May 2008

why a job interview is like a date

I see too many job applicants who approach the interview as if their only goal is to win a job offer, losing sight of the fact that this can land them in the wrong job — a job they won’t enjoy, a job they’ll struggle in, or even a job they might get fired from. […]

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dealing with a jerk at work

A reader writes: How does one, in a professional way, stop someone from picking on you in the office? I know, it sounds like something straight out of grade school but it is happening to me as an adult. What this person does: in meetings, he often makes snide, sarcastic asides and jokes. He has […]

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gracefully turning down an offer

A reader writes: I’m a programmer currently working on a contract basis, but have an invitation to move to a permanent position when the contract ends. It’s a good company and good offer, but is missing two things: variety in projects I’d work on (they make only a few products, all related) and senior employees […]

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