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    Managing an Employee Who Was Passed Over for Your Role

    Managing an Employee Who Was Passed Over for Your Role
    A reader writes: There are lots of posts online about "how to deal with being passed over." I am looking for perspective from the other side of the coin. I was awarded a GM role and have to work with someone who was passed over for my role. What is the best way to deal with this person? I am an ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Getting Through a Group Interview

    Getting Through a Group Interview
    Group interviews are relatively easy if you work well in a team and are able to make your ideas heard in a crowd. However, they can be challenging if you have a quieter personality and prefer to keep to yourself. Regardless of how you feel about group interviews, there’s no reason you should treat them any different, in most respects, than ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Better Pay and Hours? Forget About it.

    Better Pay and Hours? Forget About it.
    A reader writes: I have been working at the same job going on four years and I am still part-time. This would not really bother me other than the fact that there are a few guys, younger than myself, who get better hours and better pay and haven't been there nearly as long as I have. It's not that I don't ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Whip Your Resume Into Shape

    Whip Your Resume Into Shape
    By Kristina Cowan So you've discovered the perfect gig with a higher salary, and you're bent on shuffling your credentials to the hiring manager immediately, if not sooner. You've got the experience, education and skills that make you a star candidate. One hurdle remains: how to do a resume appropriately. Don't fret-you can soon be on your way to crafting a ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Is Sexual Harassment a Severe Crime... or Not?

    Is Sexual Harassment a Severe Crime... or Not?
    The CEO of Hewlett Packard, Mark Hurd, got fired last week following an investigation into sexual harassment claims made by a former contractor, Jodie Fisher. After the probe into the allegations, the company found Hurd had not violated HP’s sexual harassment policy but he did monkey around with $20,000 of company funds. Now Fisher, who was also a reality show contestant, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Handle a Surprise Phone Interview

    How to Handle a Surprise Phone Interview
    A reader writes: Is it customary to surprise applicants with a phone interview? I'm applying for an internal promotion with my current employer. I had an appointment to call my potential boss to ask questions about the position (this is standard practice at my company). HR told me I would have a phone interview Tuesday. When I called the boss today ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Sending a Resume by Postal Mail

    Several people have asked me recently about whether there's any advantage to sending your resume -- or later follow-up -- by postal mail. I'm sure there are still some hiring managers out there who would disagree, but I hate postal mail in the hiring process for the following reasons: 1. It takes extra time. I keep everything electronically, so getting something ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Initiative Is A Long-Term Philosophy

    Initiative Is A Long-Term Philosophy
    Scot Herrick at Cube Rules published a post recently titled Showing Initiative at Work is Way Overrated. I thought the post had an interesting twist. Hope you will check it out. Initiative means taking the first step in a series of actions. As a general rule, I think we all believe demonstrating initiative is important. But Scot's point was initiative doesn't ...
    Published about 8 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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Art of Being Subtle

    The Art of Being Subtle
    Being subtle is the act of conveying something in a skillful or clever way versus in a direct manner. It's truly an art form and one that is not easily mastered. The biggest reason being subtle is a challenge is because you have to know when you've succeeded. Let's say you convey a message and feel you've been able to accomplish ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Job, Lower Pay

    New Job, Lower Pay
    A reader writes: I was recently hired for a small retail gig while trying to make my way through college. I asked for $X amount on my application, and after I'd already been hired, my new manager said something along the lines of, "Oh, and I noticed you wanted $X." And they started me about a dollar and a half below ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Sending a Themed Thank-You Note?

    A reader writes: I recently applied for a job at an animal care facility, and I made sure to note in my cover letter than I'm a compassionate animal (and people) person in hopes that this will show my personality and also put my resume at the top of the pile. If (hopefully when) I land an interview with this company, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    5 Dangerous White Lies We Tell Our Doctors

    5 Dangerous White Lies We Tell Our Doctors
    It starts harmlessly enough: you're sitting in a doctor's examining room, reflecting on how well you've taken care of your body since your last visit a year ago. Sure, you might have hit the bars more and the gym less than you meant to, but you think you've been pretty good overall. Not so fast—on second thought, those habits also mean ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Second Chance for an Interview

    Second Chance for an Interview
    A reader writes: A few months ago, I interviewed for an auditor position with my local county government. The interview didn't go all that well (I tend to get nervous and babble too much, also I was ultimately not as good a match for the position compared to other candidates) and I wound up not being selected. I was in contention ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Speak More Assertively

    How to Speak More Assertively
    If you deal with daily meetings and interactions with coworkers, you know just how important it is to speak assertively. But what exactly does “assertively” mean and how do you speak your mind without coming across as rude? These are important questions, as communicating effectively — not to mention politely — is pivotal to your professional success. The last thing you ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Job Title Hurting Your Resume?

    Job Title Hurting Your Resume?
    A reader writes: I'm having trouble getting interviewed and I feel my resume is to blame, but I think my unique situation may also share some of that trouble. My husband and I own a small construction company. I'm actually majority owner, and we employ between five to 15 employees depending on our job load. My actual duties include everything from ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Separating Business from Personal

    Separating Business from Personal
    It's very easy to say that you have to separate personal from business. So much harder in real life. During the time I was a human resources director in Corporate America, I was always pretty guarded at work. I never knew when I would have to discipline or terminate someone. So to avoid the emotional turmoil, I tried to steer clear ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Obama Endorses Paycheck Fairness Act

    Obama Endorses Paycheck Fairness Act
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to press Congress today to pass pay-equity legislation that would make it easier for women to sue employers who pay them less than their male counterparts, the White House said Monday. "Women deserve equal pay," White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said in an interview, citing government statistics that show women earn 77 cents for every ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Is Technology Making You Bad at Your Job?

    Is Technology Making You Bad at Your Job?
    Technology is a beautiful thing. Most of us can’t imagine doing our jobs without it. But sometimes, overindulging in email, texts, and social networking might actually hinder your performance. We’ve identified five ways your iPhone, BlackBerry, Facebook and that endless information superhighway are actually making you worse at your job. Instant message is twisting your words (and making you lazy) Remember ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    When to Send a Thank-You Note

    When to Send a Thank-You Note
    A reader writes: I have a question about thank-you letters after an interview. In today's world of cell phones being able to do email, I can actually have the thank-you letter sent before I even leave the interviewer's office. I literally just said thank-you and shook hands three minutes ago, and am sending the thank-you email already? I try to include ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?