Wise Companies Won't Say You Were Fired

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Q: I worked as an administrative assistant to my boss at a small, privately held company that had no written rules or policies. My boss never warned me about my performance lacking, but he did periodically ask if I could get more done in a day without errors. He also pointed out miniscule things, like missing commas or mistakenly used semicolons...Read more

Healthy Fear: ID Theft in Career and Personal Life

Business / At Work /

A young woman lost her purse while at lunch one day. She immediately filed a police report once she noticed it was gone, canceled her credit cards and felt relieved she had so efficiently taken care of it. Unbeknownst to her, the thief wanted and used her identity and health insurance card, which she did not discover until she started ...Read more

Hold Steady: No Way Out For Now

Business / At Work /

Q: I think I am caught between a rock and a hard place, but I need confirmation. I work in an industry where everyone knows everyone, and people easily move from one company to another. Some of the key executives are great, but some make me wonder how they got there. They, too, move between companies. One in particular is bad news for everyone...Read more

Your Future Is Waiting -- Choose a Career Wisely

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Career interests begin early in life. You see your mom on the computer, eyes glued to the screen. Your dad entertains you in the kitchen as he prepares spaghetti with tomato sauce for lunch. You jump with excitement when the firetruck and ambulance speed by, sirens screaming and lights flashing. You hold a wrench for your grandfather as he ...Read more

Clearing the Path for Good Employees

Business / At Work /

Do you feel as if your job applications are falling into a black hole? Many job seekers share this frustration as they apply for jobs that don't seem to exist, responding to postings that read "new listing" but seem to be magically filled only a day later. They may have been true positions at one time, but everyone knows jobs don't get filled in...Read more

Separate Work from Personal Life

Business / At Work /

Q: Sometimes I receive mail at work that is personally addressed to me, not to the company. The office manager opens all the mail regardless of to whom it is addressed. Once opened, the mail is delivered to the addressee on the envelope. I don't want her seeing my personal mail.

When I questioned her, she said she could open any mail or ...Read more

Avoiding Arrogant Co-Worker May Be the Answer

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Q: I can't be too detailed for fear of the person recognizing the situation. We are a group of professionals (I'll call us consultants) who work out of the same office but each of us has different clients. I assume we are all equally as competent, but one woman in our group is painfully arrogant. For example, if any of us casually ask her a ...Read more

Bad Interview is Legal, but Unprofessional

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Q: I recently had a phone interview where the interviewer (who would have been my boss) was so unprofessional I didn't know how to respond. She was rude, sarcastic, insulting, and inappropriate. She was the one who chose to interview me after seeing my resume, so I question her motive after seeing her behavior. Maybe in speaking to me she ...Read more

Tough Talks With Boss Must Be Made

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Q: I returned to a full-time professional job after working as an independent contractor for the last 20 years. The owner, who has turned out to be a micromanager, and I am not accustomed to working in this type of environment. His micromanaging has made me nervous, and I've been making small mistakes in calculating figures for blueprints. The...Read more

Sharing Gossip in an Interview Won't Get You The Job

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Q: Many people apply the word narcissist to people who are actually just self-centered, but I work for a real narcissist in his dentist practice. Many people are self-centered because they always put themselves first, but they are not out to harm others. The doctor I work for is led by his arrogance. He treats all his patients like idiots and ...Read more

Superior Deserves to be Fired

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Q: I was very excited to get a job in the IT department at a top university. When I started, I was placed in a group under a supervisor who had worked there for about two years, but I had not met him during the interviewing process. When I was introduced to him, he didn't say a word. Not even a "welcome" or "hello." He has turned out to be the...Read more

Her Attitude Brings the Office Down

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Q: I recently started working at a small firm made up of sales and construction professionals. Only the president has an office; everyone else works in an open room. We don't even have movable wall panels for privacy, but I think all employees should know better than to hang around others' desks, listening to their conversations.

The owner of ...Read more

Overqualified or Underqualified? Who Gets Hired and Why

Business / At Work /

Q: We have been looking to hire a professional with experience in certain areas. So far, we have received resumes from candidates who are either overqualified or underqualified, but nobody has the exact experience needed that does not require training. We are a busy firm that needs employees who are able to step into the job and function ...Read more


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