On Careers

March 2010


Why Employees Should be More Grateful for Perks

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It was right as the green bagels were circulating on St. Patrick's Day that I realized I should be more grateful for Human Resources' efforts to put together a fun and festive work event.

HR departments around the country spend thousands of hours planning corporate events that are designed to build ...

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Should You Send Your Resume in the Mail?

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A reader writes:

I have a job but have been looking for a change for about six months. I've gotten absolutely no responses, (except a few polite "no thanks" E-mails) to E-mailed and online application submissions.

Now, all other things being equal, assuming my resume doesn't suck ...

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When Your Office is Like High School

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Kurt Vonnegut once observed that “Life is nothing but high school... .”

For those of us who hated high school, that comment is mildly depressing. In our eyes, high school serves as a handy benchmark of unpleasantness against which other experiences can be measured. A job may be bad, we reason, but ...

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Why Most Managers Need Degrees

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I am in the utility business and would love to get into management. I currently do not [have] a degree, but I really like coming up with solutions and processes that get managers and union employees to better understand how they can be more productive in a very diverse workforce. Is there a ...

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Subtle Ways to Botch the Interview

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One comment can vaporize your chances--just one offhand remark that somehow triggers an alarm bell. An ill-advised piece of jewelry or a tie that is a tad too loud will also do.

“She seemed way too interested in our vacation and sick leave.”  

“Did you hear his joke about community colleges? Well, my ...

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Hey Job Seeker, Ever Been Asked to Resign?

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I have been asked to resign from my job. I have never been asked this before. Now I am at a crossroads when I [fill] out applications. When it asks if you have ever been asked to resign? I want to be truthful, but I am a single parent of twins. I don't want to lie. Moral crossroads. What would ...

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Why You Had to Show Up at Work in the Snowstorm

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Unless you earn a living as an emergency responder or snow-plow operator, there's no reason to report to work amidst a winter storm. Or, at least that's what logic and humanity seem to dictate. But who said cooler heads prevail at work?! Unfortunately for middle-of-the-ladder employees, we rarely ...

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How to Bring a Little Drama to the Interview

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Job applicants are often urged to use action words and to cite measurable achievements.

That’s all well and good. There is, however, an important item to include at the interview, when you are describing what you did on a particular project or job: Give your interviewers the dramatic context.

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3 Reasons You Need Pain in Your Career

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Would you want a life without painful experiences? Would you want a career where nothing went wrong and you faced no unpleasant challenges whatsoever? For most people, the natural inclination would be to answer with a resounding “Yes!” I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to avoid pain? Silly ...

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