The Carpenter and the Lady

Dear Short Answers: I have been out of work for almost 2 years. I am a 58 year old carpenter and I will probably never find that kind of job again. Luckily, I have a military pension so we won’t starve. My kids are grown and out of the house but my wife is driving [...]

Hoof in Mouth

Dear Short Answers: I work in a restaurant and last week I had a big blowup with the manager. I worked there for almost 10 years and he just started. He only got the job because he’s a friend of the owner. I know how to run this place and I should be manager. He [...]

Looks Like Up to Me

Dear Short Answers: I have a criminal record and after 10 yrs, I received a pardon.  My problem is when I apply for jobs, that I know I can do and that I am qualified for, I can never get a interview or they won’t call me for one or they say that they are [...]

An American Story

Dear Short Answers: It is so hard for my boyfriend to find a job where we live. He was working at our local mall in a store but they kept cutting back his hours for no reason, so he asked the general manager for more hours and they said that it wouldn’t work out anymore [...]

There But For Fortune

Dear Short Answers: I’m one of the lucky people who still has a good job. Unfortunately, a lot of my friends have been laid off–not once but several times. So when we get together, all I hear is complaining about not being able to find a job or pushing me to help them network–even though [...]

Re-boot

Dear Short Answers: What ‘s s the good news about not having a job after 20 years? Out of Work Dear Out: You don’t have a job– but you do have Time.  Time to take care of everything  and everybody that you may have neglected in two decades.  And Time to reset and redirect. Like [...]