before making a decision to disclose — keeping in mind that once information is given, it can never be taken back." Go to this website and use the MS Society's "Dislosure Tool" to help you with the decision process.
For more discussion on this topic, you may want to check out the following websites:
Coping with Serious Illness in the Workplace: Working Women with Breast Cancer
How to Handle a Chronic Illness at Work by WebMD
Whether it's epilepsy or peanut allergies here are some tips on who to tell, what your employer needs to know, and what people should do in case of an emergency.
Mental Illness and the Workplace by Reintegration.com
Fact: 5 of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide are mental illnesses.
Mental Illness in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities by PsychCentral.com

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Finding a Job

I have a B.A. in Education, but permitted my certification to lapse. I am actually extremely interested in research and advocacy. I assisted several professors with research as an undergrad, which resulted in publication, yet haven't the foggiest idea as how to get my foot in the door, and potentially make a career out of my passion. While I did achieve a B.A.; school has actually always been quite a challenge for me. My youngest son has a learning disability, and I question, if I too, may have had, may still have, a learning disability. With that said, I'm reluctant to return to school. Are there any other opportunities; internships, trade schools, something for a woman in her late 40's.


Even though the job market is very tight, it is still very possible to make a career change. There are several ways to break into a new field. The good news is that you do not necessarily have to go back to school to do so!
Identify your skills.
First, it is important to take stock of your skills, especially your transferable skills. You must be able to talk about your skills to potential employers, especially if you do not have experience in a particular industry. Sometimes it is helpful to create a functional resume (instead of a chronological one) to begin to think of yourself in terms of skills rather than jobs. You can look up skill words on the Internet, or you can work with a career counselor to identify your skills.

I want a career which I can enjoy to the fullest. How do I find my niche?

This question is way more complicated than a simple answer over the internet can accomplish, but here are a few suggestions on how to get started.
• Clarify your skills, interests, needs and values so you can begin to focus your efforts. Then begin researching and exploring possibilities.
• Direct yourself toward a goal and implement a search strategy. There are many good books at the library that address the issue of passion. But for many, there may be more than one career path that will bring satisfaction and financial reward.

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How do I answer, during an interview or job application if I was fired from my job?

It is always difficult to be terminated from a position, and we are not always clear about the reasons. The first issue is to reconcile the reason for yourself, as you may or may not ever fully know the actual truth. Either way, as you approach your next interview, you must NEVER indicate any hard feelings about a past employer. Rule #1 in any interview situation is never to speak poorly about a previous employer or co-workers, as it will only reflect negatively about you.

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