To Freelance Or Not To Freelance: That Is The Question

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There is also a side-question of whether or not you are a freelance worker by choice or because there are no other choices. This sidebar, however, comes with a very real caveat, which is to say that employers have found out the benefits of forcing their workers to accept freelance contracts, which takes away serious financial and human service obligations associated with hiring employees. And through all this, not one of my co-workers agreed with the decision handed down in court.

coworker has appointed herself the food police

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager coworker has appointed herself the food police February 16, 2011 A reader writes: Lately, several members of the office staff have been whispering about the disturbing exchange between two of my co-workers. Co-worker A is 20-something, tall and very thin. Co-worker B is 50-something, short and…well…not so thin. Co-worker A is constantly scrutinizing everything that B consumes throughout the day.

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coworker monopolizes meetings with irrelevant topics

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager coworker monopolizes meetings with irrelevant topics February 11, 2011 A reader writes: I have a question about how to deal with one aspect of a co-worker’s conduct that is frustrating and annoying my colleagues and me. And if anyone reading this sees themselves in this guy, now is your chance to repent and reform, and start doing your job as a manager.) Personally, I think she’s unqualified for the job.

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my office is obsessed with weight

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager being overweight in an office that’s obsessed with weight March 8, 2011 A reader writes: Recently, one of my co-workers quit after only a few months of employment. She felt like our boss treated her differently than everyone else because of her appearance, including double standards such as allowing slender co-workers to wear sleeveless tops, but reprimanding the overweight woman for doing so.

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short answer Saturday: another job search edition — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager short answer Saturday: another job search edition January 29, 2011 We did a job search edition of short answer Saturday last week , but the questions keep piling up so here’s another one. I am currently job hunting and a few days ago stumbled upon a position that was the perfect fit for my skill set, experience, and place. A job description asks for me to send a resume and “salary range.&#

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what should an internal “farewell” email say?

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February 4, 2011 A reader writes: I have to send the “farewell&# mass internal e-mail to my co-workers. And if you’re wondering if you should cite your reason for leaving, go for it — if those reasons are about moving, taking a new job, or leaving the workforce (to retire, take care of family members, etc.). You should not cite reasons for leaving if they’re about hating your job, your manager, or your coworkers. which job should I take?

will looking like a teenager harm my job search?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager will looking like a teenager harm my job search? Posted in job searching A reader writes: Okay, I know looks matter, but how much does it really matter? When I was first searching for a job, I took all of the standard advice and went in clean shaven–and was supremely uncomfortable. My co-worker has it even worse as she is in her early 30′s, but looks younger than me.

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Is Penelope Trunk Feeding Gen Y “Career Crack”?

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In the post, titled “ Why Job Hoppers Make the Best Employees ,&# Penelope argues the following five points to be true: Job hoppers have more intellectually rewarding careers. Job hoppers have more stable careers. Job hoppers are higher performers. Job hoppers are more loyal. Job hoppers are more emotionally mature. I’m a bit impatient and I have both a day job and a “passion project.&# How would you define a job hopper?

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referring a friend for a job? not so fast… — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager referring a friend for a job? not so fast… January 3, 2011 A job opens up at your company. You have a friend who’s job-searching. Yay, get your friend a job and get to work with someone you like! Referring a friend for a job can have consequences that people often don’t take the time to think about, whether they ultimately get an offer or not. You have a friend who’s job-searching.

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8 things you should know about job references

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager 8 things you should know about job references February 14, 2011 If you’re job-searching, at some point you’re going to be asked for references … and if you’re like a lot of people, you’re going to hand them over without giving much thought to what will happen next. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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listen to me on Minnesota Public Radio — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager listen to me on Minnesota Public Radio January 7, 2011 The wonderful Alexandra Levit and I were guests on Minnesota Public Radio this morning, talking about job search strategies in a tight job market. Posted in me The wonderful Alexandra Levit and I were guests on Minnesota Public Radio this morning, talking about job search strategies in a tight job market. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

I will totally get you a job. — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager I will totally get you a job. I hope so, because I really liked this letter: I was laid off in June and have floundered job search-wise since. when the interview was over, she was her reserved self once more, and I wasn’t at all sure I’d gotten the job… Until today. I have no doubt that applying your advice is what got me the job. You can buy How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager here.

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coworkers can't see past my Russian accent — Ask a Manager

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That said, OP, it does sound like this is something that bothers you on a deeper level than just, “man, my co-workers really need some new material because the hockey jokes are old.&# Reply Anonymous January 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm I’m from the UK, and every Independence Day, I hear jokes about how much better the Americans are than the British -from co-workers and friends alike. Especially if you like your job.

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions — Ask a.

