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

Think You're Justified to Yell at your Boss?

Business / At Work /

Q: I was fired after nearly six years of working as an executive assistant to a vice president of operations. For five of those years, he was rude, insulting, disrespectful and emotionally abusive. He was abusive to the other employees, but I got it the worst because I worked closely with him. One day I reached my breaking point and after he ...Read more

Feeling Used?

Business / At Work /

Q: I am a doorman at a very exclusive high-rise with very wealthy residents. I love being around these people because I get to see how they really live and what they are like. Seeing and talking to these people daily makes it easier for me to pretend I have the same lifestyle, which is the furthest from the truth. Every so often a resident is ...Read more

Should Volunteer Groups Accept Everyone?

Business / At Work /

Q: I asked people at our school for volunteers to plan an event. Ten volunteered, and because I spearheaded it, I took the initiative to be the team leader. Within the team, each person had different work experience and abilities, but we were short talent in certain areas. What resulted was that some volunteered for projects that they had ...Read more

Interview Hinted at Company Culture Problems

Business / At Work /

Q: I recently left a company after three weeks. I interviewed with the two top people simultaneously -- one was the business owner and the other a top manager. The owner was friendly and professional. The manager was stiff and oddly quiet. I didn't know what was wrong with her, but decided I didn't care because I thought I would like the work.

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Can You Accuse Co-Worker of Theft?

Business / At Work /

Q: I work with a close group of coworkers, but we each have our own offices. Each office locks, but we don't lock or even close our doors on leaving.

I had gone to an antique store at lunch and found several unique antique doorknobs for my home. I bought them and the clerk wrapped each individually but placed them in the same box, which I ...Read more

Forget Last Year's Job Search

Business / At Work /

Q: I lead a team at a small but successful company. Our clients pay big bucks for our services, and we are paid well in return. However, our internal environment tears us apart. The owners think that competition translates to better performances, but they don't understand the difference between healthy competition and underhanded practices. ...Read more

Do Nice Guys Really Finish Last?

Business / At Work /

Q: I don't like competing with others; I like doing my best, taking credit for my single-handed accomplishments and giving credit to others when they do better than I do. But living this way has now left me behind.

Two co-workers and I previously held the same position. We reported to a middle manager, who had previously held our same ...Read more

Insecurity Causes Personality Clash With Boss

Business / At Work /

Q: I took a new job in my area, but with an unacceptably low salary. I saw it as an opportunity to learn a little more in my field, even though I thought the company didn't pay people what they were worth. I justified it, thinking I would quickly get a raise once the boss saw how good I was.

I interviewed with the woman who would be my boss, ...Read more


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