happy endings

update from the reader whose friend was getting married on her company’s biggest weekend

December 14, 2011

Here’s our next “where are they now” update. This one is from the reader whose friend was getting married on the weekend her new company had an all-hands-on-deck event. Here’s her update: Thanks to everyone for your encouragement. I talked to my friend and explained my situation to her — telling her how much I […]

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where are they now: update #1 — when satan’s intern came to stay

December 14, 2011

Are you guys ready for a flood of “where are they now” updates from readers who had their questions answered here this year? I’m getting a lot of updates, and I’ll be posting them here throughout the month (along with regular posts too). Our first update is from the reader who had an intern from […]

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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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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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update from the job seeker whose interviewer had gone AWOL

May 12, 2011

I’m not going to say I told you so, but … yes, actually I am. I told you so. This is an update from the letter-writer from last Sunday, who couldn’t figure out why an interviewer who had seemed really enthusiastic had suddenly gone AWOL and hadn’t gotten back to her: Just wanted to provide […]

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update from reader afraid her old boss would out her as transgender

January 16, 2011

Here’s another update from a reader. Remember the woman who was afraid that her old employer was going to out her as transgender to a new prospective employer? Here’s her update. I’ve been pretty busy… with my new job! With the company I’ve always wanted to work for! In a city I’ve always dreamed of living in! […]

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I will totally get you a job.

January 11, 2011

I can print a letter of praise once in a while without it being obnoxious, right? I hope so, because I really liked this letter: I was laid off in June and have floundered job search-wise since.  Then I discovered your blog about a month ago, and the Magic Question. I decided to use the […]

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where are they now: update #19 – is a contract position worth the risk?

December 29, 2010

Remember the reader who was trying to decide if leaving her poorly-paid, unpleasant job for a one-year contract position was worth the risk? Here’s her update. I wrote to you last summer for advice regarding taking a contract position vs. keeping my current position. I wound up not doing either. Before I gave my resignation, […]

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where are they now: update #18 – uncomfortable stalking employers

December 26, 2010

Remember the reader who was frustrated that people kept advising her to aggressively call, call, call any employer she was interested in? I didn’t really have advice for her other than to explain why her instincts were exactly right and in fact people who advise job-seekers to behave like stalkers are doing them a disservice. […]

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where are they now: update #10 – the unreliable employee with a conflict of interest

December 23, 2010

Remember the manager who wasn’t sure what to do about the low-performing employee who might have also been engaging in a conflict of interest on the side? Here’s the update. Well, we decided to reanalyze our development department as a whole, as the managers were lacking in management skills and we weren’t making any money, […]

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