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update: I don’t think I want to come back from maternity leave

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Remember the letter-writer who wasn’t sure if she wanted to come back from maternity leave (#3 at the link; first update here )? At the last job I held before I left the workforce, I was managing a team of teapot builders. it was very taxing for me, especially because of an office culture where the relationship between management and staff could be quite adversarial at times.

my boss hasn’t returned from maternity leave, watching what I say around a coworker with financial worries, and more

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My boss hasn’t returned from maternity leave. I started my job at a small nonprofit about seven months ago. When I was brought on, I knew that my new manager would be leaving for maternity leave about four months in to my new position. But I figured when she got back from leave we would pick up where we left off. Her maternity leave has been over for almost three weeks now and she still isn’t back to work full-time.

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Workplace Gossip is a Career Killer

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Some people never really leave high school. It’s one thing to spend a few minutes chatting about the latest ball scores or last night’s, “Castle” episode, or to discuss the co-worker who has just returned from maternity leave, in a positive manner.

Dear Job Seeker, I’ve Been There


As the host of the Job Search Secrets show and a career blogger, I regularly dish out job search advice often times out of the goodness of my heart. John has been out of work over a year and hasn’t had a lot of luck getting interviews. We quit eating out.

2011 149

my coworker gets angry when we chew, peer interviews, and more

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You might also point out that “no one eats around the person” isn’t one of the accommodations that the Misophonia Institute or the Job Accommodation Network suggest workplaces use.). Do I have to say where I’m going next when I quit? Recently, a few of my colleagues resigned, and she gave all of them unsolicited advice and opinion on their decisions to leave. What should I expect at a peer interview? Applying for an internal job on FMLA.

2019 58

Job Hoppers: Advice Before & After You Hop

Careers Done Write

One that remains true is, “Better to have a job to get a job.” ” Candidates who are employed fair much better when job-searching. 39% surveyed named job-hopping, 31% stated being unemployed for more than one year, and 28% said that gaps in the employment history were the biggest obstacle. If you are thinking of quitting before you have a new job, consider that decision very carefully.

2012 152

7 Things Dads Should Ask About Before Taking The Job

Career Realism

So you’re looking for a job, any job. If you want to avoid at least some of the stress of combining work and family obligations, set up a time with the human resources office before taking the job. Paid Paternity Leave. Job Search career homepage ticker

2013 114

letting a former thief make amends, the ego blow of not being interviewed, and more

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My husband and I both manage small teams at our respective jobs, both at cultural heritage institutions. In theory, they could require you to disclose more as a condition of remaining in your job … and while that sounds awfully punitive, I can imagine a situation where they required that because they were wondering if you were somehow involved in the initial disappearance of the items. I recently returned to the office from maternity leave and am pumping several times a day.

2018 52

???? 61 Hidden Job Market Secrets Without Using Social Media


What if your next job was hiding right in front of you? Quick poll: what is the hidden job market? So many jobs are never advertised anywhere, completely unpublished. Those are the hidden jobs. The #1 reason to aim for a hidden job. So where are the hidden jobs?

short answer Sunday — 6 short answers to 6 short questions

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Negotiating maternity leave and salary at the same time. I am excited about a recent interview. However, if it results in a job offer, I am worried about asking for too much in negotiations. I am 7 months pregnant and will need to negotiate a maternity leave. I understand taking leave shortly after starting is not ideal and I hope to negotiate a short leave 3-4 weeks, then reduced hours for an additional 2-3 weeks.

2013 58

my new coworker is my childhood bully, getting people stop with replying-all, and more

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I recently started a new job. For what it’s worth, I’ve read quite a few accounts of former childhood bullies and people who confronted their former bullies, and apparently it’s not uncommon for the bullies not to even remember that they were horrible to a particular person! I cancelled an interview and was asked to reimburse the cost of a plane ticket. I recently encountered this situation during a job search. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2016 64

55 Hidden Job Finding Tips WITHOUT Using Social Media


What if your next job was hiding right in front of you? Hidden jobs defined. Many jobs are never advertised anywhere. Those are the hidden jobs. The #1 reason to aim for a hidden job. So where are the hidden jobs? 55 tips to find hidden and unpublicized jobs.

update: should I care about my employer when figuring out when to have a baby?

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In hindsight, my question really came down to two issues: first, being transparent about my plans for leaving in the midst of some staffing changes/professional development plans and second, being concerned about my reputation if the timing ended up working out so that I had a baby during our busy season and/or at the end of my time there (and was out of the office on FMLA right before quitting). I’m happy to say that it has all worked out quite well!

2016 42

short answer Sunday: 8 short answers to 8 short questions

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Here we go… Weird interview question I was recently asked in an interview if I thought I was smarter than my current boss. This is a really weird interview question, and I can’t figure out what they hoped to accomplish with it. Should I bother pursuing this job?

2011 71

my team is flipping out over a thank-you lunch, my new job told me they hired someone else instead, and more

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A few people who were on the committee had retired or left for jobs at other places, and the committee was a bit short-staffed. I am a graduate who has been searching for a job for a while. A couple of weeks ago, I landed a great interview with a seemingly good company in my field. The interview went well, and I was asked to come back for a second. Anyway, the following Monday was to be my first day on the job and I arrived early.

2018 72

manager ordered me to get along with a coworker, handling work when a family member is on trial, and more

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My manager told me to get along with a coworker or quit. He put me on something else for the rest of the day, but as I was leaving informed me i could “deal with it or quit.” The way you describe the conflict, it sounds two-sided — in which case it’s not unreasonable for your boss to tell you to find a way to get along if you want to stay in your job. Should I not have disclosed in a temp work interview that I’ll be moving next year?

