February 2014

can I accept a job knowing I plan to leave it in a few months?

This was originally published on October 23, 2010. A reader writes: I have recently been offered a job with a company locally and have accepted it. However the hiring process a extensive background investigation is needed and will not be able to start this position until the January of 2011. I have more recently been […]

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open thread

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet, but this is a chance to talk to other readers.

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how do background checks work?

A reader writes: I have a question about background screenings. You’ve advised readers before that it’s okay to omit certain university degrees from their resume (especially if they’ve earned more than one) if it was going to hurt their job search. How does a background screening work? Do hiring managers check each university/degree listed one […]

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can you leave your home address off your resume?

A reader writes: I was wondering if you agree with the advice to keep your home address off if your resume? I do look at addresses on resumes, to see if it’s realistic for someone to get to the job or assess whether they will be needing a relocation package. In general, I think job […]

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my medical condition flared up just before an interview, being asked to resign before moving part-time, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. My medical condition flared up just before an interview I suffer from a condition known as vasovagal syndrome. It only flares up occasionally but when it does, it causes frequent blood pressure shifts and fainting spells. I became symptomatic on my way in for an […]

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5 mistakes smart people make at work

You might be the smartest and most capable person on your team at work – but that doesn’t always mean that your career will go well. Smart people make serious workplace mistakes too, ones that can have lasting implications for their careers. At U.S. News & World Report, I talk about five mistakes smart people […]

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head of job bank outed for sending nasty emails to job seekers

A reader sent me this story, which blew up in Cleveland yesterday: A communications exec who runs her own email list of local job openings — and advertises herself as a “job bank house mother” — just got outed for sending really nasty emails to job seekers who asked to subscribe to her list and/or […]

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