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How receptive are you to negative feedback?

By Brad Squibb

It’s a natural human reaction; when someone says something negative about us, we put up our defenses. From cooking to parenting skills to how well we do our jobs, life is full of critique. How receptive are you to feedback when it’s given? Constructive criticism is particularly valuable in your professional life. If you baulk at negative feedback, you’re missing out on a great career opportunity. Yes, that’s right, we said great career opportunity. Rather than getting defensive,...

Ideas for Recognizing Your Manager

By Cindy Ventrice

Are you looking for ideas for recognizing your manager? Good for you! So much attention is put on employee recognition that we sometimes forget about recognizing managers. We all need reminders (and ideas) for recognizing our managers. I recently heard from a reader whose manager has many different ways of recognizing the people in her department. Each month she puts up new posters praising something the group accomplished. She offers lots of verbal praise and writes plenty of notes. She has also...

Is Your Career a Promotion Waiting to Happen?

By Joey Trebif

Having any type of job nowadays can be considered a blessing, especially if you live in an area that has a high unemployment rate. But when you have been working your hardest for a long time and keep getting passed up for promotions, it is incredibly frustrating. While a small promotion might not seem like a big deal, it can be. Here are some things to understand about getting passed up by promotions and how to get the next one: Reasons you were passed up The first thing to understand is what...

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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 my review? If I rate myself too low, do I risk getting a lower review and lower salary increase because...

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 don't even know what the truth is for them. Here is a way to find out. Take a piece of paper and draw...

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 whether it's feasible for the department or company to give you such. Never, or very rarely, a company...

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Passed over for a promotion

By Susan Morem

Q: I am dumbfounded. Someone else just got the promotion we all thought was mine. I should have been the one promoted. I don't know if I should quit or stay, but I do know I am not happy about what has happened. Is hard work worth anything anymore? – Disenchanted A: I am sorry you did not get the promotion you were counting on. Although you are disappointed, I hope you will take some time to process what has happened and that you will take some time before making any long term...

The Silent Treatment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am desperate for an answer on why a person would use the silent treatment in an office. Is this the fashion in the US, in an office environment where five women work and the leader continuously gives one or two the silent treatment? Is this good education? Is it ignorance? Is it due to a mental health condition? Is it acceptable in an office environment? In summary, this office leader uses the silent treatment when she wants to ostracize someone. She claims continuously that she is "Daddy's...

What is Your Competitive Edge?

By Alvah Parker

Carol had been out of work for six months and was frustrated by her inability to land a new job. She'd had a few interviews but nothing had come through for her and her money situation was getting tight. Like many unemployed people Carol decided to seek work through a temporary agency. Carol was delighted when the agency found her work related to her area of expertise. The pay was not great but it was enough to keep her afloat. In addition it gave her the freedom to say no to the work...