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    Playing Fair in Business

    Playing Fair in Business
    When you're a little kid, everything is unfair. The fact that I had to go to bed before the end of a basketball game on TV. Or that my sister got birthday presents on her birthday but not me. Or that I couldn't ride my bike out to the lake with my friends. It wasn't fair. So because it was unfair, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    The Meaning Behind "Resume on File"

    The Meaning Behind "Resume on File"
    A reader writes: In most of the jobs where I've been interviewed and rejected the rejection letter says something like "We will hold on to your resume and contact you if we ever have any jobs that meets your needs" or something like this. Is this just being polite or is it possible that some time down the road they will ...
    Published about 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 about 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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 about 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 about 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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Proactively Emailing a Prospective Employer

    Proactively Emailing a Prospective Employer
    A reader writes: I'm applying for a job in research at a big university, and a career coach gave me the following advice: in addition to submitting my resume and cover letter through the online system, I should also have my current boss (principle investigator) email the hiring manager with a short and sweet "hey, my assistant applied for the position ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Last-Minute Interview Prep Tips

    Last-Minute Interview Prep Tips
    Interviews can be pretty intimidating, so it's understandable if you put off prepping for the big day because of nerves. Lucky for you, we've put together a cheat sheet of last-minute interview prep tips, whether your interview is tomorrow afternoon — or two hours from now. Procrastinators, rejoice. You still have a chance at that job! 1. Dress Code Looking the ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Don't Resign Current Job Without a Formal Offer Letter

    Don't Resign Current Job Without a Formal Offer Letter
    A reader writes: I've been working at a company for the last year and a half, and its been great for what it is-- first job out of college, I've learned a ton, and they've been very nice about working with my schedule. I've been working full-time and going to school at nights to get my masters degree, and they've been ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Why You Aren't Getting Hired

    Why You Aren't Getting Hired
    Frustrated by unemployment? Job hunting is tricky business. Getting hired is a subtle mix of the right qualifications, enough experience, interview chemistry, and a dash of luck. Assuming you're making all the right moves and avoiding the really obvious job seeker mistakes, there are a few points to consider that could be your ticket out of unemployment. Get out of your ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    How to Beat the Toughest Interview Question

    How to Beat the Toughest Interview Question
    “Where do you see yourself in five years?” We all know the question. So why are we still stumped when someone asks this granddaddy of a ridiculous interview question in our interview? Here’s why – because most job seekers believe it has no relevance. The reason? No company can (or ever will) guarantee an employee a job for five years. But, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    5 Ways to Get a Great Reference

    Many people think of their list of references as an after-thought, something employers only look at after you dazzle them with your killer resume and stunning interview skills. But references can actually help you get your foot in the door, if they carry enough weight. Big names and impressive titles can grab the attention of potential employers. Most industries are ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong

    How to Save an Interview Gone Wrong
    Everything was going so well. Your professional handshake was met with a warm smile from the hiring manager. The interview started off with some small talk that segued into some skillfully answered questions. You can already see what your desk is going to look like. Then, as suddenly as a lightning strike, the interview takes a turn for the worse. Whether ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Typing Test Interview

    Typing Test Interview
    A reader writes: I'm job hunting again and recently had a really embarrassing experience during an interview. The interview was for a job in the industry I work in, but in a very different role. The day before the interview I read up on the company and the industry and I went into the interview feeling fairly confident. When I got ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +3

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?