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    Informational Interview After Applying for a Job?

    Informational Interview After Applying for a Job?
    A reader writes: I recently applied for a job with a closing date of a week and a half ago. A colleague of mine also applied to this organization (for a different position) and was told by a representative from this organization at a career fair today that the best way to "keep himself in the running" was to email the ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Over-Sharing Out-of-Office Messages

    Over-Sharing Out-of-Office Messages
    A reader writes: I work in R&D for the computer industry, where technical staff have few meetings with customers and generally are given a fairly flexible schedule. It's not uncommon for people to send to a broad team mailing list (~20-50 people) messages like: "I'll be in around 10:30. The contractors are just starting to pour the new foundation this morning." ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Bypassing HR for an Interview

    Bypassing HR for an Interview
    I'm working on an project where I spend a fair amount of time talking with people who are looking for work. It's interesting to talk with them because they invariably ask me, "How do I bypass the human resources department in the interview process?" Ouch! Is this the perception of HR? I flashed back to my days in the corporate world. ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Guilt Over Leaving Team With a Toxic Workplace

    Guilt Over Leaving Team With a Toxic Workplace
    A reader writes: I've been in a fairly toxic workplace for two years, and in one week I'm finally done with my contract and am moving on to greener, and saner pastures. This is all well and good, except I'm leaving behind a small team of people who I've grown very close to while I've managed them. And I know things ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Tape-Recording Job Interviews

    Tape-Recording Job Interviews
    A reader writes: I have two related questions that I'd be interesting in getting your take on: First, is it common for interviewers to record the interview so others can listen to it who would be affected by the hire but were unable or uninterested in interviewing? Would that be helpful, do you think, to the hiring process, or just nerve-wracking? ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Why Can't We Be Friends?

    Why Can't We Be Friends?
    I'm a friendly guy. When you come to Portland, I'm there. We can grab a McMenamins beer and chat about talent whenever it suits you. When you e-mail me, I usually respond within a few days if your request isn't out of the ordinary. If you call, I pick up unless I'm on another call or I'm in my writing zone ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Contacting the Person Who Used to Have the Job You're Applying For

    Contacting the Person Who Used to Have the Job You're Applying For
    A reader writes: On Monday, I'm going into a first face-to-face interview (after a phone interview) for a job for which I am well qualified and would be thrilled to have. I'd like to tap into your wisdom about a strategy I want to employ to prepare for the interview. In my research on the position and the organization, I discovered ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Screen Out Candidates With Attendance Problems

    How to Screen Out Candidates With Attendance Problems
    In response to a previous post from someone frustrated that her co-worker is chronically absent, one commenter asked: If anyone has suggestions on how to screen for this issue of not-showing up for work, please let me know. I work in a call center, most of the folks we hire know what that type of environment is. And yet we still ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    My Coworker is Chronically Absent

    My Coworker is Chronically Absent
    A reader writes: I work in a children's program part-time alongside another teacher who works the same hours as I do (about 10/week). We are the only 2 regular teachers in this program. Anyway, my co-worker chronically schedules appointments on the mornings we are scheduled to work. She has many crises in her life so between her and her children, she ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Getting Outed as Transgender at Work?

    Getting Outed as Transgender at Work?
    A reader writes: I'm a trans-woman. (Ed. note: For readers who may not know what this means, this is a transgender person who was born biologically a man but is living as a woman.) Over the past couple of years, I transitioned at my job. One of the two groups I worked with took this in stride, and with some expected ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Announce a Demotion

    How to Announce a Demotion
    A reader writes: We have a manager who we are replacing due to performance issues. He's a long-time employee who has a lot of skills that are beneficial to the company but since his promotion to management a couple of years ago, he has not been managing his department. Rather, he continues to complete incomplete work of his employees, doesn’t motivate ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    7 Tips for Department Meeting Rookies

    7 Tips for Department Meeting Rookies
    The average employee will attend about *12 meetings per year. A few of these will be what's typically called "the department meeting". If you work for a smaller company, it may be a company, or a branch meeting. I figure I've attending hundreds of these. So while those are hours of my life that I'll never get back, I thought I'd ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Rejected for an Internal Promotion

    Rejected for an Internal Promotion
    A reader writes: I am an aspiring manager in the organization I work for. I have been there for three years and have repeatedly acted as the deputy manager within my section (my boss was on the verge of retirement, so was out a lot) and have handled some very stressful and high-profile situations. Basically, I feel like I have proven ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?

    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?
    A reader writes: Our local Goodwill here has been posted a good number of hiring ads in the last 5 months and I've honestly applied every time and never got a call back. I followed up by calling and even this last most recent time followed up in person. The day after I followed up in person, they posted yet another ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job

    How Dating Rules Can Help You Get a Job
    When I lost my job, the last thing I needed was a blank social calendar and empty bed. There's only so much disappointment one girl can take. This modern-day Dorothy wanted to click her heels and have the perfect profession and pillow pal land right into her lap. Was that too much to ask? Maybe not. Monster contributing writer Nicole Williams ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Travel Costs for Out-of-State Job Candidates

    Travel Costs for Out-of-State Job Candidates
    A reader writes: I've been invited to an interview for a senior-level job by a potential employer who is only willing to cover part of my travel costs to the interview. Because the invitation was silent on this topic, I had to raise the reimbursement issue. I was surprised about this based on my prior experiences as a job seeker and ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Post-Interview Feedback Success

    Post-Interview Feedback Success
    A reader writes: I just wanted to write in and thank you for the way that your blog has helped me in my (ongoing) job search. I have been looking for work after a summer spent traveling, and I had an application in that I was really excited about. The employer I'd be working for has a great reputation, I have ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Employee Feels Awkward and Left Out

    New Employee Feels Awkward and Left Out
    A reader writes: My new job is about two months old. In that time, I have discovered that I love the job and the people, yet I feel left out because everyone in the office has a history (wonderful and friendly interpersonal connections). When they laugh and reminiscence with stories, I'm not quite sure what to do. If I am busy, ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Office

    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Office
    You spend eight-plus hours at work every day, so you can assume that that nature will call at least once during your day. Besides your desk, the office bathroom is where you might spend the most time during the workday. Since you spend so much of your day there, the office bathroom should be a comfortable, approachable place. Make sure you ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    When Should Internships Come Off Your Resume?

    When Should Internships Come Off Your Resume?
    A reader writes: When should internships come off your resume? I graduated a year ago and accepted a one-year, post-grad, entry-level position which ended recently and I am onto my second job since graduation. I was fortunate enough to intern with three really well known companies in my field during my undergrad years that are thought of as highly competitive. These ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?