On Careers

November 2008


It's Time to Say Thanks—to Your Boss

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When was the last time you thanked your boss?

You may think your boss should be thanking you! After all, aren't you the one who puts up with the long hours, low pay, conflicting demands, confusing instructions, harassment, insecurity, and lack of recognition?

Even if not, even if you like your job,

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The Crucial Job Interview Meet and Greet

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From time to time, someone will bring a job candidate by my office. I am supposed to do the typical meet-and-greet deal, which I dutifully do. 

I have rarely met a job candidate that handled this situation gracefully. I generally get a "nice to meet you" mumble, mumble, mumble a la Ozzie Osbourne.

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Why Bosses Call Us In to Their Offices

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The class went "oooh" and "ahhh" when the note came down from above.

"Andrew G.R., please report to the principal's office."

Busted.

The blood rushed from my face as I journeyed to meet my maker. I walked down the narrow, fluorescent-lit corridor with my mind racing. How did he find out?

"Andrew,"

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When a Rejection Holds Promise

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I had an internship for a large accounting firm. I applied for a regular position and did not even receive an interview for the one position availabl e. The start of the rejection E- mail seemed like a stock standard reply, but the second half spoke of specific things in my application,

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How to Get Out of Your Negative Spin Cycle

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Have you ever found yourself stuck in a negative spin cycle when things go wrong? If you're anything like me, maybe you tried something new and fell on your face, and then got sucked into continually beating yourself up about it. That happens to most of us at some point. We take things personally,

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9 Layoff Signs to Watch For

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Like a nasty virus, fear of job loss is in the air. Don't panic! But do watch for these signs:

1. You start seeing memos about the company's "new direction." Not necessarily bad—can be harmless or can bode ill. Take a wait-and-see attitude.

2. Your workload is reduced. The classic sign. Look for ...

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Letters of Recommendation Are Worthless

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Someone has to break it to you, so it's going to be me: Please stop with the letters of recommendation. Don't attach them to your resume and don't offer them up at the interview. I know you feel good about them but, unfortunately, they aren't useful.

Shocking, but true.

Here's why: When hiring ...

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A Call for Courtesy at Work

I know that some of the following sins may seem obvious, but apparently that clarity has still not reached a sizable number of people in the workplace. I keep hearing from workshop participants about the friction these issues continue to create.

1. Text-messaging during conversations. Do we even ...

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When Your Job Search Gets No Traction

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I have been job searching the past few months and have landed a few phone interviews. All have gone very well, with plans for follow-up phone calls to schedule interviews. Great, right? Well, wrong. These HR people are not calling me back. I sent thank you E- mails and check in once a week or ...

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At the Job Interview, Beware of Gotcha Questions

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Job interviews are tough because the applicant is trying hard to impress the interviewer, who often has a lot more experience with interviewing. The interviewer has likely interviewed hundreds of applicants, while most job seekers are thrilled to get, what, one interview a week? It is easy to mess ...

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How to Blow the Interview With Bad Questions

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The moment arrives in the job interview when the interviewer leans forward and asks: "Do you have any questions?"

This is one of the most dangerous moments for the job applicant.

What the question (often) really means is: "Do you have any simple questions that I can easily answer and which will not ...

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5 Things the Election Taught Us About Job Interviews

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We've just completed the world's longest job interview, otherwise known as the presidential election. Everybody I know is elated—that the election is over. What they don't realize is that watching an election is a fabulous way to learn what not to do in a job interview, regardless of your political ...

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The Career Change Kiss of Death

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When it comes to pursuing your dreams, the notion that "the time isn't right" is the kiss of death. Instead of taking action to move toward the career you really want, you end up sitting and waiting, hoping that things will change and the time will be right...someday.

The trouble is—that perfect day ...

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How Obama Got Hired

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We've just witnessed one of the longest and most arduous job hunts in the history of job hunts. Thousands of interviews. A résumé-vetting process from hell. Reference-checking you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

Not many people would or could work that hard to get a job. But Sen.

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10 Answers to Any Boss’s Question

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The other day I was reminded of Don Carmen, the major league pitcher who said "they don't pay me to hit," when some reporter asked him why had such a bad time hitting.

Carmen went on to baseball fame by posting a list of his stock answers to any future questions by "stupid reporters." Reporters ...

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How to Apply for Multiple Jobs at One Company

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A reader writes:

There is a community development organization I really want to work for because it seems to fit my personality very well; they share an appreciation for community outreach, planning policy, and youth. However, I am interested in two job openings. The fi rst position is ...

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