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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?

HPE, Textron, AT&T have responded.


The most important aspect to remember is that you are responsive to your manager. I usually  list them as top priority  when clearing my  emails because they are depending on…

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Asked by Mike on March 1, 2017

I'm an intern and it's my second week on the job. There is a jeans casual day this Friday - should I still dress in my formal business attire given I'm just an intern. Thanks!

Textron, Worthington, Broadridge have responded.

Hello and congratulations on starting a new internship! If the company culture is to wear jeans on Fridays, I would think it is safe to follow your colleagues. However, I would also recommend asking either…

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Asked by Tanya on February 12, 2017

If I got my interview through a family connection or though someone working at the company already, should I tell this to the interviewer or could that hurt my chances of getting hired?

Worthington, Cardinal Health, ManpowerGroup have responded.

I think it is always best to shy away from mentioning this in an interview without being prompted. Typically interviewers will ask how you heard about the organization or the position, and at 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

Gap Inc., ADM have responded.

Hello! This is a great question. In today’s environment it is not uncommon for annual merit increases to be in the 3% range for many industries. There are of course many exceptions. First, annual increases…

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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, Emerson 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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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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