April 2012

random stuff you should read

April 30, 2012

Here are a bunch of miscellaneous articles that I thought you’d find interesting – 1. This will either horribly depress you or not surprise you at all: One in every two new graduates are either jobless or under-employed, says this Associated Press article. If you’re in this boat, here’s some advice from me for new […]

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how not to reply to a rejection email

April 30, 2012

When you get a rejection email, if you’re tempted to shoot back a reply, I strongly recommend that you wait a day to do it. Or at least a few hours. Otherwise, you risk sounding angry, defensive, or hot-headed. Good replies: thanking them for letting you know or asking for feedback. Bad replies: “You’re making a […]

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how to answer “tell me about yourself” in a job interview

April 30, 2012

“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most common openers to a job interview, but job-seekers are often unsure what interviewers really want to hear in response. Are you supposed to include personal information? Should your answer focus on selling yourself, or just give the facts? What is the employer really asking? “Tell me about […]

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

April 29, 2012

It’s short answer Sunday — seven short answers to seven short questions. Here we go… 1. Am I still entitled to severance pay if I find a new job quickly? Am I still entitled to the severance pay promised to me if I find another job immediately after I was let go? A couple weeks […]

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should I ask for a more junior role since hiring for the job I want is on hold?

April 27, 2012

A reader writes: During my lengthy job search, I have run into the following situation: I will get an interview, make a great impression with the hiring manager, and it seems to everyone that I’m a good fit for the job. Now, I understand that often they will find someone even better, but in these […]

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my friend is a terrible boss

April 27, 2012

A reader writes: Several months ago, a friend asked me to interview at his company for a position that was being vacated. I went to the interview with hesitation — it’s 50% less in pay and not in my field — but since I had been out of work for so long, I went anyway. […]

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what does it mean to “be yourself” in an interview?

April 26, 2012

A reader writes: I am an 18-year-old college student looking for an entry-level part-time job. I have been trying to prepare my answers ahead of time to some of the common questions, and I have examples my previous work experience with things like “dealing with an angry customer” and all that. I am trying to […]

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when should you go over your boss’s head?

April 25, 2012

In a disagreement with your boss, is it ever acceptable to go over your boss’ head to his or her own supervisor? While in most cases, your employer will want you to work things out directly with your manager, there are times when it makes sense to take an issue to someone higher up — but it’s […]

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wee answer Wednesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

April 25, 2012

It’s wee answer Wednesday! We’ve got interviewers who don’t ask any questions, a coworker with a secret sex life (oh no!), and more. Here we go… 1. Can I require exempt employee to keep certain hours? I have 3 exempt-level employees and 1 non-exempt employee. The exempt employees are arriving and leaving work, basically whenever […]

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I’m getting great feedback but can’t get more responsibility

April 24, 2012

A reader writes: Ahead of my last performance review, I asked if my manager would support me if I asked for a promotion. I respect his evaluation of my work, and it was a genuine question; I made it clear that I would be happy if the answer was “no, you still need to work […]

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