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Asked by Emily on July 25, 2017

Do you have any advice for working with a boss I do not like? I really like the organization and my coworkers, but me and my boss just don't get along. What can I do to make it more bearable without leaving?

ADM have responded.

Hi,
That is always a tough situation, but you have several ways of dealing with it.  First off, my standard advice if you like the organization you need to look for the positive.  If you plan…

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Asked by Justine on July 6, 2017

Hi, how do I find my passion?

ADM have responded.

Hi,  That is a difficult thing for many people so do not feel alone.  If you were independently wealthy and did not need to work, what would you do?  That is what you love and have a passion…

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Asked by Karen on June 30, 2017

Hi! I've heard people say that it can be useful to find a mentor in my first job or internship, but how do I go about doing that? Also, will that really benefit me or is it a waste of time?

ADM have responded.

Hi, Connecting with a mentor is not an automatic as it definetly takes both parties to be effective.  Start off with who do you have a great respect for.  It should not be your direct supervisor. …

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Asked by Jonathan on June 26, 2017

I'm interviewing for another role within the same company. What would be an appropriate example to the question regarding workplace ethical dilemmas? I don't want to speak badly of colleagues and company- but can't think of a workplace related answer! Any thoughts?

ADM have responded.

Great question! You might try answering the question with more of a broad response rather than pinpointing a particular person or situation. Let them know your thoughts on handling an ethical or unethical situation.…

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Asked by Angela on May 20, 2017

If I am applying for a job that is located in a different state, am I less likely to get the interview? And if so, will I have to pay for the travel expenses?

ADM have responded.

In this case, I would write a cover letter and let them know that you are interested in relocation. Having a cover letter that highlights your flexibility to relocate might help land an interview provided…

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Asked by Nathalie on May 5, 2017

What time is too late to email an boss? I usually send emails between 6am-5pm but have found myself emailing sometimes between 5:30-6pm. I know never to send emails over the weekend but I was just wondering what time is too late to send emails?

ADM have responded.

This is a case by case basis. It depends upon the type of relationship that you and your boss have. Personally for me, my boss and I will send emails back and forth at any time (not 3am or anything like that),…

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Asked by Jisoo on February 6, 2017

My manager tells me during my monthly meetings that my emails numbers are the best out of the team and that I have been doing a great job taking on new responsibilities. Many say that raises are only about 3%. I want to ask for more than 15% at my annual review. Would I look too much like an amateur asking more than the average raise? Of course I will list all the roles I took on and my reasons

ADM have responded.

Hi and Congratulations on your review!
There are a lot of factors that go into wage increases.  Some companies do have a  range in which they typically operate within, so while 3% is the norm,…

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Asked by Maura on February 6, 2017

I just accepted an internship but realized I have a scheduled trip the first week of work. Is is ok to ask for time off since it was previously planned?

ADM have responded.

Normally, this is ok if you had a trip or engagement that was planned prior to you accepting the position.  However, you will want to make sure that you discuss this with your boss as soon as possible…

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Asked by Maura on February 5, 2017

I need to ask for a couple 'personal' days off work. Do I need to give my supervisor specific details as to why I need to leave? I don't want to lie but I also want to remain professional.

ADM have responded.

The best approach to base the answer to this question on your relationship with your supervisor. If you have a solid line of communication and feel comfortable enough sharing your personal business…

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Asked by Jeffrey on September 3, 2016

I am a teacher in Oklahoma that is looking for new career. I have a masters degree in Leadership and 11 years experience in sales and marketing. What is your advice for a new career direction? How should i begin my career search?

ADM have responded.

Great question! Recruiters see this alot in candidates, first thing is to make sure your resume highlights your skills and experiences. Also try using tools like LinkedIn, and different job boards online to…

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Blog post on March 20, 2015

Networking For A Job While You're Still In College

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No matter how many credits you have until graduation, you know the day is coming when you’ll need your first “real” job. For some it feels like a long way off, but for others the day of self-sufficiency is coming all too soon...

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Blog post on March 17, 2015

3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship

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Internships can be pure joy, filled with numerous opportunities during summer break or post-graduation. An internship also has the possibility to be pure undiluted slog...

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Blog post on March 12, 2015

2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search

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Once you find a job you're interested in, the path to employment is fairly straightforward. Resumes, applications, interviews and, if all goes well, a job offer...

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Blog post on March 10, 2015

Anxiety and the Interview

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Since graduation, your anxiety may have been like waves on the beach. It seemed to overwhelmingly crash forward then recede calmly away...

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Blog post on March 5, 2015

How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary

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You networked like a savant, crafted the perfect resume, knocked the interview out of the park, and were offered the job! Your moment of jubilation is met with the sudden thud of a less than impressive initial salary offer. Negotiating a salary at any level can be difficult, but this can be especially difficult if you are starting your first job out of college...

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Blog post on March 2, 2015

How to Change Careers

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Changing careers is common for many people. Whether you’ve simply discovered you actually hate your current career path or your industry has made it impossible for you to continue being employed...

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Blog post on February 26, 2015

5 Ways to Improve Your Resume

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You found the perfect job opening. It has all the elements you desire: compensation, corporate culture, and location are all in line with your dream job...

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Blog post on February 23, 2015

Coffee Fiends In The Workplace

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Coffee is a national pastime for millions of people in the US. From the first cup shortly after the alarm goes off in the morning, to the 3pm refuel we’re a country that loves our bitter caffeinated beverages...

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Blog post on February 20, 2015

The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time

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Vacation time can be a difficult subject to deal with in the workplace. Most companies have a set amount of paid time off based on various elements that designate a person’s ‘right’ to more or less vacation...

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Blog post on February 17, 2015

How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike

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The workspace can be a place of inspiration and joy, filled with people who you deeply appreciate. Your office can also be a drudgery littered with various individuals who you’d rather not see twice let alone every day...

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