Dear Coach: I know a man in his 50s who had no luck after many interviews. So he dyed his gray hair and got the next job. He advised me to do the same, so I did. At the next interview...

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Dear Coach:

I know a man in his 50s who had no luck after many interviews.

So he dyed his gray hair and got the next job.

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He advised me to do the same, so I did. At the next interview, I got the job.

I know this won’t work for everybody, but there’s a certain humor in it.

Do you think I should get a face-lift next?

Carol Kleiman:
I’m glad you have a sense of humor about this — although laughing can create deep lines on the face — but I don’t see it that way.

Instead, I find your story depressing because many mature job seekers are in the same situation.

Even if you’re “dyeing” to do it, forget the face-lift.

It might be more productive to make sure age-discrimination laws are enforced.

Dear Coach:
I have 15 years of experience in manufacturing and warehouse management but have been the victim of three layoffs in four years.

Six months ago, I took a temporary job in the hopes that it would turn into something long term.

It didn’t and now I’m job-hunting again.

I’m wondering if I should include it in my résumé.

CK:
Everyone connected with manufacturing knows there have been a lot of layoffs in that industry.

So I don’t think it looks as if you’re a job hopper but, instead, someone who is quite ambitious and hangs in there.

However, if you feel uncomfortable about listing all of them, just list the two that apply the most directly to the jobs you want.

Then, in the job interview, you can talk about the other “temporary” jobs you’ve held.

Dear Coach:
I want to retire this year. I work for a large company and am in my fifth year of employment.

If I wait for my [employment] anniversary date, I will get a higher vesting percentage.

Should I wait till after I am vested to give notice?


CK:

Once you give notice, you can be let go immediately.

So wait until you’re vested at that higher percentage.

E-mail questions to Carol Kleiman at ckleiman@tribune.com. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.