August 2011

what do you like about your job?

Reading all the comments on the secret fantasy career post made me wonder about the things that make you happy at your job in real life.  What do you love about your job, past or present? What things make you happy about your job that might surprise other people? Nothing about the paycheck or benefits here. […]

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rude recruiters, job-hunting librarians, and more

A random assortment of stuff — 1. I loved reading all the comments about people’s secret fantasy careers — and especially seeing how drawn a lot of people are to careers that might look mundane to others. If you haven’t read them yet, do! It’s a fascinating read. 2. Speaking of things I enjoyed recently, […]

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how to find a job in another state

A post I did on applying for a job in another state back in January 2009 continues to get frequent comments even now, two-and-a-half years later, so I figured it was worth addressing the topic again. Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about eight ways to increase your chances when you’re […]

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short answer Saturday: 9 short answers to 9 short questions

It’s once again short answer Saturday: nine short answers to nine short questions. This week, we’ve got a recent grad who wants to wear her resume on a t-shirt to get attention, a coworker who walks away mid-conversation, and more. Should I wear my resume on a t-shirt? I’m a recent college graduate and have […]

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what is your secret career alter ego?

Do you have a secret career alter ego?  A fantasy career that you’re wildly happy in somewhere out there in a parallel universe? I have two: nurse and detective. Nurse, because I love taking care of sick people. I want to bring them soup and tea, ensure they are securely tucked into bed, procure them […]

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can my employer stop me from using the bathroom?

A reader writes: I hate to ask yet another “Can they do this?” question, but… can they do this? Some backstory, I’ve been working full time as a salaried, non-exempt employee at my company for the past three years. Throughout the entirety of my time here, I have often stayed late, arrived early, and rarely […]

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should you accept a job when you haven’t met in person?

A reader writes: I had a phone interview two weeks ago with a hiring manager at a nonprofit media company. The interview went well. I would need to relocate for the job, which I’m happy to do. The HR person who called me to schedule the interview said if the hiring manager wanted a second […]

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