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BOB LANKARD

Bob Lankard, a retired employment specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Indiana Job Center, is a job-search columnist for the Indiana Gazette. Read his columns on Sundays.

Articles by BOB LANKARD

'Anything and everything,' job seekers say
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'Anything and everything,' job seekers say
2 days ago - - BOB LANKARD
What would you like to do? “Anything.” What can you do? “Everything” These answers were extremely common during my 37 years as an employment counselor. [Read More]
Resume advice, good and bad Resume advice, good and bad
2 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
There is a lot of advice on resumes out there. From Uncle Charley. In newspaper articles. On the internet. [Read More]
What happens in an interview
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What happens in an interview
4 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
When you do anything for the first time it’s a little scary. First time crawling on a bike. Jumping in a pool. Or that first day of school. [Read More]
What employers want
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What employers want
6 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Nick, a character in the movie “What Women Want,” becomes able to hear what women think. He becomes convinced he could use this to his advantage. [Read More]
Get it in writing Get it in writing
9 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
A very distraught couple sat my desk at the employment office. The head of the household had left his job in another city and moved to accept a job in Western Pennsylvania. [Read More]
Taking a risk on references
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Taking a risk on references
10 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Sometimes a job seems in the bag after a good interview, and then the guaranteed offer never materializes. What happened? Most likely you were given a bad reference. How could that be? [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: How to network by mail
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BOB LANKARD: How to network by mail
12 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Job search counselors agree on the effectiveness of networking as a job lead tactic. Richard Nelson Bolles, author of “What Color is Your Parachute?”, considers networking to be the No. 1 tool. [Read More]
Talking salary and benefits
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Talking salary and benefits
14 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
A lot of things can go wrong after you have been offered the job and the subject turns to salary and benefits. [Read More]
Mass mailing strategy
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Mass mailing strategy
16 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Some job seekers use mass mailings as a tactic to get interviews. A recent graduate with an associate degree in auto mechanics who sent a generic cover letter and resume to all garages in a 20-mile radius would be conducting a mass mailing. [Read More]
The importance of references
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The importance of references
18 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
References can make or break your job search success. Often it is your fault if the reference says something wrong or fails to give you credit for some positive quality. Thus it is best not leave references to chance. [Read More]
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