When do you know its the right time to leave a job?
I don't think there is any right or wrong answer to this question. Determining the right time to leave a position depends on your personal and professional goals. I have worked with people who have stayed in…View all answers »
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?
Let me start by saying, you are not alone! And, this will likely not be the first boss you dislike or don't get along with. The most important thing is to focus on the positives. Try to stay engaged with your…View all answers »
How many letters of recommendation should I submit for a job in law enforcement?
I would recommend first trying to understand how many recommendations the application is requesting. In most cases, there should be clear instructions regarding the application process and what you are expected…View all answers »
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?
Having a mentor is a very valuable relationship no matter where you are at in your career. Personally, I think having a mentor in your first job or internship is beneficial because you can use them as a resource…View all answers »
I'm currently on an international stint for 2 years with my company and it is coming to an end. I'm ready to come on home and I have two options. Take another year assignment abroad at a higher career level or return home at the same career level to work in a difficult group with extremely high expectations (but high exposure). Any thoughts on what would be best path?
I think the answer to this question depends on your personal and careers interests/preference. I don't think there is a right or wrong option here. There are a couple of questions you need to ask yourself.…View all answers »
I applied for a job two months ago. It's status says in progress. They also posted the job again. I applied again. It's still saying in progress. What does this mean?
This could mean a few different things. The position could have been put on hold and the company is now recruiting for it again. Or, the posting could have expired and it was re-posted because they are still…View all answers »
Is it ok to e-mail companies directly expressing an interest in an internship/entry level position if they have no job openings that fit my profile? Is this more effective than applying for posted jobs? I feel that if a specific opening is posted hundreds of people apply and it is very unlikely to be invited for an interview.
Yes! This is very common. When you do reach out, I would be strategic and direct in who you contact and in your messaging. When reaching out, it is best to contact someone in recruiting. Be clear in what your…View all answers »
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
Congratulations on being a high performer and on the great feedback! As Stuart and Dean mentioned, there are various factors that go into a merit increase. I would agree that 3% is very common for an annual…View all answers »
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.
I think this depends on your reason for taking time off and on your relationship with your supervisor. If you are comfortable sharing that information with your supervisor, that is up to you. You are not required…View all answers »
Networking For A Job While You're Still In College
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...View this post »
3 Things To Consider Before Your Internship
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2 Simple Ways to Improve Your Job Search
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Anxiety and the Interview
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How to Negotiate an Entry-Level Salary
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...View this post »
How to Change Careers
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5 Ways to Improve Your Resume
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Coffee Fiends In The Workplace
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The Balancing Act Of Vacation Time
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...View this post »
How To Work With People You Genuinely Dislike
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...View this post »
I'm interviewing for a marketing job with a company located in another state and for the first time I'm asked to do a video interview over Skype. Are these becoming more common? What advice would you have for me to prepare for this? I feel like I will be on TV and I'm getting nervous.
In my experience, video interviews are becoming more common among companies considering candidates that live out of state. It is a more cost effective way to conduct interviews and more effective than a phone…View all answers »