job searching

job seekers are ghosting employers … just like employers have done to them for years

In today’s topsy-turvy job market, a strange new thing is happening: Employers are increasingly grumbling about job seekers “ghosting” them. These job candidates just don’t show up for their scheduled interviews. And in some cases, they accept a job only to disappear. Employers don’t like this. But they’ve been doing this to workers for years, […]

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when the red flags are even more ominous than you know…

In 2014, I received this letter. I get more mail than I can answer, and this one didn’t end up getting published. But read on, because there’s a twist coming. After following your cover letter and resume advice, I landed an interview for a position I would love to have. It is similar to my […]

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employer says candidates must accept the job if it’s offered

A reader writes: I recently was referred to a job posting by a friend in my industry. While I am happily employed, it was definitely something I would consider. However, the posting ended with the line, “It is understood that any candidate applying for a full-time position will accept employment. Please do not apply if […]

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how to make waiting to hear back about a job more bearable

A reader writes: I have a question about waiting to hear back about a job. I have been in the process of applying for a new position. I’ve had three interviews with the company, I know someone who works there who gave me a strong recommendation, and my background matches the position very well. Two […]

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how soon is too soon to leave a panic job?

A reader writes: I took an “any port in a storm” type job due to the pandemic and am wondering what comes next. The background: After suddenly losing my job last year, I was thrown into an urgent job hunt. Four months ago, I landed a job with a decent salary, doing much the same […]

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remote jobs that aren’t really remote

A reader writes: I am wondering how to deal with employers posting job vacancies as remote when, in reality, they want people to work from the office. And also, what is the deal with that? A few weeks ago, I applied for a job that was advertised as remote and open to people from a […]

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I was rejected after a manager looked at my LinkedIn profile

A reader writes: I recently applied for a job at an organization that I am really interested in working for. On Monday, I noticed that a senior manager in the department had looked at my LinkedIn profile on Sunday. However, I received an automated rejection letter that morning. My profile is pretty similar to my […]

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should I take my Etsy business off my resume?

A reader writes: Up until March of 2020, I worked as a supervisor in the food and beverage industry. I also continuously maintained an Etsy store, which I fell back on after my abrupt layoff. During the pandemic, people came online to shop in droves and I was the busiest I have ever been, but […]

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are all jobs bad?

A reader writes: Are all jobs… bad? Because right now I’m looking around and feeling very hopeless about the idea of having a job that checks all the boxes: 1) pays well (or just a living wage), 2) isn’t totally toxic and/or managed by total clowns, 3) allows you to have decent work-life balance, and […]

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