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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 6 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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Questions to Ask Yourself When Changing Careers

    Questions to Ask Yourself When Changing Careers
    In the past, people often called Boston career coach Randi Bussin because they were thinking about changing careers. In 2009, most of her clients had to change careers due to layoffs, cutbacks or company closures. With whole sectors shrinking, from financial to automotive, many workers couldn't find another job in their current field and had to tweak their resumes to support ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    10 Career Management Strategies

    10 Career Management Strategies
    Eager to Stay and Ready to Go When it comes to career management, two things continue to amaze me: 1. People that don’t proactively manage their careers until they are looking for a job; 2. Managers who hold it against employees that are proactively managing their careers. How could this be? It’s 2010, not 1970. However, I can’t tell you how ...
    Published about 7 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 over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    10 Expert Tips to Increase Your Salary

    10 Expert Tips to Increase Your Salary
    By Kristina Cowan Determined to increase your salary? Follow these tips from Reesa Staten, vice president of communications and director of research at recruiting firm Robert Half International and Anna Ivey, a Boston-based career and admissions counselor, to increase your salary this year: 1. Get comfortable negotiating salary raises."Women fall behind here, because they generally aren't as aggressive and fall farther ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Top 5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes

    Top 5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes
    by Bridget Quigg If you want to make adults squirm like kindergartners, broach the subject of salary negotiation. Talking money makes most workers uncomfortable. And while they want such talks to succeed, they make plenty of blunders. If only they had some basic negotiation guidelines. So what's the best way to avoid stumbling and also boost your confidence? Rebecca Warriner, a ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Bringing Up Salary Range in the Cover Letter

    Bringing Up Salary Range in the Cover Letter
    A reader writes: I am having trouble including my salary requirements on cover letters from a wording standpoint -- every way I word my desired salary, the sentence looks awkward. I have always experienced writers' block on this segment of a cover letter. How do I include my salary range without making it sound like I simply added up my bills ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Handle Salary Requirements

    How to Handle Salary Requirements
    Posted by Kristina Cowan Job interviewing is like art: it requires skill, dexterity, and the right tools and environment. Make one wrong move and the result can be disastrous. This is especially true when it comes to discussing salary requirements. As a job-seeker, approaching a conversation with a prospective employer about salary requirements can be tricky. How soon can you expect ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Get a Job With a Leadership Role

    Get a Job With a Leadership Role
    A reader writes: I've been working since I was in high school - retail gigs, etc were the norm for me until I went to junior college and started temping in offices. It grew a bit from there, as I learned all the new programs, and because I was a fast keyer, was cast in roles like accounting. Finally, in 2006, ...
    Published over 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago | Rated: +2

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?