Dear J.T. & Dale: I am looking for a new job. In a recent interview, the employer asked if I could start right away. I told him I would need to give my current employer two weeks’ notice. (That’s what my parents say I need to do.) However, when I said that, he looked disappointed. The ne…
Dear J.T. & Dale: It would be great if you could write about how to deal with bullying by management. Once the economy went down, the bullies came out in full force. — Nick
Don’t confuse advertising with public relations.
Dear J.T. & Dale: I was working at a startup company. The company wasn’t producing enough revenue, and the investors insisted they cut costs. So, they let me go. But I’m the only one (at this point). How can I explain that to potential employers? I wasn’t part of a huge layoff, so my fea…
Do you know the type of business you want to start? Are you planning to expand? Is your business in trouble and you need help to fix it?
Dear J.T. & Dale: Could you clarify what employers are looking for when they do a background check on someone they want to hire? I’m asking because I have a 21-year-old son who has some drug arrests on his record. — Ashley
Building a small business can be lonely. Wouldn’t it be great to have another brain to pick, a willing ear to listen and someone to point you in the right direction?
How do you answer “what business are you in?” in less than 60 seconds?
Dear J.T. & Dale: I got a new job a year ago. I like this firm and had hoped to be with it for a while, but a promised raise never materialized. My father’s advice is to bite the bullet and defer my financial obligations while I gather the experience for a stellar résumé. Should I wait, …
Got writer’s block when it comes to getting your business plan down on paper? Tim Berry, a guest blogger on the Small Business Administration community blog (http://tinyurl.com/l6hjzjg) suggests these five ways to get past your block:
“Why do I need a written business plan and how do I write a good one?” is a question that SCORE mentors often hear from people thinking about starting a small business.
Dear J.T. & Dale: I hate visiting my hometown, because everyone asks me about my job search. I’ve been out of work for a year. I can tell that the in-laws are convinced I’m lazy and just don’t want to work, but I really am trying. Ideas? — Jason
What are the steps necessary to start a business?
J.T.: It’s that time again, when we pull together our best advice from the past year.
Dear J.T. & Dale: What can a former manager or employer disclose? If I were a hiring manager in the HR department, I’d want to talk to the prospective employee’s manager. I have interviewed, and after a very successful interview, the company simply stops all communication. So whatever oc…
One of the most common questions SCORE mentoring clients ask is why do so many startups choose a limited liability company, or LLC, for their corporate form, and how is it done?
Dear J.T. & Dale: After 10 years as a stay-at-home mom, I recently returned to the workforce. I did work in my 20s that I loved, so I read everything I could about returning to a career (including J.T.’s site Careerrealism.com). I went to the interview with my first-choice company and kn…
“How do I find out more about my competition?” SCORE Southern Arizona mentors report this as one of the most-asked questions by budding small businesses.
Dear J.T. & Dale: I have spent the past six years as an account manager in an advertising agency. I’m no longer happy doing what I do. I am passionate about social media, and I’d like to make a transition. However, all the recruiters I’ve spoken to have told me that because I’m an accoun…
Dear J.T. & Dale: My position was eliminated recently, and I am starting my first big career search after 18 years of full-time employment. Help!