August 2011

what do you like about your job?

August 23, 2011

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

August 22, 2011

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

August 22, 2011

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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employer demanded a doctor’s note when I asked to move my desk 3 feet

August 21, 2011

A reader writes: I work in a large, windowless room with eight other people. Up until recently, we had wooden dividers that gave each employee a bit pf privacy, but allowed us to have each employee’s desk arranged so that it faced out to the fairly open common area. A couple of months ago my […]

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short answer Saturday: 9 short answers to 9 short questions

August 20, 2011

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?

August 18, 2011

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 I tell an employee her inconsistency is holding her back?

August 18, 2011

A reader writes: I have a direct report who is a high performer but with some poor consistency. She has been in the department longer than I have, and though she was somewhat disgruntled when I was promoted and she wasn’t, we have since become better at working with one another, and she is a […]

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help! my husband submitted an error-filled application to my employer

August 17, 2011

A reader writes: I have recently started working at the job of my dreams. The only problem is is that it is in another state at a university in a small regional town. I left my husband behind in the city as he was struggling to find a job here. A really great position opened […]

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can my employer stop me from using the bathroom?

August 16, 2011

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?

August 15, 2011

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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