Q: I was revising my resume and a friend commented on my various types of jobs, saying I looked like a "jack of all trades, master of none." I felt like it was an insult covered by a smile. I am smart, versatile and competent, but I've had office jobs that never focused on just one area. In a small office, I had to be good at everything that ...Read more
Q: My boss asked me for my social media passwords. I was too stunned to answer immediately. After I calmed down, I told him I would never post anything against the company, and I would never post anything of which I would be ashamed. He said he knew I wouldn't, but this was going to be a new procedure. I told him I'd like to think about it ...Read more
Q: I've been in my current job for 15 years; our current office manager has been with us for 4 or 5. This office manager is truly vindictive and runs to our medical director (who is her friend) whenever she wants backup. The office manager and I recently had a disagreement. When it came time for my annual evaluation, everything was "...Read more
Q: An administrative job opened up in my department, but at the time, I loved my position and didn't apply. A woman who is highly intelligent, capable, pleasant to work for, and always able to see the big picture moved on to a far better job. I can't think of enough flattering things to say about her. That's just the kind of boss she was, ...Read more
Q: I've been near the top in accounting and financial fields, making big salaries and allowing work to rule my life. As a single, independent woman, I did what any man would do -- I worked my way up and put all of myself into my career. I rose fast (I am as competent, efficient, and talented as they come), but once I got there, I started ...Read more
Q: Imagine working at a company run by Darth Vader! That's what it has been like since a major financial firm purchased the company where I work. My first job out of college was at a small company (15-20 employees) where the owner treated everyone like family. He was kind, caring, generous, reasonable and intelligent. He talked and joked with ...Read more
Q: I'm in my first job after graduating in business with a financial emphasis. I feel lucky to have gotten a prestigious business job that will give me the necessary experience to then go onto an MBA program at a top school. I was placed on a team where we have one major goal to reach as a group, and we each have individual projects to ...Read more
Q: I have a boss who can be verbally abusive. I have a great job as a sales rep selling services. Some travel is required, but my base is working from home. My boss pays me a very generous commission, so I do not want to and will not leave my job. I have talked to him about it, but he is 70 years old and set in his ways. Also, he is abusive to...Read more
Jackie: The Adventures of a Little Boy Trying to Grow UpJohn Tammela
"Jackie..." is the story of a little boy dealing with the ups and downs of growing up in the late '30's and early 40's. Young readers will discover how youngsters spent their holidays freely in contrast to children today. Many will relate to Jackie's situation as being the youngest with 2 ...
Q: I am an honest person with a strong work ethic, so no matter how much I need money, I will not compromise myself. Feeling good about who I am and being able to sleep without guilt is No. 1 for me. I am always pro-company until I see management doing something wrong or fraudulent. Here is what happened at a good job I had.
The owner was ...Read more
Q: I work for the director of a small nonprofit agency. I am the only one who does not have a cellphone, and the director would like me to be available at all times. I can't afford one, and I don't need one in my private life. I had a cellphone when my mother became ill and the caretakers had to be able to reach me immediately. I became ...Read more
Q: I work at a company where the job titles seem to be clearly stated with no crossover. That is not, however, what takes place in reality. When there's an issue, a problem usually starts with a person not communicating the entire situation to the boss. Then others get involved who seemingly have no decision-making authority. They get copied ...Read more
Q: I've started an outside sales job in a new industry. Although I have sales experience, the sales manager wants to play an active role in training me over the next few months before I take over. I didn't mind at all when he told me, but other issues have now entered into it that have me thinking.
His driving terrifies me. I think most ...Read more
Q: I'm an IT professional in her late 50s who has not kept up with learning the new technology for large systems. Luckily, after being laid off at a big company, I found a long-time contract position in the field I knew well. The company just renewed my contract and I've now been there two years. As you know, contract jobs offer companies ...Read more