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June 5th, 2010
06:48 AM ET


If your future includes switching jobs or careers, we've got 3 simple steps to help get you started. Career consultant and Rutgers Professor Paula Caligiuri joins us in our 2pm hour with details on the steps you need to take to make your dream job a reality. Post questions you have about changing careers or any question you have about the job market to our blog. Our expert will answer some of them during her live appearance.

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  1. Kemi@HipHossip Canada

    I am a Pharmacist of over 20 years and also have a degree in Public Relations and Journalism. I love talking with and dealing with the Public. I live in Canada and doing some occasional PR work and have a successful music blog but I want to work full time as a TV or Radio Music Reporter. How do I market myself to the networks and get some kind of syndicated PAID show segment.

    June 5, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  2. Butch Jordan

    The problem with the job market is the economy. I have noticed that most big corporations have learned to live with fewer employees by forcing fewer employees to do more. My wife is a retail manager who is a salaried employee who is expected to work 60 hour weeks in order to keep her store running.

    Her boss and the corporation know that there are no jobs out there and they tell her, "if you don't like working long hours then quit." They know the prospects of finding another job is slim. They quite frankly are abusing their employees and they really don't care.

    How do we find an employer who isn't doing this? From what we can see, just about all retail companies are pulling this on their employees. This is why the jobs figures are so low. The big corporations have learned a lesson here. They will simply not hire new employees but expect the remaining employees to do twice the work. Do you agree that a jobs bill needs to be introduced to protect current employees ...

    June 5, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  3. michael

    I can send you a diagram that i drew yesterday of a way to capture 99% of the oil that is gushing from the well. It can be applied without interrupting the current operation. Please email me a contact so I can send it. Need to talk with the rite person. please help me help bp.

    June 5, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  4. Dave

    I have not been in the jobs market for a long time due to medical reasons. I believe the only way to win a new job in a new career given my medical limitations is to go back to college. I may be willing to relocate to where a college is located and it has many internship programs as well. My question is where do I find those colleges and how do I pay for classes…

    June 5, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  5. Carter Pierre-Louis

    Hello, CNN. I will be graduating from college with a degree in Finance in about two weeks. What industries would you recommend for me to be an "independent contractor" in? I would definitely like to have multiple income streams, but I just don't know which industries to tap.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  6. sonal

    is it good time to look for permanent oppertunities, I have been working for quite some time on small contracts, Also what is the normal response time in which you can land a permanent oppertunity.


    June 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  7. Renee A.

    The resume is a document that hasn't changed much in essentially 50 years. How would you incorporate online resume services like the free VisualCV into one's cover letter with hopes that employers would view samples of you work?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  8. Paul

    Do you have any suggestions for older workers that do not want to retire?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm |

    How do you jump into switching a career when you have already invested so much of experience and related skills, this is very hard to sacrifice the invested past with a "probable" successful future!!

    Any comment?


    June 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  10. Eva Harris

    Any suggestion for seniors. I am 74, an excellent communicator, well liked by people and have soe nt most of my life in travel and tourism.

    For the past 3 years I have been in the reral estate business. Not too great a career this season.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  11. Joe

    How do I get my resume to stick out when I send it to an email address for a job found online?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  12. Earle Carrion

    I consider myself a resourceful person. Over the years, I have been able to acquire a diverse portfolio skills without training – such as computer hardware repair, auto repair, carpentry. How do I express these "unlicensed" skills and resourcefulness in a resume?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  13. Frank

    What if you need to change careers and are going to school. How can I get a job to support myself while in school!

    June 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  14. John

    How about older, white collar workers that want to move into a more physical, blue collar type job?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  15. Lynn

    I'm 60 and applying for jobs after 20 years of steady employment, (Public education cutbacks). I didn't get the job I interviewed for. Are employers looking for younger people?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  16. Jim

    I've been self employed for over 15 years. Now that I'm looking for a job, is it best to say that I'm self employed or that I work for my own company?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  17. Rob G

    HI: my question concern employment and age. I was laid off last year as a manager for a credit card merchant processor after 15 years.. I'm concerned that my age (56) may be a negative factor in getting a new position- where companies might take the view that I don;t have that much time left to work for them to take a chance with me vs someone younger ... any suggestions..Thanks

    June 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  18. Matt R.

