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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 ...
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    Coworker Needs My Help Too Much

    Coworker Needs My Help Too Much
    A reader writes: I have a friend at work, Anne, who joined our office a couple of years ago. She is frequently asking for my help - most of the time, it's to explain procedures or policies (not to actually do her work for her). She seems to be understanding most of it, but she still comes back to me "just ...
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    Denied for a Promotion That Boss Recommended

    Denied for a Promotion That Boss Recommended
    A reader writes: Recently, my manager decided to introduce a new position that would be in between my current position and his position, basically someone to make sure the daily job functions of me and my coworkers get done at the company's computer support desk. This position was opened to both internal and external applicants, and he encouraged both me and ...
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    Go From Temp to Permanent Hire

    Go From Temp to Permanent Hire
    Two questions, one answer. The first reader writes: I have been temping for a while and a few months ago landed a temp-to-perm gig at a financial services firm. I love the job and my coworkers and couldn't be happier. The pay is ok - tough for living in New York, but I scrape by. The problem is, I've been living ...
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    6 Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid

    6 Illegal Interview Questions to Avoid
    Wondering which questions you'll be asked during your job interview? You should expect the usual ones, such as "Where do you see yourself in five years?" and "What's your greatest weakness?" But then there are more colorful questions, such as "What animal best describes you?" and "If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to ...
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    No Concern for Building Security

    No Concern for Building Security
    A reader writes: Hope you can help address this pretty strange situation that is occurring in my office. My desk is the closest desk to the side door/parking lot door. Most building foot traffic comes through this door since it leads right to the parking lot/straight to the office area, so it's heavily used. With the way the building is set ...
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    Handling Workplace Retaliation

    Handling Workplace Retaliation
    Don't know the reason, but I've been noticing a lot of conversation lately about speaking up, giving feedback and all-around "conflict is healthy" talk. While I agree with most — if not all — of the conversation, I find that any discussion about putting disagreement on the table usually comes with questions regarding the consequences of doing so. Employees want to ...
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    Deathbed Advice for Managers

    Deathbed Advice for Managers
    Back in November 2007, someone challenged me to list five pieces of advice I'd give to managers on my deathbed. I'm re-running that post because I like it. 1. Look for trouble. Assume things will go wrong and poke around to find out what they might be. You'll often uncover problems this way and have an earlier chance to fix them. ...
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    10 Career Tips From Dad

    10 Career Tips From Dad
    Whether you're still daddy's little girl, or the son that reminds him of himself, you know that a father's love runs deep. We look up to our dads, admire them, and do everything we can to make them proud. As kids, our fathers built us cardboard spaceships so we could reach the stars and carried us to safety when we crash ...
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    Be Yourself at Work

    Be Yourself at Work
    When I worked in Corporate America, summertime meant a few things. Company picnics was one and manager outings was another. Both of them usually involved a discussion about serving alcoholic beverages. The decision to serve alcohol was based upon three things: 1. Whether or not we had the budget for it 2. Senior leaderships views on drinking 3. If someone had ...
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    My Mom is Embarrassing Me With My Boss

    My Mom is Embarrassing Me With My Boss
    A reader writes: My mother and my boss are casual email acquaintances. They've also met in person, and my boss has given her some contract work over the last few months I've been here. So they have a relationship that is not-friendly but not quite professional either. I don't mind that he gives her work, because she's job-seeking and could use ...
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    Friends and Colleagues

    Friends and Colleagues
    Over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion there are three kinds of people in my professional life. And it’s important to understand where these kinds of people fit in your life, or otherwise you can find yourself in some sticky situations. The first are the ones I call “hang out at the bar” people. These are the people you immediately click ...
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    How to Deal With a Lazy Boss

    How to Deal With a Lazy Boss
    A reader writes: I believe that my boss sets a poor example. Our offices are adjoining and during the day I hear her playing video games on her iTouch, making phone calls about mortgage refinancing and car loans, using Rosetta stone software. Sometimes when I stop by her office she has her kindle or ipad open to the latest book she ...
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    How to Climb the Corporate Ladder

    How to Climb the Corporate Ladder
    Who doesn't think about getting that promotion? We all want to be our own boss someday, but before we can rule the hive, we have to tough it out as a lowly worker bee. These days, moving up is less like climbing a ladder and more like picking your way through a maze. There are many ways you can move your ...
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    Banned From Eating Lunch Together?

    Banned From Eating Lunch Together?
    A reader writes: My sister works in a local government office. Most of the time, she eats lunch alone at her own desk, but sometimes she will eat with some of her coworkers in one of their cubicles. Recently, one of the coworker's supervisor came to them during lunch and told them that her supervisor ("Betty") asked her to come tell ...
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    Help! Manager Won't Listen to Feedback

    Help! Manager Won't Listen to Feedback
    A reader writes: I work at a fast food place. I took the job because it was literally the only one I could get: I have a college degree and some professional experience, but not much, and I really needed a job. I've been promoted here, and that's good, and up until now the place has been very tolerable and even ...
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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 ...
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    Network Without Burning Bridges

    Network Without Burning Bridges
    A reader writes: I've worked at a very small non-profit for nearly 2.5 years. It was my first "real" job out of college and I've learned a ton. I'm ready for a new challenge because I've realized that I will never move up within this organization - it's simply too small and there's nowhere to go! I had a preliminary interview ...
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    My Favorite Interview Question

    My Favorite Interview Question
    Years ago I found an interview question that I really liked. One that told me a lot about candidates. I forget how I discovered it, but once I did I’ve been using it ever since. The question is: Tell me about a time you had to work with someone you did not personally like. I think one of the reasons it’s a great question ...
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    The Double Standard Dilemma

    The Double Standard Dilemma
    Let's face it ladies. The fight’s not fair in the business world. We may be picking away at the salary gap but we still only earn 77 cents to every man’s dollar, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And despite filling more seats at business school, fewer than 3 percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women. So how does bias run ...
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