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    Calling a Coworker Who is On Vacation

    Calling a Coworker Who is On Vacation
    A reader writes: My husband called a co-worker Tuesday night after 10:30 pm and talked until almost midnight about business. This person was also on vacation. This was not an emergency call and I feel, regardless of whether the co-worker kept the communication going, that my husband was out of bounds in making this call. Please advise. It totally depends on ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Get a Killer Resume Cover Letter

    How to Get a Killer Resume Cover Letter
    By Kristina Cowan Do you enjoy writing resume cover letters about as much as you relish root canals? Dread isn't uncommon when it comes to resume cover letters. "It's an area where job-seekers could do the most to improve, because it does require a certain amount of heavy lifting," said Anna Ivey, a career counselor based in the Boston area. "Most ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Beginner's Guide to Social Media Success

    Getting connected online is practically a requirement these days. It's the latest way to make new friends, stay in touch, and — best of all — network. And with HR departments adding social media recruiting to their repertoire, it's also a great way to get a job! But jumping online isn't as easy as you might think. If you're going ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Backing Out on a Raise

    Backing Out on a Raise
    A reader writes: I started a job at $10 an hour. I took the job because I needed income, and wasn't planning to stay for very long. I liked it, because it was a 10 minute drive to work, and steady pay. I was offered another job that would be $14 an hour, but it was a 30 minute drive. I ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Are These the Best Jobs in America?

    Are These the Best Jobs in America?
    Here's an interesting chart purporting to show the "Best Jobs in America." Predictably, lots of jobs in information technology and medical services make the list. But one failing of this chart is that it ignores the costs and risks involved in actually landing these jobs. Being an anesthesiologist, for example, requires that you go to medical school and assume a six-figure ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Office Extremes: How Flexible Should Our Work Schedule Be?

    Office Extremes: How Flexible Should Our Work Schedule Be?
    The Human Services and Public Health Department of Hennepin County, Minnesota, has taken the idea of a flexible work schedule to its logical extreme: Hennepin County is practicing what's called a results-only work environment, or ROWE, which gives everyone in a company the freedom to do their job when and where they want, as long as the work gets done. The ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Deal with the Signs of Layoffs

    How to Deal with the Signs of Layoffs
    Layoffs hit our psychological jugular (I just created the term in this context). Emotions run awry. Relationships are transformed. Former professional/work alliances become beleaguered, UNLESS we make strategic measures to overcome these realities. Speaking from experience in the past of one who has worked in various industries (radio broadcasting, education, sales and marketing and career/employment services). To quote J.T. O’Donnell, the ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Your Corporate Blog Sucks

    Your Corporate Blog Sucks
    With apologies to the couple of corporate blogs I do read, corporate blogs suck. I am talking about the SEO fodder, copywriter driven, press release whoring and/or link bait attracting garbage that are corporate blogs today. I’ll read a lot of lousy blogs and standalone articles but I won’t read your company’s blog because even a guy who consumes as much ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    When Your Boss Won't Train You

    When Your Boss Won't Train You
    A reader writes: I recently stumbled across your blog and love it! I have read through many of your posts looking for advice on terrible, micromanaging bosses who communicate poorly, yell and belittle frequently, and seem to play favorites in the office. I've been here less than a year and have never received any formal training. I was told that I ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part II

    Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part II
    In Part 1 about making your resume stand out, I talked about the resume itself and the 3 key components your resume needs to capture a decision maker’s attention. Just to recap, these 3 factors were…making sure your resume: 1 – Is branded. 2 – Is focused. 3 – Provides proof of your brand and statements by using quantifiable achievements and ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part I

    Make Your Resume Stand Out in a Crowd: Part I
    Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or getting yourself ready just in case; you wonder how to get your resume noticed in today’s competitive environment. Right? So how do you stand out in a sea of competition – often equally qualified? The answer is two-fold: - By knowing the 3 must-haves to include in your resume. - By using ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Cliques and Teams

    Cliques and Teams
    Franny Oxford over at Do the Work blog wrote a post a while back about SHRM (aka the Society for Human Resource Management). While her post was about something completely different, she made reference to SHRM affiliated chapters being cliquish. The comment really struck me because, during my involvement with SHRM, I've heard the same remark…many times. And I always walk ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Refining Your Business

    Refining Your Business
    Are you letting business get away because of your processes and people? I received a call this morning from a large tire retailer, who wanted to offer my husband an additional 10 percent off the purchase of the four tires he tried to buy there yesterday. My response was, "Why didn't you offer him your best deal while he was there? ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Dealing With a Non-Communicative Manager

    Dealing With a Non-Communicative Manager
    A reader writes: My boss is intermittently non-communicative and micromanaging, neither of which I can tolerate. We will go weeks without meeting to discuss a project and then at the last minute she will “fling” across very unclear direction to me to execute (usually in the same day). She typically talks to me about a project as if we’ve been planning ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    5 Little Things That Make a BIG Difference as a Leader Part 5

    5 Little Things That Make a BIG Difference as a Leader Part 5
    This is the last of a five-part series about some of the little things you can start or stop doing that can make a BIG difference on how you are perceived as a leader. The previous posts were: Part 1: Show up on time Part 2: Listen up! Part 3: A little dose of humility Part 4: 4 magic words I ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Guidelines for April Fools' Day at the Office

    Guidelines for April Fools' Day at the Office
    I’ve been involved with office pranks before (I know, surprising) and that includes the hardest day of the year to prank anyone (a.k.a. April 1st). Given that I worked in HR and also pulled pranks on people, I worked on some rules of guidance for April Fools jokes at the office. The golden rule: Don’t prank what you wouldn’t want to ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Addressing a Disability in an Interview

    Addressing a Disability in an Interview
    A reader writes: I am legally blind, but it rarely hinders my ability to do most things (except for more dynamic things like driving and playing basketball). For most other things, I can use common tools like the "Zoom" options on most computer programs and simple hand-held reading magnifiers, and I'll be just fine. Ideally, I would like to just keep ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    It's All About Value

    It's All About Value
    Businesses are obsessed with talking about value.  The conversation is focused on departments providing value, or people delivering value or processes creating value.  Don’t get me wrong…I’m not anti-value.  But in our fast-paced, real-time world, the definition of value is changing all the time.  And, if we don’t understand what it means, how can we work toward creating the value concept? ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Speedy Decision Making

    Speedy Decision Making
    Several months ago, I had the opportunity to hear Eamonn Kelly, author of Powerful Times, speak about current events and the impact they have on the world.  If any of you have the chance to hear him speak, I would highly recommend it. As he was talking, it occurred to me that his message was really about change.  How the world ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Subpar Employee Better Than No Employee?

    Subpar Employee Better Than No Employee?
    A reader writes: I work in an office where you'd have to set your desk on fire to get terminated around here. We have an employees who dinks around all day, dodging responsibilities, refusing to improve. Meanwhile, the rest of us run around like chickens trying to serve the clients. My boss admits that this person is a subpar worker, and ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?