How to Quickly Land a New Job

There are two types of job seekers: (1) Those who are willing to take a leisurely path because there is no urgency to their job search, and (2) Those who need to know how to quickly land a new job because they are running out of money or patience with a bad job situation. If […]

Use Detective Skills to Evaluate a Job Offer

Newsflash: When companies recruit you, they often stretch the truth or outright lie! To find out the truth, you have to use detective skills to evaluate a job offer. Here are some strategies to use: * Sign up for accounts at CareerBliss, Glassdoor, and Indeed. While it is true that unhappy people tend to write […]

How to Recover from a Failed Internship

Dear Dr. Civitelli, For the past eight months, I have been interning at what I initially thought was a dream startup company while taking classes. At first I was working in an area that matched my skillset. When the grant the project I was part of was not renewed, I was asked if I wanted […]

How to Use LinkedIn: When to Accept or Decline an Invitation

Like many people, right now I have a huge number of pending LinkedIn invitations. LinkedIn advises us to accept connection requests only if we know a person well, but since so many people have thousands of connections, clearly, a lot of LinkedIn users are ignoring LinkedIn’s instructions and are using other criteria to decide whether […]

“I Was Fired”

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I was fired from my last job. Do prospective employers have the right to ask about this? How do I handle this in my job search? What do I say about it if I am asked if I have ever been fired? Signed, Worried Dear Worried, To answer your questions, I consulted […]

What Do Career Counselors Do?

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “What do career counselors do?” Usually people ask this question for one of two reasons: (1) They are considering becoming a career counselor themselves and they want to know what the day-to-day job is like, or (2) They are considering hiring a career counselor and […]

How to Calm Your Job Interview Anxiety

If you have a job interview coming up, these strategies will help you to calm your job interview anxiety so that you can perform at your best. Reassure yourself that there are always other job opportunities so that you don’t fall into the trap of thinking this is your last chance ever to land a […]

How to Lose a Job: Rescinded Job Offer Horror Stories

During a job search, a rescinded job offer can be a bad thing if a job seeker really wanted a specific job, or it can be the best outcome if an employer and a job seeker discover that they really aren’t a good fit to work together after all. I asked employers if they would ever […]

Oil and Gas Jobs Advice By An Energy Industry Recruiter

In Houston, a lot of people express the wish to break into the energy industry but without industry connections or experience, this is no easy feat. To get oil and gas jobs advice from someone who knows the energy industry very well, I interviewed Dan Clark. Dan is the Managing Partner at EnergyHeadhunter, a firm […]

How To Overcome Age Discrimination

Dear Dr. Civitelli, I’m 58, soon to be 59. I have spent the last 15 years as an entrepreneur and I have published six books. I want to get back into the workforce but I’m either overqualified or my qualifications aren’t current enough. I can’t even get a job at the local grocery store because […]