At Work: Overqualified? Who Gets Hired and Why?

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Bob Goldman is off this week. The following column is by Lindsey Novak.

Q: We have been looking to hire a professional with experience in certain areas. So far, we have received resumes from candidates who are either overqualified or underqualified, but nobody has the exact experience needed that does not require training. We are a busy ...Read more

Taming the Wild Boss

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"Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Date Goes Awry in the Hamptons."

That was the headline of a recent post on The Cut. As a responsible citizen, there was no way I was going to ignore this critical news item.

Which is how I learned that also covered workplace issues -- just like me! Unfortunately, the advice provided is not of ...Read more

Keep the money. It's bennies I want.

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Your salary is miniscule. Raises are few and far between. Promotions are out of the question. But as miserable as your cash compensation was, is, and is likely to remain, all is not lost.

You do have your benefits.

Benefits are what an employer gives you in addition to -- or, in your case, instead of -- salary. Benefits can be very expensive ...Read more

Excuuuuuse Me!

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You may think this column stinks, and you may be 100 percent right, but it's not my fault. The time I should have spent polishing my perspective and perfecting my prose was taken up in caring for Chirpy, my budgie, who is not at all well. He is listless and depressed and shows no interest in grooming.

Wait a minute -- I'm describing myself. ...Read more

Reading the room

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Just because there's a degree from Harvard Business School on my resume doesn't mean I'm a snob. It also doesn't mean I went to Harvard Business School, but that's another story.

I did read a recent issue of Harvard Business Review in the waiting area of a discount tattoo parlor, which is pretty much the same thing as attending Harvard and a ...Read more

Breaking up is hard to do

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You've been dreaming about it for years -- the singular, magical moment when the ball and chain is removed from your ankle. Your sentence has been commuted; your time has been served; and you can leave your job forever.

Whether you've been fired or you actually made good on your promises to quit, you no longer have a job. You're free!

And what...Read more

The $5 Solution

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Your career kayak is out of control and you are racing down the river of failure, heading for the waterfall of doom.

You are scared of losing the job you have and you are even more scared about finding anything better. Finding anything, period.

You want to know what the future will bring.

I can't help you -- that much you do know. But to ...Read more

New Kid in Town

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It's your first day at a new job. What do you think about?

If it's you, you think about how long it will take before you reach your last day at your new job. But I'm talking about normal people. Normal people want to do their best from Day One, so they can grow and learn and have long and fulfilling careers.

Or so I learned from Julia ...Read more

Take a Message

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This has happened to you, I'm sure.

You have a problem with your cable company, or your telephone provider, or the emergency button on the key fob for your new Lamborghini Centenario Roadster has stopped working. You call customer service, and after poking your way through a phone tree of Paul Bunyan proportions, you eventually reach a human ...Read more

Hello, I Hate You.

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Has this ever happened to you?

Your company makes a passel of new hires, some of whom are earmarked for your department. Because you have no say in the hiring process, you have no idea who has been hired or what they have been hired to do.

The question is -- what do you do when the newbies arrive?

1. Welcome them warmly. They're human ...Read more

Weekend Update

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It's not just a gourmet restaurant, where the Philly cheesesteak eggrolls alone are worthy of three Michelin stars. It's also an expression that sums up your entire working experience.

At the start of the workweek, you put your head down and muscle your way through a miserable Monday, a terrible Tuesday, a weird Wednesday and a ...Read more


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