can I justify hiring someone who needs additional education to do.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager can I justify hiring someone who needs additional education to do the job? For instance, say I run an organization that will need a full time HR person in the future (within a year or two). Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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. Reply Ask a Manager March 18, 2011 at 9:07 am This is so true.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager oh my March 30, 2011 Update to the resume feedback offer : The response was higher than I’d thought it would be, so I may cut this off earlier than the original one week I’d planned on. Or raise the price. Or raise the price.

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager should I warn my employer about a slacker kiss-ass? 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.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager short answer Saturday: job search edition January 22, 2011 It’s short answer Saturday: six short answers to six short questions. I emailed him back thanking him for the time and asked for feedback. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

I will review your resume this week

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager want me to review your resume? I get a lot of requests to give people feedback on their resumes, but because it’s time-consuming to do it well, I usually turn them down unless they’re friends or family. AND her price is a bargain!

do what you say you're going to do

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager do what you say you’re going to do March 10, 2011 It amazes me that this has to be said, but this should be your cardinal rule at work: Do what you say you’re going to do, by when you say you’re going to do it, or update people accordingly.

can I promote my jewelry at work, my boss is bad at email, and more

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I also just became a part-time rep for a direct sales business selling beautiful, reasonably priced, stylish jewelry. From time to time, my bosses (all men) have asked for my suggestion for gifts for their wives and daughters, as I believe they trust my taste. I work with a lot of women – there are at least five other admins and many other ladies at all levels within the organization who could possibly appreciate what I’m selling.

7 Ways to Save Money While Launching Your Business

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Any book on launching a business will outline the need for long term saving – making sure you have money to live on and to cover expenses for at least the first year of being a full-time business owner.

Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair? Which means that they’re wasting the time of the employees they send, and they’re wasting the time of job fair attendees like you. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

Asperger's at work: 5 ways to be less annoying | Penelope Trunk's.

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Is this your first time here? Spend limited amounts of time with people. What I do hear Asperger’s people sad about all the time is a lack of employment opportunity. The way to improve this is to spend less time with people. At work you do not need to spend tons of time with people. But I know for next time. You need to make it worth everyone’s time. I ask this four or five times in any given day. You need to make it worth everyone’s time."

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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. Reply Ask a Manager January 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm I so agree!

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yes, you really should write a better cover letter

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager yes, you really should write a better cover letter March 7, 2011 Periodically I hear from readers who tell me that after they started approaching their cover letters differently, as I advise here , they started getting interviews. Reply Ask a Manager March 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm Yeah, you don’t want to share in an unprofessional way, of course. My time’s limited! Get an Ask a Manager mug. area nonprofit manager?

good management: finding out what's NOT getting done

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager good management: finding out what’s NOT getting done March 28, 2011 Someone told me recently that I was his only manager who ever asked him to specifically report on what he wasn’t getting done. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

We overestimate the gap between nonprofit and for-profit jobs.

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Is this your first time here? Merck , on the other hand, is changing the world by curing diseases, but they need to create a profit in order to keep their stock price up and pass money on to shareholders. The only difference between the organizations is the financial structure. Caring for each other has more to do about the people who we report to and manage than the goals of the organization. And they give employees time off to serve the community directly.

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There are numerous organizations that put on events where non-competing entrepreneurs can wheel and deal with one another. Choose a time and place. Develop a reputation for high quality and reasonable prices, honesty, and respect. Take one step at a time.

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. News & World Report today, I have some advice on job fairs based on my experience recruiting there, and it includes some stuff I never thought I’d write (like this might be the one time it’s okay to have an objective on your resume, and that your handshake might actually matter).

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? I responded by emailing the hiring manager, politely reiterating my interest in the position: nothing. By that time I already had two other (better) job offers.

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. It’s STORY TIME!

