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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

Go for the middle jobs
58 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Recent college grads are having trouble finding jobs related to their majors. Up to 40 percent of college graduates are working in jobs not requiring a degree. These headlines cause this employment counselor to recommend job hunters going for the middle jobs. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: How to get noticed
62 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Job seekers see many problems when their job search is unproductive. One problem is they feel employers see them as overqualified. Others worry about the expression “your application is on file.” They think they will be stuck there. Both concerns can be real. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Passing the test
64 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Experienced job seekers are familiar with a performance test as part of a job interview. A secretary may be given a letter to write. A mechanic may be taken to a car and asked to troubleshoot. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Changes affect search
66 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Changes affect the way we live. Anyone who has grown up with grandparents will recall oft-repeated stories of their first phone, first TV or first computer. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Practice makes perfect
68 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
An interview is doomed to failure for the unprepared job seeker. What can go wrong when you wing it in a job interview? [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Calling jacks of all trades
72 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
“Jack-of-all-trades” has always been a term of derision, a joke. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Old ways to find job leads
74 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Many job seekers rely on Monster, Career Builder and Hot Jobs for their leads in job openings. In this dependence they may be missing out on opportunities, especially local ones. Mix national search engines with these sources: [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Choosing a new career
76 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
How do young people and dislocated workers choose a lifetime vocation? Often they make decisions based on what they see in the media — what I call “TV careers.” [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Moving on from rejection
80 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Sometimes you just get a feeling in the interview. Everything seemed right. I once was so confident after an interview that as soon as I got home I called a real estate agent in that town to explore possible houses to buy. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: A bad job interview
84 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Be on time. Research your employer. Act professionally. These are instructions job seekers hear all the time. But what if the interviewer disobeys all the rules? [Read More]
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