October 2013

after I turned down a job, the hiring manager asked me out

A reader writes: After I declined a career opportunity at a company, the hiring manager emailed me and asked me out for dinner and drinks, in a way that he clearly didn’t intend as professional networking.* I tried to read the message every which way, hoping it wasn’t what I thought…but basically I feel totally […]

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job-searching is the real fright show

It might be Halloween, but for plenty of people, job searching is the real fright show. (Bad puns like this are also scary.) Over at U.S. News & World Report today I talk about eight scares you should hope to avoid if you’re in the job market this Halloween season — including interviewers who know […]

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I want to stop eating lunch every day with my employee

A reader writes: I have a direct report, “Dan,” who expects to eat lunch with me and another colleague, “Amy,” every day of the week. We were friendly and ate together a lot before I became his boss, and I would say are generally still friends. I do work hard to be clear on when […]

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how to disagree with your boss and keep your job

When you know you’re right and your boss is wrong, figuring out whether to speak up can be tricky. But if you handle it adeptly, disagreeing with your boss can actually make you a more valuable employee. Of course, if you do it wrong, it can make you a less valuable employee, or even an […]

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stuff for you to read

Three good articles that you should read — 1. This article from Harvard Business Review has great advice about how to deal with a screamer or an over-explainer — two frustrating types you might encounter at work at some point. It’s pretty insightful advice that wasn’t intuitive for me. 2. I’ve been known to try […]

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ask the readers: how can I have more energy in interviews?

I’m throwing this one out to readers to weigh in on. A reader writes: I’ve been out of work for over a year, taking some freelance work (mostly unpaid) here and there. Recently, I’ve received feedback from a few interviewers that while my credentials and interview question answers are all stellar, they felt I lacked […]

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