Matt Krumrie

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Matt Krumrie answers readers' questions about job-hunting the first Sunday of each month. Matt has 10 years of experience reporting on the employment industry.

Recent content from Matt Krumrie

Ask Matt: How can I make my references stand out?

Dear Matt: I’ve had some great interviews and know some companies have contacted my references. I didn’t get those jobs...

Updated: February 05, 2013, - 03:02 PM

Ask Matt: Why do they want me to take an assessment test?

Dear Matt: I've been to a few interviews recently in which I had to complete an assessment test. I was not prepared for this. Why do companies use assessments, what are the most popular assessments out there, and what role do these play when companies hire?

Updated: January 20, 2013, - 05:29 PM

Ask Matt: Is age really an issue?

If you believe you're too old, then you are too old. Here's some advice on finding a job.

Updated: April 03, 2012, - 10:59 AM

How can I land a job back home in Minnesota?

Dear Matt: I'm from Minnesota, but have worked in Arizona for the past decade. Now I want to move back to the Twin Cities, but I'm having a hard time getting noticed by employers. Do employers frown on hiring out of state? How can I overcome the distance barrier and get an interview?

Updated: January 30, 2012, - 11:17 AM

What's better -- straight salary or commission?

Dear Matt: I'm looking at a career in sales and considering a job with a company that has offered me either a straight salary with some bonus potential or straight commission with a chance for higher reward, but higher risk. How do I know if straight salary or commission is the best option for me?

Updated: January 23, 2012, - 11:32 AM

I took a job I don't like and I want out! What can I do?

Dear Matt: I've been working at my new job for about five months but it's not a good fit and it's not going well. But I was unemployed for six months before this and I need the paycheck. The thing is, if I'm let go I may still qualify for unemployment benefits. Is it better to quit instead of being terminated? As I look for a new job, should I include this present employer on my resume?

Updated: November 07, 2011, - 11:07 AM

How can I sell myself as a virtual executive?

Dear Matt:Technology allows more and more executives to work from a remote location while still maintaining executive-level careers and fulfilling their duties. How can I prove to a potential employer that I can make an arrangement like this work? And how can I show them that I am the best talent for their team while working as a virtual executive?

Updated: October 31, 2011, - 02:05 PM

Why do I feel guilty about taking time off work?

Dear Matt: I feel guilty about taking time off of work. Even when I'm on vacation I'm thinking about my job and even checking my e-mails and voicemails. How can I really get away from work while on vacation?

Updated: October 24, 2011, - 10:23 AM

Does anyone really read my online resume?

Dear Matt: Do employers really look at applications submitted through their online system when they have job openings? I've applied for positions with companies online and they say they'll keep my resume; on file or in their database and will contact me if I meet their future needs. Does this ever happen?

Updated: October 17, 2011, - 09:41 AM

Career coaches can put you on the path to work

Dear Matt: I have been a stay-at-home mom for several years and appreciate all the advice on how to get back to work. I would like to get a list of career coaches, counselors or resume writers. Do you have one?

Updated: October 10, 2011, - 11:07 AM

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