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    Long-Distance Job Searching

    Long-Distance Job Searching
    A reader writes: I am looking for a position in another city. I am applying for positions that I am well qualified for and would easily be asked for an interview if I was local. However it seems I keep getting turned away because I am out of state. I have stated in my cover letter that of course I will ...
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    How to Answer “Where Will You Be in Five Years?”

    How to Answer “Where Will You Be in Five Years?”
    “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. ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Signs of a Selfish Boss

    Signs of a Selfish Boss
    If you've ever worked in an office environment, you've probably dealt with some breed of bad boss. Micro-managers, control freaks, and selfish tyrants lurk at all levels of organizations, their destructive powers wreaking havoc in the workplace. In fact, employee-employer relations are major stressors for even the savviest businesswomen. According to a Gallup poll, supervisor problems surpass most other areas of ...
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    5 Salary Secrets Your Company Won't Tell You

    5 Salary Secrets Your Company Won't Tell You
    by Joy Victory, special to PayScale.com It's normal to wonder how and why you get paid the salary you do. After all, most employers are not willing to share inside salary information and salary decision methods, without at least a little prodding. So how are wage increases determined in big companies? And how can you use that salary information to your ...
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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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    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 ...
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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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    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 ...
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    Do You Work in the Gray Zone?

    Do You Work in the Gray Zone?
    One of the absolutely fabulous readers here at HR Bartender sent me this question. It was a question asked of her during a job interview and she wanted to know how I would have answered it. Jan and John are working together on a project. HR is planning to suspend Jan. Do you tell John that Jan is going to be ...
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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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    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 ...
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    Can Unrelated Jobs Really Hurt Your Resume?

    Can Unrelated Jobs Really Hurt Your Resume?
    Do you have a lot of unrelated jobs on your 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 it ...
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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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    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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