    I've been working as a news video editor for the last ten years and am wanting to transition into writing. I'm a good writer and was a writing tutor in college, but I don't seem to have the experience I need to land a job. What should I do?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  19. Kelly

    I have 15+ years experience in management but no degree. I have been fortunate to get in with companies that recognized my abilities and promoted me rapidly to executive management. This has afforded me a six figure income for the past 7 years. Now I am having trouble landing jobs that are equal to my experience and am not considered for lower level jobs because due to being "over qualified". How do I combat this?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  20. Lou

    I graduated in Linguistics, but it is difficult to know where to look for a job with this skill set. How do I find out what types of companies might be interested in someone with this skill?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  21. John Vives/Fraser, Colorado

    I'm 60 years old but feel 50. Will age stop companies from hiring me for a job as a technical writer for instance. Could I work from home on the internet?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  22. Jennifer in Ohio

    I was let go of my job a few months ago. I am working on my Masters Degree in Business Administration. I have been on a lot of interviews and the comment I keep getting back is that I am over qualified for the job. What should I do. I just want a paycheck. I have had people tell me I should dumb myself down. Is that an option?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  23. Hillary

    It's all who you know these days. I am an independant blue collar worker. What I have seen is the employeers taking advantage of us all. I believe we the working blue collar class need to take a stand and unionize. It is unfair and unjust the pittyful pay we are offered and the sheer lack of retirement and insurance benefits. The way we are forced to produce and the lack of compensation is horrific. I will starve in the street before I give my talent away. Our government needs to raise minimum wage to at least $30 / hour to justify the cost of living. I would happily pay more for services as I would be able to afford it with this wage.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  24. james

    my wife has a degree from a outside the us country (mexico) in international business. We live in middle america and she has been working at a small company doing some international things like (nafta,shipping) she is bi-lingual (spanish-english) her degree is from a highly thought of university (de teca monteray) she keeps getting very low paying secrety type jobs and she wants a career how does she get on the path to better fullfilment as far as work is concerned?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  25. jeddy

    2 questions. 1) my daughter is on her summer break from scad after i st yr. she is trying to get a job relevant to her fashion design career. she has never worked and does not want to lie. what can she do?
    2) when i came here from abroad i just went to work as a care giver in a residential facility though i have a Bachelor of arts degree. I do a good job but i would not like to be stuck there. am trying to get into human resources. seems it is impossible. any advice?

    June 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  26. Dave


    I work in Municipal Civil Engineering and enjoy what I do but want to relocate from Florida to Texas to take advantage of a part time MBA opportunity from a top program. I do not want to quit my current job and could fly back and forth 2X/month but will cost a small fortune.
    I would like to network in Texas but impossible while working in FL and a very difficult job market even for Civil Engs.

    Huge decision: I do not want to quit a good job in this economy but also feel it would be a lost opportunity if I don't pursue the MBA for which I also have a 50% scholarship. Should I just go ahead and fly in for it 2X/month? Maybe if I started then I would be able to netwok with my future classmates possibly for work in TX.

    I also have studied hard the possible gains from an MBA and it may not even help me (current employer won't promote for it and no openings anyways) . Plus I'm mid 40s and little Corp. experience. Still would be nice to get the MBA especially if partially funded by Texas Hazlewood Exemption.

    Any comments or suggestions?

    Thank you.

    June 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  27. Elvia M. Chalmers

    I've spent over 35 years as an educator and am now retired and could use a parttime income. I was a college administrator early in my career with an educational opportunity program, then ran the student affairs division of a fledgling commuinity college ( 1970's). Home as mom 1979-1981) High school counselor 1981-1992) New Jersey then CT. Then a middle school guidance counselor (1992-2009).

    I do not desire to tutor or substitute, what are some of my other options??

    June 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  28. matthew yelle

    hi Tony,

    I woud like express my simpathies to all the families that now have to relive the horrors of 9-11. I would also like to state that I'm against the placement of a mosque so close to ground zero, with that being said I also have to accept the fact that here in the United States of America we are free and our forefathers created this imperfect union with the strongest ideals of freedom to include the freedom to choose the religion that draws our faiths the strongest. To protest a mosque being built anywhere in the United States is the same as saying that the freedom we all enjoy and take for granted can be subjicated to regulation, Freedom of speach is already regulated by morality and when your words are edited before they can be printed or herd by a governing body then that freedom is only an illusion,

    As a free nation we must show the world that being free means we thrive in a multicultural community where all races, all faiths, men and woman are equal.

    The people that were responcible for the tragidy of 9-11 are not the same people building the mosque. So please show the world that even in times of extream sircumstances no one can take our freedom away.

    thank you for your time

    June 7, 2010 at 10:51 am |