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager apparently (many) outplacement firms suck February 1, 2011 Check out this Wall St. Reply Ask a Manager February 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm Right, you don’t want someone who sucked at hiring. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

bad recruiter behavior: deceptive sales tactics

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager bad recruiter behavior: deceptive sales tactics February 9, 2011 There are loads of good recruiters out there. One time I got a response fairly quickly and it was from a hiring agency. They’ve done this to me three times.

my staff has been held to a low bar; am I asking too much of them now?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager my staff has been held to a low bar; am I asking too much of them now? March 15, 2011 A reader writes: When you are managing others, how do you know when you are expecting too much or setting expectations too high? Get an Ask a Manager mug.

recruiter says: half my candidates are no-shows for interviews.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager recruiter says: half my candidates are no-shows for interviews January 18, 2011 A reader writes: I’m an HR professional, and I’ve been recruiting folks for various companies for somewhere around 10 years. Over 50% of the time.

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my assistant is using my title on LinkedIn

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager my assistant is using my title on LinkedIn March 24, 2011 A reader writes: So, I got a new job (hooray!) If it isn’t, then is what he does in his private life really his manager’s concern? Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession April 4, 2011 Last spring, I quit my job to go to work for myself. My couch, most of the time.) I see this advice all the time — “Can’t get a job?

things that aren't good ideas #78

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager things that aren’t good ideas #78 March 22, 2011 The reader who received the cover letter excerpted below described it as “things that make your heart break,&# and I have to agree. Reply Ask a Manager March 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm Yes!

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10 mistakes you're making on your resume

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager 10 mistakes you’re making on your resume March 28, 2011 Over at U.S. Reply Ask a Manager March 29, 2011 at 10:49 am Yep, you can go straight into work experience or education, or you can start with a “summary&# section at the top instead, where you highlight key qualifications (which seems to be the new thing). 3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession whens the right time to ask for a raise?

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. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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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? And my entire team of about 30 works those hours so it’s not poor time management on my part. off-topic Reply Ask a Manager February 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm Good.

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager manager who’s bad at numbers is panicking over budget process March 31, 2011 A reader writes: I am a new manager in a rather large department and am working on my budget for 2011/12. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

at an interview in a coffee shop, who pays for the coffee?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager at an interview in a coffee shop, who pays for the coffee? I didn’t think much of it at the time except to think, “this is okay he prefers to be casual&#. Get an Ask a Manager mug. the new Ask a Manager is here!

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what should an internal “farewell” email say?

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager what should an internal “farewell&# email say? You should not cite reasons for leaving if they’re about hating your job, your manager, or your coworkers. Reply Ask a Manager February 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm Ooooh.

manager is scaring her employees with sad Facebook posts

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager manager is scaring her employees with sad Facebook posts March 3, 2011 A reader writes: I own a small business and one of my managers is Facebook friends with me and all her staff members. See if she wants time off.

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Is this your first time here? But if you know why people who must have good eyebrows cannot take chances, and why most people have terrible eyebrows, then you took the time to find out enough about eyebrows to know what is best and how yours could be better. I realized I made a mistake the first time. ) -8 to -3 You have a desire for interestingness over happiness 3 to 8 You have a desire for happiness over interestingness. -2

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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? If you get fired after being on a job for a short time, are you ever *required* to disclose it? Reply Ask a Manager March 22, 2011 at 10:00 am I’m pretty sure (but not positive) that it depends on the wording of the form. Reply Anonymous March 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm I worked at a well known organization for 2 months. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager book review, other people’s families, and mango sticky rice April 5, 2011 There’s a very nice review of my e-book over at YouShouldOnlyKnow , a blog I have long adored, run by Erica Manney. Get an Ask a Manager mug.

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

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Lay out a time line for accomplishing these goals over the course of a year. You already have a time line all laid out, so it’ll be easy to drop in the numbers. Small adjustments in timing or resources can make a big difference! Get an Ask a Manager mug.

short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions March 19, 2011 It’s short answer Saturday once again — six short answers to six short questions. Perfect timing, huh! Are most managers understanding of this situation?

something cool and free for you

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager something cool and free for you February 15, 2011 I’m really impatient. Reply Ask a Manager February 16, 2011 at 9:21 am No, it’s 100% free. Reply Ask a Manager February 16, 2011 at 11:02 am Okay, got you some information.

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

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager 1,000th blog post (an excuse for an orgy of self-indulgence) February 3, 2011 This is my 1,000th blog post! “You make me want to be a better [manager].&# Reply Ask a Manager February 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm I still miss your old blog!