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The good, the bad and the ugly of surviving on the job

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How to Know When it’s Time to Quit

How to Know When it’s Time to Quit

You’ve just read my article on the benefits of getting fired which should leave you some comfort about the shame of job termination.  However there are times when it’s good and actually sensible to leave your job so here are some tips on knowing when it’s time to say goodbye and farewell. •  You’ve lined [... read more]

8 Worst Practices for Conducting Job Interviews

8 Worst Practices for Conducting Job Interviews

If you’ve been following me on my blog, I’ve been doing posts about the bad conduct of job interviewers and the politics involved with hiring managers who taunt you with a job and then pull the rug out from under you. These are my personal chronicles– the worst practices for conducting job interviews and I’m [... read more]

Low-balling the Salary

Low-balling the Salary

6. Low-balling the salary Back when I’d just gotten out of grad school, I saw an ad calling for a legal writer. At the time I was working as a legal proofreader at a corporate law firm and I was desperate to get out of it. The advertised salary seemed reasonable— $45,000 which was enough [... read more]

The Job Title Switch-a-roo

The Job Title Switch-a-roo

7. The job title switch-a-roo Some years ago, I was called in to interview for the position of web writer with the publications department at Columbia University. It sounded like a great job because it allowed me to write and edit content for print and online environments. Since I am an alumnus of the school, [... read more]

Rejecting and Still Leading on the Job Applicant

Rejecting and Still Leading on the Job Applicant

  8. Rejecting and Still Leading on the Job Applicant I interviewed for an editor’s job with a consumer-facing publication that specializes in technology products— a second rate version of PC Magazine if you will.  As usual, I researched and rehearsed.  I knew that my writing and editing, combined with my social media brand allowed [... read more]

Listening is Key to a Happy Workplace

Listening is Key to a Happy Workplace

It maybe hard to believe but something as basic as listening could just be the answer to creating a happy workplace. At work, many people spend a great deal of time talking and wanting to be heard.  Some of us are on the phone all day.  Others make a career out of giving presentations and [... read more]

Getting Rejected for a Job, the Right Way

Getting Rejected for a Job, the Right Way

There’s a right way to reject job candidates and a wrong way to do it.  The wrong way can be found here. This is part two in my series about job interviews done right. Props to PR Week I interviewed for the position of staff writer and I met with Keith O’Brien, the editor-in-chief of [... read more]

Should You Police Your Employees?

Should You Police Your Employees?

Just idea of it makes workers cringe but policing employees may become a necessary measure in battling office politics. Most bosses and subordinates hate the idea of “policing” and “being policed.”   It’s a word that makes everyone stand up a little straighter because essentially police are the figures that uphold the law and brings [... read more]

Office Politics: Cold Stares vs. Hot Gossip

Office Politics: Cold Stares vs. Hot Gossip

Interpersonal tension at the office is a bummer! Conflict, the kind that simmers, boils and never seems to be resolved, inflicts tremendous direct and indirect damage to companies. Billions are spent on coaching and other types of programs. So why do these interventions all too often come up short? And the answer is… because we’re [... read more]

When Workers Engage in Job Sabotage

When Workers Engage in Job Sabotage

In an ideal world, we’d all work in a supportive environment but unfortunately, workers often engage in job-sabotage in an attempt to gain an edge. One reason this happens is because people on the job are in a stressful and competitive environment, which makes workers more aggressive.  Especially in an economy in which job loss [... read more]

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