20 Email Mistakes that Can Kill Your Job Chances

On the employer’s side, understand that your messages are usually viewed as typical of how you would perform as an employee.  So, demonstrate your understanding of email etiquette, your good judgment, and your ability to communicate clearly with colleagues and customers or clients. Tip: Expect that your emails may be saved and searched so be […]

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Emotional Intelligence at Work: The Art of Peace Not War

I never thought I’d be writing about the intersection of emotional intelligence and Twitter but…I just checked out a Guy Kawasaki tweet about an article he wrote called The Art of Mea Culpa. Let’s see if I can set this up in a way that makes sense to tweet-savvy and non-tweet-savvy folks alike. According to […]

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How Do You Interview If Your Interviewer Doesn’t Know as Much as You Do?

One of the most frustrating things you’ll come up against in the whole enigmatic job interview process is sometimes the person conducting your very first interview – or in a larger company maybe even your first two interviews – does not know all that much (if anything) about what it takes to do the actual […]

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Cool Way for Techies and Net-Savvy Folks to Find Volunteer Opportunities

A Chance to Do Work You Love and Make a Real Difference Do you have good technical skills? Are you a computer professional just itching to put your tech skills to use helping an organization that resonates with your heart? Or maybe you’re just someone with a good understanding of the web and/or website design […]

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Are Green Jobs Just a Fairy Tale?

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I love the idea of an increasingly green economy churning out jobs in all shades of green. But is the idea of green jobs just a myth?

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How Tweet It Isn’t!

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Well…I just signed up for Twitter and already feel lost in cyberspace. After weeks of debating whether twittering was right for me – and whether maybe it was a good way to help people with work and career problems find this blog – this weekend I finally embarked on my first tweet…and immediately lost two […]

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Am I Better Off in a Free-Lance Job and How Do I Negotiate What I Need?

Dear Work Coach, Here’s my predicament. I’d love to get your advice. I worked for Microsoft as a contractor for about a year. During my last contract, my manager told me they had an opening for a permanent employee and she wanted me to fill it. At the time I was a bit ambivalent, because […]

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How a Screwed Up Interview May Turn into Gold

I just wanted to share something that’s going on in my own life. I recently wrote a post about a job I applied for: How I Stupidly Screwed Up Getting a Job Interview. In it, I explained how a simple typo…ok…two typos…in an e-mail exchange with a recruiter may have cost me a new job. […]

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Do I Have to Suck Up to My Boss to Get Promoted?

Dear Work Coach, I read your blog and it makes an interesting read. I am looking for some answers. I hope you can help me. I have been working for more than 3 yrs in my company. I joined from a fresher level to go on to become one of the leads (though not on […]

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Should I Look for a Job with a Competing Company?

AW wrote a few weeks ago asking for help about a new job he started not too long before that in software sales in the Asia-Pacific market. He thought it was a dream job, but the dream turned out to be a nightmare for him. He originally was recruited with the possibility that the job […]

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