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Falling in Love at Work Offers Its Own Lesson

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Q: I have fallen in love with one of my co-workers. When I started working at the company, Tom (not his real name) and I got along well. We took breaks together and texted each other periodically throughout the day. He made me laugh, and we related to each other. The day I realized I was in love with him was when his girlfriend came to the ...Read more

Who's To Blame For Ill-Advised Career Choices?

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Q: I feel sad for the recent college graduate who is now realizing her bachelor's degree in psychology isn't enough to gain substantial employment in the field.

Where were her high school's college counselors when she was choosing her major? Why didn't they tell her she would need a graduate degree to work as a counselor in the field? Why ...Read more

Is Co-Worker's Warning Helpful or Harmful?

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Q: I work in the very competitive entertainment industry. Competition is expected, but dishonesty also prevails. I am aware of that, but a co-worker keeps warning me to protect everything I do to the point of hiding and locking up everything on my desk. One of his co-workers stole ideas from him -- actually sifted through his papers when he ...Read more

Use Your Skills to Be Your Own Boss

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Q: I signed on with a tutoring agency that sends tutors to children's schools or homes, often with the government picking up the tab. I'm happy with the tutoring fee amount, but the owner/manager is the most unprofessional business owner ever.

I was told to come in for a one-hour training session (I am already a teacher and need no training),...Read more

Prepare Yourself for Illegal Tactics

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Q: I question our new manager's ethics. She has been on the job at our senior complex for only several months now. My lease expires Sept. 30, and I received a letter two months ago alerting me to make an appointment to renew my lease for the coming year. My rent has gone up every year, and this increase is the highest ever. But what worries me...Read more

Critical Tips for Phone Interviews

Business / At Work /

You may not like phone interviews, but the human resources department loves them. One job posting may receive more than 100 resumes of qualified candidates, and no HR department has the time to bring in that many people. The task of narrowing the number may be handled by a software program, but once ill-suited candidates are eliminated, the HR ...Read more

Networking: Staying Safe When Meeting Strangers

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Q: A friend talked me into accompanying her to an open networking event for people in all fields. I feel weird initiating conversations with strangers, so I like to observe people until I feel comfortable. My friend introduced me to several of her friends there, and one of them started talking to me.

She was friendly and mentioned needing to ...Read more

From Kind to Insulting to Kind Again

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Q: I have worked closely with a colleague for more than six years. Each time I thought I knew her, she changed personalities. She started out as kind and helpful, always willing to recommend me to the boss and bring me in on her projects. She was working at a higher level than I was, so I greatly appreciated the recommendations because I was ...Read more

What to Do When a Boss Doesn't Act Like One

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Q: I worked at a charity-run store for one year. Our manager was an alcoholic, but we didn't know it until he fell off the wagon.

He had moved closer to the store to avoid a long drive into work. Of all places to choose to live, he moved into an apartment above a bar. The three of us -- my co-worker, our manager and I -- were supposed to meet ...Read more

Boss Gives Top Sales Leads to Men Over Women

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Q: I worked as a sales representative for a nationwide company for five years. About 40% of the sales force consisted of female sales reps, yet the men were the only ones to make it into the "Achievers Club," where they made up to $300,000 compared to the females making just over $100,000. As top achievers, the men also received gifts such as ...Read more

Courage Required: Reporting an Addicted Colleague

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Q: When we receive assignments, we are sent in pairs to work at the client's office, sometimes for months until the job is finished. My work partner was exceptionally nice, so all was cool. I drove us to the client because I find driving calming.

She was great at first, but I saw behavior changes as the day progressed. She was wiped out toward ...Read more

Nanny Cares More Than the Mom

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Q: I work as a nanny for an agency that finds part-time to full-time jobs for us. I'm in my 20s and have had three part-time jobs so far: one at a school where I taught dance and light martial arts for young children, and two others where I took care of a couple children in each family. They were all fun jobs with great parents.

The family I ...Read more

All Ranks Too Scared to Communicate

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Q: I've worked for a county department for nearly 20 years. When I interviewed, the woman who was a supervisor at the front desk told me I smelled. I was hired despite that. In my 15th year at work, I was transferred to the front desk, and that supervisor became my supervisor. We've had two skirmishes so far about that same issue. She and ...Read more

 
 

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