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    2011 Temp Job Outlook

    2011 Temp Job Outlook
    When times get tough, temporary jobs are the first to go. And when times get better, temporary jobs are the first to reappear. So it’s good to hear that the pace of growth in the temporary staffing agency industry in the fall of 2010 was the fastest recorded since the industry began keeping statistics back in the mid-1940s. On a year-to-year ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 almost 7 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 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 7 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 7 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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    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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    7 Secrets for Good Meetings

    7 Secrets for Good Meetings
    One of the biggest changes I experienced when I became a consultant involved meetings. Working in corporate, I attended a lot of meetings – many of them were routine like staff meetings or safety meetings, etc. As a consultant, the number of meetings I attend has diminished significantly. And maybe it's just me but, the meetings I do go to for ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    What to Reveal When Rejecting a Job Candidate

    What to Reveal When Rejecting a Job Candidate
    A reader writes: In notifying candidates (who were interviewed) that they were not chosen, do you think it's better or worse to let them know that we've selected an internal candidate for the position? I'd come down on the side of more information being better than less information. Job seekers so infrequently hear anything from companies they've interviewed with, and I ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Speaking in a Foreign Language

    Speaking in a Foreign Language
    A reader writes: I would like your feedback on a common occurrence in our store. Sometimes a couple of customers will walk in whose native language is other than English. However, these customers do speak English quite well but choose to speak in the other language while they are being directly waited on by our employees. If they are trying on ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Can Your Boss Legally Open Your Mail?

    Can Your Boss Legally Open Your Mail?
    A reader writes: My own postman is unreliable, so I often have book orders from amazon, half.com and ebay sent to me at work. The other day, my boss opened a package addressed to me and was offended. He wasn't offended that I had something mailed to me at work, he was offended by the subject matter that the book dealt ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Two Weeks Notice Not Enough?

    Two Weeks Notice Not Enough?
    A reader writes: I have been working at the same company (my first post-school job) for about 2 years now, and I've been moderately to very unhappy for most of my time here for a variety of factors (different working style from my boss which has lead to clashes in the past, public belittlement if something goes wrong, a team that ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Why Muslim Employees Aren't Participating in Your Company’s 401(k)

    Why Muslim Employees Aren't Participating in Your Company’s 401(k)
    When it comes to news about American Muslims in the workplace, the focus is often centered on issues of discrimination, harassment, or misunderstandings related to Muslims' religious beliefs and practices. Very little seems to be written about how to create an environment of inclusion beyond basic workplace accommodation. For employers, the importance of understanding the laws specific to religious accommodation and ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Handle a Creepy Coworker

    How to Handle a Creepy Coworker
    A reader writes: I work with a man who has an inappropriate infatuation with a much younger, married co-worker. He is married with a daughter about the same age as this woman (mid 20's). I have seen him demonstrate obsessive behavior toward her: Leering, taking her picture with his cell phone, outward anger/jealousy toward anyone else who interacts with her. He ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Re-Listing a Job Posting

    Re-Listing a Job Posting
    A reader writes: I applied for a job with an organization, passed the phone screen, and was given a second interview less than a week later. I interviewed with a panel of people and was told at the time there were several candidates interviewing for this position. In my opinion, the interview went well. After the interview, the recruiter also let ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    5 Business Lessons from MythBusters

    5 Business Lessons from MythBusters
    Mr. Bartender and I really enjoy the show MythBusters on the Discovery Channel. If you're not familiar with it, two special effects experts – Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage – recreate "myths" (read: urban legends, Hollywood effects, idioms, stuff) to see if they are true or not. To give you a flavor of the show, some of the things they've tested ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Dark Side of Leadership

    The Dark Side of Leadership
    Many leaders have what Aristotle would have called a "tragic flaw". Othello's jealousy and Hamlet's failure to act are two well known literary examples. This weak spot that can lead to a leader’s downfall is often one of the leader’s greatest strengths, which when stressed and overused, turns into destructive behavior. I’ve always believed that most, if not all, leadership behavioral ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Crazy HR Director Just Doing Her Job?

    Crazy HR Director Just Doing Her Job?
    A reader writes: The division that I've recently joined has an HR Director who seems to be extremely powerful due to the strong relationship she has with the head of our business unit. About three months into my job, I was warned by two colleagues on different occasions that I should never challenge this woman and should be very wary about ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?