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    Start Your New Job on the Right Foot

    Start Your New Job on the Right Foot
    Securing a new job is akin to a successful product launching! All the time spent running a well-organized marketing campaign and now the product is in the market. Well … you’ve landed your new job! As in the product launch, you want to continually work on product positioning and posturing for long term success, right? Likewise, you want to do so ...
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    How to Deal With an Absent Boss

    How to Deal With an Absent Boss
    A reader writes: Our department suffers from absenteeism and my boss is one of the biggest offenders. She just called in sick again today. Her habit of calling in sick regularly (not to mention coming in late and leaving early) means that the staff in our department feel entitled to do the same. This is a state agency and a union ...
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    Avoid the Top 10 Resume Blunders

    Avoid the Top 10 Resume Blunders
    It's deceptively easy to make mistakes on your resume and exceptionally difficult to repair the damage once an employer gets it. So prevention is critical, especially if you've never written one before. Here are the most common pitfalls and how you can avoid them. h3. 1. Typos and Grammatical Errors Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn't, employers ...
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    Angry and Insulted by Coworkers Doing My Job

    Angry and Insulted by Coworkers Doing My Job
    A reader writes: I was sent on a business trip overseas for 3 weeks, with 5 people from 5 different departments. Because of some business complications, the timeline for what we needed to do there was super tight. While I understand that and understand that everyone works together and does a bit of everyone's work where we can help, last weekend, ...
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    The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job

    The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job
    There's no formula that works for everyone, so be as specific as you can when figuring out what the job you've always fantasized about really is. We know it's possible, even if we haven't read The Four- Hour Work Week yet. We know people in our neighborhoods or we've seen people on TV who have dream jobs, so we know they ...
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    Does More Work Get a Raise?

    Does More Work Get a Raise?
    A reader writes: My coworker is leaving in two weeks, but my company has a hiring freeze and will not be able to hire anyone for some time, which the HR department has not specified. The head of my department is planning to ask me to take on some of my coworker's duties in addition to my regular, full time duties. ...
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    A Crisis of Creativity in the Workplace

    A Crisis of Creativity in the Workplace
    A sign in the Washington DC airport captured my attention. It said innovation is the key to solving the health care crisis. The ad was for an insurance company that was promoting the fact they're working on innovative solutions toward health care. Nice! But the message made me wonder. Are organizations really ready for innovation? And if they are — don't ...
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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 ...
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    Top Cities For Job Growth By 2030

    Following the money has a whole new meaning. Today’s dismal economic climate is forcing the freshly fired to pack up and move cross country in search of work. But don’t go blindly into the night. Thanks to Mint.com's newest job projection map, you’ll now exactly where to head to get a jump on the competition. So which cities expect to get ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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    How to Handle Salary Requirements

    How to Handle Salary Requirements
    Posted by Kristina Cowan Job interviewing is like art: it requires skill, dexterity, and the right tools and environment. Make one wrong move and the result can be disastrous. This is especially true when it comes to discussing salary requirements. As a job-seeker, approaching a conversation with a prospective employer about salary requirements can be tricky. How soon can you expect ...
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    Accepting a Job Offer for My Spouse?

    Accepting a Job Offer for My Spouse?
    A reader posted the following yesterday in the comments section on a post from February: My husband was offered a job position where I work. We got into a huge argument today because I wouldn't do him a favor and call my boss to say he accepts the position. I was telling him how unprofessional and how bad that looks. My ...
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    Does Salary History Matter to Future Employers?

    Does Salary History Matter to Future Employers?
    Posted by Kristina Cowan Your salary history tells an important story of how far you've come along a career path, so it's fitting that a prospective employer might be interested in learning more about your past earnings. Yet it's unfair to take a salary history at face value, because there are so often back-stories that need explaining. Career experts say you ...
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    Bringing Up Salary Range in the Cover Letter

    Bringing Up Salary Range in the Cover Letter
    A reader writes: I am having trouble including my salary requirements on cover letters from a wording standpoint -- every way I word my desired salary, the sentence looks awkward. I have always experienced writers' block on this segment of a cover letter. How do I include my salary range without making it sound like I simply added up my bills ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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    9 Memorable Questions to Ask at Your Interview

    9 Memorable Questions to Ask at Your Interview
    The landscape for job seekers today is more treacherous than at any other time in recent memory. In other words, if you want a job today, the hard work starts when you prepare for the interview. That means not just nailing the questions you are asked, but actually asking the kinds of questions designed to make the interviewer sit up and ...
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    Top 5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes

    Top 5 Salary Negotiation Mistakes
    by Bridget Quigg If you want to make adults squirm like kindergartners, broach the subject of salary negotiation. Talking money makes most workers uncomfortable. And while they want such talks to succeed, they make plenty of blunders. If only they had some basic negotiation guidelines. So what's the best way to avoid stumbling and also boost your confidence? Rebecca Warriner, a ...
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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 ...
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