Forced Into Adulthood

Business / At Work /

Q: I just graduated with my bachelor's degree in advertising from a university in Chicago. I would like to return to New York City. Both my parents passed at the end of high school, so I was suddenly on my own. I moved in with a friend who is a year older than I am, and she and her family were very kind. During that time, her father got her a ...Read more

The Cliche is True: The Grass is Always Greener Elsewhere

Business / At Work /

Q: Everyone's always saying to be positive, so I am whenever I'm asked how I like my job. I make $70,000 plus a year, which is more than any of my friends, and I get to travel to interesting cities with fabulous restaurants. What people don't think about is how tiring it is to travel all week, every week. I make the phone calls and ...Read more

Nursing Home Jobs -- Critically Important at all Levels

Business / At Work /

Q: I came to the U.S. at 45 years old, married for 30 years, and with two children. My English wasn't so good, so I got a job as a caregiver at a nursing home. I came from a large family where we took care of each other, so I loved my job because it reminded me of being with family. The seniors were always happy to help me with my English, and...Read more

Reference Letters Beg Honest but Positive Statements

Business / At Work /

Q: My friend got her bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work. She then got a degree as a counselor/social worker. People can get degrees in almost anything if they are intelligent enough to understand the material they study and pass the required tests. A degree is not a good judge of how a person will be in a career...Read more

You must do the job with a 'reasonable accommodation'

Business / At Work /

Q: What is a "reasonable accommodation"? I am an office worker and recently developed a disorder that caused an extreme pain and weakness in one arm. I could not be offered adequate pain relief and certain activities made the pain and weakness worse. I took an FMLA leave to have time off for medical appointments, and the doctor was very clear ...Read more

Different People See Different Meanings in Same Message

Business / At Work /

Q: The worst people to work with are those who refuse to learn. I just had a coworker waste 30 minutes of my time because she didn't like me texting her to get an answer on information I needed. Instead of her getting me the information, she walked into my office to ask if I had face-to-face communications problems because I always text her. I ...Read more

Wisely Choose Your Complaints and Reasons to Leave

Business / At Work /

Q: I work for the smallest department ever -- we have a boss and two of us co-workers, a man and I'm a woman. The boss is a 40ish-year-old woman; we are late 20s. Our boss doesn't wear revealing or tight clothing, but she comes across as a very sexual person. She favors my male co-worker like I've never seen. Around me, she's normal and ...Read more

Do the Work to Find an Internship that Truly Teaches

Business / At Work /

Q: I had to do an internship in my last quarter to graduate with a bachelor's degree in advertising. The internship paid nothing, but I got credit as if it were a class. Our administrator seemed nice enough, but she should not have approved the organization. They were supposed to teach me real life experience in advertising.

It was a total ...Read more

Are You Willing to Play the Game to Get a Job?

Business / At Work /

Q: My brother-in-law, 54, was laid off (downsized) from his high paying tech job 18 months ago. He has looked rigorously for a new job, but to no avail. Since he's been unemployed, his hair has turned completely white and he has grown a full beard, which is also pure white. I wonder if this is not a drawback in his job hunt. He seems to think ...Read more

Relying on Recruiters May Get You the Job You Don't Want

Business / At Work /

Q: I don't think companies want resumes that sell the person. They want to know what the person can specifically do to accomplish their goals. Even if it's only 10 percent of all they can do, that's what the candidate should be presenting to the interviewer. The rest is useless noise.

The entire concept of a resume forces the hiring manager ...Read more

Companies Want Candidates to Want the Job Offered

Business / At Work /

Q: I am pursuing a new job. Out of the blue, a headhunter called and had a job he thought would fit me, and one I would like. I've had five interviews with the company, once with one person and twice with my potential boss and her boss. The company now wants me to interview four more times, once with the CFO and CEO, and with two people I've ...Read more

Do You Know How to Handle a Bad Review?

Business / At Work /

Q: I just got the worst review in my career. I know I could improve a little, but my boss included comments that make me sound like I don't know anything.

It couldn't have come at a worse time: My wife has taken a good job in a city two hours away, and fours hours a day of traveling is too much. Since her job is a great opportunity, I was gong ...Read more

Interviewing Oddities: Go With the Flow

Business / At Work /

Q: I feel if I don't find a new job now, I never will unless I'm let go or fired. I've heard resumes and interviewing are all very different now, but there are too many books to pick one on my own. What do I need to know?

A: Ideally, your resume should sell you and all you can do. The truth is, though, that everyone is not equal in talent nor...Read more

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