2013 57

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I have a former boss who recruited me for a job from my profile on LinkedIn. (I He reached out to many of my contacts for interviews with no intention of hiring them. He even offered friends of mine opportunities to report to me on my team — without asking me — many of who would not be qualified for the job. I stayed with his company for 6 months before leaving (for a great new role). And why is he interviewing people he has no intention of hiring?

2013 55

my boss isn’t doing his work, coworker won’t stop calling me a silly nickname, and more

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Part of my job is answering phones and emails, interacting with customers, and following up on projects that the rest of the team is working on. I’m not getting the training I was promised when I took this job. The description of the city job I applied for (and was hired for) stated that I must be certified in two areas within one year. I want to become further educated, I want to have the knowledge and skills to do my job at a higher level.

2014 75

should I do mediation with my incompetent boss, recruiter said she felt used when I turned down an offer, and more

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I think the answer is to simply look for another job, but my question is: Does mediation usually work in situations like this? I recently relocated (a temporary long relocation actually, but I’m open to staying here), and part of that was a job search because I didn’t think my company would let me transfer. The teapot manufacturing field is harsh and over half of new people leave, get fired, or squeezed out in five years. but the limited nature of the job.

2016 59

asking for a chance to process things before responding, taking a two-month vacation at a new job, and more

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Taking a two-month vacation my first year on a job. I’m fresh out of college (though I started late and am now 30) and an important thing I wasn’t able to do before now was really in-depth travel (due to either school or low-paying temp jobs between semesters). The only problem is: now that I’m done with school, I’m excited to start looking for career opportunities and have found my ideal job is hiring. It’s five answers to five questions.

2018 61

my reference lied to make me look better, coworker sent me an alarming Christmas video, and more

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Basically, I have an interview coming up in about a week and one of my references has sent me their letter so that I can see what they said about me and be prepared to answer any questions from the interview panel. I’m a bit at a loss about what to do, and am unsure of why she would have done this since I would have to lie to the interview panel if I wanted to corroborate her claims. I usually just tell her it’s up to her and leave it at that.

2018 56

updates: the boss’s baby, the stress exaggerator, and more

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Quite a few people were also saying that I was a drama queen and that I was basking in the drama of the whole situation. I was genuinely really confused, freaked out and I was worried about my job. Starting a few days after I sent my first letter, I privately asked Jane and Fergus to leave me out of the situation. At this point, I was job searching because I felt like I just needed to get out of there. The rumors and HR’s lack of initiative led me to quit.

2017 54

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I just recently returned to work from maternity leave. My job requires me to sometimes travel, and these trips are generally two night stays, though occasionally just one. I had no problem complying with that part of my job description. Now, however, I feel quite differently about it. Travel is part of my job description, I’m just not willing to do it at this point. And simply asking shouldn’t jeopardize your job.

2013 53

my coworker closed her trunk on my arm and didn’t apologize, hiring family, and more

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I work as a runner for a law firm, so a good portion of my job involves making deliveries and such. It did hurt a lot, and while I’m not the kind of person to whine over every little scratch (hence why I just ignored it until our job was complete) an apology would have been nice. I am job searching. Many jobs ask me to apply with my “desired salary” (which at least is better than salary history). Interviewing during fertility treatments.

2018 55

should I take the blame for my manager’s mistake, CEO wants to reimburse us for political contributions, and more

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After a promotion, I’m doing my new job and my old job. I originally started at this company as the office manager, and when I was offered the new job, they told me there would be a bit of overlap while they searched for someone to take over my old position. I’ve been doing both jobs for that long now, with no end in sight, since the second person they offered the office manager position to has turned it down. Job offers, travel, and notice periods.

2016 42

terse answer Tuesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Someone getting superior ratings who’s been turned down 12-15 times by his own employer — he’s either applying for the wrong jobs or something else is going on. Is your job description changing? Three weeks later, we moved to Canada for my husband’s job.

2011 71

is employee taking too much sick leave, I keep getting surprise raises, and more

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Is my employee taking too much sick leave? I’m a relatively new manager and I’m struggling a little with how to handle one of my employee’s use of sick leave. My budget for that is quite limited. At least once in the past nine months, she’s blown completely through her accrued sick leave. If she has the sick leave to take, it’s not really fair to tell her that she can’t take it. Worst of luck in your job search.”.

2016 42

short answer Saturday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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It was my first job out of college and I was feeling really tied down and restless and wanted to try a new environment, so I switched from a consulting firm to working in an internal corporate role. I’m basically miserable at my new job. I liked my old job better and feel like I had a little quarter-life crisis and case of the grass is greener. My replacement is still asking me for help, six months after I quit. I left a temp job about 6 months ago.

2013 55

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

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Of course, everybody had the same smoke break at the same time, which doesn’t quite seem to be the situation for the person asking the question. Reply Slaten January 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm Unless you’re getting complaints from non-smokers I say leave well enough alone.

2011 99

mother bought me plane tickets without asking me if I could get.

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Our tickets have been purchased and I am scheduled to leave in two months. I am scared of my boss on a good day and terrified I will lose my job for asking for this much time off so early in my employment. Our tickets have been purchased and I am scheduled to leave in two months.

2011 70

BNET Column: Forget the job hunt. Have a baby instead. | Penelope.

Penelope Trunk

About this blog | About my company, Brazen Careerist | Penelopes guide to starting a blog BNET Column: Forget the job hunt. Posted to: Job Hunt | Women September 7th, 2010 There are very few available jobs that require a graduate degree. Is this your first time here?

2010 113