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    Tips on Using Frequent Flyer Points: An Overview

    Tips on Using Frequent Flyer Points: An Overview
    Collecting all your frequent flyer miles is a great idea. If you fly with one particular airline frequently, you can start collecting your points. You can later redeem these points for cash or a free ticket. You can even use a credit card to earn those points, without even traveling. However, airlines are not so pleased with your traveling for free. ...
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    (800) Numbers for the Top Airlines

    (800) Numbers for the Top Airlines
    This is a great reference sheet to print off and put in your 'to-keep-handy' records... AAA Air Ambulance   (800) 245-9987 Aer Lingus   (800) 223-6537 Aero California   (800) 237-6225 Aeroflot   (888) 340-6400 Aerolineas Argentinas   (800) 333-0276 AeroMexico   (800) 237-6639 Aeroperu   (800) 777-7717 Air Afrique   (800) 456-9192 Air Canada   (800) 776-3000 Air Europa   (888) 238-7672 Air France   (800) 237-2747 Air Jamaica   (800) 523-5585 ...
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    Strategies for Booking Hotels on a Budget

    Strategies for Booking Hotels on a Budget
    NEW YORK — When the economy was booming, many hotel companies began building new properties. Some of those are opening now, resulting in a 2.5% increase in hotel room supply this year, just as demand is dropping by around 1% or more, according to Jan Freitag of Smith Travel Research. "We're going to see a substantial decline in occupancy this year," ...
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    How to Overcome Jet Lag

    How to Overcome Jet Lag
    Crossing several time zones makes travelers an easy prey for the brain-fogging, energy-zapping disorder known as jet lag. And while nearly everyone’s got advice for how to beat it - ranging from inflight sleeping pills to keeping your watch on the old time - the best remedy is to start resetting your internal clock several days before you leave home. “Get ...
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    9 Ways to Save on Rental Cars

    9 Ways to Save on Rental Cars
    We focus so much on hotel and airfare costs that it's easy to overlook other areas where prices have climbed steadily--and sometimes insidiously. Dining is one (we've all eaten the mediocre $35 room-service breakfast). Renting a car is another. Even with gas prices back at tolerable levels--for now, anyway--car rental costs are about as high as they've ever been. But you'd ...
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    Breaking through the Border: Tips for Companies Employing Cross Border Employees

    Breaking through the Border: Tips for Companies Employing Cross Border Employees
    TORONTO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ - The globalization of business is occurring at an unprecedented rate. Focusing a corporation only on home soil dramatically limits the size of market a firm can serve. With this realization comes a push for business leaders to seek growth opportunities. This leads motivated companies across the border, expanding into the U.S. or Canada. Unlike many locations ...
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    How to Manage a Problem Employee

    How to Manage a Problem Employee
    A reader writes: As you hail from the non-profit sector just as I, you can probably lead me down the right path with this one. I'm a new HR rep for this mid size organization, and have inherited this situation: We have two employees who work in our fundraising department. They both work full time, but telecommute at their will, which ...
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    Bypassing HR for an Interview

    Bypassing HR for an Interview
    I'm working on an project where I spend a fair amount of time talking with people who are looking for work. It's interesting to talk with them because they invariably ask me, "How do I bypass the human resources department in the interview process?" Ouch! Is this the perception of HR? I flashed back to my days in the corporate world. ...
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    Coworker Keeps Staring at My Chest

    Coworker Keeps Staring at My Chest
    Employees hitting each other, a HR is of course an option as well, although I'd share your instinct to try to handle it directly first. Whatever option you choose, you should say or do something, because it's making you and others uncomfortable. What do others think? And I'll promise we'll get back to the more staid letters from here on out. ...
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    Choosing the Right Writing Sample

    Choosing the Right Writing Sample
    A reader writes: I've got a question about something you've touched on in some of your posts, but never really talked about at length. Writing samples. When a job listing requests that you send in a writing sample along with your resume and cover letter, but doesn't specify a topic or style of writing, what are you supposed to write about? ...
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    Inappropriate Job Application Question

    Inappropriate Job Application Question
    A reader writes: A close friend applied for a job through their online resume/cover letter submission link. Then the company emailed him and asked him to fill out a separate application (which was not on their "apply now" link from their own site, but whatever). Most of the information the form requests was already answered on the resume and in the ...
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    Boss Can Check Your Text Messages

    Boss Can Check Your Text Messages
    Let’s face it, most employees use their company-issued pagers, phones, laptops for personal reasons sometimes. It’s just the way life is now — the lines between work life and personal life are becoming more and more blurred as workers seem to be working round the clock these days. But if you do use these devices for a message or text you ...
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    Hiring Internally, or Externally?

    Hiring Internally, or Externally?
    A reader writes: Another question along the lines of job rejections. I have been applying to jobs at the company for which I used to work (I left to stay home with kids). I still have great references from colleagues and managers; they pass my resume and cover along with recommendations if they know the hiring manager. While this gets me ...
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    Employment Applications Are For Everyone

    Employment Applications Are For Everyone
    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about anti-harassment training and mentioned the time that I read about one of my employees in the newspaper — specifically their alleged inappropriate conduct. There's another piece of that story I wanted to share with you because I learned a very valuable lesson with the situation. Everyone needs to complete an employment application. ...