September 2014

did my interviewer give my resume a numerical grade?

A reader writes: I had an interview today and noticed that at the top of the copy of my resume the interviewer was holding was “97” written in red pen and circled. It made me think of a grade. Is this an accurate assumption? Are there any other explanations you can think of for this? […]

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5 mistakes to avoid in your one-on-one’s with your manager

Ever feel like your one-on-ones’s with your manager aren’t that helpful? At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about five reasons why that might be — including thing like using the time exclusively for updates rather than for having a real dialogue, not asking for feedback, and more. You can read it here.

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do I have to call my coworker “Rabbi”?

A reader writes: I work in an office that is fairly formal, where everyone addresses each other as Mr. or Ms. We are a private company, not a nonprofit or religious institution. One employee is an ordained rabbi and asks that people call him “Rabbi Weiss” [real name changed] instead of “Mr. Weiss.” I don’t […]

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you need a better intranet: Igloo

And now a break to talk about a sponsor… What’s your experience been with corporate intranets? If it’s anything like mine has been, you’ve often found them to be clunky one-way repositories of stale information – the place where documents go to die. That’s why I was excited by what I’ve seen from Igloo. They’ve […]

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5 signs that your resume is holding you back

When you’re searching for a job, nothing is more frustrating than sending out scores of resumes for jobs you know you’re qualified for but not getting any interviews. If that’s happening to you, the explanation might be your resume is holding you back in some way. Of course, it can be hard to know if […]

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the right time to bring in personal belongings to a new job, I was told to bring a pay stub to a job interview, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. When’s the right time to start bringing in personal belongings to a new job? When’s an appropriate time to start bringing your personal belongings to a new job? First day? End of second week? I’m talking about belongings like a personal mouse pad, calendar, pencil cup, […]

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Sunday free-for-all – September 28, 2014

It’s the weekend free-for-all. This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly non-work only; if you have a work question, you can email it to me or post it in the work-related open thread on Fridays.) Have at it.

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