Q: I've been a professional outside sales representative for 15 years, switching industries three times. I am not pushy, obnoxious, or shallow -- some of the things most thought of when people think of salespeople. I am armed with product, service and company information. I only work for companies I believe in, and I use facts to make sales.
I ...Read more
Q: I love my job and my company. The company benefits and environment are beyond compare. I really never want to work for another company. But I am faced with a serious dilemma. The company is undertaking a whole new process in doing business that involves a heavy investment of money and time in training. We have our same jobs but are ...Read more
Q: I am under a non-compete agreement and I'm highly experienced in a specialized area. I know other similar companies will also want me to sign a non-compete, but I'm not sure how to handle this since I want to stay in my same field.
A: Non-compete agreements (or non-compete provisions in employment contracts) have become fairly common in ...Read more
Q: As professional, full-time waiters, we worked at a good restaurant that enabled us to live on the tips offered, which is how most wait staff make a lot of money. Diners should tip 10 to 20 percent according to the level of restaurant, the prices, the atmosphere, the time spent at the table, and the service received.
We noticed our tips ...Read more
Q: I work at a nationally known company with a solid reputation in a professional field. One would think such a company would have a professionally run human resource department, but it doesn't. It must have started out with professionals in place. How else could the company have grown into what it is today with more than 7,000 employees? But ...Read more
Q: I was hired at a large corporation as an administrative assistant for four managers, and I thought I was doing a great job. At the end of my review period, one of my managers copied me on an email that asked about the release of a bill. I thought my receiving a copy was strictly informational. She later told me I was to release the bill, ...Read more
Q: My friend and I had to get jobs while in high school to help our parents support us. We are waitresses at a very busy coffee shop where nearby highways connect. Some call the place a truck stop. There are three waitresses only. The other waitress is married with two children and her husband has a job.
We both have witnessed the other ...Read more
Q: Our consulting firm has a small group of administrative assistants, so when one of the bosses need work, they give it to the person who's available. One of the assistants is incompetent: she screws up every assignment she is given. Because of this, none of the bosses will use her and so she rarely has anything to do. The problem is they won...Read more
Q: I went through a formal interviewing process and accepted the job offer soon after. At the interview I was given a complete job description and told to read it carefully so if I were to be chosen for the job, the work and procedures would become second nature. I was fine with that, and studied it when I was hired. As I became more ...Read more
Q: As manager, I hired a guy who had no skills other than he seemed to be honest and would be a hard worker in the warehouse. He turned out to be both, but I had to explain everything to him to get it done right. As he became more comfortable in the job and with talking to me, I began to notice him slacking off. He got me into conversations ...Read more
Q: I applied for a job at a church and was shocked by the questions in the online application. It asked for one's resume, but there were also many questions I consider personal, such as religious affiliation, religious life and lifestyle, family life, marriages, divorces, location, and outside interests. After reading the application, I didn't...Read more
Q: I am not content with the status quo and keep changing my mind on careers. I've read about becoming a life coach and that it is a good time for getting into the business. I haven't pursued it because the one person I know who became a life coach is the most controlling and narcissistic person I have ever known. After becoming a life coach, ...Read more
Q: I have an upcoming interview that's critical. I haven't done very well in the past with most interviews, based on the fact that I haven't gotten the jobs, but I didn't especially care about them. This job is different. I really want it, so whatever I am doing wrong, I need to correct.
Here's what I do that I think is right. To prepare for ...Read more