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    The Scoop on Being Vanilla

    The Scoop on Being Vanilla
    I love vanilla. My favorite milkshake is vanilla. Fave scent? Yep, vanilla. Every morning, vanilla creamer in my coffee. But I realize many people have the perception that vanilla is a bad thing. Vanilla is plain and boring. So I thought for all those people out there who might be thinking the last thing I want to be known as is ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Turning Down a Job Offer Twice?

    Turning Down a Job Offer Twice?
    A reader writes: Here's a situation I never would have seen coming in this market. I received an offer for a job about 1.5 years ago. Ultimately I rejected it to stay at my current employer because the compensation package as a whole was just not quite enough to allow me to pull the trigger. Fast forward to today - my ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Do Unrelated Jobs Hurt Your Resume?

    Do Unrelated Jobs Hurt Your Resume?
    Do you have a lot of unrelated jobs on your HR resume? Many job seekers — mostly young professionals and career changers — worry that having dissimilar work experience can hurt potential job prospects. But is having several unrelated jobs on your resume really an issue? According to interviewers and hiring managers, the answer is not really — especially if leaving ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Coworker Needs My Help Too Much

    Coworker Needs My Help Too Much
    A reader writes: I have a friend at work, Anne, who joined our office a couple of years ago. She is frequently asking for my help - most of the time, it's to explain procedures or policies (not to actually do her work for her). She seems to be understanding most of it, but she still comes back to me "just ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Bad References Are Not Illegal

    Bad References Are Not Illegal
    A reader writes: My wife and I go back and forth about this one all the time. A former secretary of hers was moving and searching for a new job in her new city. The problem was that this person wasn't the most reliable employee. She was always late, took days off without calling and had some other quirks but when ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Hiring Internally, or Externally?

    Hiring Internally, or Externally?
    A reader writes: Another question along the lines of job rejections. I have been applying to jobs at the company for which I used to work (I left to stay home with kids). I still have great references from colleagues and managers; they pass my resume and cover along with recommendations if they know the hiring manager. While this gets me ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Is Work Experience Worth a Terrible Job?

    Is Work Experience Worth a Terrible Job?
    A reader writes: I have a question regarding my first "real" job. I recently had a second interview for a company that went really well. My interviewer and I developed a real rapport, and I think I'd really like the people I'd be working with. The problem is, the job is really, really low pay for really, really long hours. I'm ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    8 Ways to Fight Office Flab

    8 Ways to Fight Office Flab
    A growing concern for us working women: job-related weight gain. Not to mention cubicle-induced achiness, anxiety, lethargy, and dehydration. But listen up, ladies: you don’t need to quit your office job to stay healthy and happy. Here are eight ways to reverse your cubicle woes and greet the evening with energy to spare. 1) Unplug the Coffee Pot Coffee is a ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Job Application Leak

    Job Application Leak
    A reader writes: I applied for a job with a competitor of the current company I work for. I arrived at work the next day and all my co-workers and people who don't even work with me, knew I applied for the job. Are there any privacy laws preventing this company from telling my current job that I applied there, they ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Boss Can Check Your Text Messages

    Boss Can Check Your Text Messages
    Let’s face it, most employees use their company-issued pagers, phones, laptops for personal reasons sometimes. It’s just the way life is now — the lines between work life and personal life are becoming more and more blurred as workers seem to be working round the clock these days. But if you do use these devices for a message or text you ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Inappropriate Job Application Question

    Inappropriate Job Application Question
    A reader writes: A close friend applied for a job through their online resume/cover letter submission link. Then the company emailed him and asked him to fill out a separate application (which was not on their "apply now" link from their own site, but whatever). Most of the information the form requests was already answered on the resume and in the ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Career Ruining Your Relationships?

    Career Ruining Your Relationships?
    Are you a woman with a lot going for her in all areas except in love and relationships? Do men stop calling or withdraw after a few dates or tell you they’re not interested or don’t feel the right chemistry with you? Your intelligence and ambition may have gotten you where you are in your life and career, but are those ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    7 Phone Interviews, 7 Candidates

    7 Phone Interviews, 7 Candidates
    Today I did a slew of phone interviews for an open position and thought you guys might find it interesting to peek into the hiring process from the employer's side. This is pretty typical of how a day of phone interviews go. The position I'm hiring for is an entry-level job, doing administrative work that isn't the most glamorous but which ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party

    Throw an Awesome Office Birthday Party
    My first glimpse of an office birthday party was via the movie Office Space, when the corporate drones stand awkwardly around the cake and sing “Happy Birthday” to their boss in monotone voices. Flash forward seven years: the first company I worked for as a recent college grad had its monthly birthday celebration, and I had an overwhelming sense of déjà ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Social Media Isn’t Rocket Science

    Social Media Isn’t Rocket Science
    So I was talking to my grandma about what I do as a community director at ERE. Now I know some of you have technology savvy grandparents but mine isn't one of them. So I was explaining our website, different technology platforms, who we targeted, what I specifically did and I think she was more confused than ever. So I dropped ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Choosing the Right Writing Sample

    Choosing the Right Writing Sample
    A reader writes: I've got a question about something you've touched on in some of your posts, but never really talked about at length. Writing samples. When a job listing requests that you send in a writing sample along with your resume and cover letter, but doesn't specify a topic or style of writing, what are you supposed to write about? ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Women's Purchasing Power

    The 90 second video below by she-conomy.com shows that female consumers make a majority of purchasing decisions in comparison to men. • 70% of new businesses are started by women • 85% of all brand purchases are made by women      - 91% of new homes      - 80% of health care      - 93% food      ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Where Are All of the Women Politicians?

    Where Are All of the Women Politicians?
    Women are more visible in the political realm than ever before: Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton have all made it to the top of their profession. To a casual observer, it may seem as though American women are breaking the proverbial glass ceiling. They’re not. Despite our status as the world’s premier democracy, the United States ranks 74th in ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Calling Out an HR Lie

    Calling Out an HR Lie
    A reader writes: I recently applied for a city government communications position for which I was perfectly qualified. They asked me last minute to fly out for a four-person panel interview and even went as far as rearranging the panel date so that I could make it, even after I suggested an initial Skype interview at their original time to ensure ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    10 Career Lessons From Dad

    10 Career Lessons From Dad
    Whether you're still daddy's little girl, or the son that reminds him of himself, you know that a father's love runs deep. We look up to our dads, admire them, and do everything we can to make them proud. As kids, our fathers built us cardboard spaceships so we could reach the stars and carried us to safety when we crash ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?