August 2009

contracting vs. full-time job

A reader writes: About 9 months ago I was let go from a great full-time contracting position I held for three years with a large corporation. At the time, the company was laying off hundreds of employees and contractors like myself were the first to go, and I was sad to leave the work and […]

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companies that interview with no intention of hiring you

A reader writes: Today I experienced something I had before. I felt tricked and cheated after I found out that the interview I had 3 weeks ago was fake – they had a candidate, but arranged to have interviews nevertheless. This already happened to me twice. I feel frustrated for my wasted time, effort and […]

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bad interviewee behavior: more tales

My friend writes: I call a lot of people to interview them for various positions. I could have an admin person set up these interviews, but I prefer to do it myself. Lately, I’ve noticed a rash of bad behavior — applicants think that because I’m the one calling, I have nothing to do with […]

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complaining about work on Twitter

A reader writes: I’m a fan of twitter and have recently started a departmental twitter feed for my branch library. I’m encouraging my student staff to come up with ideas for posts, and they’ve been very enthusiastic. However, one of them sent a tweet from his personal twitter account, while he was at work, which […]

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emotional after performance review

A reader writes: Some background: I am in my mid-twenties and I work as an assistant for a small, nationally renowned non-profit. I love a lot about my job: I get to research topics I love, and I get to apply skills that satisfy me. I have a heavy workload that has increased substantially over […]

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EmailYourInteriewer success story

An update on EmailYourInteriewer.com, which lets job-seekers send an anonymous, polite letter to employers who interviewed them and then never bothered to get back to them: It’s now generated 95 letters to employers. A couple of employers have written back to apologize. Here’s one of those replies: Please let your candidate know that I apologize […]

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being intentionally late to an interview as a strategy

A reader writes: I’d like to share a job search tip with you (or at least receive your opinion about it). A resume attempts to showcase past achievements but it doesn’t do much to demonstrate a candidate’s character. So I deliberately call in late to the interview. About a half hour before the interview time, […]

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4 biggest myths about job references

I get a lot of mail with misconceptions about job references — how they work, who gets called, and what they can say. Here are the four biggest myths about references that I encounter regularly. References are old-school; no one uses them anymore. Don’t listen to people who tell you that in the “new economy,” […]

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