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    5 Ways to Explain a Spotty Work History

    5 Ways to Explain a Spotty Work History
    Is your employment history the kind we used to call "checkered"? Well, you're not alone, or even in the minority. People bounce around between jobs, industries and locations like crazy these days -- but the result can be that your resume makes you look confused, finicky or otherwise undesirable. Here are five ways to smooth out your career storyline and help ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    When an Employee Won't Stop Asking for a Raise

    When an Employee Won't Stop Asking for a Raise
    A reader writes: I have an employee who has been with us since 2008 in our small municipality (read: no money) who is constantly dissatisfied with his salary. He has gone to his manager (who is now on maternity leave), his acting manager, and the manager of HR (behind his manager's back) several times about a raise. I'm the HR assistant ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Accepting a Job Offer for My Spouse?

    Accepting a Job Offer for My Spouse?
    A reader posted the following yesterday in the comments section on a post from February: My husband was offered a job position where I work. We got into a huge argument today because I wouldn't do him a favor and call my boss to say he accepts the position. I was telling him how unprofessional and how bad that looks. My ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

    How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot
    Securing a new job is akin to a successful product launching! All the time spent running a well-organized marketing campaign and now the product is in the market. Well … you’ve landed your new job! As in the product launch, you want to continually work on product positioning and posturing for long term success, right? Likewise, you want to do so ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Go From Temp to Permanent Hire

    Go From Temp to Permanent Hire
    Two questions, one answer. The first reader writes: I have been temping for a while and a few months ago landed a temp-to-perm gig at a financial services firm. I love the job and my coworkers and couldn't be happier. The pay is ok - tough for living in New York, but I scrape by. The problem is, I've been living ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Open Door Policy

    The Open Door Policy
    Seth Godin's wrote a great post titled "Goodbye to the Office", challenging conventional thought about the traditional office environment. I can certainly see his point. It's one of the reasons I'm writing at Workshifting blog and am involved in social media. The development of the freelance economy along with the technology tools at our fingertips could make the traditional office obsolete. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Don't Fake it at Work

    Don't Fake it at Work
    When I worked in Corporate America, summertime meant a few things. Company picnics was one and manager outings was another. Both of them usually involved a discussion about serving alcoholic beverages. The decision to serve alcohol was based upon three things: 1. Whether or not we had the budget for it 2. Senior leaderships views on drinking 3. If someone had ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Importance of Giving Notice

    The Importance of Giving Notice
    I read an article recently dealing with the pros/cons of employees giving notice.  It's an interesting read and you can check it out here. Giving notice should be a two-way street.  Employees should give notice to the company so a transition plan can be put into place.  Companies also have the opportunity to "give notice" to employees — for example, sometimes ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    How to Get a Job in a Job Fair

    How to Get a Job in a Job Fair
    When you’re young and the world is seemingly your oyster, going to a job fair sounds like a no-brainer. A bunch of companies looking to hire? and All in the same place? As long as you bring enough copies of your resume and pass them out to everyone, you’re certain to get a callback. Right? Not necessarily. Without the right approach, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    7 Dirty Jobs That Make Yours Look Better

    7 Dirty Jobs That Make Yours Look Better
    Okay, so you hate your job. You're sick and tired of clocking in day after day just to rot away in a cubicle. Your measly paycheck just isn’t worth the daily drudgery and never-ending grind. It’s called a job for a reason, but remember, it could always be worse — the grass isn't always greener on the other side. In fact, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Take the Job or Go on Vacation?

    Take the Job or Go on Vacation?
    A reader writes: I find myself in a really tight position here. I am going to an interview tomorrow for a job that I would really like. However, in less than a month I’m going on a pre-planned family visit in China for a little over a month (May 21 to Jun 29). It is nerve wracking because I do not ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    5 Steps For Career Transformation

    5 Steps For Career Transformation
    So last night I was finishing up my taxes for 2009 (I know, I know, procrastination) and I was looking back at my income for the year. I came to the conclusion that it is going to be hard to beat the up and down of 2009 (to which my wife happily applauded). I know that Jason Seiden would say that ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    How Volunteering Can Boost Your Career

    How Volunteering Can Boost Your Career
    Income…$0. Value…Priceless. It’s always a good thing to give back. Whether it is doing hands on service with a group like Habitat for Humanity, or assisting in the back office of a local non-profit, there are benefits beyond money that come from volunteering. Apart from just the positive feeling of sowing good actions into a cause you believe in and the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Does Salary History Matter to Future Employers?

    Does Salary History Matter to Future Employers?
    Posted by Kristina Cowan Your salary history tells an important story of how far you've come along a career path, so it's fitting that a prospective employer might be interested in learning more about your past earnings. Yet it's unfair to take a salary history at face value, because there are so often back-stories that need explaining. Career experts say you ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    What That Job Description Really Means

    What That Job Description Really Means
    BEWARE: Job seekers aren’t the only ones who sometimes get creative when it comes to selling themselves (i.e. resumes and cover letters that have been, shall we say, ‘tweaked’ to make a person look like the ideal candidate). Some employers have a tendency to use verbiage that makes their open positions sound better than they really are. Over the years, I’ve ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Ace the Career Fair

    Ace the Career Fair
    With so many potential employers in one spot, you definitely want to make a good impression, right? So when thinking about your approach to an upcoming career fair, it may help to start by putting yourself in the shoes of the campus recruiter. In other words… You are meeting a lot of students in one day. (A lot of students!) You ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    5 Salary Secrets Your Company Won't Tell You

    5 Salary Secrets Your Company Won't Tell You
    by Joy Victory, special to PayScale.com It's normal to wonder how and why you get paid the salary you do. After all, most employers are not willing to share inside salary information and salary decision methods, without at least a little prodding. So how are wage increases determined in big companies? And how can you use that salary information to your ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    6 Ways You Could Be Kidding Yourself In Your Career

    When it comes to your career, do you lie to yourself? The answer is most likely ‘yes.’ In an article I read by Sam Sommers, a professor of psychology at Tufts University, he explains how and why we like to kid ourselves. He explains: “People do this all the time. We bend the facts to fit our self-image, perpetuating a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Are You the Second Choice? Ask for Feedback

    Are You the Second Choice? Ask for Feedback
    A reader writes: I wondered if I could ask you a question about feedback after not being hired (a subject I know you have covered before); I am in a somewhat interesting position regarding this issue. A bit of background: I worked for nearly a decade in the entertainment industry, before deciding to completely change careers; I went back to school ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?