Blind ads can make job seeker see red

August 28, 2005|By CAROL KLEIMAN

Dear Coach: I think blind ads are so unfair. You might be sending resumes to the same company you work for. And then you could lose your job.

I recently responded to a blind ad and asked the name of the company before I sent it my resume. No response. Is this fair?

Carol Kleiman: No, it's not. A blind ad is well-named.

Who knows who the people are and what they might do with your information? That's a real concern.

Dear Coach: I am trying to earn my bachelor's degree, work full time and raise four children alone.

I badly need information about companies that help employees like me who are struggling financially to cover their education.

CK: You have a lot of responsibilities and should be getting support right now from your college.

Ask about loans, scholarships and other forms of financial aid.

Realistically, you can't expect a potential employer to solve your financial problems. And as far as an employer's helping with tuition, it usually isn't awarded immediately - you have to prove yourself first.


But it's OK to ask if the firm has a tuition reimbursement plan.

Dear Coach: My department is being eliminated in the near future. How should I handle the fact that my status may change when I job hunt? I want to be honest.

CK: Be honest. Just say you are now employed but your company is downsizing. Add that when that happens, you will be immediately available.

Dear Coach: If you have been invited to an interview over the phone and have not sent a resume or cover letter to the company, do you take a resume and a cover letter or just the resume to the interview?

I'm new at this and do not know the proper way to handle it.

CK: Take everything you have.

Carol Kleiman is the workplace columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Send e-mail to

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