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Don't Let Empathy Stop You From Taking Disciplinary Action

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am an office manager in a medium-sized company. Prior to this promotion one year ago, I worked with the women I now supervise. After my promotion, I had my share of resentment and jealousy from these women. They have gotten much better and I finally can say I'm beginning to enjoy supervision. My problem centers around one woman who was out on a maternity leave and who is now back. Sh...

10 Tips to Making a LinkedIn Profile Successful and Different from a Resume

By Anne Pryor

I consider LinkedIn to be a flashing digital billboard that I change every Sunday at 3:30. I call this changing my oil. A resume is a historical document highlighting past jobs, achievements, education, and community involvement. As a futurist and strategist, career coach and LinkedIn specialist, I teach my clients how to leverage LinkedIn to get what they want going forward, not to get what they ...

What Is Work-Life Balance, Anyway?

By Julie Cohen

I just got off the phone with a client, Rob, who works 70 hours per week, plus he has numerous conference calls and follow-up work during the weekend. He’s married with a young child and would like to spend more time with his family. He used to play tennis regularly but hasn’t been on a court in over two years. Rob hasn’t even been out with his close circle of friends in months. ...

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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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The Need to Network. but so Little Time

By Julie Jansen

Dear Julie, I hear a lot about the need to network in one's career. I have two young children and work 60 hours a week so just don't have the time for anything extra like going to networking meetings. Even so, I worry that I won't get ahead in my career because no one knows me. What can I do? Ethel Smith, Omaha, NE Dear Ethel, You're smart to be concerned about not having a net...

The Smartest Guy in the Room

By Joan Lloyd

As a kid he was always bored in class. He took a tough curriculum in college and sped through it, with honors. He had plenty of job offers and took a position that enabled him to use his talents and shine. So why isn’t he getting promoted five years later? In fact, he was just pulled off a cross-functional team project and was appalled that the project leader role was given to someone...

Should you go back to school? 4 factors to consider

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

An article published earlier this month showed that more than half of recent graduates from college did not receive a job offer prior to graduation, regardless of their undergraduate major.September 2010 data showed that the average length of unemployment was more than eight months.Scary statistics such as these have left many wondering if now is a good time to return to school.H...