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    6 Principles to Guide Your Job Search

    1. The Principle of Reciprocation People tend to say yes if they feel they owe you something. Example: Charities double their response when they include a dozen personalized address labels inside their direct-mail packages. On the Interview: Always enter the interview with the attitude that you're there to help rather than be helped. When sincerely felt and expressed, this automatically creates ...
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    Bad References Are Not Illegal

    Bad References Are Not Illegal
    A reader writes: My wife and I go back and forth about this one all the time. A former secretary of hers was moving and searching for a new job in her new city. The problem was that this person wasn't the most reliable employee. She was always late, took days off without calling and had some other quirks but when ...
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    Job Hunt 101: Bag the Best Employer

    Job Hunt 101: Bag the Best Employer
    It’s 2009. Do you know where your next job is? Finding a new job is tough these days. New hires are in decline, unemployment is north of 8% so there’s plenty of competition and people who have jobs are making Herculean efforts to hang onto them. And, if you do manage to land a meeting with a potential employer, the contemporary ...
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    Guilt Over Leaving Team With a Toxic Workplace

    Guilt Over Leaving Team With a Toxic Workplace
    A reader writes: I've been in a fairly toxic workplace for two years, and in one week I'm finally done with my contract and am moving on to greener, and saner pastures. This is all well and good, except I'm leaving behind a small team of people who I've grown very close to while I've managed them. And I know things ...
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    Re-Energize Your Job Search: Best Tips and Tricks

    Re-Energize Your Job Search: Best Tips and Tricks
    Finding a job can be almost as time-consuming as actually having a job! For many people it can take days, weeks, even months, to land that dream job, and it's no surprise that it's easy to get discouraged, distracted, and depressed. There are two important things to remember - you are not alone and we are here to help! ManagerLink comes ...
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    Are Your Employees Career Competent?

    Are Your Employees Career Competent?
    Every day, it seems like a new depressing story pops up about the unemployed. Some employers won't hire them or think being unemployed is a scarlet letter. Others who are disproportionately impacted because of their age, race, disability or veteran's status tell stories of months without an interview. Still others who are stuck in the never ending cycle of submitting a ...
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    Meeting the Company Standard

    Meeting the Company Standard
    In my spare time, I’m teaching a human resources class at a local university and we got into this discussion about graphic rating scales on performance appraisals. If you’re not familiar, these are the 1-5 ratings given employees in various areas: quality of work, quantity of work, etc. Many companies use them because they’re easy to administer. But I must admit, ...
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    My Manager Complains About Me Online

    My Manager Complains About Me Online
    A reader writes: I'm having a problem with my manager. I work at a convenience store to help put me through college. She's hated me from the start, most people say it's out of jealousy, I learned to ignore it. Now she is discussing my work performance online with a coworker who is not even of management position. Never once has ...
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    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?

    Does Lack of Response Mean Discrimination?
    A reader writes: Our local Goodwill here has been posted a good number of hiring ads in the last 5 months and I've honestly applied every time and never got a call back. I followed up by calling and even this last most recent time followed up in person. The day after I followed up in person, they posted yet another ...
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    Proper Processes Yield Good Outcomes

    Proper Processes Yield Good Outcomes
    If you have an effective process in place, follow it. Processes exist for a reason. Many times it's to demonstrate that proper care and attention is being taken in reaching an end result. So when an organization creates a process, it's important to respect it and allow the process to happen. Otherwise, why have the process at all? Of course, if ...
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    Is a 4-Day Work Week Possible?

    Is a 4-Day Work Week Possible?
    A reader writes: As a future employer (I hope!), I have an idea that I've been kicking around in my mind for awhile. I feel that a five-day work week is stifling and that people in general would be happier with a four-day work week at approximately 32 hours a week. However, in my scenario, this would be considered full-time: such ...
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    Hustle, Not Talent

    Hustle, Not Talent
    I believe in hustle. Hustle to me is a state of mind. It is a combination of working hard and working quickly. You make mistakes quicker, you make adjustments quicker and you have success quicker. Not only that but once you find success, you sustain that success through continuing the cycle. Hustle doesn’t take a college degree or pedigree. You don’t ...
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    Keep it Simple in Human Resources

    Keep it Simple in Human Resources
    My buddy Chris Ferdinandi and I chat throughout the day about what's going in HR, social media and the world. Now I don't know about anybody else but I work from home. So I've got a crew of co-workers, colleagues and friends that I keep in touch with throughout the week. Chris is on that list for sure. We always talk ...
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    Backing Out of a New Job to Accept Another?

    Backing Out of a New Job to Accept Another?
    I have a feeling this one is going to generate disagreement. A reader writes: I recently accepted an offer with an organization and started this past week. Four days into it, another potential employer I'd interviewed with once (at the same time I interviewed for my new job) has asked me to talk with them a second time. While I like ...
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    False Security: Face Time With The Boss

    False Security: Face Time With The Boss
    I read this story today and shook my head. The headline (More workers choosing fear over flex time, experts say) is designed for clicks. The amount of data supporting this assertion is nonexistent (there is literally not a single statistic cited about the decrease in flex time usage). The issue is presented in the boring way it is always presented: no ...
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    Can Your Boss Legally Open Your Mail?

    Can Your Boss Legally Open Your Mail?
    A reader writes: My own postman is unreliable, so I often have book orders from amazon, half.com and ebay sent to me at work. The other day, my boss opened a package addressed to me and was offended. He wasn't offended that I had something mailed to me at work, he was offended by the subject matter that the book dealt ...
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    When Should a New Hire Get Up Speed?

    When Should a New Hire Get Up Speed?
    A reader writes: I'm a former academic mathematician who left academia, because...well...suffice it to say that I didn't go to college for nine years to become a glorified babysitter. After a job offer from a Very Large Government Agency fell through, I found myself severely underemployed. While slowly crawling out of the deep, dark depression in which I found myself, I ...
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    Should You Warn Potential Employees?

    Should You Warn Potential Employees?
    A reader writes: I'm finally coming to the end of my contract at an incredibly poisonous company, and I've been tasked to replace myself. We don't have an HR department, and my own boss just split suddenly, leaving behind massive amounts of debt, so the parent company has tasked me to do this. My question is, how can I explain the ...
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    Confusion About The War For Talent

    Confusion About The War For Talent
    I was at a family reunion this last weekend and we were talking about recruiting issues. They were mentioning that despite unemployment numbers, they still had a hard time finding the right people for the most critical positions that were open. And it isn't a question of technique, or pay or anything along those lines. It's a situation where there is ...
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    What Role Should Gut Instinct Play in Hiring?

    What Role Should Gut Instinct Play in Hiring?
    A reader writes: As a fellow recruiter/manager, how much do you count your gut instinct into the hiring decision? If someone on paper has all the experience you want and answers all the technical questions correctly and the hiring manager loves him, but he just for some reason gives you a creepy vibe or is a little off-putting -- I'm sure ...
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