March 2012

are professional resume writing services worth it?

A reader writes: I was wondering what your opinion is on professional resume writing services. Are they worth it? What about for new grads? I have 5 years of post0secondary (a degree with a semi-connection to my current field, and a diploma directly connected to my current field) concurrent with 6 years of experience. Some […]

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I walk!

I am walking. I know I mentioned a week ago that this was starting to happen, but I am now in full-on walking mode! I haven’t used a crutch for three days and have banished them from my sight. I am legitimately walking around — I am all up in the Trader Joe’s and Whole […]

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fast answer Friday: 7 fast questions. 7 fast answers.

It’s fast answer Friday!  Today: you’re about to manage your best friend, your coworkers call you “missy,” you can’t drink what you damn well want to drink at work, and more. Here we go… 1. Stuck at the front desk past the time I’m supposed to leave I am a recent college graduate working as […]

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my fiance got a job at my office!

A reader writes: My fiance was offered a job in the organization where I’ve been working for just over a year. Before he and I ever started dating, he used to work for the woman who is now our Chief of Staff (COS). The COS is doing the hiring and would be his direct manager. […]

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my organization won’t follow the chain of command

A reader writes: My organization seems to make a habit of not following the chain of command. Even in our small division of 10 people, I routinely find myself in situations where the division head gives orders directly to me (bypassing my manager, who is his direct report), or makes decisions that he doesn’t actively […]

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tricks that job interviewers use

Savvy interviewers have ways of getting beneath the surface so that they can find out what you’re really like, from staying silent so that you keep talking to getting you to let your guard down so that you’re more likely to reveal something unflattering. Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about […]

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will taking a job in a sex shop now harm me later?

A reader writes: As a new grad, I’m sort of at a difficult transition period in my life, where there are a lot of directions I can see my professional life taking, and not too many organizations interested in taking a chance on me. One thing that troubles me is that there are some career […]

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how to get a job

Periodically I like to offer a discount on my e-book, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager. Put in this discount code today and you’ll get a massive 40% discount: spring2012 In the book, I set out to give you an inside look at a hiring manager’s brain, so that you can […]

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