happy endings

Letters from people who took the work advice here and had happy endings.

update: interviewing while missing several front teeth

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past.  Remember the letter-writer in 2018 who had to interview while missing several front teeth because he was in the middle of extensive dental work? (#2 at the link) […]

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update: is my parents’ advice destroying my job search?

It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Back in 2011, I answered a letter from someone who worried her parents’ advice was ruining her job search. They were recommending things like visiting managers in-person every […]

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another salary negotiation success story

A reader writes: I just wanted to share a my recent success story with you. I started an admin role about nine months ago, thinking that it would be an in to a field I was interested in. I quickly learned that I not only find admin work mind-numbingly boring, I’m also not very good […]

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a happy ending

A reader writes: I’ve been reading your blog for many years, starting when I was miserable and stuck in a role with an awful manager, and your advice has made a big impact on how I approach work and applying for jobs. Most recently, I was laid off last fall from my job at a […]

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here is your happy ending for the week

Something nice to end the week with. A reader writes: This is not to ask a question but simply to thank you for giving me guidance and context to get out of a job that was terrible for me. There was a letter I came across about a new boss who was trying to get […]

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a salary negotiation success story

A reader writes: I wanted to send you a note to thank you for all of your excellent advice, some of which I’ve recently been able to put into practice. I’m a 27-year-old woman, and I recently negotiated my salary successfully for the first time. In my first job out of university, I accepted the […]

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