happy endings

more success stories

More good news people have written in to share recently: 1.  You asked for good news, so I thought I’d share: after years of trying and even a career change to become a better applicant, I finally got a job with my “dream organization.” It’s common to take many tries to get a position there, […]

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success story from a student

Some happy news to end the week on. A reader writes: I discovered your blog from a Buzzfeed article almost 2 years ago and I’ve been reading daily ever since – it’s my favourite thing to do when I take lunch breaks, and I’d be lying if I said there haven’t been times I desperately […]

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update: coworkers only ask me about ducks

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 who took care of her company’s ducks and that’s all anyone asked her about? Here’s the update. It’s been almost a year since I wrote […]

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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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