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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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    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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    15 Most Ridiculous 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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    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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    When to Target a Lower Position

    When to Target a Lower Position
    Does it ever make sense to take a step down the career ladder? If you can get past that nagging, inborn sense that "going lower" can only be a sign of downward career mobility, the answer is yes. Taking a lesser position can help move your career forward if the job fits into a larger long-term plan. Read on to find ...
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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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    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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    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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    10 Questions to Create Your Career Vision

    10 Questions to Create Your Career Vision
    Have the last few years been cruel or kind to you, professionally speaking? Even if your career didn't take a hit, the recent economic tumult may have you quaking in your boots over the future. "Your career is long," says career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman. "Some people work for 40, 50 or 60 years. Don't get stuck in the here and now ...
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    3 Ways to Stop Undermining Yourself at Work

    3 Ways to Stop Undermining Yourself at Work
    From time to time, you may undermine yourself on the job with your behavior. This form of self-sabotage not only prevents you from performing at your full potential, but also gives colleagues and customers an opportunity to think less of you as an individual and professional. With self-awareness, determination and practice, you can minimize these negative behaviors. Try this three-step process. ...
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    Company Stringing Me Along?

    Company Stringing Me Along?
    A reader writes: I interviewed with a company earlier this month and for the first time in the year+ I have been unemployed, I knew I completely killed it. I was myself, I clicked with the people, and the technical portions of the interview could not have gone any better. The next day, my feelings were confirmed when the head of ...
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    10 Things I Learned from My Layoff

    10 Things I Learned from My Layoff
    I didn’t think it would happen to me. As a news producer for a television network, I reported on unemployment numbers daily. I was detached. Analytical. Objective. Then one day, without any prior warning, I was out of a job, and the subject of someone else’s news story. It’s not that I thought I was immune, or somehow above it ...
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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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    10 Career Tips From Mom

    10 Career Tips From Mom
    Oh, mothers. They catch us when we fall, console us when we're feeling down, and offer us advice – whether we want it or not. As children, we were told to never talk to strangers, look twice before crossing the street, and remember that sharing is caring. But did the Mommy-isms really stop there? We may have flown the nest for ...
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    Should You Tell on a Coworker Who Lied About Qualifications?

    Should You Tell on a Coworker Who Lied About Qualifications?
    A reader writes: I am meant to sign my contract for a new job on this coming Wednesday. When the manager sent the email to me today, it was also sent to a number of people, as we will all be signing our contracts for positions of coordinators for an educational institution. I know someone on the list (say X) who ...
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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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    Five Tips to Finding Work at Forty

    Five Tips to Finding Work at Forty
    This weekend I conducted an intensive job search mentor program with a forty-something year-old woman from NJ. Like many women her age, she is returning to the workforce after raising young children. She's been looking for work now (off and on) for about six months and has become frustrated with her inability to get the results she had hoped for. Many ...
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    Changed Mind After Accepting Offer

    Changed Mind After Accepting Offer
    A reader writes: In August 2008, I relocated for work and a boyfriend (we don't live together through) and ended up with a job in an industry in which I've been doing the same type of work for 10 years. The company and environment ended up being horrible and thus my job search began. I was so burnt out, in fact, ...
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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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    Is A Contract Position Worth The Risk?

    Is A Contract Position Worth The Risk?
    A reader writes: I am trying to decide if it is too risky to leave my current position for a better one that is a contract position. I'm currently underemployed. I'm making $30,000/yr less than I did before I was laid off, but at least I'm working in my field. I don't enjoy my job, my department is quite dysfunctional, and ...