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Choose Your Boss Not Your Job

By Ceren Cubukcu

When you go to a job interview, you have the chance to meet with the people you will potentially be working with. It is important to get an idea of the culture of the company. You can see how you connect with the coworkers that you may be spending at least 40 hours a week with in the same building. Many job seekers think that the boss chooses them when they go to an interview but don’...

The Follow-Up Phone Call: Avoid These Five Mistakes

By Mary Elizabeth Bradford

Have you sent your resume to HR or a key decision maker in a company? Now you need to make that dreaded follow-up phone call. What drives the fear of telephone networking is two-fold. There is that potential for personal rejection and the trepidation of calling a company and a stranger for the first time. To make the best first impression and ease into a positive conversation with your contact, av...

Get Your Rest and Protect Yourself From Burnout

By Laura Stack

By nature, most of us in the business world feel driven to prove ourselves—by working hard, generating massive productivity, and moving up through the ranks. Before long, it becomes second nature to work long hours with a tight focus on work, often to the exclusion of other things in life. Some of us willingly sacrifice exercise, a decent diet, vacation, weekends, and even family time to get...

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Performance review - tips for writing your self assessment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My performance review is coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask you a question about something that has me ill at ease. Last week my boss asked me if I would fill out a ‘self assessment," which is basically filling out my own performance review. I have never done this before and I'm not sure what I should do. What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...

Describe Your Ideal Work Environment

By John Putzier

Have you ever been asked to describe your ideal work environment? What do they want to hear? What if I describe something that they cannot provide? Isn't this a no-win question? As I have indicated in prior "gut wrenchers" articles, when in doubt, tell the truth. What a concept! Actually, that is what you should do. The reason so many people find questions like these so difficult is because they d...

The Art of Negotiating a Raise, Promotion, Better Job Title, and Bonus

By Teena Rose

Negotiation is a give-and-take process until an eventual agreement is reached between two or more parties. To understand the art of negotiation, a jobseeker must understand that it is a give process as much as it is a receiving process. Look at the proposition from the side of your employer. When faced with such a proposition, your superior will ask himself the reasons you're deserving of more and...

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Your Career - Don't Wait for a Crisis

By Deborah Brown-Volkman

Many people I speak to come to me for help and guidance after something has happened to them in their career. Maybe they lost their job or they are burnt out and exhausted from working hard. Maybe they are having trouble with a boss or co-worker that they can't seem to handle any longer. In most cases, they have a problem that has been going on for some time. By the time they seek a coach, they a...

Career Planning Starts with Self-Assessment

By Teena Rose

One of the biggest mistakes that individuals make with their careers is to go aimlessly through school or work in an entry-level position with no clear direction (goals).They wait until the homestretch — graduation, layoff, or departure — before taking a stab at other opportunities.Finding a well-paying job or locating opportunities for advancement shouldn't be treated as a...

Office Full of Goof Offs

By Susan Morem

Dear Sue: Why would upper management allow a lower boss to run her office like it was a frat house on a Saturday night? While a fraction of the people do the work, the others talk on the phone, come and go as they please, throw food at each other, shoot rubber bands, and carry on a conversation among themselves so loudly that other departments notice it. When they actually work, the boss will wand...