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    Should You Work for Free?

    Should You Work for Free?
    Should you work for free? I want to know what you think. But wait, it's not that simple. Here are six separate scenarios. Would you work for free in any of these situations? Why or why not? 1. Doing some work for free, for a limited time period, in order to get experience in a field you want to move into ...
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    Nightmare Boss Won't Give a Raise

    Nightmare Boss Won't Give a Raise
    A reader writes: I'm in the media world. I'm emphasizing this because it seems that every attempt at getting advice use it seems that every attempt at getting advice for any work-related issue ends with "Hey, it's media, the rules don't apply." Maybe you can help me. My boss is a monster. Exceptionally inappropriate, emotionally abusive, manipulative, etc. I've dealt with ...
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    New Employee Feels Awkward and Left Out

    New Employee Feels Awkward and Left Out
    A reader writes: My new job is about two months old. In that time, I have discovered that I love the job and the people, yet I feel left out because everyone in the office has a history (wonderful and friendly interpersonal connections). When they laugh and reminiscence with stories, I'm not quite sure what to do. If I am busy, ...
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    Which Color to Wear at an Interview

    Which Color to Wear at an Interview
    Prepping for an important interview means researching the company and making sure you have smart responses to anticipated questions. It also means being strategic about what to wear to an interview. Specifically, you want to choose job interview clothes — and colors — that will put you in the best light and may give you an advantage. Research has shown that ...
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    How to Keep Your Online Resume Secure

    How to Keep Your Online Resume Secure
    While you may hear about online fraud, it tends to be focused on companies that derive their business from online purchases. As Monster is primarily a free service, and the contact information found in a resume can just as easily be located elsewhere (e.g. telephone listings), you can be assured that posting your resume on Monster is a safe way to ...
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    When Should Internships Come Off Your Resume?

    When Should Internships Come Off Your Resume?
    A reader writes: When should internships come off your resume? I graduated a year ago and accepted a one-year, post-grad, entry-level position which ended recently and I am onto my second job since graduation. I was fortunate enough to intern with three really well known companies in my field during my undergrad years that are thought of as highly competitive. These ...
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    My Manager Wants to Be My Best Friend

    My Manager Wants to Be My Best Friend
    A reader writes: I have great relationship with my manager and we used to be peers before she became my boss. When we were peers, we used to tell each other everything about our personal life outside work. The problem is she still wants me to tell her everything that I do in my personal life, like how I spent my ...
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    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward

    5 Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward
    The adage says, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," and its wisdom is applicable to job seekers. It is usually far easier to find another job if you're already employed. But how can you ensure that the worst never happens to you -- that you're never left without a job and possibilities for your next opportunity? ...
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    Ask a Manager: 7 Qs and 7 Answers

    Ask a Manager: 7 Qs and 7 Answers
    I'm trying something new -- seven short answers to seven short questions, all in the same post: Company Won't Hire Former Employees of Competitor I applied for a job at a staffing agency and was told the particular company who was hiring wouldn't accept applicants who worked previously for their competitor even though I no longer work for them. Is that ...
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    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover

    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover
    Years later, I still remember that sinking feeling, just after I'd hit the Send button after writing an email complaining about an editor. My worst virtual fear was quickly confirmed: Yes, I had sent my bit of snark to the editor instead of my friend--and no, the editor wasn't amused. Although he initially refused to work with me again, he eventually ...
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    What Employers Want from Job References

    What Employers Want from Job References
    A great resume and solid interview skills may place job seekers in the running for a position, but a new survey conducted by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service, finds that the results of a reference check can really be what makes—or breaks—a job search. Hiring managers interviewed for the survey said they remove about 21 percent of candidates from consideration after ...
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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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    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)

    10 Signs You Shouldn't Quit (Just Yet)
    Unsure whether you should keep your job or seek greener pastures? While a shaky economy shouldn't keep you in a job you can't stand, you can watch for these 10 signs that could tell you you're fine right where you are. 1. You're Happy We're not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you're happy, you're going to be more ...
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    4 Tips to Avoid Awkward Interview Follow-Ups

    Have you ever left an interview knowing something went awry? It can happen for a variety of reasons: Your gut tells you that this is not where you want to work, you had an uncomfortable exchange with the interviewer, or you forgot the interviewer's name altogether. Here are tips for following up after different awkward interview situations: NEXT: You Don’t ...
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    How to Follow Up After an Awkward Interview

    How to Follow Up After an Awkward Interview
    Have you ever left an interview knowing something went awry? It can happen for a variety of reasons: Your gut tells you that this is not where you want to work, you had an uncomfortable exchange with the interviewer, or you forgot the interviewer's name altogether. Here are tips for following up after different awkward interview situations: You Don’t Like the ...
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    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?

    Is Your Employer Taking Advantage of You?
    Since the recession began in December 2007, more than half of all American workers have become unemployed, taken a pay cut, suffered a reduction in hours, or had to take a temporary job because they couldn't find a full-time position, according to the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project. You probably don't need a study to tell you the ...
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    10 Tips for Writing Cold Cover Letters

    10 Tips for Writing Cold Cover Letters
    Most positions are never advertised. A cold cover letter is an uninvited inquiry to an employer, recruiter or other hiring manager regarding possible job opportunities. Cold cover letters' potential advantages include creating a job that didn't previously exist, gaining early consideration for a position that hasn't yet been advertised and expanding your network of contacts. By sending a letter to an ...
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    4 Ways to Follow Up After the Interview

    4 Ways to Follow Up After the Interview
    You had your interview, and you the way it ended left you hopeful. Now comes what is often the most agonizing part of the job hunt: waiting for the hiring manager to call. But you still have some control over the process. Experts offer the following advice on maximizing your chances for success: Send thank-you notes. Don't stress too much over ...
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    Rejuvenate Your Resume

    Rejuvenate Your Resume
    In a competitive job market, we have to do everything we can to make our resumes more attractive to hiring managers. This can be difficult for older workers, who fear that even if there's no bias (subconscious or conscious) against job seekers on the mature side of 40, a resume may make them look "overqualified" for the positions they want. Here ...
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    My Boss Acts Like I'm On-Call Day and Night

    My Boss Acts Like I'm On-Call Day and Night
    In response to an earlier post about calling coworkers at night or over the weekend, I wrote that (a) it can be okay if you know they're fine with it, which some people are, (b) you should avoid doing it if you're a manager, even if you know/think they're fine with it, because most people will be less comfortable telling you ...
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