CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1998 |
Slouched in his chair, the 14-year-old fidgeted nervously and avoided eye contact while a prospective employer grilled him with questions. Juan Navarro would have been turned down for the job, but his interview--his first--was only practice. On his second try, the teen improved. He sat upright at a 90-degree angle and talked to his interviewer face to face. Fourteen of his peers, all participants of an after-school tutoring program in La Habra called Rosie's Garage, had similar experiences.
May 24, 1998
Q: I was terminated from my job because I refused to work for a supervisor that I--and the heads of the company--knew was engaging in illegal and unethical behavior. I'm not sure how to respond when I'm asked why I left. I don't want to come across as a troublemaker, but I feel I'm being penalized for my integrity. What should I say? Second, I've been out of work for five months, and I probably will have to take a job well below my qualifications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1998 |
Anyone who feels jittery before meeting a potential new boss may sign up for a free job interview confidence workshop at the Simi Valley Adult School and Career Institute. Students will learn techniques for overcoming interview anxiety and presenting job qualifications in a productive manner, said adult school spokeswoman Jeanette O'Brien. The class is scheduled for April 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the school's career center, Room B-3, 3192 Los Angeles Ave. For more information call 579-6228.
December 25, 1997 |
Some come simply to get a glimpse of the big boss, emphasis on big. That might happen a couple of times a day, a supervisor says, usually teenagers under the guise of seeking employment. "Middle-aged people too, now that I think about it," Cynthia Atterberry adds, laughing. They come to Compton, to a side street filled with low-rise warehouses and other industrial buildings, to see Shaquille O'Neal.
September 15, 1997 |
You've shined your shoes, worn your best suit and brightest smile, and applied the correct amount of pressure in that all-important first handshake. And yet, just minutes into the job interview you expected to ace, you begin to flounder. The interviewer seems to deliberately put you on the spot, asking embarrassing questions about why you left your previous job. Then there are those probing questions about what you can do for this company.
July 3, 1997 |
While Jim Keating celebrates his hiring Tuesday as the Ventura College men's basketball coach, his predecessor can hardly get a job interview. Virgil Watson, whose contract was not renewed to teach or coach at Ventura next school year, is looking for employment without much luck. "I've applied for different jobs," Watson said. "I haven't even gotten interviews. . . . That's part of the whole character assassination [that took place]." Ventura fired Watson for supposedly being a poor teacher.
April 12, 1997 |
The days have taken on a numbing sameness for Reinhard Dilsner, 47, a barrel-chested German construction worker: Get up. Buy the paper. Check out the want ads. Swing by the government unemployment office. Pick up printouts of the latest vacancies. Go home. Start working the phone. And every day come the same discouraging answers. "Either they say I'm too old, or too big to run this or that type of machinery, or I'm overqualified," he says. "I can't get a job."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1997 |
A year ago, Michelle was a single parent on a welfare train headed for nowhere. "It was awful," said the 32-year-old Laguna Hills woman. "I was always at home. My self-esteem was low and I was burned out on home." Michelle, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, relied on a monthly $490 welfare check, plus an additional $200 in food stamps for groceries for her and her 5-year-old daughter.
November 4, 1996 |
The road to that perfect job looks more like a minefield than a superhighway. But there are strategies that can boost your chances of making it successfully over this rough terrain. * Dear Ms. Work Wise: I am a middle-aged woman interviewing for a great job at a company with a strong future. During a job interview, an employer asked me how old I am, whether I am married and whether I have kids. What should I have done? Is this proper? --Older but Wiser Dear Older: Technically, no.