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When recruiting for a new position with my own firm a few months ago, I had the opportunity to step into the shoes of a hiring manager. Not usually getting to “play” on the other side of the table, I didn’t know what to expect when I posted my job…

Dear Sam: I have always heard the old adage, “it’s easier to get a job when you have a job” but how does one exactly find the time to conduct a job search when already working 50+ hours in addition to caring for a family—wife and three children—an…

Dear Sam: I hear such conflicting advice when it comes to resume “rules.” I’ve been told by friends with leadership positions that my resume should only be one page (even though I have over five years of work experience), that I should follow temp…

Dear Sam: What is the appropriate way to end an interview? If a hiring manager asks me if I have any questions, does it look like I didn’t do my research if I ask questions about the company? I’ve also been told not to talk about salary, so what t…

Dear Sam: I'm returning to Columbus after living in a small Southern town for several years, so I'm gearing up my resume and cover letters. One thing I’ve noticed is that companies occasionally ask for salary history and/or salary requirements. I'…

Dear Sam: I think my resume is boring! The page just looks like a long list of bullet points. If I don’t want to read my resume, I’m sure a hiring manager won’t either. How can I be creative when writing my resume? I want my documents to stand out…

Dear Sam: I’m what you would consider a “seasoned” candidate and am entering a job search after being out of the workforce for a while due to family responsibilities. I’ve read your advice about branding myself as an “up-to-date” candidate, but st…