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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

Mass mailing strategy
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Mass mailing strategy
35 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
37 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
39 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
41 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
43 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]
Job search necessities
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Job search necessities
45 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
New job seekers, dislocated workers and burned out job seekers should include essential ingredients in their quest for work. [Read More]
Take care with your application
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Take care with your application
47 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
The hiring authority of a large university wrote a letter to the local employment office. It was one of the county’s largest employers, paid well above average wages and getting hired there was an accomplishment. [Read More]
In interview, just be yourself
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In interview, just be yourself
49 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
“I don’t think the interviewer liked me,” an applicant told me as an explanation of why he did not get the job. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Employer or counselor BOB LANKARD: Employer or counselor
51 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
While visiting a business recently the owner discussed very common problems he was having with interviews for employment at his place of business. [Read More]
BOB LANKARD: Strengths and weaknesses BOB LANKARD: Strengths and weaknesses
53 weeks ago - - BOB LANKARD
To grow as human beings we must be aware of our strengths and weaknesses. To deal with questions about strengths and weaknesses in a job interview is another issue. [Read More]
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