A Year Here And There Is No Way To Build A Career

Business / At Work /

Q: This is my first serious job after graduating. My boss puts a lot of trust in me and lets me do almost all of her writing. I do her business letters to other executives, create ideas for promotions at some events and I get to attend as her assistant. What I am not allowed to do is to say that I wrote or came up with the ideas for anything. ...Read more

Worker Hides From His Potential

Business / At Work /

Q: I have a friend who is intelligent, competent, and knows proper etiquette, but takes jobs that are totally beneath him. He said he wanted a career and not just a job, so he took the real estate course and got licensed. He got in with a small real estate company, and then became so fearful that he stayed with his minimum-wage job and didn't do...Read more

When You Don't Jive With The Culture, Watch Out

Business / At Work /

Q: My boss is not a communicator and I am at a loss for how to deal with it. You know the phrase that "you don't know what you don't know." Well, I can't ask questions if I don't know what to ask. I like being allowed to work independently, but I'd like guidance occasionally. I hesitate to tell her this because she's insanely busy -- too busy to...Read more


Business / At Work /

Q: I'm paid hourly but work as an administrative assistant who is depended on. My boss piles on assignments, telling me they need to be done, but that I can't work overtime. When I tell her I need to work overtime to finish, she tells me I must slow if I can't do it all during my work hours. Also, she is always at work and emails me ...Read more

Fortitude Can Turn A Charitable Passion Into A Reality

Business / At Work /

Q: My job is not just full-time -- it's an energy-draining, time-sucking career that pays well but is far from making me rich. I looked into forming a charitable organization for the arts, but it required much paperwork, forms, and money. I gave up the idea but it still pulls at me.

A: Money helps all who want to start a business, create a ...Read more

Worthy Cause Led By Incompetent Head

Business / At Work /

Q: My job title is office assistant, but I am relied on to provide information for every major decision and to solve problems that arise. I have worked for this nonprofit organization for five years. The Board of Directors selected a woman to start and head the agency, but she is incapable of making sensible decisions in any area; she is rigid...Read more

Axe The Unwanted Job Advice

Business / At Work /

Q: I've been seeking full-time employment for a year now, but not putting my heart into it because I'm fine with working part-time. I ultimately need a full-time job, but it's not crucial and I'm not money-motivated. This bothers my friends much more than it bothers me. I don't ask to borrow money, but living on a lower salary limits my social...Read more

Foreign Student Sees Vast Difference In Values

Business / At Work /

Q: I'm from Cameroon in Africa. I came to America to study pharmacology. I am an "A" student, Dean's List, who is goal-oriented. Many in Cameroon saw education as a ticket to being successful because it allows us to be professionals. We know what poverty is because we have lived in it, but our parents instilled the value of education as the ...Read more

Face Stereotyping To End Discrimination

Business / At Work /

Q: I think the error in announcing the winner of Best Picture at the Academy Awards 2017 brought attention to the far-reaching problem of age discrimination in the workplace. I worked at a small company where only two of us were in our early 20s. Everyone else was about 40 to early 50s. Everyone was sharp, focused and efficient. We needed a ...Read more

Public Speaking: Not Part Of My Job

Business / At Work /

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

Love Everything but the Salary?

Business / At Work /

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

Discuss Non-Compete Agreements Before You Sign

Business / At Work /

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

Violence Solved the Problem, But at What Risk

Business / At Work /

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

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