Sep 8

Dear J.T. & Dale: I have more than 30 years of accounting experience but do not have a degree. I’ve taken continuing ed classes on a regular basis, but every time I am interviewed, they ask me about my education. How should I write it on my resume? — Colleen Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 6

J.T.: I am constantly asked for information on how professional women who’ve chosen to stay at home with their children can re-enter the work force. There’s a Web site for moms looking to re-enter the paid work force on their terms: This site’s dedication to a target audience of moms is very helpful. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 23

JT: Many of you may not know that besides writing our column together, Dale also writes a column called the “Corporate Curmudgeon” which is carried in many well-known papers across the US. It’s actually how I came to know and respect Dale for his work. (It’s funny, readers often think we don’t like each other because of the way we banter in the column, but truthfully, I am very lucky to have such a great partner and we get along quite well - or so I believe? Hmm…maybe I should ask him.)

Given how many e-mails we’ve been getting lately from readers who feel they are being discriminated in their job search, I thought a recent column by Dale on the subject might inspire you all. Read this article to learn how an older, recovering alcoholic with a job-jumping past job was taught an innovative way to present himself to employers….CLICK HERE

Jun 18

Last week, a young professionals network I volunteer for,, asked me if I had a quiz to help people determine how prepared they are to find career success and satisfaction. I do have such a quiz, but it occurred to me that I had never offered this to our readers. So, here it is!

The CAREEREALISM Career-readiness Quiz is available to take on-line for FREE. You don’t have to give your e-mail address or sign up for a thing - just answer the 24 questions with an honest ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and at the end you’ll get your score.

Times have changed in America. If you want to stay employable, you must, I repeat, you MUST, be up-to-date on how to market yourself effectively. And that begins with a lot of self-knowledge and focus that many people don’t take the time to acquire. When it comes to your career development and job search, are you working smarter or harder?!? This test will let you know where you rank in your ability to find a new, satisfying career.


Jun 12

Dear J.T. & Dale: I am a long-term agent with a big insurance company. I am 67 years old. A few years ago, the company placed more emphasis on financial products. These I have not embraced very well. They gave me a “job in jeopardy” warning last week. These are some of my thoughts:

1. Buy my job … yuck … by purchasing annuities.

2. Quit and try to get a part-time job somewhere.

3. Drastically cut back on my expenses and retire.

What’s your take? — Allen Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 9

Dear J.T. & Dale: For the past four years I was a subcontractor helping to manage a plant. I worked around the clock, sometimes six days a week. I was having an ugly unemployment battle with a disgruntled ex-employee who had his mother and wife call and make false allegations. Since then I have been banned from the plant property, and I lost a job because I’m not allowed to return to the premises. Does a citizen have any workers’ rights? Should I seek legal counsel? — Pete Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 24

JT: Dale and I were brainstorming recently on ways we could help our job-seeking readers combat the negative thinking that can result from looking for work when there’s a high unemployment rate and floundering economy. That’s when Dale said to me, “Why don’t we just ask readers to share their own success stories?” So, we reached out to a few folks and the idea was given a big ‘thumbs up.’ We will be posting new stories regularly, so if you have one you’d like to share, please let us know.

DALE: This week’s success story comes from Wendy Jones of Albuquerque. Let’s get right to her summary of her search, in her own words: Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 22

Dear J.T. & Dale: My husband’s employer, a giant national corporation, moved their local offices and now he would like to find a job closer to our residence. The company has agreements with all their recruiters and placement companies that restricts them from talking with employees about job possibilities elsewhere. We are advised the only way out is to quit, then seek the help of the recruiters. I had cancer and cannot afford to be without insurance, so we are stuck. I equate this with being held hostage. — Jessica Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 9

Dear J.T. and Dale: I moved to a new town and, ever since, my career has been in a freefall. I got a good job and messed up on it, and ever since, I can’t get anything right. I’ve had three jobs in the past year and have failed at all of them. My resume and my self-confidence are a mess. I’m afraid to try again. — Jade Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 9

Dear J.T. and Dale: Several years ago it seemed one could get a half-time job (once known as job-sharing). This would be very nice for someone in my position (55 years old) and also wanting to enjoy her grandkids, traveling, gardening, etc. My dilemma is this — the folks working at the temp agencies are so young that they’ve never heard of job-sharing. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’d like to work at a medical office, scheduling patients for their appointments. This is an entry-level-type job and would pose no problem in and of itself, but everyone seems to want full-time help. — Chris Read the rest of this entry »

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