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Top 7 FindLaw Posts for Job Seekers

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on September 15, 2015 3:18 PM

The U.S. economy may not be in the midst of a hiring boom, but if you're a job seeker, the news is generally good. Unemployment is down and economic growth is ticking up. Best of all, you've got FindLaw to help you out in your job search.

That's right, you can get much more than just legal information, attorney contacts, and great blogs at FindLaw. We've also got excellent resources to help job seekers know and protect their rights as they look to land a new gig or move up the ladder. Here are seven highlights:

1. Lying on a Resume or Job Application: Fudging your resume can be tempting, but it could cost job seekers dearly if they're found out. Here's a brief overview of what can happen should you lie on an application.

2. Legal Rights During the Hiring Process: You don't have to be an employee to have protected legal rights. There are a host of laws governing discrimination against job applicants, questions concerning drug or alcohol use, disability and even marital status.

3. Illegal Interview Questions and Female Applicants: Raising a child? Married? Planning on getting pregnant? None of these are questions female applicants should be asked, as they raise the prospect that employers will discriminate based on gender and family responsibilities.

4. DUI and Employment Background Checks: If you've been charged with a DUI, will it impact your ability to find a job? Just what can employers look at in a background check anyway? FindLaw has the answers.

5. Employment Contracts and Compensation Agreements: Employee contracts can be straightforward written agreements or "implied contracts," based on the words and actions of the employer and employee. These contracts, whether explicit or implied, establish both parties legal rights and responsibilities regarding employment, compensation, and termination.

6. Is a Former Employer's Bad Reference Illegal?: Employers aren't prohibited from giving negative references, but telling prospective employers misleading or dishonest information could lead to a claim of employer defamation.

7. How Much Money Do I Need to Retire?: Keep the long game in mind! Knowing how much you need to retire comfortably can help you plan employment decisions even when you're still looking for a job.

With these resources, we're confident that you'll be well-prepared for your job hunt. Now go out and knock 'em dead.

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