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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

BOB LANKARD: Don't get stumped BOB LANKARD: Don't get stumped
1 week ago - - BOB LANKARD
Even experienced job seekers can be thrown by a simple question in a job interview. It can disrupt the whole interview. I had a hard time recovering from giving the wrong answer to a question I didn’t hear correctly. Main culprits are questions about previous jobs. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: The assertive job seeker BOB LANKARD: The assertive job seeker
3 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
I have observed many job seekers over 37 years of employment counseling. Some have been aggressive – arguing with the prospective employer; others are passive fearing to contact employers, and others are disorganized. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: References make or break you BOB LANKARD: References make or break you
5 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
A job seeker can have skills, accomplishments and a great interview and still not get the job. If this happens repeatedly, the problem might be with your references. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Filling in the small spaces BOB LANKARD: Filling in the small spaces
7 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
“There’s no way I can get all I need to in that little job description space” was a common complaint I received in my 37 years as an employment counselor. Indeed, I never did see a company application that allowed adequate space. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Be a good job hunter BOB LANKARD: Be a good job hunter
9 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
“I was there every day. First thing in the morning. When they opened their doors, there I was,” said the successful job hunter. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Tell your story BOB LANKARD: Tell your story
11 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
There was a time when as a counselor I advised job seekers to copy the company’s official job description on their resume. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Gaps in work history BOB LANKARD: Gaps in work history
13 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
“He must have been in jail,” one employer told me as he reviewed applications for a particular position. He was referring to an applicant who had not worked in nine months. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Adjusting to a new boss BOB LANKARD: Adjusting to a new boss
15 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Tom was not starting out well on his new job. He had never had such a look-over-his-shoulder, tight-rein type of boss. The boss was demanding and Tom was anxious. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Be a fast starter BOB LANKARD: Be a fast starter
17 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Some sports teams are known as fast starters. They plan to score the first time they have their hands on the ball. You, too, can score even before you meet the interviewer. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: People are important BOB LANKARD: People are important
19 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Tweeting, texting, emailing and surfing are concepts that have clearly impacted one-on-one personal contact. Face-to-face contact has declined. [Read More]
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