The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 28, 2014

Career Coach Q&A: Guns a worry for employee; a blot on the personal record


Russell: Thanks for sharing your insights with our reader.

Older worker trying to find a job

Q: I am a financial executive with over 30 years experience, who has been unable to find a job at my level for more than a year. How do I market myself to avoid the age discrimination issue?

A: Have you had someone review your resume and practice interviewing with you? I have worked with many executives who have been with one company for a long time, and when they have decided to move, their resumes were pretty out-of-date (just because they never had to update them). Try to get a professional to look over all your materials (resume, cover letter, social media site, etc.) to make sure it all looks as it should.

Also, are you up on social media sites such as LinkedIn? Are you attending professional conferences and networking events? Having more experience means it is critical for you to use personal contacts and networking to help you find employment opportunities.

Abusive behavior

Q: I work in a very small office with no current leadership in this country. One staff member uses vulgar and abusive language toward other staff members and outside contractors. Out-of-country (read: not under U.S. rule) superiors say to "just ignore it." The troubled staffer is a political appointee. I am looking for other employment, but I am wondering how to word my reasons for leaving. Any input greatly appreciated. Also, worth filing an [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] complaint?

A: Sorry you are experiencing this. There is more and more being written today about incivility in the workplace, and vulgar language comes in to play here.

You would not really file an EEOC complaint unless you could make a charge about harassment in the workplace. I would suggest checking out the Web site for more details and information to see if you have a case that is worth pursuing.

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