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Accounting Resume

I am a senior accountant and I have been looking for a new job for over a year, and I am not sure what the problem may be. Are there good accounting recruiters that you can suggest? I will paste my resume here for you to look at.

Without speaking to you directly, I can not guess what the problems might be. There are many parts to a job search - the resume, cover letter, target marketing, interview skills, follow up, etc. . . . I will try to make some general suggestions and you can take from this what might apply to you.

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Explaining a termination in an Interview

What do you tell someone in an interview when you've been fired from a job?

Many people have left their jobs under circumstances that they are not particularly proud of. You are right to think about how you would present your situation in an interview. Since I do not know all the details of your stories, my comments will be general.

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Recent BA in Psychology & Music

I am a graduate from a university with a BA in psychology and another in music. I am currently seeking work in the Chicago area, I am open to any entry level human resources positions or really anything interesting with the potential for growth. Are there any specific places in Chicago for recent grads like me that you could suggest I look at?

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Short Work Period

I have been working in accounting area for more than 7 years and I have been a good employee. My latest job was with a big company where I worked only for 6 months and the position was terminated. How should I address this in my interview to downplay this short working history?

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Fired & "Letting Go" of Anger

I was fired from my previous job because a co-worker simply did not like me. I was set up and now I am looking for another job but I don't know what to say about why I was fired. The reasons given by my former employers were that things were not done that should have been done and my work performance was not up to their needs. I know for a fact my co-worker had something to do with things being deleted off my computer that I did and . . . . . I am just lost at what to say because this has never before happened to me. Co-workers know but I have no proof. Several of my co-workers said I can use them for references, also. Please help me. I don't know what to say.

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Getting Fired

How do I answer, during an interview or job application if I was fired from my job of 23 years? I believe I was fired because I made too much money.

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Being Truthful to Employers

I’m starting classes full time at night. Is it necessary to disclose this information to jobs that I am applying for?

It all depends.... what are the jobs you are applying for? Would they require you to work at night? How many days a week will you attend class? Will the classes you'll be taking enhance your job skills? What is your reason for wanting to disclose the information?

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Dealing with a Bad Reference

Following a year in a top management position at a new job, I had major health problems requiring hospitalization which affected my work performance. Prior to this position I have had an exemplary 13 year track record. I do not believe this organization or my supervisor will give me a positive reference and I may be terminated. How would you deal with this on a resume or in a job interview? Should I not list this on my resume, and if so, how do I explain the gap?

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Interview Help

What is an employer looking for? I have been on many interviews and still have come up with nothing. Should I change my strategy?

Well, you are certainly correct, if what you are doing isn't working it would seem that a change of strategy is called for. If you are having many interviews but aren't being offered a position, you might need to improve your interview skills.

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Starting a New Career

I am changing careers and having a hard time finding an entry level position. I am trying to get into web design and have some experience. I have been going on interviews for little over a year but have had no feedback from my interviews, and they don't even send an email to say they don't want me. Chicago.craigslist.org is a good resource for jobs and I also scan Monster, Careerbuilder  and any other leads. I am becoming frustrated and would like some advice.

Networking and more face to face and direct contact with possible employers can be helpful. So networking is always a consideration - and a stronger one than spending all your time perusing the internet sites.

However, you might also want to explore your interviewing techniques, your follow up techniques and other areas of your job search. I would recommend that you meet with a counselor or attend a seminar that can give you an opportunity to have a mock interview and get some real feedback.

Perhaps some informational interviewing would benefit your job search

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