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Ask an Expert: Top 5 Questions About Thank-You Letters

Ask an Expert: Top 5 Questions About Thank-You Letters

AOL Jobs readers frequently send in questions about thank you letters. Here are answers to our readers' top 5 questions. Read More »

Ask an Expert: Is Summertime a Good Time to Look for a Job?

Ask an Expert: Is Summertime a Good Time to Look for a Job?

As we approach the hot days of summer, my clients sometimes tell me they plan to put their job search on hold during the summer months because they think that everyone is out of town and no one is hiring during this season. Actually, the summer months can be the best time to step up your search campaign and... Read More »

Ask an Expert: How to Address a Cover Letter When You Don't Know the Hiring Manager's Name

Ask an Expert: How to Address a Cover Letter When You Don't Know the Hiring Manager's Name

An AOL Jobs reader asks, "if you don't know the person's name/title, what is the best way to address a cover letter?" Frequently jobs are posted without disclosing the name of the hiring manager or recruiter. Addressing the cover letter to "Whom it May Concern" is so impersonal and certainly makes it harder... Read More »

Ask an Expert: How Much Information is too Much?

Ask an Expert: How Much Information is too Much?

Sometimes during a job search it can be difficult to determine what to tell and not tell a potential employer. Recently AOL Jobs received several questions from readers trying to figure out how much information to give a prospective employer. Here are two of them. Read More »

Ask an Expert: How Do I Answer 'Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?'

Ask an Expert: How Do I Answer 'Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?'

A common question employers ask is, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Or in 10 years. However they ask the question, employers want to know what your career plans are, but job seekers don't know what answer will land them the job. Is there a right answer? Job interviews, at their core, are supposed... Read More »

Ask an Expert: How Do I Answer 'Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?'

Ask an Expert: How Do I Answer 'Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?'

Job seekers are commonly asked, "Why did you leave your last job?" or "Why are you leaving your current position?" And most job seekers aren't sure how to answer these questions. Is there a right or wrong answer? Is honesty always the best policy? Job interviews are a delicate balance of preparation and... Read More »

Ask an Expert: Can I Include My Business E-mail on My Resume?

Ask an Expert: Can I Include My Business E-mail on My Resume?

An AOL reader asks, "Would it be appropriate to include your business/work e-mail on your resume?" Absolutely not. This gives the impression that you are conducting your job search on your current company's time. Employers may wonder if you will do the same thing to them one day. Create a professional e-mail... Read More »

Ask an Expert: I Have a Criminal Record and Nobody Will Hire Me

Ask an Expert: I Have a Criminal Record and Nobody Will Hire Me

Every day, we get questions from people seeking special assistance with their job searches. One common theme is job searching with a criminal record. How much should you disclose and when should you disclose it? How do you explain your criminal record and still land a job? How do you address it during an... Read More »

Ask an Expert: 'Why Won't Employers Call Me Back?'

Ask an Expert: 'Why Won't Employers Call Me Back?'

Many of our readers have asked recently, "Why won't employers call me back?" Job seekers get that employers can't always respond to every single applicant ... but to never so much as e-mail or call someone back after an interview? What gives? Some job seekers have applied to hundreds of jobs and haven't... Read More »

Ask an Expert: What Information Belongs on a Resume?

Ask an Expert: What Information Belongs on a Resume?

Whether you are writing your first resume out of college or are embarking on a search after several years or even several decades, you may need a tutorial or a brush-up on what to include on your resume. Here are some guidelines for you to follow. Read More »

Ask an Expert: How Far Back Should You Go on Your Resume?

Ask an Expert: How Far Back Should You Go on Your Resume?

Deciding how much of your career chronology to report on your resume can be a tricky thing. If you focus on information too far in the past, an employer may quickly figure out how old you are and possibly discriminate against you based on your age. But if you don't report early career experience, a hiring... Read More »

Ask an Expert: How to Write a Reference List

Ask an Expert: How to Write a Reference List

Job seekers frequently ask me where they should list references on their resume. The answer is that you shouldn't list references anywhere on your resume. References belong on a separate sheet of paper that you can offer to the employer when they ask. While many employers will ask for your references on the... Read More »

Ask an Expert: How to Explain Employment Gaps on a Resume

Ask an Expert: How to Explain Employment Gaps on a Resume

At AOL Jobs, we receive a lot of questions from readers asking how to address a significant gap in employment due to caring for a sick family member, coping with an extended illness or raising a family. In this situation, it is best to be transparent and explain what you have been doing during this period of... Read More »

Ask an Expert: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Ask an Expert: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

This may just be the No. 1 question I am asked regarding resumes. People seem to think that the length of a resume plays a key factor in whether or not the resume gets read. But the reality is that resumes rarely get read, no matter how short or long they are. At least not in their entirety. The length of... Read More »

Ask an Expert: Cover Letters for Career Changers

Ask an Expert: Cover Letters for Career Changers

An AOL reader asks, "How do you write a cover letter for a job you have no experience in? It can be difficult to write a cover letter for a position when you don't have any previous experience in that field." Employers tend to favor candidates with linear careers and those who have proved themselves in... Read More »

Ask an Expert: Answers to Five Common Job Search Questions

Ask an Expert: Answers to Five Common Job Search Questions

At AOL Jobs we get a lot of great questions about job search from our readers. Here are responses to five commonly asked questions. 1. In today's economic climate, many of us have to look at positions one or two levels below our previous one. How does one convince the prospective employer that we will be... Read More »

Ask an Expert: How to Explain Being Fired From a Job

Ask an Expert: How to Explain Being Fired From a Job

Several AOL readers asked, "What do you say in an interview if you were fired from your last job?" We turned to the experts who all agree that you should never lie about this in an interview, but there are ways to be better prepared for the question and strategies you can use to create an authentic response. Read More »

Ask an Expert: What Type of Questions Should You Ask in an Interview?

Ask an Expert: What Type of Questions Should You Ask in an Interview?

An AOL reader recently asked what type of questions they should ask during the interview. This is a multi-faceted question with several answers. There are several different times throughout the interview to ask questions and several types of questions to ask. Asking the right questions also can signal how... Read More »

Ask an Expert: I'm Afraid to List My Former Boss as a Reference

Ask an Expert: I'm Afraid to List My Former Boss as a Reference

Several AOL readers wrote in to say they did not have a good working relationship with their former supervisor and they are concerned about using them as a reference on a job application. It's the classic catch 22. If you don't list the supervisor as a reference, the hiring manager may wonder why. If you do... Read More »

Ask an Expert: Interview Tips for Job Seekers With a Criminal Record

Ask an Expert: Interview Tips for Job Seekers With a Criminal Record

An AOL reader asks, "How can you interview successfully if you have a criminal record?" AOL turned to Elisabeth H. Sanders-Park, an expert in tough career transitions and co-author of The Six Reasons You'll Get the Job: What Employers Look For--Whether They Know It Or Not for some answers. Read More »

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