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Due to issues at my job, my supervisor and the boss have decided to “write me up.&# That’s not the reason I am writing, that’s a whole other issue. But during our correspondence (by email), the big boss decided to cc a co-worker on all the interactions. The co-worker came to me and stated that she wrote back about she should not be included and also added that what I was getting written up for wasn’t even factual. job searching?

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do what you say you're going to do

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Nevertheless, her neighbour found her whispering of [.] "> { 18 comments… read them below or add one } Slaten January 18, 2011 at 2:10 am Yeah, go ahead and tell her that her co-worker finds her distracting. Don’t shift blame to the other person just do your job and tell her to get off the phone and keep personal calls to a minimum. In fact, if you read her link to “don’t be this manager&# she’s saying NOT to shift the blame to the co-worker.

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yes, you really should write a better cover letter

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That’s because for most jobs, picking the best candidate is rarely solely about skills and experience. But in the real world, other factors matter too—people skills, intellect, communication abilities, enthusiasm for the job, and simply what kind of person you are. So far my job search has been using generic resumes and generic cover letters with lack-luster results. When I was job hunting, I thought if I sent out 8 letters a day, I was doing well.

how to stand out at a job fair

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how to stand out at a job fair March 14, 2011 A few months ago, I attended a bunch of job fairs to search for candidates for some jobs I was hiring for. This was my first foray into job fairs, and it was pretty fascinating to watch how different job-seekers navigated the situation differently. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? job searching?

I will review your resume this week

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For those of you who’d rather not spend the cash, a lower-price alternative is to buy my ebook, How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager , where you’ll find lots of resume advice — just not customized to your particular resume. Reply Chuck March 30, 2011 at 5:51 am I do job coaching for a couple charities and have revised resumes myself and seen the work of “professional&# resume writers. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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10 mistakes you're making on your resume

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I’d probably repeated the position I’d like to apply in the email title and coverletter couple times, and my resume is probably nicely sorted under the job I’m applying at. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? things that arent good ideas #78 my company does secret performance reviews that were not allowed to see should you include a short-term job on your resume? do I have to be perfect to get a job?

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the 10 interview questions you're most likely to be asked — Ask a.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager the 10 interview questions you’re most likely to be asked January 24, 2011 The absolute best way to kick ass in a job interview is to practice the hell out of the questions you’re likely to be asked. Posted in interviewing The absolute best way to kick ass in a job interview is to practice the hell out of the questions you’re likely to be asked. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? job searching?

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how to fire an employee with a bad attitude — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how to fire an employee with a bad attitude January 3, 2011 A reader writes: I have an employee who has been doing her job OK but has a bad attitude and is dragging everyone down. But you really have to — it’s part of the job. Posted in firing A reader writes: I have an employee who has been doing her job OK but has a bad attitude and is dragging everyone down. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? — Ask a Manager

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He is the most terrible manager — poor communicator, officious, cannot multitask and having a conversation with him is like pulling your own teeth out — I’ve learnt more about his job from google than I have from asking him. I, in my capacity as HR Rep and also as his co-worker, have raised this with his manager, who agrees that she knows he is a kiss-ass and a pretty inefficient manager. But even if its not fine, its OP’s job.

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how to tackle your budget process when you're “not a math person”

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–OP Reply scott m April 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm This is why I will NEVER take a job in management. Get My E-Book How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Connect Free Guide Free guide to preparing for an interview Archives ▼ 2011 (96) ▼ April 2011 (6) book review, other peoples families, and mango sticky rice should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? job searching?

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does company's silence mean I didn't get the job? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager does company’s silence mean I didn’t get the job? January 6, 2011 A reader writes: I recently interviewed for a job, and didn’t get it. Then, a couple days after New Year’s, the job is posted as being open on their website. The fact that the job was posted after your interview may or may not mean anything. I guess it’s safe to say I didn’t get the job. which job should I take?

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manager who's bad at numbers is panicking over budget process

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Most managers are not allowed to share budget information with subordinates or with co-workers from other departments. When this mess is cleaned up, you might want to visit your doctor and see if she can recommend anything to help you (whether that’s medication, a therapist/social worker, or something else). If I had chosen to go into HR or social work I wouldn’t expect co-workers to walk me through parts of my job which involve dealing with people issues.

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should you include a short-term job on your resume?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager should you include a short-term job on your resume? March 21, 2011 If you were only at a job for a few months, should you include it on your resume? Posted in resumes If you were only at a job for a few months, should you include it on your resume? If you get fired after being on a job for a short time, are you ever *required* to disclose it? I’m glad I left that particular job on my resume. job searching?

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something cool and free for you

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Going through the sign-up form it asks for ‘Company Name’ & ‘Job Title’… ugh Any ideas? :) Reply Ask a Manager February 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm Absolutely it applies to you as well! Job title is not a required field. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? do I have to be perfect to get a job? is this job going to be a nightmare?

