May 2011

my coworker coughs all day long – can I do anything about it?

May 25, 2011

A reader writes: I’ve been looking for advice for handling (or even WHETHER to handle) the issue of a co-worker with a chronic cough. Over the years I’ve worked with several people with bad coughs. I’ve always accepted it as just part of the working world. I’ve never spoken to HR about it because I don’t know if […]

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declining boss’s invitation to dinner on a Saturday

May 24, 2011

A reader writes: What is your take on a manager who schedules a get-together at her place on a Saturday? My husband’s boss scheduled a dinner over at her place, and we hesitantly said yes for not wanting to give a bad impression. She only invited a few people (her direct reports). Well, that event […]

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job-searching in the wake of a natural disaster

May 24, 2011

A reader writes: What if you’re looking for a job in another city and what if, in the meantime, your home and the city that you are currently living in is obliterated by a natural disaster? For a normal relocation, I’d just say “relocating to [name of city]; current address:” at the top of the […]

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happy endings

May 24, 2011

In response to a dejected commenter last night, I’ve created a new category: happy endings. There are 20 or so posts in there with happy endings — stories that ended well, with jobs landed, jerks receiving their comeuppance, and much more. Cheer yourself up by reading them! Other fun categories to read include jerks and […]

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how to look for a job when you’re already employed

May 23, 2011

Job-searching is hard enough under any circumstances, but doing it when you already have a job presents special challenges: How do you schedule interviews during the work day? Can you do a phone interview from your office? What about getting a reference from your current boss? Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk […]

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is it worth applying to a job that was posted a few weeks ago?

May 23, 2011

Sorry for not posting since Thursday; I’ve been flu-ish! In any case, a reader writes: I am currently on the job hunt and I had a question about applying to jobs online. You know how most websites will tell you the job has been posted 1 day ago, 28 days ago, etc. For some reason, […]

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how to deal with a bad boss

May 19, 2011

I’m quoted in a few places in this MainStreet.com article on how to deal with a bad boss…

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how to increase your pay when changing jobs (or how I doubled my salary in one career move)

May 19, 2011

A reader writes: I’ve recently reached two significant milestones in my career, having finished my master’s degree program and reached 5 years of professional experience.  With these two achievements under my belt, I want to start looking around for a new position to move my career forward (as the general consensus in my current group […]

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entry-level out-of-town job seeker: a success story

May 18, 2011

It doesn’t get much more challenging than being an entry-level long-distance job-seeker applying for jobs in New York. Which is why you should listen to me when I preach and lecture and yell about cover letters. A reader writes: I wanted to thank you for all of the job-hunting advice on your blog, especially the […]

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company that fired me is still contacting me with questions … 5 months later

May 17, 2011

A reader writes: In January, I was fired from my job.  I drove to work on a snow day when most of the office chose to stay home, and at 5:45 pm, the manager called me into his office and said that they were letting me go because I wasn’t a good fit.  I had […]

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