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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

What employers want
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What employers want
1 week 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
4 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
5 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
7 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
9 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
11 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
13 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]
Using a cover letter
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Using a cover letter
15 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
What is so special about sending a job résumé that requires a cover letter? When you mail a love letter it does not need a cover. Nor a Christmas card. Cover letters are special to applying for a job. What does the cover letter do? [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Wanted -- problem-solving skills
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BOB LANKARD: Wanted -- problem-solving skills
17 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Problem solvers are widely desired in the business world. Employers want someone who can solve problems quickly, creatively and cheaply. CEOs, landscape laborers and production machine operators are expected to solve everyday problems by themselves. [Read More]
The first 90 days
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The first 90 days
19 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
Starting a new job is an exciting time — especially if it’s your first full-time job. It also has pitfalls that can get your career off to a bad start. Employers give a new worker three months to fit in — sometimes it is a formal probation period. [Read More]
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