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To Freelance Or Not To Freelance: That Is The Question

Ms. Career Girl

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.

employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list March 17, 2011 A reader writes: I recently was asked to sign a Consent to Reference Check form. I had one recently that had told me one former employer would not say great things.

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Is Penelope Trunk Feeding Gen Y “Career Crack”?

Ms. Career Girl

Trash it yourself, before an employer trashes it for you. We’re lucky to have health insurance from our employers. Even so, I wonder how employers view the “hopping&# and what they define as a hopper (which is obviously industry specific).

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my company does secret performance reviews we're not allowed to see

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager my company does secret performance reviews that we’re not allowed to see March 21, 2011 A reader writes: My current employer performs secret yearly reviews for the 85 employees at our main location. The employer has the right to appeal.

2011 74

my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

I asked where he wanted to go, and he named a place that is easily 2-3 miles away from our place of employment (and can have prices anywhere from $5-15.00!) Also, check with your own insurance representative about coverage on your vehicle if it’s being used for corporate business.

2011 70

things that aren't good ideas #78

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Reply Michelle March 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm Thumbs way down… this saddens me, especially since I tailor my cover letter and still can’t find suitable employment. No cover letter just a photo copied employment history for a resume. is my employer plotting against me?

2011 92

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

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Reply Susan January 10, 2011 at 10:03 am Many non-smokers won’t even address the issue for fear of sounding petty; more than likely, they’ll revolt by doing less work, or slacking off more to make up for the smoke breaks they’re not getting, or just find other employment.

2011 90

phantom jobs, confidential searches, and job scams

Ask A Manager

Oh, and can you remind applicants NOT to include Social Security Numbers (USA) or Social Insurance Numbers (Canada) on job applications? SSNs and SINs are only to be revealed to employers once you actually have a job, so they can report income to the government.

2011 78

coworker has appointed herself the food police

Ask A Manager

And are suggested by the insurance companies as such. As long as health insurance is tied to employment or premiums will be tied to the health issues of our co-workers – and as much as some would like it to be that is not a simple equation of lifestyle choices = health/low premiums.

in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

I went on an interview in which the first 10 minutes or so the employer spent telling me all about the salary and benefits (including which health insurance company the place uses). The employer mentioned salary and benefits first (literally first) and I still lost.

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