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Asked by Robert on February 13, 2018

I would like to search for jobs that require a written skills exam (e.g literacy, math, IQ) and use this as a primary criterion in the hiring decision. How can I do this kind of job search? Are there job search engines, placement programs, or other resources that specialize in this or at least have it as an option? My job center told me that they did not know how one could do this.

VFC have responded.

I am not aware of any way to search for this specifically, the screening process you describe is rarely put in a job description, so you don't have anything to search for.  I'm sure there are more opportunities…

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Asked by Cynthia on February 6, 2018

I am 44 years old and I studied modern languages in college a long time ago. The only jobs I had were translation and localization testing. The pay was quite low. I now have kids and my husband is the only one working. I have his and my family's support to study something new that will help me secure a good job and good income, and also something I enjoy. Any recommendations on how I should determine what to study?

VFC have responded.

I appreciate your approach in seeking something that you will enjoy as well as offers a good income for you.  I run into people far too often who don't really enjoy what they are doing but hang on simply…

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Asked by Rylan on February 22, 2018

I am a senior Mechanical Eng major trying to find my first job in engineering. During school, we are basically only exposed to the largest of companies (I go to a Top 10 engineering school) which obviously makes job hunting with the University incredibly competitive because these companies are only looking to fill 50-60 positions. Where should I go to look for smaller or lesser known companies?

VFC have responded.

I would suggest looking at some of the larger "job aggregators" such as,,, and  Even and are possibilities, though they…

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Asked by Melissa on September 7, 2017

Over 2 years ago when I was 6 months pregnant,I lost my job due to my entire department being eliminated. I decided to stay home for a while with my new family but ready to work now. How do I explain the absence in employment during the application process so my resume isn't immediately put in the rejection pile? I cannot even get an interview before receiving a rejection letter.

Merck & Co., VFC, HP have responded.

Hi there - I've seen this come through in several resumes at different points in my career. As a recruiter, I would add a short bullet to your resume explaining that you took time away from work to care for…

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Asked by Abbi on September 9, 2017

I have applied online to dozens of internships and full time positions for which I am qualified based on the posted job descriptions, necessary skills, and preferred skills. I have yet to even earn an interview from a position I applied to online. Are jobs that are posted online typically filled by online applicants? How can I improve an online application?

Emerson, Worthington, Cardinal Health have responded.

I cannot really say much on why you are not receiving feedback or call-backs since I do not have access to your resume.  You may want to attend a resume clinic at your local unemployment department or…

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