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    Which Color to Wear at an Interview

    Which Color to Wear at an Interview
    Prepping for an important interview means researching the company and making sure you have smart responses to anticipated questions. It also means being strategic about what to wear to an interview. Specifically, you want to choose job interview clothes — and colors — that will put you in the best light and may give you an advantage. Research has shown that ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Cover Letter Sounds Like an Infomercial

    Cover Letter Sounds Like an Infomercial
    A reader writes: I really appreciate your blog and your candor, and I have used your advice many times during my job search. In fact, the interview chapter from your e-book made a huge difference on my last interview and I really felt like I was on equal footing with my interviewer. It resulted in winning a contract for a project ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Keep Your Online Resume Secure

    How to Keep Your Online Resume Secure
    While you may hear about online fraud, it tends to be focused on companies that derive their business from online purchases. As Monster is primarily a free service, and the contact information found in a resume can just as easily be located elsewhere (e.g. telephone listings), you can be assured that posting your resume on Monster is a safe way to ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Should You Work for Free?

    Should You Work for Free?
    Should you work for free? I want to know what you think. But wait, it's not that simple. Here are six separate scenarios. Would you work for free in any of these situations? Why or why not? 1. Doing some work for free, for a limited time period, in order to get experience in a field you want to move into ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Accepting a Job You May Leave in a Few Months?

    Accepting a Job You May Leave in a Few Months?
    A reader writes: I have recently been offered a job with a company locally and have accepted it. However the hiring process a extensive background investigation is needed and will not be able to start this position until the January of 2011. I have more recently been offered a another job a couple of hours away. I would prefer to accept ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    How to Get a Job Through Your Blog

    How to Get a Job Through Your Blog
    We don't have to tell you — it's not easy to get a job these days. In this economy, it's easy to get stressed out over less-than-plentiful job openings. So the question remains: What's the secret to getting the job you want? Unfortunately, we don't have secrets, but we do have answers. The main one? Start a blog! Come on, admit ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Why You Should Check References

    Why You Should Check References
    This post is for anyone who has ever said or secretly thought that reference-checking is a waste of time. Not long ago, I had a job candidate on the verge of being hired. He had wowed everyone in the interview and clearly had the skills to the do the job well. Something was strange about his reference list, though: The references ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Best Email Greetings and Sign-offs

    The Best Email Greetings and Sign-offs
    On an infamous episode of Sex and the City, Samantha receives a present from her boyfriend, accompanied by a card signed, “Best, Richard.” Despite the kind gesture of the gift, she’s incensed at what she perceives to be a flippant and impersonal salutation. “Ugh,” says Miranda. “‘Best’ is the worst.” Gulp. That’s how I’ve signed my emails for years. I thought ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Asking for a Raise Gone Wrong

    Asking for a Raise Gone Wrong
    A reader writes: I'm in the media world. I'm emphasizing this because it seems that every attempt at getting advice use it seems that every attempt at getting advice for any work-related issue ends with "Hey, it's media, the rules don't apply." Maybe you can help me. My boss is a monster. Exceptionally inappropriate, emotionally abusive, manipulative, etc. I've dealt with ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Workplace Halloween Costumes to Avoid

    Workplace Halloween Costumes to Avoid
    Dressing like a terrorist this Halloween season is probably not going to get you a promotion. In fact, costumes that are in poor taste might even get you in career hot water if you wear one to an office party or Halloween bash where you might see some of your not-so-close coworkers or managers. And your actions could even get others ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Signs of a Nightmare Job?

    Signs of a Nightmare Job?
    A reader writes: I applied for a position that looked great on paper - the organization, job duties, position, etc. I sent my cover letter and resume and within a week I had a call-back. I did a phone interview with one of my potential co-workers about my skills, salary expectations, and experience. Then, I was invited in to do a ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Angry and Insulted by Coworkers Doing My Job

    Angry and Insulted by Coworkers Doing My Job
    A reader writes: I was sent on a business trip overseas for 3 weeks, with 5 people from 5 different departments. Because of some business complications, the timeline for what we needed to do there was super tight. While I understand that and understand that everyone works together and does a bit of everyone's work where we can help, last weekend, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Ace the Phone Interview

    How to Ace the Phone Interview
    Most people regard a phone interview as a mere formality on their way to a face-to-face interview. Although the phone interview is usually just a preliminary step to the formal interview, it is just as important. If you don't impress your future employer with your phone interview, you'll never make it to the formal interview. Are you nervous talking on the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Ending an Interview Early?

    Ending an Interview Early?
    A reader writes: In a recent interview, I learned some things about the job that hadn't been in the job description, and those things were deal-breakers for me. (I had not known about these things until the interview, so I wasn't just wasting everyone's time just getting some interview practice.) There had already been other things that made the position less ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Jokes in an Interview?

    Jokes in an Interview?
    A reader writes: I was wondering what your thoughts are on joking in an interview. I recently had a phone interview that I thought went very well. I was well prepared, am very qualified for the job and had competent answers to all questions. I even threw in a few well meaning jokes (none having to do with sensitive topics) that ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Loans in the Workplace

    Loans in the Workplace
    This is long but really outrageous. A reader writes: I was fired from my job 3 months ago. The reason I was given was "due to personality conflicts with your supervisor," which was shocking, considering that we were actually were pretty close in the office. I had been there longer then her and anyone else, and I never had any conflicts ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hand-Washing at Work

    Hand-Washing at Work
    A reader writes: We have a very distasteful problem at work that I just don't know how to handle, and it's really disgusting. We have a co-worker who absolutely refuses to wash her hands after she uses the rest room, and she refuses the alternative of using gel sanitizer. She has fecal bacteria, ecoli, and Lord only knows what else on ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Job Shadow on an Interview?

    Job Shadow on an Interview?
    A reader writes: A colleague of mine with whom I’ve previously done business recently recruited me for a job at his company. It’s a VP position reporting directly to him. It’s an important position in the company and it would be an awesome job for me. He said he feels like the position was made for me and he’s sure I’ll ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Buying Office Supplies Yourself?

    Buying Office Supplies Yourself?
    A reader writes: This past week, my boss's boss paid a visit to our branch. He was telling me that he wants to see beverages, candy and snack-type foods available for when clients visit. He reminded me that corporate does not provide petty cash, and so I would be expected to pay out of pocket for these items, which I can ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Bullying Ex-Boss is Out of Control

    Bullying Ex-Boss is Out of Control
    A reader writes: A year ago, I took a part time job while my daughter was at school. It was for a pet-sitting company walking dogs. I was an independent contractor. While I knew the owner was passive-aggressive, I learned to just limit my contact and did what I had to do and developed a loyal group of clients who routinely ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?