job searching

what do application deadlines really mean?

A reader writes: I’m confused about job closing dates. I recently saw a listing online for a position that was posted on the company’s website in February and was said to be posted until mid-April. This is a private company, so not one that is regulated by federal guidelines dictating how long the job should […]

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I love my job, but hate the money

A reader writes: I’m very torn. I love my job — it’s what I want to do with my career, but I’m in a position with a title I’m overqualified for and don’t make enough money. While I have several years of direct experience and a master’s degree in my field, I was forced into […]

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what should I say if my boss asks if I’m job searching?

A reader writes: I work in a large department in a nonprofit with a fairly high turnover rate. Morale has been notably low since my supervisor was hired (her management style leaves a lot to be desired). Shortly after she was hired, one team member quit and the other gave his notice this week. This […]

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I was rejected for a job because of my romantic history

A reader writes: I work in a fairly insular field in a small geographic region, where people in the trade tend to know each other from the workplace and socially. Normally this is a dynamic that facilitates freer sharing of information and resources, which is great. However, sometimes it can get incestuous and go sour. […]

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should you post your resume on online job boards?

A reader writes: I have a job I really enjoy, but the salary is low and turnover is very high. We’re constantly hiring as people cycle out — mostly through school job sites, but also largely through one particular recruiter, though she’s become less responsive as the turnover has stayed so high. I’m learning a […]

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think twice before using Facebook’s new jobs feature

Last month, Facebook launched a new jobs feature where employers can post jobs for free and candidates can apply for those jobs by using Facebook’s interface — which will pre-populate your application with data from your Facebook page. There are some, uh, serious downsides to this. If you’re thinking “but I spent the last decade locking […]

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