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is allowing smoke breaks unfair to non-smokers? — Ask a Manager

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And for employees who stress out because one person (or group) is getting more “privilege&# than others… you have two choices – ignore it and do the job you are paid to do – or find a better job. Reply Jamie January 7, 2011 at 9:43 am Do you mean “everyone slacks&# in the sense that at some point in each day we all do something non-work related while on the job?

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1000th blog post (an excuse for an orgy of self-indulgence)

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I read this blog religiously! :) Reply Cancel reply Leave a Comment { 1 trackback } Tweets that mention 1,000th blog post (an excuse for an orgy of self-indulgence) — Ask a Manager -- Topsy.com Previous post: how can I avoid jobs that expect 70-hour work weeks? 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? do I have to be perfect to get a job? which job should I take?

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Valentine's Day round-up

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how can I convince my husband I can’t accept a job offer on his behalf? when your ex is a coworker — and a silly one (and the later update ) entry-level job search with boyfriend recruiter I met at career expo asked me on a date — what do I do? can I use my ex as a job reference? how can I convince my husband I can’t accept a job offer on his behalf? Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? which job should I take?

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Ask a Manager -- Topsy.com Previous post: my boss’s boss never talks to me but makes decisions that impact me Next post: do I have to be perfect to get a job? Get My E-Book How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager Connect Free Guide Free guide to preparing for an interview Archives ▼ 2011 (96) ▼ April 2011 (6) book review, other peoples families, and mango sticky rice should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions? job searching?

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am I wasting this recruiter's time? — Ask a Manager

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January 21, 2011 A reader writes: Is it unprofessional to talk to a recruiter at another company even if you have no immediate plans to leave your current job? The job sounds like it might be more interesting than my current position. However, I was planning to stay at my current job for at least another year, mostly out of loyalty to my boss, who pulled some serious strings last year to get me rehired after I was laid off. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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resume review offer ends at midnight tonight

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And I hope people who get theirs looked at this time around can come back with a story that it helped them get the interview and/or the job! Reply Cancel reply Leave a Comment Previous post: phantom jobs, confidential searches, and job scams Next post: manager who’s bad at numbers is panicking over budget process Syndicate by RSS Subscribe to all posts. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise?

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want your resume reviewed by an expert (free)?

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when a social contact invites you to send a resume

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Posted in job searching You’re talking to someone at a party, or a friend of a friend, or the guy who just moved in down the street. Worst casing it, you have a great contact for expanding out your job search. 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise? things that arent good ideas #78 my company does secret performance reviews that were not allowed to see should you include a short-term job on your resume?

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bad recruiter behavior: deceptive sales tactics

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I think to myself, “Well, what the hell, I’m not interested in opening up a search with a firm, but I’ll take a look at this person they’re talking about. I will be happy to forward to you a few suitable candidates and look forward to working with you to complete this important search. I’d be happy to take a look at the specific candidate Joan reached out about and tell you if he/she is a viable candidate, but please don’t launch a broader search.

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is my employer plotting against me?

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I’ve heard them lie to customers and lie to employees; I’ve seen them cheat the government when paying taxes; I’ve watched them bully employees into not filing reports when hurt on the job. I’ve found another job that I’m very excited about and all I have to do is get through the next week and a half. This morning I received an email from one of the owners asking me where I found my new job. Also, why would it matter where I found my new job.

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when's the right time to ask for a raise?

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Reply Jamie April 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm This is great advice – and the point about having been there under a year is something to keep in mind when you’re negotiating your starting salary and the job is in the process of being defined. Some jobs are what they are, and if you’re taking on a position with clear duties a year is a good rule of thumb. And simply showing up at work to do the job you were hired to do isn’t a reason for an above-avergage raise.

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Social media CAN get you a job … or, I hired a blog reader — Ask a.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager Social media CAN get you a job … or, I hired a blog reader January 24, 2011 Here’s a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a while — and it has a moral too, about how social media can help you get a job! Last month, while screening candidates for a job I was hiring for, I received a cover letter that easily stood out as the best I’d received for that position so far. do I have to be perfect to get a job?

how can I avoid jobs that expect 70-hour work weeks? — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how can I avoid jobs that expect 70-hour work weeks? I work in IT and accept that every job I have is going to have some after hours and weekend work (sometimes with no notice) and I will occasionally be on-call. They’re part of the IT industry and, while some companies handle them better than others, it’s an expected part of the job. I would wait until you’re offered the job before you ask about this directly.

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where are they now: update #15 – call center misery — Ask a Manager

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager where are they now: update #15 – call center misery December 24, 2010 Remember the reader who was miserable in her job at a call center ? My co-workers were telling me not to worry that my manager was a jerk and “just like that&# and that I wouldn’t be fired. He had me very worried for my job and I’m really not a worrier. Luckily I found a different job before the late Saturday nights started.

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