April 2012

can you un-burn a bridge?

A reader writes: While in college, I was a summer intern for a Fortune 500 company. It was the chance of a lifetime, but I failed to take advantage of it: I repeatedly chose to hang out with my friends (who also worked at the company or in the area) during business hours, frequently showed […]

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how to set boundaries with people who want to pick your brain

A reader writes: I have follow up question to a February 2010 post, “When Does Advice Become Consulting.” I’m relatively new to nonprofit leadership and often find myself in a situation where, as the head of a reputable organization in a specific field, I get requests from people who want to “pick my brain” about […]

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the 10 worst things about job hunting

Looking for a job is rarely fun, but being a job-seeker in today’s job market is especially difficult – and sometimes downright unpleasant. Here are the 10 worst things about looking for a job in today’s market. 1. Contradictory job search advice. There’s loads of job search advice on the interview, and much of it is […]

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awkward staring from a coworker

A reader writes: I’m hoping that you can help out the office with a small problem from one of our fellow coworkers. We’re a bubbly little office of 8 women and one gentleman – as you can imagine we chit chat throughout the week, take lunches and attend meetings together, etc. When I first began […]

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when a candidate won’t share salary expectations

A reader writes: I have a question in regard to a piece of the recruiting process. I have always asked candidates what their compensation requirements are, either before they come in to meet with me or after they have come in. Most candidates do not have any issues disclosing what they’re looking for, although some […]

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7 short questions, 7 short answers

It’s thrifty answer Thursday — seven short questions and seven short answers. We’ve got using a P.O. box on your resume, whether you need to mention a job you were fired from, a boss who wants you to stop working overtime, and more. Here we go… 1. Should I tell an out-of-state employer I’m going to […]

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I turned down a job offer but now I want the job

A reader writes: I have been unemployed for the past 4 months. I rejected an offer for employment a month ago. I recently saw that the job that I applied for is now being reposted. What is the professional etiquette in regard to me contacting the employer to review potentially joining them? I was clear […]

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this is maybe why your career is stalled

If you’d like to be doing better in your career, it’s worth asking yourself if your own beliefs about work might be holding you back. Here are eight common misconceptions that can keep you from getting the projects, jobs, promotions, and salary you’d like. 1. Doing your job adequately is enough. Doing a merely adequate job […]

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My boss has mini mean flashes

A reader writes: My boss is really reactive. The slightest thing will make her roll her eyes and display obvious signs of anger/irritation. For example, this can happen if you come to her office at the wrong moment or don’t know an answer offhand. She gives these knee-jerk reactions, and although the next minute she […]

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