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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 ...
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    5 Reasons Why Nothing Has Changed in Your Organization

    5 Reasons Why Nothing Has Changed in Your Organization
    Business leaders complain all the time that nothing seems to have changed in their organizations, despite their best efforts to make things happen. Yet they continue to do the same things and receive the same results. Well, it's no wonder why nothing has changed! Here are five reasons why your progress may have stalled. 1. You have people on board who ...
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    Too Much Contact When Job Searching?

    Too Much Contact When Job Searching?
    A reader writes: I'm about to lose my job (temporary hire for a project that's almost over) and now am starting the hunt again. I've been reading all the advice, going to the free federally-funded we-help-you-get-hired places, and all of them tell you to constantly call, call, call the place you're applying. Call after you've sent in your resume/application to make ...
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    Career Transformation in 5 Steps

    Career Transformation in 5 Steps
    So last night I was finishing up my taxes for 2009 (I know, I know, procrastination) and I was looking back at my income for the year. I came to the conclusion that it is going to be hard to beat the up and down of 2009 (to which my wife happily applauded). I know that Jason Seiden would say that ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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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 ...
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    How to Answer the Interview Question "Tell Me About Yourself"

    How to Answer the Interview Question "Tell Me About Yourself"
    A reader writes: The interview question that stresses me out the most (besides the what are your weaknesses question) is the tell me about yourself question...or statement...or request, whichever it is. What do employers really want to hear? I'm assuming that this isn't the time to regale colorful stories of my childhood in the deep south, but what should I be ...
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    Danger Signs in a Job Interview

    Danger Signs in a Job Interview
    A reader writes: Can you give some advice to first-time job-seekers on how to verify the legitimacy of companies posting job opportunities? I recently was blindsided by being hired into a company that lacked any sort of professionalism or integrity. Although I've gracefully dealt with an entry-level customer service position for two years, I walked out of this job in tears ...
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    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves

    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves
    The Harvard Business Review published a post by Vineet Nayar on Who is the New CEO? The article is a well-thought out vision that, in the future, successful CEOs will focus on building decentralized organizations and enabled employees. This makes total sense to me. I'm sure businesses right now don't want to build extra layers and structure. That can be very ...
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    Getting Confusing Resume Advice?

    Getting Confusing Resume Advice?
    A reader writes: Last week, I did a complete overhaul of my resume, specifically to cut it down from 2 pages to 1, because I keep hearing (from friends who work in HR, as well as in articles on the subject) that now more than ever, employers want a really clear, concise snapshot of each candidate with as little "fluff" as ...
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    Can You Be a Good Manager if You're Shy?

    Can You Be a Good Manager if You're Shy?
    A reader writes: I'm shy. Sometimes people misinterpret this as aloofness or snobbery. Being outgoing and making friends with everyone I meet has never been a part of my personality. I just have a hard time making casual conversation (which is necessary for good relationships with coworkers), and I have a hard time in difficult/important professional conversations (which are necessary for ...
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    Reopening Salary Negotiations After Accepting an Offer

    Reopening Salary Negotiations After Accepting an Offer
    A reader writes: 11 months ago, I accepted a job in the nuclear industry (Company X). At that time I was unemployed. The offer was contingent upon the issuance of a security clearance. Clearances take anywhere from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 years. In such situations, people either travel, volunteer, enjoy the free time, or find a job. Luckily for me, I ...
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    Job Search Help: How Much is Too Much?

    Job Search Help: How Much is Too Much?
    A reader writes: First, I’m not one of THOSE wives, I promise. My husband was just laid off and is starting a job search. I work at a nonprofit, so I know lots of people in different industries who don’t know my husband at all. A member of a community organization that throws a benefit for us each year is also ...
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    Retaliation For Refusing Previous Job Offer?

    Retaliation For Refusing Previous Job Offer?
    A reader writes: I recently applied for a position in a company. A few months ago, I had interviewed for a different position in another division within the same company and received an offer. I reflected on where I wanted to go with my career and what I am presently working on and decided that this was not an opportunity that ...
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    Rejected for an Internal Promotion

    Rejected for an Internal Promotion
    A reader writes: I am an aspiring manager in the organization I work for. I have been there for three years and have repeatedly acted as the deputy manager within my section (my boss was on the verge of retirement, so was out a lot) and have handled some very stressful and high-profile situations. Basically, I feel like I have proven ...
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    Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume

    Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume
    A reader writes: I was just terminated from my job. I was five days before being off probation and two days away from my first big job event (I plan and run conferences). Without any prior notice, meeting, or confrontation, I was ushered into my department head’s office and told that in order to make a strong team, she needed to ...
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    How to Announce a Demotion

    How to Announce a Demotion
    A reader writes: We have a manager who we are replacing due to performance issues. He's a long-time employee who has a lot of skills that are beneficial to the company but since his promotion to management a couple of years ago, he has not been managing his department. Rather, he continues to complete incomplete work of his employees, doesn’t motivate ...
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    Getting Outed as Transgender at Work?

    Getting Outed as Transgender at Work?
    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 ...
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    My Coworker is Chronically Absent

    My Coworker is Chronically Absent
    A reader writes: I work in a children's program part-time alongside another teacher who works the same hours as I do (about 10/week). We are the only 2 regular teachers in this program. Anyway, my co-worker chronically schedules appointments on the mornings we are scheduled to work. She has many crises in her life so between her and her children, she ...
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    Strange Behavior During Salary Negotiations

    Strange Behavior During Salary Negotiations
    A reader writes: I have a question about something I ran into in a previous job than the one I am in now: I had an interview for a job and returned home afterward. Only about two hours later, the HR manager called me and asked if I could come back to the office. It wasn't until I drove back to ...