You must do the job with a 'reasonable accommodation'

Business / At Work /

Q: What is a "reasonable accommodation"? I am an office worker and recently developed a disorder that caused an extreme pain and weakness in one arm. I could not be offered adequate pain relief and certain activities made the pain and weakness worse. I took an FMLA leave to have time off for medical appointments, and the doctor was very clear ...Read more

Different People See Different Meanings in Same Message

Business / At Work /

Q: The worst people to work with are those who refuse to learn. I just had a coworker waste 30 minutes of my time because she didn't like me texting her to get an answer on information I needed. Instead of her getting me the information, she walked into my office to ask if I had face-to-face communications problems because I always text her. I ...Read more

Wisely Choose Your Complaints and Reasons to Leave

Business / At Work /

Q: I work for the smallest department ever -- we have a boss and two of us co-workers, a man and I'm a woman. The boss is a 40ish-year-old woman; we are late 20s. Our boss doesn't wear revealing or tight clothing, but she comes across as a very sexual person. She favors my male co-worker like I've never seen. Around me, she's normal and ...Read more

Do the Work to Find an Internship that Truly Teaches

Business / At Work /

Q: I had to do an internship in my last quarter to graduate with a bachelor's degree in advertising. The internship paid nothing, but I got credit as if it were a class. Our administrator seemed nice enough, but she should not have approved the organization. They were supposed to teach me real life experience in advertising.

It was a total ...Read more

Are You Willing to Play the Game to Get a Job?

Business / At Work /

Q: My brother-in-law, 54, was laid off (downsized) from his high paying tech job 18 months ago. He has looked rigorously for a new job, but to no avail. Since he's been unemployed, his hair has turned completely white and he has grown a full beard, which is also pure white. I wonder if this is not a drawback in his job hunt. He seems to think ...Read more

Relying on Recruiters May Get You the Job You Don't Want

Business / At Work /

Q: I don't think companies want resumes that sell the person. They want to know what the person can specifically do to accomplish their goals. Even if it's only 10 percent of all they can do, that's what the candidate should be presenting to the interviewer. The rest is useless noise.

The entire concept of a resume forces the hiring manager ...Read more

Companies Want Candidates to Want the Job Offered

Business / At Work /

Q: I am pursuing a new job. Out of the blue, a headhunter called and had a job he thought would fit me, and one I would like. I've had five interviews with the company, once with one person and twice with my potential boss and her boss. The company now wants me to interview four more times, once with the CFO and CEO, and with two people I've ...Read more

Do You Know How to Handle a Bad Review?

Business / At Work /

Q: I just got the worst review in my career. I know I could improve a little, but my boss included comments that make me sound like I don't know anything.

It couldn't have come at a worse time: My wife has taken a good job in a city two hours away, and fours hours a day of traveling is too much. Since her job is a great opportunity, I was gong ...Read more

Interviewing Oddities: Go With the Flow

Business / At Work /

Q: I feel if I don't find a new job now, I never will unless I'm let go or fired. I've heard resumes and interviewing are all very different now, but there are too many books to pick one on my own. What do I need to know?

A: Ideally, your resume should sell you and all you can do. The truth is, though, that everyone is not equal in talent nor...Read more

Think You're Justified to Yell at your Boss?

Business / At Work /

Q: I was fired after nearly six years of working as an executive assistant to a vice president of operations. For five of those years, he was rude, insulting, disrespectful and emotionally abusive. He was abusive to the other employees, but I got it the worst because I worked closely with him. One day I reached my breaking point and after he ...Read more

Feeling Used?

Business / At Work /

Q: I am a doorman at a very exclusive high-rise with very wealthy residents. I love being around these people because I get to see how they really live and what they are like. Seeing and talking to these people daily makes it easier for me to pretend I have the same lifestyle, which is the furthest from the truth. Every so often a resident is ...Read more

Should Volunteer Groups Accept Everyone?

Business / At Work /

Q: I asked people at our school for volunteers to plan an event. Ten volunteered, and because I spearheaded it, I took the initiative to be the team leader. Within the team, each person had different work experience and abilities, but we were short talent in certain areas. What resulted was that some volunteered for projects that they had ...Read more

Interview Hinted at Company Culture Problems

Business / At Work /

Q: I recently left a company after three weeks. I interviewed with the two top people simultaneously -- one was the business owner and the other a top manager. The owner was friendly and professional. The manager was stiff and oddly quiet. I didn't know what was wrong with her, but decided I didn't care because I thought I would like the work.

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