Q: Dear Dr. Culp, Could you give any advice about what to do when you have a criminal background and employers check up to ten years, but the person sending them the information sends all of it through your whole life, even when you sign a paper up to ten years?
That's why Im having a hard time getting employed. I made a couple of bad mistakes growing up. THANK YOU.
A: Dear Turned, Find an employment attorney, even one whos pro bono, to look at the document you signed and clarify your rights and responsibilities, as well as that of the company. A first appointment with an attorney is usually free, but ask about that before you meet.
Another method would be to remind HR about the agreement you signed and that its being broken. If you get no sympathy, mention that youll be having your attorney contact them.
Suddenly, the problem will likely disappear. However, in the future, dont sign any agreement with anyone without consulting with an attorney. The meaning of words in legal documents wont be clear to you, because you dont have a legal background.
Take action. Dont allow this to continue.
Q: Dear Dr. Culp, I wanted to job hunt this spring but was too busy to have the peace of mind to do it. Summer is here and I feel as if I might have missed my chance. Everyone around me is planning vacations, which tells me that employers Id contact will probably be less work-oriented, too. Should I wait until the fall?
A: Dear Missed, The conflicting information about the market and the nations optimism throughout the spring should tell you that if you missed out on anything, it probably wasnt much. The economy is recovering, but it might be even stronger in the summer, given seasonal hiring.
Competition in the summer is far less than any other time of the year, except, perhaps, the December holidays, when people mistakenly stop hunting. Employers you find in the office are more likely to give you their attention.
The best time to job hunt is now. Make the most of the season. Use the summer to sharpen your strategy. By the end of it youll be in better shape to capitalize on the fall market, which is the most favorable job-hunting season all year.