The Team that Isn't

Business / At Work /

Q: I work on the "new development" team in the IT department for a major university. Our department has three teams and three levels of employees in the department -- the CIO to which the three managers report and three teams of 12 IT workers of various types, of which I am one.

Each team has a heavy workload and we have a lot of meetings, ...Read more

Conviction After A+ Military Record Ruins Job Chances

Business / At Work /

Q: I served fours years honorably in the military, but I decided to return to civilian life. I lived in Texas, where nearly everyone owns a gun -- and so did I. When I moved to another state, I drove there and kept the gun. On the highway, a driver got aggressive and started racing and hassling me. He wouldn't stop. I didn't want to race, and ...Read more

Workers Trade Tasks Without Telling Boss

Business / At Work /

Q: I work with someone in the same area of customer service. There are two of us because of the load. She is really good with talking to customers, while I am really good with responding in writing to written complaints. We were both supposed to share and handle every aspect of the job. What resulted was we ended up switching and she gave me ...Read more

Not All Lying is Bad

Business / At Work /

Q: I am in the process of looking for a new job, and I am getting interviews. The trouble is that I have had many interviews and haven't gotten the jobs. I think I blow the interviews by not knowing how to answer everything and by being to honest, but I'm not sure how to respond correctly to many of questions. I've always thought honesty was the...Read more

Body Language Sends Loud Messages

Business / At Work /

Q: I just moved to New York without a job, so I'm sending resumes like mad. I have been on several interviews, and so far, I'm not impressed any of the interviewers and their companies. I'm 35, which is not old, but I'm also not a kid.

A 20-something guy couldn't look me in the eyes at all during my interview. He looked down at my resume, and I...Read more

Veterans Know How to Compete and Succeed in the Workplace

Business / At Work /

Q: Many articles offer ways to work with the millennials, but there's an important group being forgotten -- ex-military. Transitioning from the military to civilian life can be a culture shock at first, but their potential is outstanding, and HR professionals in the corporate world need to know the many pros as well. Many who enlisted fresh out ...Read more

Want to Own a Business? Here's What it Takes

Business / At Work /

Q: I am inundated by emails from people who have started businesses. It's impossible to know who is and isn't successful. I've had a colorful career -- from odd independent jobs to dead-end jobs. I've had no job search guidance and my parents' motto is "do what you have to do." They've had regular jobs all their lives and think of me as their ...Read more

Short Time in Jobs Lessens Chances for New Ones

Business / At Work /

Q: Since being laid off several years ago from a management position, I've taken several lateral jobs where I am overqualified. I viewed my first job after the layoff as temporary from the beginning; it was beneath me, but I accepted it just to have something. I left after three months.

My next job was also a lateral move, but management was ...Read more

Reinventing Oneself After 50: Career Transformation

Business / At Work /

Q: Recruiters told me to become an entrepreneur and start my own business when I asked about my chances of getting another job in my late 50s. Not everyone wants to be a business owner. I liked working for someone so I didn't have the headaches of ownership responsibility, but I am still as capable as I was 20 years ago, perhaps more so ...Read more

ADHD Stops Worker From Succeeding

Business / At Work /

Q: I was recently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, though I always knew there was something wrong with me that had been holding me back from my goals. I feel better knowing that it's a physical problem, but I also feel worse knowing that it's permanent. My parents just thought I was flighty or immature and wasn't adept at...Read more

What to Do When a Boss Sucks

Business / At Work /

Q: I went through a series of interviews to get hired, and it all seemed perfect. I was looking forward to starting and it was my first real job. The minimum wage jobs I had through college don't count. The boss seemed completely willing to let me run with assignments and come up with creative ways to solve the problems.

Boy, was I wrong. He ...Read more

When Companies Circumvent Labor Laws, Create Unique Ways to Get in

Business / At Work /

Q: I was laid off from my job in 2014 when the bottom dropped out of the mining industry, which my company mainly worked for. I previously worked for a different branch of the company in a different city, and most of that work was oil and gas related. The oil and gas market hasn't yet recovered, and many former coworkers are also out of work...Read more

Boss Gets Away With Discriminatory Remarks at Work

Business / At Work /

Q: I worked in the accounting department as a bookkeeper for 17 years at the same company and was let go at the age of 55. I obviously knew and performed the job well, so I was unprepared for being let go. I didn't want to file an age discrimination charge; I took the positive approach and put energy into finding another job.

I found a job at a...Read more


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